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SXSW 2012: “The Cabin in the Woods” cast recall their “trippy” auditions


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So you want to know what “The Cabin in the Woods” is about? Well, get in line.

IFC caught up with the cast after the premiere of the film at SXSW and found out that even they had no idea what the film was actually about when they auditioned for it. And apparently those audition sequences included some pretty off-the-wall scenes.

“The thing is, I think for all of us, when we auditioned for the movie, we were given fake sides, so not of the scenes that we auditioned with are actually in the movie, and they’re all crazy,” Kristen Connolly said.

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The scenes they acted out during their auditions involved pterodactyls, locker rooms, a man-eating jacuzzi and an angry molesting tree. Fortunately, those strange scenes gave the actors a good sense of the high quality of writing they could expect from the rest of the movie.

“Those guys are such insane writers and have such a prolific imagination that they can just throw away amazing, amazing ideas. They wrote the script ‘Cabin’ in three days,” said Jesse Williams.

Sounds like all the more reason for us to be excited for the film’s upcoming release. The recent trailers and images from the project have shown that this isn’t your mother’s horror film, and the gleeful response following the SXSW screening seemed to strengthen that sentiment. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until April 13 to see “Cabin” when it hits theaters nationwide.

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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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