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The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion Paperback – April 17, 2012
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"Awesome, detailed looks at the behind the scenes." - Ain't It Cool
"This seriously gorgeous book includes just loads of concept art and production photos, which give you a way better look at [spoilers, sweetie!], plus all the millions of other details you might have missed." - io9
"...a certified joy for the movie's already-sizable cult of worshippers. The interview offers up essentially everything you could possibly want to know about the film and the mad scientists behind it." - JoBlo
"There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t go out and buy this right now." - Comic Book Movie
"[The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion] will have you uncovering “hidden truths” long after the credits roll." - Strange Kids Club
"A great look into the minds of one of the genre’s most influential and original filmmakers..." - Anything Horror
"There is no reason to not buy this. It will make you so happy." - Film.com
"Easily the best companion book that I have ever seen. It is not only caters to fans of Whedon but all horror fans a like." - MediaMikes
About the Author
Drew Goddard wrote Cloverfield, and has also written episodes of Alias and Lost.He also wrote and directed the movie Serenity.
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+ The full screenplay
+ Interviews with producer Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard about writing and developing the film
+ Character biographies
+ TONS of concept art and color photos of the characters, monsters, sets and effects
+ Interviews with the special effects crew about how they brought some of the monsters and effects to life
I had extremely high expectations for this book, and it delivered. I really wanted to see lots of pictures and concept art of all the monsters and creatures since there were so many in the movie. There's a whole section at the back of the book dedicated to this, comparing various concept art to the final monster designs shown in the film. Some of the ideas the production designers came up with are wildly creative, even if they didn't make it into the film. The amount of detail they put into the monsters and sets is remarkable.
The screenplay takes up a good chunk of the book, with photos and behind-the-scenes information displayed chronologically as you read it. At first I thought this was a bad layout idea, but after reading some of it, I found it really hard to put down. It really sucks you in and (for me) it brought back vivid memories of the film. The interviews with Whedon and Goddard are at the beginning of the book (before the screeplay starts) and are a great look into the how they developed the story.
In short, this is a fantastic look at the creative process behind The Cabin In The Woods. It's a must read if you liked the film as much as I did, even more so if you want a behind-the-scenes look before it hits home video!
There is a still shot of the white board in the control room, which is handy to read all of the monsters the employees can bet on. Most of the obscure ones are explained, such as "Kevin" and "The Huron."
There is a lengthy interview with Whedon and Goddard and a lot of sketches and still shots from the film.
Word of warning that should hardly be necessary, but just in case: If you have not already seen the movie, do not even so much as open to a random page in the book. The risk of spoilers is extremely high, as virtually every page has some level of "reveal" you really want to experience as intended, at the proper rate, within the context of the plot.
But having SEEN "Cabin," this book will help you put together some of the story elements that might have seemed obscure in the theater. It's kind of hard to catch absolutely everything when you're laughing and/or flinching.
Did you change anything? - no
Was there anything you'd do differently? - no
Was there anything you enjoyed but had no choice but to cut? - no
Is the mermaid based on anything? - no
Thanks for all those stunning pearls, boys!
And listening to them anytime they talk about each other. Ugh! All it is, is:
Goddard: You're the best
Whedon: No, you're the best!
Goddard: No, we're the best!
All I hear is: "Me, me, me ME!"
Having a copy of the script is cool, but it's formatted weirdly. There's nothing to distinguish set/movement direction from dialogue, so you lose a bit there.
The third part of the book is the "creature feature" - it's pretty cool to see the designs behind all the prominent monsters, but what about the ones that flit by so quickly? A splash panel of all the different elevators would have been awesome and completely make this book.
Also, more information about the objects in the basement. It's mentioned how EVERY single object in the basement would have summoned a different monster, but they don't tell you what summons anything so you're stuck figuring out most of them for yourself (thankfully, quite a few are obvious: the conch, the unicorn, the music box, the dolls, the clown toys, the lament configuration, etc). This book doesn't add much of anything to the movie.
The book is essentially split into three parts. There's the interview with the two writers, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, who are also the director and producer respectively. It's a very long, in-depth piece which gives plenty of insight into what they were planning. You can see how they wanted certain things to be implemented with the original uncut script, the next part. It shows a bunch of behind the scenes shots, including a beautiful spread of the cellar the teens went in.
The final part of the book is a bunch of artwork and pictures of all the monsters. It's got a bunch of good ones, but I wish they included more detailed pictures of a lot of the things I was interested in, such as Kevin, that robot, the tree, sexy witches, and more. But man, did they think of a lot of those things. It's this third section I wish was more expanded. Hopefully that's what the DVD is for, though. We'll see.
Still, great book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This script is amazing! All the photos and behind the scenes stuff is super rad as well! Buy itPublished 5 months ago by Fernando Mark Paiz
I was expecting more of a guide to the movie with behind the scenes facts. What I got was a photo album with a long and tedious description of the progress in making the movie and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by William Uchtman
nifty interviews of the Special Effects crew; wish I could have slowed my DVD down enough to see the monsters. Seeing the monsters on the board was great.Published 17 months ago by M. A. Adkins
I love that the script is included in the book! Sometimes I think about "remaking" it just for fun with my friends. Haha we'll see!Published 19 months ago by Mars