— by JEREMíAS MAGNAGHI —
If an old man warns you not to go there… make fun of him.
Little is known about “The Cabin in the Woods,” the horror flick directed by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alum Drew Goddard (also “Cloverfield’s” writer). The movie is co-written by Goddard and, yes, you guessed it, Joss Whedon.
Originally intended to be released in February 2010, it has been delayed until Jan. 14, 2011, so it can be converted to 3D … which seems to be happening a lot right now.
The film reunites a few of Whedon’s usual suspects: Amy Acker (“Angel,” “Dollhouse”), Fran Kranz (“Dollhouse”) and Tom Lenk (“Buffy”). Also, Bradley Whitford, Anna Hutchinson, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and “Thor” himself — Chris Hemsworth — are part of the cast.
There has been much speculation about the script, since Whedon and Goddard have said next to nothing about it. As far as we know, it’s about some college kids going to a, yes, that’s right, cabin in the woods, although it promises to put a new twist on this old, clichéd scenario (as the tagline in the title shows).
But recently, Acker let slip that “there’s a lot of scary monsters,” and later that week, Kranz confirmed that “it’s got a lot of different scary things.” In that same interview, Kranz revealed that the movie’s officially finished and it’s awaiting 3D conversion.
What can we expect from this? Well, Whedon himself has called this a “game-changer,” and the “horror film to end all horror films.” Witty dialogue and funnies in the middle of chaos is also to be expected. But, knowing Joss’ body of work, there’s only one recommendation: expect the unexpected. Oh, and the death of someone you like.
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Jeremías Magnaghi is a moderator in The IJM forum under the name superboy13.