Produced by Joss Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard, Cabin in the Woods has a strong pedigree behind it which zeroed it in for critical if not financial success. Originally filmed in 2009, the movie got caught up in the MGM financial crisis which caused it to be shelved until 2012. Since then, actor Chris Hemsworth has become a successful star and supporting actor Richard Jenkins has been nominated for an Academy Award. The long journey of a troubled trip has finally ended.
When a group of five college friends head out to a tranquil cabin in the woods, what should be a typical weekend of fun, relaxation, and love in the sun turns out to be anything but. As their worst nightmares become real, their survival, unbeknownst to them, may have nothing to do with their own choices. What appears to be a typical horror antagonist may actually be part of something much larger and sinister.
The screenplay presents the film as a satire and commentary on horror tropes, comedies, and Hollywood while staying true to its genre roots. Dark Discussions discusses Joss Whedon, the cult of personality behind him as well as those that he satires, and whether being part of the Hollywood system is inconsequential to authoring such a screenplay. We take a look into the homages the film pays tribute to while chatting about both the positive and pessimistic items the script presents to its fanbase. Grab your movie tickets and get ready for our commentary on a film that is, well, itself commentary.