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SXSW Friday: "The Cabin in the Woods" Premieres On The Festival's Opening Night

Katie Lemon |
March 9, 2012 | 4:23 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

The cast and crew of "The Cabin in the Woods." (Katie Lemon/ Neon Tommy)
The cast and crew of "The Cabin in the Woods." (Katie Lemon/ Neon Tommy)
The Cabin in the Woods," a horror film, premiered last night at SXSW's film festival.

Following the screening, director and co-writer Drew Goddard, producer and co-writer Josh Whedon along with cast members Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly and Anna Hutchison held a question and answer session.  

The film tells the story of five college students who set out to enjoy a weekend at a remote cabin in the woods. However, the peaceful weekend they hoped for goes horribly wrong when they discover unsettling secrets beneath the cabin. Hilarity and gore ensue as the filmmakers take an audience for a completely extravagant ride.

“Please keep the story to yourself,” whispered screenwriter Josh Whedon to the audience just before the screening. He claimed the production attempted to make the film’s marketing campaign as secretive as possible.

The film incorporates all story aspects of classic horror films – humor, gore, zombies, suspense and sensuality.

The cabin even directly and intentionally resembles the cabin in the film “Evil Dead.” The film also echoes the tones and outrageousness of “Jennifer’s Body,” a recent blockbuster starring Megan Fox. The storyline will take viewers on a completely surprising journey. “The Cabin in the Woods” has paved the way for a new type of horror film – the modern epic horror film. Expect the unexpected.

One audience member asked Goddard if he intended to make the “last horror movie of all time.” After audience laughter, Goddard replied sarcastically, “Yes. Hope you all love rom-coms cause that’s exactly what you’re getting.”

The SXSW premiere marks a great accomplishment for the cast and crew as the film was neglected for a long period of time before Lions Gate Entertainment finally picked it up.

“This is a dream come true,” said Goddard.  

“The Cabin in the Woods” is set to hit theaters on April 13, 2012.

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