Release Date: April 13, 2012 Studio: Lionsgate Director: Drew Goddard Screenwriter: Drew Goddard, Joss Whedon Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Brian White Genre: Horror MPAArating: R (strong bloody horror violence and gore, language, drug use and some sexuality/nudity)
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.
If you were paying attention to us here at Shock last year, then you know that we’re really big fans of Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods, and we hope all of you share our feelings. We have some good news for anyone that is as obsessed as we are - The Cabin in the Woods is coming to Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando! Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Today, our “best of 2012″ turns to Jeff Allard. Jeff has been writing for us for quite a while and I respect his work, moreover, his opinion. If you’ve been following our year-end lists this week, you might have noticed a pattern in our selections. Well, Jeff is here to break things up. We’ll begin with his “honorable mentions.” Head inside for his “top 5.” - Ryan Turek, Managing Editor
Honorable Mentions: Shark fans should give Bait a look as it’s one of the best examples of the shark sub-genre; The Collection was the gnarliest slasher pic of the year; Tim Burton made one of his best recent films with Frankenweenie, a true love letter to Monster Kids; and although it probably would’ve worked better as an installment of an anthology show as the story felt padded out to feature length, Sinister nonetheless achieved some of the year’s best scares.
All week long, ShockTillYouDrop.com’s contributing writers are weighing in their favorite horror films of the year. Today, we continue with Spencer Perry’s picks. What made the cut? Head inside to find out! You’ll also find links to our previous “Best of” lists. As always, feel free to use our comment boards to weigh in with your picks. Just keep it classy.
2012, in horror, has had its ups and downs.
I found that a lot of the titles that I wanted to consider for the list were initially released in 2011. For that matter, three of the titles that did make the list were in the can for some time before finally receiving distribution or US distribution in 2012.
Head inside for my top five horror films of the year!
Look for a “best of 2012″ list from each of Shock’s contributing writers throughout the week!
Optimism has been renewed. Things might be looking up for horror. For the last two years or so, I always frowned at the task of creating a year-end “top 10” list. It got to a point where I felt compelled to par back and draft only a “top five.” This year, however, I break the norm and present eight films. I’m happy to say coming up with top five was all too easy and I really didn’t want to leave three titles behind, so here are my “top eight horror films of 2012.”
Over-all, the year was a mixed bag – as each year in the genre tends to be – although I’m always hopeful that we’ll soon have 12 months where the good far outweighs the bad. Speaking of “bad,” let me take a moment to fire off some of the titles that would have made a “worst of 2012” list had I created a separate article. You ready? The Devil Inside (atrocious, not to mention incomplete), House at the End of the Street (inept), The Woman in Black (generic), The Raven (predictable), Silent Hill: Revelation (boring) and Smiley (nonsensical drivel).
This year proved that the big studios still don’t know quite what to do with the genre, so we get clunky fare like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter or Dark Shadows, the aforementioned The Raven or The Apparition. Three of the films that made my top six this year were studio release; out of that group one was long-delayed and another was made through a smaller company yet given a wide release. This further reinforces that the studios in the Hollywood system are slightly misguided about the genre and for quality and diversity, horror fans should turn their attention towards the direct-to-DVD or VOD market.
In the ’90s, Richard Jenkins jumped onto this writer’s horror radar when he appeared briefly in the 1994 Jack Nicholson vehicle Wolf. Jenkins’ part was small. He played a detective who was often on the receiving end of Michelle Pfeiffer’s sassiness Later, he co-starred in Flirting With Disaster, exercising his comedic chops as a cop who trips balls on Lily Tomlin and Alan Alda’s acid. Needless to say, his performance left and impression and I knew he’d be one to watch.
Since then, he has been well utilized: Six Feet Under, Step Brothers, Burn After Reading, Let Me In and, more recently, The Cabin in the Woods, hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week.
Shock was more than thrilled to get the chance to speak to Jenkins about the film and his time on set playing opposite Bradley Whitford. The two are truly a large part of Cabin’s success and what they bring to the table – as the story’s “puppet masters” (if you want to call them that) – is nothing short of hilarious.
We told you to see The Cabin in the Woods when it came out in theaters. Did you listen? Well, some of you did.
If you didn’t, September 18th is your day to remedy that glaring problem you’ve got there. That’s when Lionsgate Home Entertainment brings the film to DVD and Blu-ray jam-packed with special features.
In anticipation of this release, we spoke with co-writer and director Drew Goddard one more time. After the jump, read our chat which touches on some of the bonus content featured on the disc, the creatures of Cabin in the Woods and Goddard’s thoughts on the Marvel cinematic universe now that Cabin’s co-writer/producer, Joss Whedon, has committed to superheroes for the next few years.