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 »
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Posted on Friday, April 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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The time is almost here. You’ve been waiting literally years to discover the secrets behind writer/director Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon‘s horror film The Cabin in the Woods and now, Slashfilm is partnering with FirstShowing.net and Lionsgate for a special advanced screening of the kick-ass, mind-blowing movie. It’ll take place April 9 in San Diego, California and after the film, stars Amy Acker and Kristen Connolly will be on hand to answer your questions. There will be also special themed posters, t-shirts and more.
For a look at the specially created poster for the evening, as well as how to get your free tickets, check out the links after the jump. Read More »
Project X, released last Friday, got some people angry, but Warner Bros. isn’t among those irritated by the teen party movie. The low-budget film is considered a success with $21m earned so far, and the studio and producers Todd Phillips and Joel Silver are already putting together plans for a sequel.
Michael Bacall (story and co-writer on the first movie) is working on a sequel treatment with Matt Drake. They started that work before the film was released, and in the wake of its success are moving forward. Until that’s handed in we’re not likely to get any more info, including whether or not any of the main cast (Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Brown) will return, or if the sequel would focus on different kids. [THR]
After the break, The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard talks about a Cloverfield sequel, Rose Byrne pitches Bridesmaids in Space, and Journey 3 director Brad Peyton hints at the film’s scope. Read More »
After a great many delays, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon‘s genre-twisting film The Cabin in the Woods is finally almost ready for release. The film screened at Harry Knowles’ birthday party/film fest BNAT at the end of last year, and wowed that audience. (Including Germain and Peter.) It will open the SXSW Film Festival later this week, and then hit theaters in April thanks to Lionsgate.
In anticipation of that SXSW appearance there is a new one-minute trailer for the film. The lore behind this movie is that it is a script that was treated with a lot of secrecy, and the first trailer for the film showed that the movie might indeed have a few weird secrets. I’ve heard that this new short trailer doesn’t give away those secrets in the way that some might be afraid of, and in the way that some will assume based on what the trailer does show, so it should be safe to proceed after the jump. Read More »
For a few years now, there has been no small amount of mystery surrounding The Cabin in the Woods, the horror film directed by Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard and co-written by Goddard and Joss Whedon. At one point you could find a great deal of praise about the script, without much specific mention of exactly what makes the story tick, and what (if anything) makes the movie different.
MGM shot the film in early 2009 with a pre-fame Chris Hemsworth in the lead, and a cast that includes Jesse Williams, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, and Richard Jenkins. MGM delayed the movie to convert it to 3D, and then the film nearly disappeared altogether thanks to the company’s bankruptcy.
But Lionsgate picked up the film a few months ago, and has just issued a trailer for the movie. The teaser poster that showed up last week promised a puzzle, and this trailer certainly seems to give away a couple of big points. I’d expect, however, that there’s more in store. Check out the first footage from The Cabin in the Woods below. Read More »
Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard are both responsible for some pretty fantastic pieces of recent popular culture. Whedon, of course, made Firefly, Buffy and Angel, Goddard had a hand in Alias, Lost and Cloverfield and currently the former is making The Avengers and the other is writing Spielberg’s Robopocalypse. But, several years ago, the two paired up to write a movie called The Cabin in the Woods. Goddard directed and while it was scheduled to come out in early 2010, the horror film sat on a shelf as its distributor, MGM, went through hell. Finally, it was rescued by Lionsgate and on April 13, Whedon and Goddard’s film will finally see a wide release.
We saw a cryptic teaser poster for the film a while back but with a new distributor comes new marketing and Lionsgate has just revealed their first teaser poster for The Cabin in the Woods. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
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Steven Spielberg‘s vision of a robot uprising needs some help. Deadline reports Robopocalypse, the sci-fi action film based on a book by Daniel H. Wilson and written by Drew Goddard, has grown so big, DreamWorks has decided to co-finance it with Fox. Fox will distribute internationally and Disney, via their 2009 deal with DreamWorks, will distribute domestically. They’re aiming for a July 3, 2013 release date. Read more about the project, and what this does to Lincoln, after the jump. Read More »