After a great many delays, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon‘s genre-twisting film The Cabin in the Woods is finally almost ready for release. The film screened at Harry Knowles’ birthday party/film fest BNAT at the end of last year, and wowed that audience. (Including Germain and Peter.) It will open the SXSW Film Festival later this week, and then hit theaters in April thanks to Lionsgate.

In anticipation of that SXSW appearance there is a new one-minute trailer for the film. The lore behind this movie is that it is a script that was treated with a lot of secrecy, and the first trailer for the film showed that the movie might indeed have a few weird secrets. I’ve heard that this new short trailer doesn’t give away those secrets in the way that some might be afraid of, and in the way that some will assume based on what the trailer does show, so it should be safe to proceed after the jump.

This is essentially a cut-down version of the earlier trailer released in the US by Lionsgate, but for me it works quite well. I’d just like to see the film at this point, and while I’ve heard that it works so well that being spoiled might not be an issue — that is, it doesn’t trade only on surprise — I think audiences still need to go into the film thinking that they’re in for the unexpected.

The Cabin in the Woods hits on April 13, 2012.

A group of five friends going on a quiet cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom what might possibly be going on just as time quickly runs out.

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