I went on IMDb to start writing this review, and I clicked on The Cabin in the Woods so I could call up the details, like the correct spelling of actors’ names and so forth. As I scrolled to the bottom of the page to where the message boards lie, I noticed one labelled “Evil Dead rip-off anyone?” Two things occurred: one, this poster clearly hadn’t see the movie as he obviously missed the point, and two, does Sam Raimi own the patent on young people going to a cabin in the woods and having bad things happen to them?
If Drew Goddard’s feature directorial debut reminds you of a horror movie you’ve previously seen, than good… It’s supposed to. This is no remake, no gross out torture porn, and especially no found footage trending piece. Think of Scream, or better still think of Wes Craven’s under-appreciated deconstruction of the franchise he created, New Nightmare. In Nightmare, Craven played on the original Nightmare on Elm Street, exploring the notion of Freddy Krueger as the embodiment of nightmares and human fascination with the horrific. The Cabin in the Woods is like that, but not really.
It was suggested yesterday that Tuesdays should become Trailer Tuesdays. I suppose we also have grounds to push for a TV Spots Tuesdays thing.
We’ve got new TV spots for Cabin in the Woods and Men in Black 3. As far as I know, there are just a few seconds of new footage in either TV spot.
Cabin in the Woods, produced by Joss Whedon, is a thriller about five friends who go to a secluded cabin in the woods and fucked up shit happens. Apparently some early reviews of this film have been favorable. Maybe I’m biased against these kinds of films but I don’t really see how it could be any good. Y’all can find out on April 13. Or this weekend if you’re able to catch an advanced screening.
Men in Black 3 really needs no explanation. Check it out (or not) on May 25.
We’ve got a second trailer for Cabin in the Woods, directed by Drew Goddard. It includes quite a few spoiler-y bits, which is a little disappointing because now I’m wondering what the point of even watching the movie is when we now know what the whole movie is about. I’m being sarcastic, by the way; it seems that they were able to hang on to some of their secrets but they’ve been pretty loose about some of the details.
What do you guys think? Still worth watching?
SYNOPSIS: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen.
If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.
Produced by Whedon and directed by Goddard from a script by both, the film stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford
We all know that Joss Whedon is the mastermind/filmmaker behind one of the most anticipated films (ever?) of the year. But The Avengers isn’t all that Whedon’s got going on in the next couple of months, as the film he co-wrote and co-produced, the horror flick Cabin in the Woods, is (finally) being released in a couple of months. Whedon’s now talking about it to one of our local internet sites about his inspiration for the film.
“It’s basically a very loving hate letter,” he told Total Film. “On some level it was completely a lark, me and [director] Drew [Goddard] trying to figure out what the most fun we could have would be. On another level it’s a serious critique of what we love and what we don’t about horror movies.”
Fanboys and girls will remember that Whedon’s greatest triumph (so far), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was a kind of critique of horror movies, and despite his criticism, Whedon still loves the genre.
“I love being scared. I love that mixture of thrill, of horror, that objectification/identification thing of wanting definitely for the people to be all right but at the same time hoping they’ll go somewhere dark and face something awful,” he said. “The things that I don’t like are kids acting like idiots, the devolution of the horror movie into torture porn and into a long series of sadistic comeuppances. Drew and I both felt that the pendulum had swung a little too far in that direction.”
We’ll see how hard Whedon swung when The Cabin in the Woods is released in theaters in April 13th in 2-D and 3-D cinemas.
Is it possible to make a film and keep it secret while you’re making what’s arguably the biggest superhero film of all time? Ask Joss Whedon because it seems he’s done just that by squeezing in a film version of the William Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing.
So what do we know? Well look at the poster below and you now know as much as we do. So who’s in it? Only a Who’s Who of Whedonverse alums, including Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Buffy, and Dr. Horrible) as Dogberry, Amy Acker (Angel and Dollhouse) as Beatrice, Alexis Denisof (Buffy, Angel, and Dollhouse) as Benedick, Sean Maher (Firefly) as Don John, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Don Pedro, Tom Lenk (Buffy) as Verges, and Fran Kranz (Dollhouse and The Cabin in the Woods) as Claudio, as well as Clark Gregg, a.k.a. Agent Coulson from Iron Man, Thor, and The Avengers as Leonarto.
Whedon-o-philes know that the filmmaker holds readings of Shakespeare plays in his home on a semi-regular basis, so he knows the material. But the real question is how Whedon was able to make another film while making The Avengers? Not to mention his involvement in the Buffy Season 9 comics, a post-apocalyptic webseries with Warren Ellis and the pending 2012 release of the long gestating Cabin in the Woods. Basically, Whedon’s making us all look like slackers.
So to do shall we make of Much Ado? Excited to see a Shakespeare movie by Whedon? Sound off below.
It’s good news for the Whedon-Nation today, and it has nothing to do with The Avengers. In the shadow of Comic-Con, where Joss Whedon’s little indie superhero flick will surely be giving nerds in the area brain freeze this weekend, Lionsgate has quietly announced a new release date in the long delayed Whedon-produced horror flick, Cabin in the Woods.
Mark your calendars: the film hits theaters on April 13, 2012.
Does the timing seem a little strange? Why yes it does because that’s a little less than a month before The Avengers is due to hit. So we’ve got a horror movie, made by the guy making The Avengers, and starring one of The Avengers (Thor Chris Hemsworth. Coincidence?
Cabin in the Woods has been trapped in Hollywood limbo since its originating studio, MGM, started having financial difficulties a couple of years ago.
So what now? Are you excited, or had you forgotten that this thing exists?
So what do you get when mix a skinny Chris Hemsworth (Thor) with one of the coolest people on Angel, Amy Acker CABIN IN THE WOODS mofo’s! It’s pretty exciting that a picture has surfaced for this film that as of yet still doesn’t have a release date. The film comes from the one and only Joss Whedon and as described by Acker,
“There are a lot of scary monsters. It’s a scary movie. It is about a cabin in the woods. You’ve figured it out. Yeah, it’s about a cabin in the woods. It does take from the sort of formula of the horror movie of this group of young kids who go away to a cabin in the woods for the weekend, and everything that happens and what you think is supposed to happen.”
I LOVE this type of cheesy horror flick and think that Joss can make a pretty damn good one! Hopefully Lionsgate will give us something soon!
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