For a few years now, there has been no small amount of mystery surrounding The Cabin in the Woods, the horror film directed by Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard and co-written by Goddard and Joss Whedon. At one point you could find a great deal of praise about the script, without much specific mention of exactly what makes the story tick, and what (if anything) makes the movie different.

MGM shot the film in early 2009 with a pre-fame Chris Hemsworth in the lead, and a cast that includes Jesse Williams, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, and Richard Jenkins. MGM delayed the movie to convert it to 3D, and then the film nearly disappeared altogether thanks to the company’s bankruptcy.

But Lionsgate picked up the film a few months ago, and has just issued a trailer for the movie. The teaser poster that showed up last week promised a puzzle, and this trailer certainly seems to give away a couple of big points. I’d expect, however, that there’s more in store. Check out the first footage from The Cabin in the Woods below.

Yahoo has the HD trailer. 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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