THE CABIN IN THE WOODS: Joss Whedon Answers Fan Questions

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS: Joss Whedon Answers Fan Questions

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS: Joss Whedon Answers Fan Questions

Following the debut of a new theatrical poster, hit the jump for a revealing Q&A session with Marvel's The Avengers director Joss Whedon about his and Drew Goddard's unique take on the horror genre; The Cabin in the Woods.

Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favourites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. Produced by Whedon and directed by Goddard from a script by both, the film stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford.

What will The Cabin in the Woods bring to the screen that’s different from previous horror tales?

Well I think Cabin is a classic horror movie and then it is the least classic horror movie I’ve ever made; it really explodes the genre at the same time as it celebrates it. And to me it’s not the final statement but a final statement on the genre - in a way that I think is very new.

Is it true that The Cabin in the Woods is one of those films you should know as little as possible about?

Yes I can say that you will have a great deal more fun the less you know. It’s a film that actually unfolds within the course of the film instead of just setting up the premise and then paying it off. And that’s something that doesn’t happen that often, particularly in horror. I would definitely recommend staying spoiler free.

Would you say the film is as much a comedy as a horror?

It’s definitely a horror film, I mean there’s no way Drew Goddard and I aren’t going to write a lot of jokes - because that’s who we are - we had an enormous amount of fun and there is an element of absurdity in the movie that you can’t deny, but, it’s a horror movie straight up.

Besides the Evil Dead, which scary movies was The Cabin in the Woods most influenced by?

There are so many answers to that question and some of them would contain spoilers that it’s hard to say. We love the sort of ‘70s / early ‘80s classics. Carpenter was a big influence in his directing, and the Wes Craven’s and the ones where they were still fresh and still newly terrifying.

Could you describe the collaborative process between director Drew Goddard and yourself during the writing?

Writing with Drew is always ridiculously fun, because he’s completely out of his mind and so funny and so dear, and the two of us we’re so on the same track. And yet we’re just different enough that we kept sort of throwing each other curves. It’s a glorious experience.

Were there ever any disagreements between you a Drew? If so who won?

In terms of the narrative, there were none. We would not have gone into it if we didn’t know that we were going to be very simpatico. But even I couldn’t have predicted... I would have thought there would be something. A name... ’Is that a good name?’ ‘Can we change that name?’ No, we just kept impressing each other.

What’s your favourite movie twist?

Well, I got to see The Sixth Sense without any spoilers, that was pretty fun. I know it’s a cliché now but at the time it was like ‘Oh my goodness!’

The makers of The Cabin in the Woods are also offering fans a chance to win some great prizes via a Twitter race called, "Road Twip". Click HERE for more details on how to enter and stay tuned to CBM for more updates on the highly anticipated horror flick over the next few weeks.


Kristen Connolly as Dana
Chris Hemsworth as Curt
Anna Hutchison as Jules
Fran Kranz as Marty
Jesse Williams as Holden
Richard Jenkins as Sitterson
Bradley Whitford as Hadley
Brian White as Truman
Amy Acker asLin

RELEASE DATE: April 13th, 2012.

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