Beginning our countdown of kick-ass films headed our way in 2012 is a film that's kind of a wild card. While it may start with a typical premise -- 'The Cabin in the Woods' looks to be nothing like your average slasher flick.

#6. 'The Cabin in the Woods'

Chris Hemsworth, Bradley Whitford, Jesse Williams

Horror films are in danger of becoming extinct. Last year only a handful of horror flicks made it to theaters and even fewer actually turned a profit. In today's Hollywood, profits are king and nobody takes chances anymore -- just safe bets. Horror has always been a lucrative genre, but for some reason studios are refusing to greenlight sequels to money-makers like 'Friday the 13th' and 'A Nightmare on Elm Street.' Perhaps this next film will change all that.

Thanks to the success of 'Paranormal Activity 3' and 'Insidious' the majority of horror films set for theatrical release in 2012 are ghost, demon, or exorcism related titles -- one that does not appear to be any of those is 'The Cabin in the Woods.' The film is a collaborative writing effort from Drew Goddard ('Cloverfield') and master of all things fanboy Joss Whedon ('Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Firefly' creator). If anyone can help revitalize the genre -- it's him. Goddard will be making his directorial debut, but worry not 'Cloverfield' haters. It appears that the shaky-cam will be sitting this one out.

We've all heard this premise before -- a bunch of good-looking young adults take a college trip to the woods and end up getting slaughtered. 'The Cabin in the Woods' looks to have the same starting line and destination as those films,  but the distance between doesn't look at all like familiar territory. The group in this film appear to be test subjects for some kind of sick experiment -- but that's just speculation. You can gather your own assumptions about the plot from the trailer below. The movie hits theaters Friday, April 13th.