BOP Interview: Cabin in the Woods

By Ryan Mazie

April 12, 2012

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FK: No, no, but at that point he had told me he wanted me for the role. But he was having fun with it.

KC: That’s so Joss, though; I could totally hear him saying that.

FK: It was great. Once it all worked out it was so fun. It was also nice to go back to work with him, because he is someone I want to work for forever. He is one of the best bosses you can possibly imagine.

KC: I did the same thing as everybody else, like Fran said. I auditioned in New York, then I flew to L.A. and I read with Fran. We read the final scene in the movie that I had absolutely no context for. All of the audition scenes that they gave us were fake. They were crazy. All of them were crazy. My scene was Dana and Kurt getting chased by pterodactyls and looking for these underground tunnels to hide in. I was like, “Jeez, tunnels, I don’t know?” (Laughs.) I was really working on it at home and was like, “This is insane! What is this?!”

FK: It was very mean, some of the things that they had to do considering that it wasn’t even in the script. Like in my scene, I was talking to these detectives, because my friend had just been decapitated by the Clickity-Clack Man in the parking lot of a bowling alley and I actually had to say, “The Clickity-Clack Man is coming! He is coming for us all!”


KC: This is just Joss and Drew messing with us.

Both cast in the film after the strange audition process, the two actors only fear now were the supernatural entities attacking them onscreen. “It was pretty rough,” said Connolly about shooting a scene where she is brutally thrashed around by one of the film’s undead assailants, “I really wanted to have some teeth knocked out and a broken nose … but Joss and Drew go, ‘No, no, you are the girl in a horror movie.’ You can have a cut here and here and there,” laughed Connolly. In the end, she did get one of her wishes, “They did let me cough up blood and throw out some teeth, ‘as long as they are teeth in the back.’”

With filming wrapped in 2009, set for a release date in February, 2010 (with a 3D sheen to it; the conversion idea was later axed), The Cabin in the Woods got an additional villain – MGM. Going bankrupt, the film was put in limbo before being acquired by Lionsgate.

On the film finally reaching audiences

FK: I love this movie so much. I love the script, the experience making it, the final product; it means so much to me, because it is the best role I have ever gotten. I had high hopes for it and really believe that maybe, hopefully, this can be a breakthrough role for me, being an unknown or whatever. It’s been on my mind (laughs). I have not left the movie, because I loved it so much. I remember it in detail unlike any other project I worked on. I never really lost faith, a lot of people doubted that it would come out since it was on a shelf, but I knew how good it was so I was always confident that it would be released. So it is very satisfying, no matter how long a movie takes to see the light of day. You can feel the buzz around it.

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