Character: Wendy Lin
Directed by: Drew Goddard
Written by: Drew Goddard, Joss Whedon
Cast Members: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Tom Lenk
Released date: April 13, 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
An affectionate, extremely knowing spoof that also manages to be a full-blooded, rip-snorting scary movie, this Joss Whedon production should have horror fans levitating off of their seats with bliss. Kicking off with the best title card of the year, the film follows a standard assortment of college kids (jock, stoner, cheerleader, bookish Final Girl, etc.) as they head to the creepy, cobwebby location of the title. Meanwhile, a pair of blasé white-collar drones (the wonderful Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) trudge through what appears to be just another day in the office. These plotlines are not altogether unrelated. Those averse to spoilers can be forgiven for applying earmuffs from here on out, but one of the beauties of Whedon and Drew Goddard's script is how it manages to continually up the ante, revealing the basics of its plot in the very first scene and then proceeding to run amuck within the boundaries it so gleefully establishes. (If you think you've got it figured out, just wait five minutes.) Although scoring major points for ambition, debuting director Goddard does occasionally struggle with the film's swings between laughs and screams, with a couple of promisingly scary scenes blunted by badly cued punch lines. In addition, as with many Whedon projects, some viewers may find this teetering on the edge of glibness, with every character sporting a full arsenal of almost too-clever wisecracks at the ready. Any such nitpicking, however, should be obliterated by Cabin's completely hellzapoppin' final act, which mashes-up seemingly every supernatural trope in existence into a coherent, outrageously plasma-soaked validation of the genre. In conclusion, if you have any interest in horror movies at all, you gotta see this. --Andrew Wright (Amazon.com)
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know the story, think again.
• Filmed on location in Vancouver; British Columbia, Canada.
• Amy’s character was classed as a “nervous woman in a lab coat”.
• The ‘monster’ and tagline had been kept under wraps.
• Slated for release on February 5, 2010 (US & UK).
• Has now been put back a year for the 3-D treatment, so the release date has been changed to January 14, 2011.
• Amy’s role has been confirmed (previously rumored, but taken to be true) by none other than Dollhouse co-star, Fran Kranz, on his official Twitter.
• Amy later confirmed her role in January 2010, which is a small part that took 3 weeks to film.
• The movie has now been delayed indefinitely, so a release date is currently unknown. [September 2010]
• During January 2011, it was confirmed that film studio MGM declared bankruptcy, thus once more shelving the film. The studio has since partnered with Sony, therefore increasing the chances of a film release. Fingers crossed!
• It was also confirmed that the film hadn’t completed the conversion to 3D so it is likely that the film will be released in 2D (i.e. normal standard) although it is not yet known whether it will be a theatrical or straight-to-DVD release.
• Announced during Comic-Con 2011 that the USA release date was [Friday] April 13, 2012; ended up being the same date for both US & UK theatrical releases.
• Now available to buy on Region 1 & 2 DVD — at long last!