Joss Whedon and Director Drew Goddard Talk CABIN IN THE WOODS, SXSW, Deleted Scenes, and More

     April 9, 2012


I want to make this very clear: Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard‘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.  Trust me when I say: Stop watching the trailers.  Don’t watch any TV spots.  Do not read the reviews.  Just go see the film on opening day next week (and then read Matt’s glowing review).  I promise, it’s worth the price of admission, and after you see it, you’ll want to see it again.

At this year’s SXSW, I got to talk with the cast and filmmakers for both our partners at Omelete and Collider.  Over the next week, I’ll be posting a new interview each day.  Today’s is Joss Whedon and Director Drew Goddard.  During the interview we talked about premiering the film at SXSW, their writing process, deleted scenes, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

And if you missed my interview with Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, click here.

Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard

  • Whedon “always believed in this movie.”  Goddard appreciated the great response at the SXSW premiere.
  • 1:25 – Describe their process in writing the script.  Their voices are similar, so you can’t necessarily tell who wrote which line as an audience member.
  • 3:45 – The theatrical cut is the movie they wanted, but there will be deleted scenes on the DVD.
  • 4:30 – How many takes do they like to do. Goddard learned that sometimes you need just one takes, sometimes you need 50 takes.  Whedon is “more of a 5.”


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