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…
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?).
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.