Secrets Revealed! Go Behind-the-Scenes of ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ with Titan Books

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The Cabin in the Woods - Visual CompanionSPOILER ALERT! For those unfortunate few who still haven’t seen Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods yet, I offer this advice: put your keyboard down and go see this movie!

Whether you’re a horror movie buff, a fan of Buffy, or just a thrill-seeker looking for your next fix The Cabin in the Woods hits on all cylinders – haters be damned. Seriously, though, this is one film that I walked into with humble expectations and came out of completely psyched to see it again if only for one thing… Unicorn Attack. That’s all I’ll say.

One of the best aspects of the film were the subtle layers of character development that emerged, particularly regarding the white collar working men (Sitterson and Hadley) who – for better or for worse – orchestrate the majority of the movie’s plot. Another highlight? Practical effects! The film is full of them and it’s all the more better for it. Really, the only bad part of the entire experience is when it’s over. Thanks to Titan Books, however, it doesn’t have to be…

Cabin in the Woods - Werewolf

Released last week to coincide with the film, Titan’s The Cabin in the Woods: Official Movie Novelization and Official Visual Companion both offer hours of extended “bonus features.” As to be expected, the novelization (adapted by Tim Lebbon) follows the film pretty closely and as a result doesn’t offer anything new, but manages to provide some “replay value” for those awaiting the inevitable DVD/Blu-Ray release. On the other hand, the Visual Companion comes loaded with awesome content that ranges from an interview with Whedon and Goddard in which the co-writers reveal some cool nuances of how The Cabin in the Woods became what it did (including hints to Easter Eggs and cameos) to concept art, set builds and fear-filled facts about a majority of the monsters. There are literally enough ideas here for at least 2 or 3 films (hmmm… sequel anyone?).

Cabin in the Woods - Zombies


While I could take or leave the novel after having seen the movie, the Visual Companion is a high value addition to the franchise that will have you uncovering “hidden truths” long after the credits roll.

Written by Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

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  • I’m buying my copy right now via amazon!

  • Spoiler Alert:

    How would there be a sequel? unless with the ending they can think up some other new good story and somehow new twists as its pretty much the end.

    And if they did the story from another place then I wouldnt see the point as would still end exactly the same as this one did essentially.

    • I could see some post-apocalyptic angle spinning out from the ending… maybe the protagonists are faced with stopping the “elder gods.” I don’t anything for granted in Hollywood *haha*

  • To me, one of the best things about the movie is that you can’t sequelize this movie. The delicious irony of that is that the whole movie spoofs a genre that is probably best defined by wave after wave of sequels to the point where everything loses meaning. Cabin In The Woods has so many freakin’ layers, but subverting every quality of horror is the best part.

  • I just got my copy in the mail (via I can’t wait to take a work break to start reading.Tons of pics!

    • Rondal

      That’s awesome Rube. There’s soooo many great pics and the interviews are pretty insightful too!

  • David

    Totally loved that movie. One of the only movies in recent memory that I honestly did not want to end.

  • Ordered this just today! HUZZAH! Can’t wait!

  • Hugo

    “subtle layers of character development”
    “Cabin In The Woods has so many freakin’ layers”

    ha ha ha h a hahahaha!!! You guys are killing me!