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

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood March 23, 2012 at 5:24PM

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

This article is related to: Horror , Thriller, SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard, Paramount, Lionsgate

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.