What do you will get on ‘The Cabin in the Woods’? Joss Wheldon comes with his new horror movie ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ which offers a shocker ending that will amaze the fans. Who are the stars?????
Joss Whedon’s ‘Cabin’ is on lockdown
The Cabin in the Woods is furnished with all the décor found in the traditional teen slasher film: A remote house. Attractive young adults. Sexual tension. Creepy inhabitants nearby.
But it’s unlike any other horror movie. Beyond a labyrinth of twists, there’s a shocker ending that behooves fans of the genre to see the film (opening Friday) as soon as possible to avoid spoilers.
Followers of the movie’s producer, Joss Whedon (director of May 4′s The Avengers), who came up with the premise and co-wrote the script with first-time director Drew Goddard, would expect no less. Whedon’s deft, witty touch on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and re-imagining of science fiction in Firefly helped set off modern-day genre mashups. With Cabin, he’s at it again.
After coming up with the idea for the film five years ago, he huddled with Goddard, a writer on the series Buffy,Angel and Lost, to flesh out the story. They gave themselves room to pay homage to the genre — particularly films such as Halloween, Friday the 13th and The Evil Dead— and to put their own stamp on it as well.
“We love all the sandboxes, but we are both particularly horror aficionados,” Whedon says. “So it was fun to really step into the hard horror that (made us) cover our eyes with glee as children.”
After the film was shot three years ago in Vancouver, B.C., Cabin got caught up in MGM’s bankruptcy proceedings until Lionsgate “rode up on their white horse,” Whedon says.
Despite some frustration while waiting for the film to resurface, “the truth is everything has worked out for the best for us,” Goddard says. “We are at a studio that supports us, and our actors have gone on to be superstars in some cases.”
The film stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor in The Avengers), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Kristen Connolly (As the World Turns), Anna Hutchison (Power Rangers Jungle Fury) and Fran Kranz (Dollhouse).
Also appearing are two names you might not expect to find in a horror movie cast: Richard Jenkins, an Oscar nominee for best actor in The Visitor, and Bradley Whitford, best known for the role of Josh Lyman on The West Wing.
“They wrote this unbelievably complicated story,” Jenkins says. “As good as the script is, the movie is better.”
Determined to not give away any plot surprises, Whitford would describe his and Jenkins’ roles only as “creepy babysitters.” Acknowledging that he’s not “a horror guy,” Whitford says he took the role because “I love Joss and I am very interested in (his) brilliant, entertaining, hilarious, perverse, astute vision thing.”
The spark for the film? “I’m always asking, ‘Why does a blond girl in the alley go into that alley in the first place?’ This is an answer to that,” Whedon says. “People will be surprised, and they will also be scared and amused.”
Asked a question about a scene in the film that probably will drive horror fans to repeat viewings, Whedon whispers, “We’re not going to talk about that, because that’s a secret.”
He knows he has made it tough on studio Lionsgate to promote the film.
“They took it knowing this was going to be the hardest film they have got to market because the best way for people to see it is not knowing anything,” he says. “That’s a hard way to get people into theaters.” (Mike Snider – USA TODAY)