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First Watch: 'Cabin in the Woods' Covers Its Cliches in Horror Film Send-Up

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by Maggie Lange
March 23, 2012 5:24 PM
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"The Cabin in the Woods."
"The Cabin in the Woods."

"Cabin in the Woods" has a telling first clip: hilariously, the movie takes on horror cliches.  See below.

Paramount's "Cabin in the Woods" was long delayed by MGM's bankruptcy.  Lionsgate rescued the flick, and knows exactly how to sell a smart, ironic, genre-busting film like this.  While director and co-writer Drew Goddard has begged critics to keep a lid on the film's many secrets, we can tell you that Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins are manipulating these kids from a distance...

Producer/co-writer Joss Whedon ("The Avengers") and Goddard revealed in a SXSW Q&A that they camped out in their own cabin for three days, churning out 15 pages a day to produce the film script.

"It was not easy, except that it was the easiest thing I've ever done," said Whedon. "Clearly on one level it's about being a writer. We picked these two guys to be us, manipulating people. Write what you know."  Goddard insists that the movie "comes from a place of love...and 'fuck it.' If we could do what we wanted to do, we prayed somebody would let us make it. We just enjoyed doing it. It seems to have worked out."

Liongsgate will open "Cabin in the Woods" April 13, 2012.

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