We here at MTV Movies Blog love “The Cabin in the Woods.” There is no way around it. We love it so much, in fact, that it’s really important to us that you love it too. So in the lead-up to this Friday’s release of “Cabin,” we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about the film from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard.
But here’s the thing. You’re not supposed to know that much. We respect that as much as anyone else who has seen “Cabin,” so here are the five things we can actually safely say about “The Cabin in the Woods.”
The official production notes for “The Cabin in the Woods” tell you everything you’ll need to know about the film before heading into the theater. “Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen.” That’s the official plot summary for a reason, so before you think, “Oh, that’s a really boring premise,” check yourself. That’s the humor of the movie, so if you don’t get it, maybe this isn’t the movie for you.
One of the great tragedies of “The Cabin in the Woods” is that the movie was supposed to come out two years ago. The world was supposed to be in year two of the post-“Cabin” bliss, but instead MGM filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and spoiled the fun. “Cabin” sat on the shelf for nearly two years—at one point, there were talks of a 3D conversion. Eventually, Lionsgate ended up with it and will release it in glorious 2D.
Whedon Works With Friends
Whedon has earned a reputation for filling out roles with people he knows. One of the key roles in “Cabin” went to Fran Kranz, who had previously worked with Whedon on the show “Dollhouse.” Whedon’s two films with Chris Hemsworth were much more coincidental. Hemsworth had already joined “Thor” before Whedon was attached to “The Avengers.”
Not Knowing A Lot Actually Matters
The thing you’re most likely to hear about “Cabin” is that you shouldn’t know anything going in. They are not lying to you. (Why would they lie to you?) The secrecy is there for a reason, and it’s not to protect the final twist at the end of the movie. The whole effect of the movie relies on figuring out what the hell is going on as the movie progresses. It’s carefully made to give you just enough information to keep you as interested as possible.
That used to be the point of going to the movies. Most times when thinking back to what you thought of a movie, words like “good,” “sucked” and “really sucked” will come up, but when was the last time you thought a movie was genuinely “fun.” The fun of “Cabin” makes it feel like a more active experience than most movies. You’re sitting there trying to figure it all out, but you’re also just enjoying the ride. Seeing “Cabin in the Woods” is a true theater-going experience, and one that should not be missed.
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