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Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods, co-written with Joss Whedon, hits DVD and Blu-ray today. I loved the film when it was in theaters, and was excited to take another look on disc. The movie is a playful horror-comedy funhouse that escalates into world-threatening madness. But it has a soul that is more adult than most self-aware horror is willing to let show.

After the break we’ve got an exclusive making-of clip from the Blu-ray package, as well as an interview with Goddard. The Cabin in the Woods hits Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD today, September 18, and is currently available on Digital Download.

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After Steven Spielberg finishes his long-awaited Lincoln, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the storied sixteenth President of the United States, he’ll turn to something completely different. The next film is Robopocalypse, written by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) based on Daniel H. Wilson‘s novel. The story describes “a global war between man and machine.”

Now Spielberg reportedly wants Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Cabin in the Woods) to star in the picture. Read More »

The Paramount adaptation of Max Brooks‘ novel World War Z, directed by Marc Forster with Brad Pitt in the lead role, ran into some trouble months ago. The film’s release date was pushed and extensive reshoots scheduled to create footage that addresses big story deficiencies. As part of that reshoot process, Damon Lindelof was hired to rewrite the end of the film. (That move raised some eyebrows, given the general perception of Lindelof’s facility with endings as seen in Lost and Prometheus.)

Turns out that’s not quite what happened, however. While Lindelof came up with the idea for the new ending, he didn’t have time to write the script, and so the real work fell to Drew Goddard, who wrote for Lost, scripted Cloverfield, and co-wrote and directed and The Cabin in the Woods.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger may not be as young as he once was, but James Cameron’s convinced that his Terminator character has plenty of life left in him yet. Also after the jump:

  • Grown-Ups 2 will shoot in Marblehead, MA
  • Brad Bird probably won’t direct Mission: Impossible 5
  • Cloverfield 2 is still searching for a new idea
  • The Star Trek video game unveils a new teaser

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam delve into Drew Goddard’s brilliant horror film deconstruction, Cabin in the Woods. Special guest Jeff Cannata joins us from The Totally Rad Show. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993.

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When Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho opened in 1960 it was carried into theaters on a wave of advertising that commanded audiences to keep mum about the story’s surprising elements. Thanks in part to that ad campaign, Psycho became a hit that changed horror films even as it legitimized them. The mainstream horror genre quickly developed around a codified set of tropes, character archetypes and specific rules that, fifty years later, are tiresome in their predictability.

Marketing for The Cabin in the Woods, from director Drew Goddard and his co-writer Joss Whedon, exploits some of that same “don’t tell friends how it ends!” PR mode. But that’s just a smokescreen. Goddard and Whedon aim to demolish the archetypes born in the wake of that early popularization of horror, and in doing so bring a sense of spontaneous fun back to the genre.

The pair succeeds spectacularly. The Cabin in the Woods is a blast. It’s a film for anyone who feels the spark has gone out of horror. This movie is clever and quite self-aware, and it has very specific ideas about what caused horror to fall into rote patterns. As they get around to explaining just how horror turned into what it is today, Goddard and Whedon give the audience a chum bucket full of the thrills it wants, but also argues that playing by the rules is the wrong way to go. Read More »

We already know all of you are pissed about Raging Bull 2. But if you’re wondering what Marty thinks, you’ll want to hit the jump to read his response. Plus:

  • True Lies 2 is probably still a ways off
  • Steven Seagal offered The Expendables 3
  • Anchorman 2 is being scripted as we speak
  • Cloverfield 2 isn’t official just yet
  • More new images from Men in Black 3
  • Another behind-the-scenes vid from Skyfall
  • Skyfall‘s trailer to debut before MIB 3

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