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The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  279 ratings  ·  30 reviews
From Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Drew Goddard, writer of the monster movie phenomenon Cloverfield, comes the horror film to end all horror films!

The details of the plot are a closely guarded secret, though Joss himself has described it as “a straight-up, balls-out, really terrifying horror movie,” adding,"it is not just a slasher in the woods
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Titan Books (first published January 18th 2011)
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I saw the movie on a whim with a friend. We thought it looked funny and it was just a way to pass time.
Man was I wrong!
It was so much more than a good time and I was so blown away by it that after a short while the movie no longer sustained my hunger for knowing the details of it that as soon as I found this book online I had to have it. The behind the scene photos and the concept at of how some of the stunts were pulled off and the original ideas that spurred the creatures were so fascinating
Bruce Baugh
I love making-of books, behind-the-scenes looks, and all that sort of thing; craft fascinates me. The Cabin in the Woods is one of my favorite horror movies of recent years, and I'd heard that this book provided just the kind of supplemental material I like. It does. It includes a good still of the betting board, for instance, and some really good looks at and commentary on the design of various of the unleashed monsters. It's got the script, which is nice for checking particular turns of phrase ...more
With the recently released movie The Cabin in the Woods, Goddard and Whedon deconstructed the horror movie, taking the familiar trope of five twentysomethings heading off on an ill-advised vacation in a completely unexpected direction. This official companion serves as a stopgap until the DVD arrives (from Lionsgate in September), offering an extended interview with Goddard and Whedon, the screenplay, concept art, behind-the-scenes photos, and cast and crew commentary. Absent from the text is an ...more
Jeffrey West
Even before having seen the film, I knew I wanted to read the script. Joss Whedon is my hero and role model and I aspire to be like him one day. This companion was exactly what I was looking for. It gave insight into the creative process of writing and making the movie through an interview with both Joss (Writer and Producer) and Drew Goddard (Writer and Director).
As one who wants to write my own screenplay (not necessarily in this genre), I found that reading Joss and Drew's style of writing a
I really enjoy reading scripts...I'm not sure why. If a book is adapted into a film I find it really hard to read the book after seeing the film, but reading a script is really satisfying, seeing how the original idea was brought to life, the simple matter-of-factness of a script. There's no bullshit, no dressing up - it decribes exactly what is happening and doesn't rely on flowery words or imagery to get the point across. And obviously, Joss Whedon is a genius at this. I wish he was my friend. ...more
H. Anne Stoj
One of my favorite horror films to date. The interview with Whedon and Goddard is, if anything, inspirational given the amount of time it took to actually write the screenplay. And reading the screenplay itself was just a lot of fun. How can one not adore the monster line-up with close ups of some amazing make-ups at the end? I still want to know about the doll faced folk. Great homage to monsters and writers and the all time trope of five kids that decide going into the dark (basement, woods, a ...more

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The Cabin in the Woods is a film released in April 2012. It's written and directed by Drew Goddard, and also co-written by Joss Whedon.

For a slasher film, The Cabin in the Woods on Rotten Tomatoes got over 90% ratings. That's good.

This book's the visual companion for the film. It features over 30 pages of interviews with Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, over 100 pages of the full script mixed in with cast interviews and finally around 20 pages of concept designs for the mo
Chadwick Saxelid
This review originally appeared in the June 2012 edition of the Concordian.

Three weeks before Marvel’s The Avengers went HULK SMASH on box office records across the globe, a modest looking horror movie was released on the appropriate date of Friday, April 13th.

That movie, sporting the generic sounding title The Cabin in the Woods, turned out to be a refreshing, and refreshingly smart, twist on the stock horror movie plot of teenagers in the woods getting slaughtered by some horrible something. I
Jake Jarvi
I dug the interview with Drew and Joss. I wish they had been able to talk to them at the same time, because it would have been fun to have a little more back and forth between them, but they each had really great answers to the questions.

I mainly wanted to see how much description these guys put into their action blocks between the dialogue. Surprisingly sparse. Just getting the basic idea down to keep things moving along. I was surprised at how many times they used specific camera moves in the
Jonathan Forisha
Cabin in the Woods is one of my favorite movies, so of course I enjoyed everything about this companion book. The reason it's missing a star in my rating is due to the fact that I wanted more. I wanted more sketches, more explanations of the more intricate set designs, and maybe a bit more on the creatures.

That's absurd to ask for, of course, because this book goes into great detail. The original script is included, and, while it's a fabulously-written script, it was particularly interesting to
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't seen the movie, don't read this review.

I'd read that the "companion" would have a complete list of the monsters with original designs/sketches and photos of each. Parts of that are true, for parts of the list. And there were some cool behind-the-scenes pieces about how contraptions were built or characters were planned. Even with the extensive interviews with Whedon and Goddard, though, there's really just not that much here.

It did make me want to see the movie for
I am so obsessed with this movie and I haven't even seen it yet!

Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon are pure horror geniuses! The Cabin in the Woods Visual Companion showed me images of ugly gross monsters that are enough to make you look away and to have your skin crawl. I enjoyed this just as much as I enjoyed reading the novelization. At the start of the book, we get a long Q&A between an interviewer and Goddard and Whedon. After that is the screenplay and after that is the effects guy telling u
Loved it! But I love horor. The only criticism I would have, and I have this issue about most fiction, is that they could skip the tired, graphic, sex. I find that boring, if I wanted to read about people having sex, I'd get a book about people having sex, that being said, I just skim over the sex is unnecessary and well, boring!

BUT, I have to say, it was a page-turner, I couldn't put it down, it took me two days to read and I was so disappointed when it was over, and I can't wait to
Luke Varley
If you loved the film, then you'll effin' love this! Seriously. Cabin is certainly one of those films that really benefits from a visual companion like this.
The screenplay I wasn't as interested in reading (in comparison to the behind the scenes stuff, etc) but in reading it (it has pictures from the movie to go with it btw) I found it was like reliving the wonder and madness of the film; the next best thing to watching it again! That really made for a gripping evening of reading, and has just m
Mimi Ray
I do not like borrow or war or violent books.
A great companion to an awesome movie.
This book is such a great behind the scenes look at the Cabin the Woods. It has a great interview with Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, statements from the cast, and even the uncut shooting script of the film. The best part is at the end, the make-up effects team discuss the challenges of the film and how they did a lot of the practical effects. It has some of the original concept art which is really interesting and it shows a lot of creatures that I never even noticed in the film. A fun read that ...more
Scotto Moore
if you're a nerd about this movie, the visual companion is a treat for several reasons: a) the lengthy interviews with co-writer/producer joss whedon and co-writer/director drew goddard that opens the book, b) the luscious images on display giving you close looks at details and designs; c) the uncut script which layers in numerous small details that add to overall enjoyment of the world that was created here.
Jeremy Preacher
This is a lovely book - interviews, concept art, stills, and the script to Cabin in the Woods. I mostly got it out of sheer fannish enthusiasm - it was a smart little movie and I want to encourage everyone involved to make more smart little movies - but I'm happy to have it. I adore concept art, I like reading scripts (and this is a great script) and the interviews were particularly good.
Faith McKay
I don't read a lot of these, and the ones I do pick up I usually skim, but I really loved The Cabin in the Woods and got pulled into this book. I really liked looking at the interview with Goddard and Whedon and reading about how they came to make the film and their writing process. Also, the monster sketches in the back are awesome. The ballerina still really spooks me.
Carl Ingebretsen
It won't change or blow your mind, but if you liked the film and is interested in something more, this is a great book. The 40-some page interview with Whedon and Goddard is great, the screenplay is very fun (with added stories regarding productions, concept art, etc). It's a very well-done and interesting book, but only if you're a fan of the movie.
I love Joss Whedon's work and I loved the movie so it's no surprise that I was thrilled by the companion guide. It was great getting to read the interviews with Joss + Drew to find out more about the process (and who Kevin was on the whiteboard list!). I also really enjoyed reading the script and looking through the concept art.
Kirsten Engdahl
A nice visual companion to the movie. Includes interviews with Whedon and Goddard, plus the entire screenplay. I wish the monster section was three times as big, but the pictures and sketches were great. A nice, quick read for any fan of the movie. Now I want to watch it all over again on slo-mo.
Typical of the style of Joss Whedon's Firefly Visual Companions this is a treasure trove of the making of the film. With the full script, concept designs, set photos and cast profiles this is a really great guide to the film.
Michael Bourgon
Don't like horror movies. Love Joss. Solution? This. Great script, lots of photos, lots of extras. Only thing I disliked was the interview at the beginning gave away some plot points, while specifically avoiding others.
Russell Wodell
The script of the ferociously ingenious post-modern horror movie to end all horror movies, quite literally within the universe of the film. Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets H.P. Lovecraft, and nobody wins.
Real, worthwhile insight into an excellent movie by a couple of really funny guys. Plus gorgeous pictures of horrible monsters.
Enjoyed getting to read the script.
Good work, zombie hand.
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