Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard and The Avengers helmer Joss Whedon aim to turn the horror genre on its head with next month’s The Cabin in the Woods (which the two co-wrote together and Goddard directed), while Sir Ridley Scott returns to the world(s) he created in Alien with this summer movie season’s much buzzed-about Prometheus – and today, we have new footage from each film to share with you.
The delayed Cabin in the Woods features a cast of attractive young people that includes Chris Hemsworth in his pre-Thor days, alongside such folk as Fran Kranz (Dollhouse), Anna Hutchinson (Go Girls), Kristen Connolly (As the World Turns), and Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy) as an unsuspecting group of friends who head out to an isolated cabin in the woods for some fun. Once there, they encounter a nightmarish threat beyond even their wildest imagination.
Have a look at the first clip unveiled from The Cabin in the Woods:
What started out as a straightforward 3D prequel to Alien eventually evolved into a more stand-alone film set in that same universe, after Ridley Scott recruited screenwriter Damon Lindelof (Lost) to help incorporate more lofty notions about humanity’s place in the universe. The final result of those efforts is Prometheus, an enigmatic mix of sci-fi and horror genre elements – with some mythological allegory mixed in for good measure – that revolves around a team of futuristic space explorers who seek out an answer to the riddle of humankind’s existence… with horrifying results.
In case you missed it earlier this week – we’ve included the first Prometheus TV spot here, along with the second (which includes new footage):
Goddard and Whedon look to offer a clever post-modern deconstruction of familiar horror tropes with Cabin in the Woods, which so far recalls their work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer in spirit. Similarly, Scott now has the benefit of a contemporary blockbuster budget and more than thirty years of extra experience to recreate the disturbing atmosphere of Alien in Prometheus – while also branching out further into the realm of sci-fi/horror than anyone has before. Suffice it to say, both films are worth keeping an eye out for.
The Cabin in the Woods opens in theaters around the U.S. on April 13th, 2012.
Prometheus will arrive in theaters (2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) later this year on June 8th.
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