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AICN Exclusive: The Long Awaited Poster for Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard's CABIN IN THE WOODS!!!

Hey folks, Harry here...   Sometimes you get phone calls that kind of make you scratch your head.   So this week I got a call from Lionsgate asking if I'd like to premiere the first teaser 1-sheet for CABIN IN THE WOODS, a film written by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon.   I said sure, thinking all that would be required of me would be to say, "Here's the poster..."   

Then a couple of days ago they send me the poster.   I looked at it.   It is cool.   But as I stared at it I began to realize...  I really don't fucking know much about this movie.    I mean, I know that it was the first lengthy screen role for Chris Hemsworth...   He had filmed his awesome opening scene in STAR TREK, but we were supposed to see this before THOR...   hell, we were also supposed to see him in RED DAWN before THOR.   But MGM got in such financial wet the bed syndrome, that they didn't even have the money to market and release these films.

For most geeks, CABIN IN THE WOODS is the one we're curious about because of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's participation.   Let's face it, Whedon has a significant fan following and always will due to his awesome work on BUFFY and ANGEL...    and Goddard, who is directing for the first time, has worked not only on BUFFY & ANGEL, but dipped his foot in the JJ Abrams worlds of ALIAS & LOST.    Now, Joss is directing AVENGERS and Goddard is writing Spielberg's ROBOPOCALYPSE script.   So yeah.   There might be something to these guys.   But all of that still raises the question...


Lionsgate called me two days ago to see if I would like to talk to Goddard & Whedon about CABIN IN THE WOODS & it's momentous poster debut...   "Sure, sounds fun!" was my response.

The call was scheduled for 12:30pm Pacific time, but I received a late text message on my phone at 12:22pm (Central time) seeing if I was ready in 8 minutes for the call.   ARGH!   So I rushed to get my computer - pulled up the poster...   thought about what I had heard about the film - and got on the phone with the guys.

OK.   So it might have helped if I'd seen the movie.   Because it was absolutely clear to everyone involved that other than feeling fairly certain that there could be shirtless Chris Hemsworth in this movie...  and that it might seem possible that EVIL DEAD had some manner of influence on this film...   and then the Rubik's Cube Log Cabin In The Sky...   well that just threw me.    

Both Drew and Joss love the poster and the design.  They like that it makes you wonder what is going to happen in THE CABIN IN THE WOODS...  mhm, I am wondering.  But they were very deliciously funny about not giving me any real clues as to what happens in the movie.    I had asked LIONSGATE for a Synopsis before the interview...  this is what I was sent...



Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. 

If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.

Produced by Whedon and directed by Goddard from a script by both, the film stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford.


See what I mean?   Coy as hell.   Alrighty, so I decided to ask how they felt during the MGM problems and Joss answered, "Anger, Denial...   and then mostly sleepy"  Sigh.    Drew & Joss both talked about their love of the poster, I mentioned how impressed I was that it just wasn't a poster of Hemsworth taking his shirt off.   They both felt that that will be coming at some point.   Along with the required photoshop heads poster.   I asked if they had a name for the poster...   Joss answered straight away that he likes to refer to the poster as BARTHOLOMEW...   

I asked them about their favorite movie poster and Joss mentioned that he was a big fan of that "Saul Bass guy," but loves his THREE COMRADES poster and Goddard mentioned that he has a beautiful French THIRD MAN poster.   I have the American 1-sheet for THE THIRD MAN, but am well aware of the beautiful French poster...    

Knowing that Joss has a habit of creating things that become action figures - I asked them if they had any characters in this film that they wish would get made.

Joss answered instantly, "The Ballerina" - and Drew answered, "1 armed PATIENCE."

Ballerina?  What the hell does that mean?   I mean, there was a that wonderful stop-motion BALLERINA scene in EVIL DEAD 2 - is that in this?  Is it something different?   He would not explain himself.   Drew's answer was helpful, because on IMDB, there is a character named PATIENCE BUCKNER played by Jodelle Ferland...  and now we know she has apparently 1 arm.   Another look at IMDB tells me there's a bunch of BUCKNERs in this film.   A Matthew, a Judah and a Mother Buckner.   There's also some other curiously titled characters over there...   like Richard Cetrone's MERMAN?!?!?   Or Patrick Gilmore's WEREWOLF WRANGLER?!?   Tyler Onassis' NOSFERATU?!!?   

Officially - what the fuck?   I'm not sure what happens in THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, but it seems to be fairly radical.  Sounds genre bending in a way that could be a whole lot of fun.  Certainly the film is supposed to be a puzzle box of a film, that twists and turns and reveals more.   At least that's what I gathered from Drew and Joss playing with my mind - and the intent of the poster.   What do you folks think?   Whatever, we get to find out the truth about THE CABIN IN THE WOODS on April 13th, 2012.

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  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Looks like the Penrose steps, or something

    by Kammich

    Looking forward to this finally hitting. As an unabashed lover of all things "cabin horror," it would be hard for me not to like it. Also want to see what Goddard can do behind the lens.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    About Goddamn Time

    by static007

    I'm glad it doesn't remind me TOO MUCH about Evil Dead 1 & 2......

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Cool poster

    by Monolith_Jones

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    nice too see a poster try something different

    by ufoclub1977

    nice to see a poster try something conceptual outside of cliche retro stylistics or photo real portraits. I guess a Rubik's Cube is a retro reference.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Nice poster

    by empty_syzygy

    Anyone ever read "House of Leaves"? This poster gives me the feeling Drew Goddard has.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Yup, that poster fits the movie

    by qbert455

    Having read the script, this poster definitely works. The script was an interesting take on the horror movie genre with strange twists. Looking forward to this...finally!!

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    There was a great Ted Dekker book called House

    by sweeneydave

    that was made into a crapfest of a movie in 2008. It had some great ideas but it was executed horribly. Reminds me of this, especially with the list of Buckners.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by buffywrestling

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    A giant Rubix cube...match all windows on one side..

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    all doors on the next..

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Perhaps This Cool Poster Will Help Us...

    by WriteFromLeft

    ...forget the bus ad for Tower Heist, which had to be the quickest, lamest Photoshop job in the history of Hollywood advertising.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Butt Numb A Thon..

    by Rustle

    I didn't apply this year. I thought this was gonna show up at Fantastic Fest. But no. Now if I was a betting man, I'd guess Harry has negotiated this showing at his annual B-day bash.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    The poster needs a spoiler warning

    by I am_NOTREAL

    I mean, it only gives away the ending, the villain is Dr. Rubik and the cabin takes off into space. This could be good if they get the atmosphere right. But if the "horror" just boils down to a bunch of jump scares and CGI creepy-crawlies, all the Buffy / Firefly cred in the world ain't saving you, Joss.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Less 'Evil Dead' than the last one...

    by biscuithead

    ...which is good...

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Long Awaited, by who, Harry?

    by sunwukong86

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Alright, the poster is cool. I'll grant them that.

    by SebastianHaff

    But enough of this super secretive shit. I suspect it's a reaction against the modern Internet age of geeky movie website spies and such, and I support a backlash against the amount of spoilers we see these days. I love going into a movie knowing next to nothing. <br><p> But that's not what this is. That's not how I felt with Cloverfield or Super 8, either. It was one thing when in the 80's I sat down to watch Raiders for the first time, not knowing much more than it was an adventure film. That was pure. Magical even. It's another thing to have these neo-nerd filmmakers basically put their fingers in their ears and screech "NOT TELLING NOT TELLING NOT TELLING NOT TELLING!!!" <br><p> Seriously, fuck off with this "I've got a movie idea but I won't tell you what it is, just come watch it" bullshit. Why does it have to be either end of the spectrum? Either we get shitloads of spoilers or we aren't even allowed to know what the fucking movie's about? Christ. Fuck both options. Give me a decent synopsis. Nothing else. I don't want to see the entire movie in the trailer, but goddamnit I'd like to know what the fuckin' thing's about!

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    But this poster gets a pass. Just the general attitude I get from Whedon I don't like. There's a trend for this right now amongst geek properties, and I think it's gone overboard. Here we have a poster that gives us an idea as to what we're in for without actually giving anything away. Great! But the filmmakers themselves just come off fucking smug and too cool for school. I don't mind being teased by a movie's promotion, but this Whedon/Abrams nonsense is more like taunting. It's hard for me to get excited when all they give me to be excited about is that it's a movie and these guys made it. Little more substance please!

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Seriously, give this one a chance

    by epitone

    I read the script and I'm not a horror fan at all (though I am an obvious plant), but this is a really clever and interesting take. (Again, take that with a grain of salt because I'm a plant.) In some ways it's what you'd expect from Whedon -- an overt knowingness of the genre, yet still milking the genre for everything it's worth in terms of thrills and scares. (What do I know, though, I'm just a plant.) But it's also darker, dirtier, and more disturbing than your typical Whedon fare. Funny, too. (At least it catered well to my plant-based sense of humor.) And the ending is absolutely plantshit. I mean batshit.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    First teaser one sheet?

    by D.Vader

    Havent we seen a poster for this before? In fact, a series of posters?

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Yep, I do like that poster.

    by ATARI

    That's what a teaser poster should be. <br> <br>

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by johnnyrandom fucking a brilliant book!

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    " .....and now we know she has apparently 1 arm."

    by DrMorbius


  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    I'll probably watch it based on those names alone...

    by Captain_Ridley

    But without those names I'd have turned the page already. Like most people, I'll check out the opening week reviews, which will undoubtedly give me a least an idea of what the film is about.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I want to touch Kristen Connolly with my penis.

    by Gabe Athouse

    I probably won't, though. Still, can hardly wait for the movie!

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Oh, and sebastianhaff

    by Gabe Athouse

    It's called a teaser poster. Do you go to a strip club and complain none of the girls seemed to genuinely like you? Consider yourself teased.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Also, epitone is Whedon.

    by Gabe Athouse

    The plantiest planty plant plant of all plantily plants.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    M.C. Escher on dope. Good dope. Seriously Good dope . . .

    by Jeff Myers

    Would this actually count as an exclusive? I mean here on AICN? The first in . . . decades? Harry?

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Guaranteed BNAT midnight horror/weird slot!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    The phone calls, the interviews, the poster exclusive, 10 days from BNAT. This will play BNAT13WOLF. I'm so sure I'd stake my life on it. I wish I could be there because this film has been clouded in secrecy for YEARS now.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    That's sort of an oversimplification of my point, but no big deal. It's wroth noting, at the end of the day I agree with you. I will see this film (will also be my first time playing in the Whedon-verse!), as I love all things horror, and this looks like it came about with a legitimate desire to scare the shit out of me. So I'm there. <br><p> Especially if it's anything like House of Leaves.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    The guy that directed Cloverfield is writing and directing this movie?

    by JudasPriestly

    Well then, that's enough incentive to not see this.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Good job, studio! You just bought yourself a positive review on AICN!

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Too bad it won't mean shit because the relevance of this site has long since gone the way of the dodo thanks to the greed and immorality of its creator. Deliciously funny? I don't know what's more annoying -- that or every time Harry "giggles" like a fat, giddy, retarded schoolgirl.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    I don't wanna know!

    by ltgalloway

    I trust Joss Whedon and Chris Hemsworth. I'm going to try desperately to avoid spoiling this one, starting with not posting on movie fan sites!

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    thought it was drew mcweeny. got excited.

    by Waka_Flocka

    how's he getting on at that shit site he left for anyway?

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    It's just another cabin the the woods movie... with a TWIST!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    pretentious --

    by dahauk--

    --which is what I'd expect from these over-rated clowns.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    The 'twist' is...

    by ATARI

    They are all already dead and the cabin is purgatory.<br> Hmmm...that sounds familiar to me for some reason...<br>

  • My resistence collapsed and i'll probably be getting them all. Damn, I miss buffy. :¬(

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by doczlove

    I know exactly what you mean. If this movie is even half as scary as that fucking book, which still fucks with my head to this day, we're in for a treat. I had to put that book down because I felt like what was happening to the narrator was happening to me, while he was describing it happening to the former occupant, eeeghghrh. Brilliant.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 1:14 a.m. CST

    So Evil Dead x Saw = Cabin In The Woods?

    by billyhitchcock1

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 4:38 a.m. CST

    So who does Judd Nelson drown first?

    by LargoJr

    His garden is SO pretty *girly sigh*

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Well, I'm certainly intrigued.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Long story short...

    by loafroaster's a poster for Cabin in the Woods.

  • Love the internet, but it's spoiled the joy of seeing a movie for the first time. Even if you try to avoid info about a certain film, the chances are if you are on the net, you will see something about it by mistake you would rarther have not seen.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Goddard is a brilliant writer

    by brechtsky

    Love his tv work, consistently great ideas, dialogue, and narratives... Can't wait to see anything with his name on it.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST


    by MatrixMonkey

    Could it be the "Rashomon" of horror films? If that's the case, it'll borderline brilliance on concept alone.

  • they turn me off. even if it's true and the movie achieves that, still shouldn't be in the advertizement. this is the type of advertizement hyperbole that always bites in the ass afterwards. more modesty can go a long way.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST

    idonotseekabanning - deliciously funny

    by LazyEagle

    What about a humorous novelty cake of some kind? I'm pretty sure if you type "funny cake" into d'internet you might get an example. Of course I can't vouch for the deliciousness of the cake itself, but if you find one that looks funny to you, then you've found a possible answer to your question.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    That book kicked my ass! Brillant, brillant book.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Shamalamadingdong is jealous of the TWIST!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    The twist ending is:

    by The_Guy_Who_Invented_Coca_Cola

    The angry ghost of a girl with long, dark hair wakes realizes it was all a dream and tells her split personality that she killed Keyzer Soze. Also, they're in purgatory.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Long awaited...momentous...

    by Bass Ackwards

    ...poster?! Attachd with a ridiculously long write up...for a poster!! AICN must be desperate for news these days it seems, making mountains out of molehills.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    The Twist is...

    by tonagan

    a song by Chubby Checker.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    "deliciously funny" Roy Orbison knew the answer.

    by v3d

    A candy colored clown they call the sandman.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I find those toy reindeer that poop out candy deliciously funny.

    by sweeneydave

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Did anyone see Triangle (2009)? It was like a horror version of

    by sweeneydave

    Timecrimes (2007) only it really didn't make any sense whatsoever. I still enjoyed it lots for the ride.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    That is begging to be

    by mrlebowski

    a great promo item!

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    I wish marketing would alway be in the "teaser" vibe.

    by ufoclub1977

    I don't find regular actor portrait posters or normal scene montage trailers intriguing, in fact they kind of deaden my interest to see a movie "first-run", but a "teaser" style poster or preview always gets me interested in buying a ticket. I hope movie marketing strategy just shaves down to the teaser philosophy. Some kids I know just got in a film fest and I mocked up a quick teaser poster for them:

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    UFOClub, I don't get that poster mock-up.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    It has credits for Leprechaun. If it's a teaser poster, it doesn't even need credits.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Reading this article causes me to scratch my head.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Is Harry too fucking lazy to actually post an interview like other contributors to this site do? Instead its nothing more than an excuse for Harry to ONCE AGAIN do his "well, I was on the phone with such and such" bullshit while rambling on incoherently about stupid shit. Then we get a few blurbs from the bigwigs he chinwagged with. This isn't your fucking stupid blog, fatman. Write up a proper interview or pass it off to your clearly superior colleagues.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Mark Z Danielewski

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    Recently got a $1,000,000 advance from Knopf Doubleday for the first 10 volumes of a reported 27 volume serial novel named "The Familiar". Plan is to publish once every three months between 2014 and 2020. Sounds like somebody's been looking at the business model of writing TV scripts/seasons. Story is said to be about a girl that finds a cat. Which sounds a bit like a gag or a Wind-Up Bird Chronicle homage, on first impressions.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    sierratangofoxtrotuniform about the mockup poster...

    by ufoclub1977

    The poster is a sketch done in an hour or so (like a storyboard), and instead of using dummy text (Lorem Ipsum), I put in the "Leprechaun" credits as an inside joke to the director. Even the nonsense tagline was just made up by me, just to to have a composition element up top. The only part that's accurate to the movie is the character who does appear. And at one point characters do wave a flag. I put in the production credits because this could very well become the only poster for the film. That would be cool in my opinion, since I wish the teaser vibe could always be the main marketing.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Harry, you shouldn't be saying the poster is an AICN Exclusive

    by DoctorTom

    I saw the poster at Bleeding Cool before you had it posted here. That doesn't exactly sound like an exclusive.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    I see, UFO Club.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Gotcha now. I've made a few posters (during my short stint collaborating on indie multi-media stuff):

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Has anyone ever tried to produce a film based on The Navidson Record? from HOV?

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    The twist is... SPOILER ALERT...


    That Ripley's the Big Bad!! FACT!

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST


    by ufoclub1977

    I like that third one a lot! Maybe you should make illustrations this way just for fun, as art, without a movie even instigating it. If you make it about something topical, or personal, it might catch on!

  • Dec. 3, 2011, 2:45 a.m. CST


    by buffywrestling

    Every...I mean, EVERY online publication has linked to AICN. Bleeding cool, THR, Fangoria...fucking everyone worth their salt. Don't start an online blog war unless you have to! The losers become over-weight & bearded & you can't tell the difference between them & the winners & the other losers.... It's all very distracting.

  • Dec. 3, 2011, 4:11 a.m. CST

    CUBE X:

    by quintana007


  • Dec. 3, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Long awaited by who exactly?

    by JackSlater4

  • Dec. 3, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Nice poster...

    by johnmcclanesshoes

    Rashomon crossed with the Cube crossed with Monster Squad?

  • Dec. 3, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    The poster's URL...

    by Ribbons

    Has anybody noticed that most of the pictures AICN puts up these days have an Amazon URL? I know people have complained about the relentless pimping for Amazon on this site before, so I just thought that was... a little odd... Maybe there's a story there that I'm completely missing.

  • Dec. 3, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    definitely a BNAT film

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Harry rambles like my Aunt Linda

    by TheApostle

    Jesus Christ, I don't need to hear every detail.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    was Chris Hemsworth in Star Trek? I thought that was Chris Pine.

    by halowiscious

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Got it. He played his dad. Yup My bad. Duh.

    by halowiscious

  • and it actually does make a good bit of sense - with a couple plot holes - but for a time travel/horror flick I thought it was superb - much better than any other horror flick I saw that year.

  • kjl

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Triangle (2009)

    by Db

    I also saw Triangle and loved it. It's the only movie I can think of that has a narrative structure with a double-nested closed timelike curve. And it's *almost* internally consistent. There's one scene, part of the way through, with that woman on the top deck... not sure I've ever seen anything like that before, ever, anywhere.