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The stoner character is a well-known horror movie trope.
They’re usually amongst the first to die, usually because of a bout of bad luck combined with their own idiocy.
At best, they’re the comic relief. At worst, they’re the screenwriter’s attempt to connect with youth culture.
But no matter what, their use of drugs will always, always be punished.
But Marty is a Joss Whedon creation and, in a film that takes great pleasure in twisting clichés and tropes, the most surprising element of Cabin.
Not only does Marty not get punished for smoking dope, it’s directly responsible for saving his life.
We always knew that Whedon likes to upset the status quo – but we didn’t expect him to make the stoner the most aspirational character in the movie.
Brilliantly played by Fran Kranz, it’s a likeable, laugh-out-loud performance.
We certainly don’t condone the use of drugs, but what we do encourage is originality – and films didn’t get much more original than Cabin this year.