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July 13 2010

(SPOILER) The Cabin in the Woods is a "cult-builder". Chud's Devin Faraci recalls his visit to the movie's post-production office and says "everything I saw that day was kind of great and pointed to a movie that could exceed its low budget boundaries". And like the rest of us, he wonders if the movie will ever see the light of day. Spoilers for the movie's premise and the very cool t-shirt.

I wants me one of those shirts.
I wants me some of that movie!
That shirt is made of win.
I don't understand the T-shirt. =/
Is that Josh Lyman on that shirt? :)
I want the Tshirt AND the movie! xP
I want the movie NOW! And I also don't quite understand the shirt. Is the figure on the right supposed to look like Joss?
I assume that's Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford on the shirt.
Oh, this just makes me *cry*. Goddamnit.

I want this movie to come out. And I want this tee shirt post haste, I do, I do.

Seriousfully - they could have sold them at ComicCon and made some bucks, which couldn't hurt, and made some buzz happen, which couldn't hurt even more, but as Devin suggests, this is not that better world. : <

I'm sure the rights to that art are all complicated and hurty - but maybe whoever does own it could get it made/sold on one of those tee-shirt sites? *forlorn hope*

'Cause goddamnit. This movie wants to be seen. This sucks raucously & vociferously out loud.


ETF: stuff

[ edited by QuoterGal on 2010-07-13 23:56 ]
I keep wanting to draw a mustache on the right side of the t-shirt.
Each day Cabin in the Woods sits on a shelf somewhere, collecting dust, I die a little on the inside.

Just think, if CitW came out in February, we'd all be enjoying a panel at Comic-Con with Joss, going to a special screening with out shirts on, and maybe even getting teased that there's another in the works.

This really sucks.
That does not sound encouraging. Not even certain if the 3D conversion was completed?
I'm sure it would be cheaper to promote and just release the 2D version. But apparently the studio no longer has the price of popcorn and a coke.
Bummed, Joss and Drew deserve better. And we deserve a movie .... and definitely t-shirts.
That T shirt looks like "Whedon and George".
I dunno korkster, I could do without the shirtless screening, myself. :p
... I'll just say that everything I saw that day was kind of great and pointed to a movie that could exceed its low budget boundaries.

Hmm, wasn't Cabin reputed to have a budget of about $30 million ? Cos that's not really that low budget full stop and it's certainly not that low budget for a horror movie (in fact one of my early worries was about the size of the budget re: profitability). Or did that figure turn out to be total flannel ?

And yep, the film must be seen. New law.
30 million? That's like 3 times the size of most BIG budget horrors! Well maybe it's so epic that 30 million seems like a drop in the pond for all that they achieved with it, right? RIGHT?!?!?

Hmm, wasn't Cabin reputed to have a budget of about $30 million ?


Yes but this is the Internet so it's convenient to ignore facts.

That's like 3 times the size of most BIG budget horrors


Depends - the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street was $35 million, the Friday the 13th remake was $19 million and Drag Me To Hell was $30 million. On the other hand, Shaun of the Dead was only 4 million to make.
SotD shot in the UK though, and didn't have any names (other than Pegg and Wright, who I'm guessing took a percentage rather than an outright fee). $30m nowadays for a wide release movie is about typical.

(And it wasn't converted to 3D). The reality is MGM had to get a $40m credit from the people they owe money to, to release Hot Tub Time Machine. I strongly suspect the reason it got knocked back a year was because MGM knew they wouldn't be able to get the financing to release both Hot Tub and Cabin. Hot Tub under performed, the rest is history.

[ edited by gossi on 2010-07-14 15:19 ]
It varies a fair bit though it seems remakes/continuations of well known franchises tend towards the top end (as you'd expect). There's 'Saw' at $1.2 million, 'Hostel' at $4.8 million, '28 Days Later' at $8 million, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (remake) $9.6 million etc. (excluding flukes like Blair Witch or 'Paranormal Activity' - both made for tuppence ha'penny and a bag of chips and then going on to make insane amounts of cash. Kind of surprised that MGM didn't try to throw about 10 or 15 low budget horrors out there to see if they could fluke a mega sleeper though obviously it's very hit or miss).

However you slice it though, $30 million is a very decent budget for a horror movie, definitely near the top end of the range.
I dunno korkster, I could do without the shirtless screening, myself. :p


Thanks for bringing the smiles, Jobo. :)

$30 million isn't chump change for sure. Does anyone know how much Cloverfield was?
I've heard $20 million pretty consistently.
'Cloverfield' was apparently $25 million from articles at the time (and from boxofficemojo.com).
Oh Simon, why remind me of those blasphemies! But yeah I was thinking of the one's that Saje mentioned, I mean I remember being at a seminar with Denis Bartok and he was saying at that time(2007 I believe) that to get a budget over 10 million for a horror film you either needed to be in a franchise or hiring SMG! (The Grudge was done for 10 mil and the sequel for like 20 or so, first one made like 190 mil or something internationally! and the second only like half that!) So yeah 30 is a big frickin' number to leave lying around on the shelf, so maybe they can use some viral marketing, isn't that cheaper than billboards and tv ads and stuff? Maybe it can still be released? Maybe I'm being ridiculous...MGM don't have enough money for free marketing!!
MGM don't have the staff to co-ordinate a release like that, or money to print the reels to go out to cinemas (surprisingly expensive - think millions).

Cabin's budget towards the higher end of the scale for a horror movie, for sure - but it's a horror movie at the higher end of scale on every sense (i.e. Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard, the pure scale of the movie and the effects required). This is a big movie.
Cabin wouldn't get the exposure it needs without a very healthy marketing spend. I estimate they would need at least $10M for domestic marketing and prints alone. Otherwise, you get Serenity which was a few fans making a lot of noise on the internet and a movie that was NOT successful at the box office and therefore not considered a success. Doesn't matter what it did on DVD or internationally. It was a failure at the US box office because Uni thought viral marketing was the way to go. They were wrong and they failed. It isn't viral if the disease is contained within the existing fanbase.
It would cost them almost nothing to release it via DVD to my laptop during Comic-Con.
At least 6 figures for the mastering, b!x. :)
I didn't say they had to *finish* the entire process. Just point a camera at the screen and record what they have. I'll deal.

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