I finally watched Joss Whedon‘s other high-profile project this year, The Cabin in the Woods, which he co-wrote with Drew Goddard. Whedon was also producer and directed the second unit. Goddard was principal director. Between the two of them, their credits include “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”, “Firefly”, “Alias”, “Lost”, Cloverfield and The Avengers.
Not a bad pedigree.
I giggled and cringed my way through the movie. It’s exactly what the blurbs and the vast majority of the reviews say – clever and funny and scary and slick and contains a few plot holes big enough to drive the characters’ RV through, but you don’t care because that’s part of the genre too and you’re having too much fun anyway. At least, I was. And it’s also a commentary on our obsession with violence and reality TV shows and the numbing effects of both.
But I’m not posting about it to delve into that. What I wanted to do is take this opportunity to plug another Earthling Publications Halloween Series title that’s in the same vein. If you liked The Cabin in the Woods, go order a copy of The Haunted Forest Tour, by James A. Moore and Jeff Strand.
Where The Cabin in the Woods is about people who unwittingly wind up inside a terrifying game arena populated with monsters, The Haunted Forest Tour is about people traveling to a wild animal park populated by even more monsters. Both play for laughs as well as frights. Both build to enormous scenes of mayhem. Both feature a mix of well-known creatures and things wholly new. And both bounce back and forth between characters trying to survive and backstage operators trying to get the runaway train back on track.