'Cabin' director Drew Goddard creates love letter to horror films
Drew Goddard, director of "The Cabin in the Woods," is faced with a difficult task in promoting his new horror flick: There's no way to even hint at what the movie's actually about without spoiling all the fun.
In the movie, which Goddard co-wrote with Joss Whedon, a group of high-school friends embark on a weekend trip to an isolated cabin. The premise sounds pedestrian enough, but again, this sly, subversive film is really not what you think it is.
We spoke with Goddard, a veteran TV writer and a longtime collaborator of Whedon's, about the unique challenges posed by his directorial debut. The film stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth and Richard Jenkins and opens on Friday.
How do you promote a movie that you really can't talk about? It's definitely a challenge. It's that fine line. As a filmmaker I know that the less you know about this movie the better. It is more fun, the less you know. However, you also want to say to the audience, "Look, this is worth your time." This is not your average, everyday horror movie.
What do you tell people the movie's about? First and foremost, I talk about [how] this movie's a love letter to the horror genre. I made this movie because I love horror films and I love the experience of going to horror films. We wanted to create the most-fun horror party that we knew how to make.
Do you see the film as a response to the modern state of the horror genre, a suggestion that it needed a revitalization? I don't know. I guess I'll leave that to people to decide if it did [revitalize things] or not. We just felt like, "There's things we love about horror movies, but there's things that have been feeling stale." Not just in current times, but always.
Having been involved in groundbreaking enterprises such as "Lost," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and this film, do you wonder if you've set the bar too high for your future self? I hope so. That's a great question. That would be my goal. The truth is, as I do this longer, you just realize that every story has its own parameters and sometimes you just want to tell a nice, quiet, simple story.