As I’ve said again and again, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon‘s The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best “horror” movies I’ve ever seen, and it’s easily one of my favorite films this year. While many of you might love the horror genre, I find it repetitive and stale. It seems like the genre is stuck in neutral, and no one is making any progress forward. But that all changed after I saw Cabin in the Woods. Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the film turns “horror” on its head, and I loved every second of it. For more on the film, here’s Matt’s glowing review and interviews with Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford as well as Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams & Kristen Connolly.
Right before this year’s SXSW, I sat down with co-writer and director Drew Goddard for an extended video interview. Since we both didn’t want to spoil any of the twists and turns of the movie, our conversation is spoiler free. During the wide ranging conversation we talked about making The Cabin in the Woods, the status of the Cloverfield sequel, Alias, Buffy, Angel, Lost, (he was a writer on all four series) Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse (which he’s writing), his reaction to seeing The Avengers, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Last week, the trailer for the re-imagining of the 1980′s classic Fright Night hit the web, giving fans a sneak peek at what this new version would look and feel like, when it hits theaters on August 19th. After its debut, Collider spoke to screenwriter Marti Noxon in this exclusive interview about her thoughts on the trailer, if there was anything she wished they’d left out, and how well it represents the film’s tone.
Fright Night came about for Noxon when she got the idea that Las Vegas, with its deserted and desolate neighborhoods, was the perfect place for a creature of the night to hide out. Inspired by movies like The Lost Boys and Poltergeist, and with a vampire that is not sympathetic or cuddly, by any means, Noxon took the relationships from the original and balanced them with humor and sexiness, throwing in some action scenes for good measure. In this interview, she also talked about this being her first return to the vampire genre since Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the experience of getting to watch the film with test screening audiences, how the film’s car chase sequence is an homage to Near Dark, the likelihood that they’ll bring Fright Night to Comic-Con this year, her skeptical interest in a possible Buffy reboot without the involvement of creator Joss Whedon, and the fact that a sequel for I Am Number 4 (which she was a writer on) is most probably shelved for now. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Earlier today, we reported that Warner Bros have bought the rights to Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Whit Anderson set to write the film. If you’re like me, you immediately think of Joss Whedon when you think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sadly though, the show runner of the original beloved series will not be involved with this upcoming film in anyway whatsoever. Judging by the comments left on a number of sites, this has frustrated and angered many Whedonites and fans of the original series.
Now, only a couple of hours later, Joss Whedon has made a statement regarding his thoughts on the upcoming Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot. You can read his clever and very Whedonesque comments after the jump.