The Cabin in the Woods - Page 2

Retro Rental: If You Liked 'The Cabin in the Woods' Try 'Capricorn One'

by James Rocchi April 19, 2012 @ 9:14 AM
Lionsgate/Warner Bros.
[Each week, inspired by what's in theaters or in the news or even just by random firings of neurons, film critic James Rocchi presents "Retro Rental," a look at an older film on disc or download that links up to the here-and-now.]
Now that many of you -- or a lucky few, anyhow -- have seen 'The Cabin in the Woods,' the goofy/gruesome horror-comedy, let's assume that anyone who's going to read this has seen the film so we can talk honestly and openly.

What is Really Lurking Underneath ‘The Cabin in the Woods?'

by Christopher Campbell April 16, 2012 @ 1:46 PM
While it is true that ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ is the most reflexive horror movie since ‘Scream,’ there is a major difference between the films’ employment of self-awareness. ‘Scream’ simply takes place in a universe in which characters are familiar with other horror movies. It could pretty much be set in the real world. ‘Cabin,’ on the other hand, is very much outside that universe and looking in. It’s not so outside the fourth wall that characters know they’re just characters in a movie, but it’s pretty close.
Even more than a Charlie Kaufman brand deconstruction, ‘Cabin’ is pretty much just an illustrated term paper on genre theory. And now that the film has hit theaters and we can talk openly about it, let's grade that term paper.

Weekend Box Office Report: 'The Hunger Games' Clings to the Top Spot

by Jacob Hall April 15, 2012 @ 9:16 PM
Despite a handful of brand new wide releases, 'The Hunger Games' continued to thoroughly squash its competition without anything remotely resembling mercy, taking the top spot at the box office for the fourth week in a row. With a weekend gross of $21.5 million, the violent, dystopic science fiction flick (but you know, for kids) continued its march to the coveted $400 million mark with no signs of stopping, slowing or giving anything else in the multiplex a break.

Richard Jenkins And Bradley Whitford Interview: What Can They Tell Us About 'Cabin In The Woods'

by Sean O'Connell April 13, 2012 @ 11:34 AM
Who the heck are these guys? And what, exactly, can we tell you about them without ruining part of the fun of ‘The Cabin in the Woods,’ which is now playing in a theater near you? (Once you’ve finished reading this, be sure to go.)
Directed by Drew Goddard, who co-wrote with Joss Whedon, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ gleefully subverts the horror genre and emerges as a giddy crowd-pleaser, easily one of the best films I’ve seen so far this year (and one of the smartest horror movies you’ll ever see). In the film, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford play Sitterson and Hadley, co-workers on a suspicious project who … well, I’m not sure I can tell you yet.
Can Jenkins and Whitford -- tremendous character actors given the chance to sink their teeth into a unique genre – better explain how they fit into Goddard and Whedon’s intricate puzzle? We’ll give them a shot in our exclusive interview:

'The Cabin in the Woods' Review

by Matt Singer April 12, 2012 @ 8:00 AM
Occasionally there is a film that sparks some spirited discussion and debate. Such is the case with this week's 'The Cabin in the Woods.' As such, critics Jordan Hoffman and Matt Singer have teamed up for a joint-review to work out their thoughts on the film together.
Jordan Hoffman: Since I just came back from a Passover Seder, the Hebrew word "Dayenu" comes to mind. "Dayenu," a sentiment expressed by the Israelites after God freed them from the Egyptians, loosely translates as "it would have sufficed." Or, as my grandmother would put it: "No, no, don't make a fuss."
If Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon had joined forces to give us a standard slasher thriller in a rote setting, it would have sufficed. If they'd just thrown in Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins as some sort of omnipotent string-pullers, it would have sufficed. But this is just tip of the iceberg stuff. I feel like Goddard and Whedon made 'The Cabin in the Woods' because they were tired of films with cool concepts left unfulfilled by halfhearted executions. This is a movie meant specifically for people who are tired of being able to predict where films are going to go.

Drew Goddard Interview: The Director Takes Us Inside the 'Cabin in the Woods'

by Jordan Hoffman April 11, 2012 @ 11:21 AM
Drew Goddard is making movies just for you.
The writer of many 'Buffy,' 'Angel' and 'Alias' episodes (as well as 'Cloverfield') has planted his butt firmly in the director's chair for 'Cabin in the Woods,' a film made by horror fans, for horror fans.  Co-written by Joss Whedon ('The Avengers'), the film was shot for MGM just in time for it to sit on a shelf while that studio roiled in financial difficulty.
After a triumphant screening last year at Butt-Numb-a-Thon and, a few weeks back, at SXSW, 'Cabin' and all of its secrets are coming to a theater near you. We had the good fortune to speak with Mr. Goddard about the film, the secrets and its inspirations.

'Cabin In The Woods' Clip Is Ready To Play Truth Or Dare

by Melissa Molina March 23, 2012 @ 3:41 PM
Truth or dare is a silly little game that a lot of us have played at some point when we were teenagers. It's a simple enough game that not only forces everybody to interact with each other but dish out their secrets against their will. It's a cute game, it can be a little scary depending on what you have to confess to, but it's a lot scarier to play the game when the house is suddenly taking part in it.