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'The Cabin in the Woods' Review, Whedon & Goddard Talk, Latest Snarky Clip

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 11, 2012 at 4:22PM

Lionsgate acquisitions chief Jason Constantine rescued horror comedy "The Cabin in the Woods," co-written by producer Joss Whedon ("The Avengers") and rookie director Drew Goddard, from post-MGM limbo. (Lionsgate paid considerably less for worldwide rights than the $41 million MGM shelled out to make it.
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The filmmakers didn't want the movie to devolve into a mash-up, says Goddard. "There is an overall aesthetic to where we didn't want the thing to feel schizophrenic while we reference other movies. It stands alone."

Goddard admits that Whedon was his partner in crime. "He was there when I needed him. I'd send up the the Joss signal and he's come to my side." But Goddard comes out of this as a credible writer-director. He's been working with Steven Spielberg penning multiple drafts of DreamWorks' upcoming sci-fi epic "Robopocalypse," a hard-science look at the future "if technology turns on us," he says. Spielberg is in pre-production now; it's set for release by Fox in July 2013.

Lionsgate's first "Cabin in the Woods" clip introed a fatal truth-or-date game, posted here and below, while the second clip continues this horror/comedy mash-up, with only four of the original five -- the sexy blonde is missing. Hmmm.

"Cabin in the Woods" also stars Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz and Jesse Williams.

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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.