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Director Teases 'The Cabin In The Woods'

Horror mechanics get a ruthless twist starting this Friday in theaters

"The Cabin in the Woods" director Drew Goddard is revealing the genesis behind his ultra-secret horror film, which hits theaters Friday.

Twisting horror genre mechanics, the Lionsgate film hopes to deliver a surprising blow to audience expectations. Goddard ("Cloverfield"), who takes the directing reins for the first time, co-wrote the film with "Avengers" writer and director Joss Whedon.

"More than anything I've ever worked on, this lent itself to imagination and discovery," Goddard told Ain't It Cool News. "It's just the type of movie that embraces the anything-goes aesthetic of, 'If you can imagine it, we can work it into the movie.' That's true of everything I've worked on with Joss. That's part of just who he is. His aesthetic, certainly at 'Buffy' or 'Angel,' we never felt like there was anything we couldn't do. 'You want to do a 1940s World War II movie? We'll do that. You want to do a puppet episode? We'll do that, too.' There was a real freedom to that, and that freedom extended to 'Cabin in the Woods,' which was nice."

The film follows a group of friends that visit a quaint cabin in the woods and confront events so bizarre and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out.

"It was Joss's kernel," Goddard explained. "He definitely had the first idea of, 'Let's do a cabin movie.' And he had the upstairs/downstairs idea that is sort of at the heart of 'Cabin.' That was combined with the fact that we wanted to make a horror movie.

"And we were also looking for something to work together on because we hadn't written together in a while since 'Angel' had gone off the air. But it's kind of that simple: We just wanted to make a horror movie. I wish it was more complicated than that."

Whedon is the mastermind behind such hits as "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Firefly," "Dollhouse" and "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog."

Goddard has also held producing and writing credits on "Lost," "Alias" and "Buffy The Vampire Slayer."

"The Cabin in the Woods" stars Chris Hemsworth ("Thor"), Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing"), Fran Kranz ("Dollhouse"), Amy Acker ("Angel," "Dollhouse"), Richard Jenkins, Anna Hutchinson, Kristen Connolly (The Happening"), Brian J. White ("Stomp The Yard"), Jesse Williams ("Brooklyn's Finest").

See more of Goddard's interview at Ain't It Cool News.

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Bryant L. Griffin is managing editor for Airlock Alpha, 1701News and Rabid Doll, and a writer for the entire GenreNexus network. He works at a major-metro newspaper and served as a journalist in the U.S. Army. In 2002, he joined Nexus Media Group Inc., contributing to many early design concepts before shifting his focus back to writing. Bryant hails from Tampa, Fla.
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