The Cabin in the Woods – A New Spin On An Old Premise

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If you’re thinking to yourself, “Another horror film about a Cabin-O-Death®?  Meh.” then either stop thinking or think again.  The Cabin in the Woods is a revitalizing twist on a clichéd premise guaranteed to make you change your mind about this old horror trope.  Leave it to Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard to take a well-worn idea and make something original and totally unexpected.  After all, fans expect nothing less from them and it doesn’t look like anyone’s going to be disappointed, at least not in the film.  They can’t guarantee the quality of the popcorn at your local cinaplex, but there’s little doubt you’ll enjoy their creation.

Originally filmed in 2009 and stuck in limbo until recently, the cabin will finally make it out of the woods and into theaters on April 13, 2012.  Fittingly, that’s Friday the 13th.  Fans have been begging for the release of this movie for years, even spawning a Facebook page appropriately called Release Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods.  Well fans, you can finally stop screaming for the movie’s release and scream while you watch it!  Ah, the long awaited scream of victory is finally here.  Well, almost here.  Good enough.

Here’s the official plot synopsis (which is always better than some randomly made up synopsis, don’t you think?):

 Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen.

If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.

Produced by Whedon and directed by Goddard from a script by both, the film stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford.

Enough talk.  Grab some popcorn and watch the trailer!

Still got a few kernels in the bottom of that bucket?  No problem because I’ve provided a TV spot to help you finish it off.  No need to thank me, I do it because I care.

Here’s the official press release from Lionsgate:

Santa Monica, CA, July 20, 2011 LIONSGATE (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, acquired worldwide distribution rights to the horror film THE CABIN IN THE WOODS from MGM and scheduled the film to be released on April 13, 2012, it was announced today jointly by Joe Drake, President of the Motion Picture Group, and Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions.  The company will be distributing the film in North America and the UK, with Lionsgates international sales team handling overseas sales.

The film was co-written by Joss Whedon (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, FIREFLY, the upcoming Marvel film THE AVENGERS) and writer Drew Goddard (CLOVERFIELD, LOST, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), and marks Goddards directorial debut.  Whedon also produced the film, which he has described as the horror movie to end all horror movies. The film is wildly imaginative and intensely horrific, toying with every convention of its genre while at the same time raising their stakes exponentially.

THORs Chris Hemsworth stars as a young professional who visits a quaint cabin in the woods with a group of friends and ends up scratching the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out.

Richard Jenkins (LET ME IN), Bradley Whitford (THE WEST WING), Kristen Connolly (THE HAPPENING), Brian J. White (STOMP THE YARD), Amy Acker (ANGEL), Fran Kranz (DONNIE DARKO), and Jesse Williams (BROOKLYNS FINEST) also star in the film.

“This is a movie that operates on many levels, and it works gloriously on every one of them,” said Joe Drake.  “There is intense fan anticipation for this film, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to deliver what we’re sure will be a major zeitgeist movie and an instant horror classic- and on a Friday the 13th no less.”

Added Constantine, “Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard are two filmmakers who I have long admired, and it’s an honor and a delight to be in business with them.  They’ve made an incredibly terrifying, mind-blowing movie that simultaneously celebrates and innovates the genre that they both know and love so well.”

Said Goddard, “Lionsgate’s passion and enthusiasm for our movie has been so overwhelming, I had to go back and make sure we didn’t accidentally screen The Godfather for them.   Fortunately, we did not.  We couldn’t be happier at our new home.”

Added Whedon, “I’m thrilled that Cabin has landed at Lionsgate because they get and love the film and I’m excited to be working with them on the release.”

Negotiations on behalf of Lionsgate were overseen by Constantine along with Lionsgate’s SVP of Acquisitions Eda Kowan and EVP of Business & Legal Affairs Wendy Jaffe.

For even more information and updates, visit The Cabin in the Woods Facebook Page and the movie’s Official Website.

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Tom Gardiner