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April 13, 2012 5:00 AM

Trip to the ‘Cabin’ produces snarky scares

The meta-horror genre sprang up in the mid-1990s, with movies like “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare” (1994) and “Scream” (1996) — witty commentaries that self-consciously invoked the tired tropes of other horror movies in the pursuit of a whole new set of scares. Yet the trend didn’t last for long because, as myriad “Scream” sequels proved, finding that balance between terror and satire isn’t as easy as it looks.

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