Entering its 23rd year, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights has a simple directive: to scare you senseless. While the haunted mazes inspired by original and obscure content offer plenty of chills, the main draw is being able to step inside a beloved horror franchise. This year’s incarnation dares fans to confront the demons of Evil Dead, the lickers of Resident Evil, the lycanthropes of An American Werewolf in London, the shuffling walkers of The Walking Dead, and the smorgasbord of baddies beneath The Cabin in the Woods. Universal Studios invited /Film to a V.I.P. – sorry, R.I.P – opening night, beginning with a special walk-through with the creator of a bona fide classic. Read More »
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The characters of Cabin in the Woods would’ve done anything to get out of the titular house of horrors, but Universal Orlando hopes that fans of Cabin in the Woods will be equally eager to get in. The theme park has announced a maze based on the movie, which will open this fall for Halloween Horror Nights 23 celebration. Hit the jump for the details.
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Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
The Alamo Drafthouse brand is beloved among moviegoers for their plush theaters, but it’s revered for their impeccable taste in movies. Whether programming a film festival or picking up indies for distribution, they’ve demonstrated an eye for films that aren’t just good, but unique.
With 2012 on its way out, the company has just released its list of their ten favorite movies from the year. Some of the titles were as successful at the box office as they were with critics, while others are more off the beaten track, but all are well worth checking out. Read their picks after the jump.
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Fair warning. This is one of those articles you’re going to wish you hadn’t read because it’s about something incredibly cool that almost was, but never will be. When Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard first finished The Cabin in the Woods (which, we all remember, was several years before it was actually released) plans were set into motion for a themed expansion pack with the zombie game Left 4 Dead that would’ve allowed fans to play through scenarios in the movie. Unfortunately, when MGM went bankrupt and the film got delayed, the game went away. But in his recent Reddit AMA, the co-writer and director spoke a bit about what this game would have been. Read his quote after the jump. Read More »
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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On April 9 2012, readers of /Film as well as FirstShowing.net were treated to a free, early screening of Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods in San Diego, CA. The film, co-written by Joss Whedon, is about a group of friends who think they’re just going on a nice quiet wilderness vacation and find something much, much more. Star Kristen Connolly was on hand to answer questions, fans got free swag and all was right with the world.
After the screening fans were asked to line up and tell us what they thought of the film. Russ has already weighed in with his thoughts and, after the jump, see what your fellow readers thought . Read More »
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 »
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