The Cabin in the Woods: Official Visual Companion is as raw and grippingly stunning as its film counterpart. It holds the full script, an extensive question and answer section with the writers, storyboards, actor profiles and set photos. What perhaps is the greatest part of the visual companion is the small but satisfying monster development section. Seeing the monsters in only half makeup or joking alongside the characters they are to mutilate in the next scene does not take away from their scare factor overall, and it made me all the more nervous seeing them so up close and personal. It was also incredibly interesting to learn of the movie’s influences and camera work, as they were extremely minimal with computer graphics and instead used old school horror movie methods to bring the fright back into a genre that’s gotten such a bad rap lately.
However, if readers have not seen the film yet or read the novel, be warned; the companion gives away major spoilers. The introductory section written by the film’s director contains the ending twist, so no page is safe from innocent eyes. I had read the novelization first before seeing the film, and the visual guide gave me much more insight into both than I would have gotten from just comparing the two. Where the novelization gave way to motives and innermost thoughts that can’t be displayed well on screen, the visual companion displayed the creative process behind the story, and deeper insight into the philosophy of the film. It’s a wonderful addition to anyone who is a fan of the film, or the horror genre in all, as The Cabin in the Woods pulls influences from classic favorites.
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. It's a little more complicated than that..."
All will be revealed in the Official Visual Companion, featuring in-depth interviews, the full screenplay by Whedon and Goddard, stunning production art, and hundreds of color photos!