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The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director/co-screenwriter Drew Goddard and co-screenwriter/producer Joss Whedon Rating:9.5/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Bakersfield on September 6th, 2016:Find all reviews by Bakersfield
What a lively, funny and informative commentary. Goddard and Whedon are obviously very good friends (not afraid to make fun of each other) and that makes for a great, great listen.

They watch "Cabin in the Woods" together and they start off the commentary by explaining their working process (it includes being locked in a hotel room) and why they decided to start the movie in that unexpected - for the audeince - way. There's a lot of talk about shooting in Canada, the unsung heroes of the production, creature effects, how it was to work with the cast, how they (Goddard and Whedon) were dealing with the horror genre tropes and how it was all presented on the screen.

Since they are screenwriters as well they spend quite a bit of time talking about their views on film writing, deadlines and their dedication to finish "Cabin" no matter what ("We're not allowed to leave the hotel room until we have a script"", says Goddard).

Other interesting bits from the commentary: Whedon talks about his appreciation of James Cameron and "The Abyss", Goddard describes what it was like for him to direct his first movie, there's some "Avengers" talk (Whedon shares his opinion on who's gonna win in a fight between Thor and Hulk), they both mention how much they like Japanese horror, and on a few instances praise the cast for their dedication.

There is no dead air, both Whedon and Goddard have a lot to say, and the viewer gets to learn stuff that are not included in the special features on this DVD.

Highly recommended commentary.
Reviewed by reidca on September 8th, 2016:Find all reviews by reidca
Ditto the statements above, this is a tremendous commentary. It's funny to the point of hysterics and they traverse some just plain wrong topics, but it is so interesting on multiple levels - intellectual, geek culture, screenwriting. Their passions are diverse and wide - Shallow Grave, X-Files, Star Wars, Mulholland Drv. This is one of Joss Whedon's better commentaries and Goddard ain't no slouch either and it's highly highly recommended especially for fans and is highly educational for anyone interested in writing and filmmaking.
Reviewed by grimjack on December 8th, 2019:Find all reviews by grimjack
I really cannot compete with the first review, but I will say that this is a very entertaining commentary by two guys who really loved the process of making the film, and it shows. You wont learn much about movie making, but you will learn a little about the writing process and how they deal with the producers. What you certainly do get is a lot of funny banter about things that happened on set, or behind the scenes. There is memorable talk about some of the little things they felt made the whole thing work. And explain which genre parts they included because it meant a lot to them growing up as teenagers loving horror pictures.