Forgive me but I’m gonna start off this review on a bit of a rant. What the fuck is wrong with horror fans? All most of them do is bitch and moan about all the remakes and re-imagings of beloved classics pouring outta Hollywood. They often yell, “I know there’s gotta be some original, kick ass material out there.” So what happens when a hugely original and kick ass film like THE CABIN IN THE WOODS gets released? Nothing. Horror fans are nowhere to be found. What the fuck, people?? This film, simply put, is one of the best horror releases I’ve seen in the theaters in a long time. A long time. I just can’t understand why horror fans didn’t flock out to support this film and send the message to Hollywood that “Horror Fans Support Original Horror”!!
Okay; my rant is over. For those of you who actually did support this film (see my review here) and loved it, I’ve got a treat for you!! Titan Books has put out two supplemental books to support the film: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS novelization, and THE CABIN IN THE WOODS: THE OFFICIAL VISUAL COMPANION. If you loved the film then you’ll love the novelization. In the novel, written by Tim Lebbon, we get more details on some of the characters and more details on some of the motivations behind why people did what they did. It’s a really fun read and knowing what the film is all about, the novel actually helps fill in some of the details.
THE OFFICIAL VISUAL COMPANION is a collector’s wet dream. It’s full of fun facts, interviews with the cast, a forward by director Drew Goddard, an afterwards by Joss Whedon, the full screenplay (which I loved reading), and tons of pictures … TONS of pics. My favorite chapter, after the complete screenplay, was the twenty page chapter on all the various creatures used in the film and how they were developed. There are a ton of stunning photos of the werewolf, the aftermath of the zombie carnage, the “Ballerina,” info and descriptions on many of the background creatures, and a two-page spread on everyone’s favorite, The Merman!!
This is a hugely fun and informative read about the process of bringing THE CABIN IN THE WOODS to the big screen, and it’s also a great look into the minds of one of the genre’s most influential and original filmmakers, Joss Whedon. As Whedon himself says at the end of the VISUAL COMPANION:
“Here’s to the end of the world.”
Here, here!! Any fan of THE CABIN IN THE WOODS won’t wanna miss either the novelization of the film or THE OFFICIAL VISUAL COMPANION. Check these out!!
Novel: 5 out of 5 stars
Visual Companion: 5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Scott Shoyer