Basically, "The Cabin in the Woods" went and took all the usual conventions of an increasingly tired horror genre, balled 'em up into a bloody weird wad of awesome and then proceeded to blow everybody's minds with an endless barrage of monsters. The movie went from your everyday boo factor trip to some creepy old house into this gnarly statement on mortality and fear and a buncha other stuff that we still don't quite understand ... all stemming from the twisted little mind-matching of director Drew Goddard and his pal Joss Whedon.
And while Whedon's been off imbibing Shakespeare and preparing for "The Avengers 2," Goddard's been busy tooling on a way to keep right on creepin' everyone out with his board full of ghouls, and now he's found it. This Halloween, the Universal Studios-going world will have the chance to visit an actual "Cabin in the Woods" maze designed in part by the man himself.
Yep, Goddard's ready to give his public an up close and personal experience with the "Cabin," fit with all the freaky trimmings.
"We are building the cabin completely. You're going to walk through a forest to get there. You're going into the cabin. You're going to go into the cube cells. We're literally taking everything we can in the film and giving you a kind of best-of montage of the film with this kind of linking story," a Universal Studios rep explained to Zap2it. "You're going to be in the control room when merman attacks."
Evidently, they've cooked up a storyline for the little foot adventure involving visitors basically becoming the newcomer to the facility and then witnessing all the sacrifices and scares first-hand. That includes bringing in some familiar, um, faces from the movie like our friends the Sugarplum Fairy and the "Hell Lord" ...
... but also there'll be a few of the park's own Hallows Eve party alums along with "some of the creatures that were just on the screens in the control room of movie." As if there weren't enough to showcase already.
For Goddard, this maze idea was something he'd been looking to get going for a while now. "My wish for 'Cabin' was always that it would live on outside the film, that people would take that ball and run with it," the writer-director explained, "and I can't imagine a better fit for what we were trying to do with the movie than to make a maze out of it."
He and the park's team are working on scripting the new storyline and wouldn't comment as to whether any of the film's castmembers would be involved but did indicate that some "scare actors" will be utilized alongside animatronics.
Tickets for the Halloween Horror Nights 23 exhibit, running Sept. 20 to Nov. 2, are already on sale.