Joss Whedon talks The Cabin In The Woods

Exclusive: “I love being scared”

Total Film caught up with Joss Whedon recently to talk about The Cabin In The Woods, the genre-hacking, invention-spewing horror that he produced and co-wrote.

Keen to get some insight into the thinking behind it, we asked Whedon about the inspiration behind Cabin.

“It’s basically a very loving hate letter,” he told us.

“On some level it was completely a lark, me and Drew [Goddard, director] trying to figure out what the most fun we could have would be. On another level it’s a serious critique of what we love and what we don’t about horror movies.”

On his own genre passion, he added, “I love being scared. I love that mixture of thrill, of horror, that objectification/identification thing of wanting definitely for the people to be alright but at the same time hoping they’ll go somewhere dark and face something awful.”

And on the things he hates about lame horror, Whedon said: “The things that I don’t like are kids acting like idiots, the devolution of the horror movie into torture porn and into a long series of sadistic comeuppances. Drew and I both felt that the pendulum had sung a little too far in that direction.”

The Cabin In The Woods opens on 13 April 2012.

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    • alexr

      Feb 16th 2012, 12:12

      Mr Whedon, I salute you. IMHO Torture porn is definitely for the more freakish people in society (although I admit to liking the Saw franchise).

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Feb 16th 2012, 13:04

      Torture porn, horrible phrase that it is, when done well and used as the driver in the story can be truly horrifying. For example Martyrs was stunningly good. But it's when it's used lazily that the porn aspect takes over and it becomes boring. TCitW sounds ace!!

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    • MxMagpie

      Feb 16th 2012, 14:02

      I like my violence, but it has to work to keep the film good. Like Kill Bill. I salute Joss and the fact that he's somehow managed to work on both this and The Avengers. I Have faith in the Whedon.

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    • badger86

      Feb 16th 2012, 15:29

      Can't wait for this, been a whedon fan since the first episode of buffy aired in the u.k. @MxMagpie, he didn't, cabin in the woods wrapped a couple of years back, it's been sat on a shelf at MGM untill now. Although he did shoot an adaptaion of 'much ado about nothing' while on a break from Avengers filming, so yeah, he's a busy guy.

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    • FBABrownie

      Feb 17th 2012, 13:25

      I figured as much. Joss's original idea with Buffy was to subvert horror genre tropes, after all.

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