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SXSW 2012: “The Cabin in the Woods” cast opens up about the film


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Judging by the insanely pleased critical response to “The Cabin in the Woods” premiere at SXSW, it seems like this is a film that we should all be looking forward to. It doesn’t hit theaters until April 13, but don’t think that there’s much that will be spoiled in the meantime.

Based on what we do know of “The Cabin in the Woods,” the film will end up being absolutely nothing like whatever you currently imagine it will be. It follows five friends who travel to a remote cabin in the woods, and whose journey quickly spirals out of control. There’s also a mysterious group of people somehow involved with the cabin, two of whom are played by Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford.

Turns out the two groups don’t have many scenes together. Whitford told IFC at SXSW, “Strangely, we didn’t work with them at all.

“And that’s why we are crazy about them,” Jenkins joked, adding seriously, “If you watch an actor and you go, ‘God damn,’ you know it’s good. And they did a fantastic job. I’m going to start hanging around with them if they’ll have me.”

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When talking to three of the younger leads, we found out that they were just as enamored with producer/co-writer Joss Whedon and director/co-writer Drew Goddard‘s script as Jenkins and Whitford were with their acting. Apparently it manages to be crazy ridiculous but also work as the set up for a great movie at the same time.

“I thought my imagination was pretty good. Joss’ and Drew’s imagination is so much better. And so from when you’re reading the script yourself, you’re like, ‘This is awesome! This is awesome! This is awesome!’ When you’re seeing it on the screen, you’re like, ‘That is so much cooler!'” Anna Hutchison gushed about the movie’s screenplay.

Jesse Williams did his best to define the movie, but had a difficult time doing so. “It’s a comedy, it’s a crazy thriller, it’s got insane monsters, it’s terrifying, and it’s like an action film, and the twist,” he explained. “So, reading it, I just became this huge fan.”

Kristen Connolly agreed. The marketing campaign set “Cabin in the Woods” up for being a spin on classic horror films, and according to the cast (and, you know, everyone who’s seen it) they succeeded.

“Anyone who’s seen a horror movie has an idea of what some of those archetypes might be,” Connolly said. “It was really fun to fully invest in them and then sort of turn them on their heads.”

Do you plan on checking out “The Cabin in the Woods” when it hits theaters on April 12? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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