Big Budget

Cabin in the Woods (2012) - Drew Goddard

The teen horror movie aesthetic is fully explained in this satire of all horror films. Boasting some huge names that actually pull their weight makes for a really great watch and fun horror movie to delight just about anyone. The film started with a 30 million dollar budget and had Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard attached. Both are hugely talented. Whedon comes off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Goddard comes off of Lost and Cloverfield. Not exactly lightweights. 

The film takes slasher horror in a whole new direction. While it adds a surprising and very pleasing dark humor aspect to the movie, it doesn't skimp on the things that matter. The movie still elicits a fear. It has grizzly imagery and puts characters that you can relate with in a frightening situation. It's bloody and gory. It has action and a slight sense of adventure. Cabin in the Woods is one of the rare horror movies that utilize the full spectrum of theater and delivers well. 

In the usual fare, a group of young adult/late-teen's are spending the weekend at a Cabin in the Woods. This isn't just a normal run-of-the-mill type Cabin either. Other than being infested with creepies and crawlies. Murderers and psychotic slashers. This cabin hides a secret. A secret that might change the way things work in horror movies forever! 

It behooves me not to divulge anything about this movie to those that hasn't seen it yet. Just know that if you love horror movies and you are a fan of the macabre. Then this movie is going to be right up your alley. It delves deep into this style of horror film and explains all that it can. Check it out and you will not be sad. 


Drew Goddard




Satire Teen Survival Horror

Did ya know: The movie's opening was a deliberate attempt by filmmakers Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon to confuse the audience and make them think they walked in to see the wrong movie. During the lake scene, the only student not to jump into the lake is Marty, who remains fully clothed on the dock. This was partially due to Fran Kranz noticeably being in as good if not better shape than the other male students. In the commentary for the film, the writers joke that he was "ripped like muscular Jesus" and assert that if Marty were shown being that fit it would ruin the character. This is partly also why Marty wears baggier clothes than the other students. The thermal coffee mug/bong was a fully functional mug and bong as portrayed in the film, the prototype of which cost $5000 to make.