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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If there’s a genre that the guys at Mondo love to make posters for, it’s horror movies. And one film they’d never made a poster for, until today that is, was one of the greatest horror movies of all time: William Friedken‘s The Exorcist. Then, just to mix an old classic with one in the making, they’ve also revealed a poster for Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods.
Both posters are by the fantastic Phantom City Creative and you can see them in their full glory, as well as find out when to buy them, after the jump. Read More »
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 »
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 »
Drew Goddard‘s long delayed deconstructive horror film, The Cabin in the Woods, is so good it deserves a massive coming out party. That’s exactly what it’s going to get this March.
The Cabin in the Woods was just announced as the opening night film of the 2012 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival which will take place in Austin, Texas from March 9-17. Co-writer and producer Joss Whedon will be on hand for a conversation panel the day after the upcoming HBO TV show Girls, produced by Judd Apatow and starring Lena Dunham, will also debut, screening several episodes along with Q&As featuring much of the creative team. Read more about the film, the show and the festival itself after the jump. Read More »
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Where can you be the among the first audiences ever to see The Cabin in the Woods, The Grey, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the first trailers for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and G.I. Joe Retaliation as well as huge upcoming titles like The Adventures of Tintin, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol all in one sitting, all for one ticket price, with the best film audience imaginable? Butt-Numb-A-Thon, of course.
For movie fans, Butt-Numb-A-Thon is the biggest and most rewarding test of film going stamina out there today. Now in its thirteenth year, this annual film festival celebrating the birthday of Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles is 24 straight hours of new and vintage films played to a hand-picked audience of fans who had to jump through all sorts of hoops to attend. Homework assignments, applications, embarrassing photos. Butt-Numb-A-Thon is not only a marathon of film watching, it’s a decathlon of film passion.
This year’s Butt-Numb-A-Thon, dubbed Butt-Numb-A-Thon Thirteen Wolf, featured an almost staggering amount of new movies, some incredible vintage films and surprises galore. Both Peter and I were lucky enough to have our applications accepted and you can read a full recap and more 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 »
One of the films that got caught up in the tumultuous financial collapse at MGM was The Cabin in the Woods, which Joss Whedon co-wrote with Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard, who also directed. The film stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in a story that tweaks the classic horror plot setup that plops a handful of people into a cabin in the middle of nowhere.
Now, years after it was completed, the film is going to be released by LionsGate, and we’ve got the first promo image after the break. Read More »