Here’s What’s Going On 07/02/2013: Universal to Offer Real CABIN IN THE WOODS

Writer/Director Drew Goddard to adapt horror satire for Halloween Horror Nights… JACOB’S LADDER being climbed once more… A bonding experience doesn’t go quite as planned in BEST FRIENDS FOREVER…
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The Cabin in the Woods & Lockout: The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast – 3:15

Adhering to Form: Fran Kranz preps for survival in THE CABIN IN THE WOODS.
Adhering to Form: Fran Kranz preps for survival in THE CABIN IN THE WOODS.

Joss Whedon has just been the busy, busy little bee lately, hasn’t he? He was one of the producers of the Morgan Spurlock documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE last week; he’s the director of eagerly awaited THE AVENGERS, coming up in May; and this past weekend he produced and helped co-write THE CABIN IN THE WOODS with first-time director Drew Goddard (who previously wrote CLOVERFIELD). A deconstruction of the by-now-well-known stock “slasher” horror movie, CABIN takes its clutch of cliche teenagers (played by Kristen Connolly, THOR’s Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchinson, DOLLHOUSE’s Fran Kranz and Jesse Williams) besieged in a country cabin by a family of zombie sadists, and twists the scenario around by having it being monitored and manipulated by a bunch of shirt-sleeve, nine-to-fivers (including Richard Jenkins, Amy Acker, and Bradley Whitford), for mysterious ends.
Join Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons as they critique the critique, looking into what Goddard and Whedon bring to the (torture) table above and beyond a replication of the form, how the film’s mythology holds up under close scrutiny, and whether the SCREAM franchise has anything to worry about. Then, the gang takes a capsule look at the outer space prison riot film LOCKOUT. Plus: What’s coming in theaters.