Few fledgling directors can say they knocked it out of the park with their first feature-length horror film, but Drew Goddard can carry those bragging rights.
It's embedded in his personality to say that exactly, so Shock Till You Drop will do it for him: With The Cabin in the Woods, he kills it, crafting a movie that is confident, weird, scary, funny and, above all, smart. This film puts the dunce cap on a lot of self-described hip and witty horror films and kicks them to the corner of the classroom.
However, is Goddard's achievement really a surprise? He's worked on some terrific television over the last ten years, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lost. Goddard also penned Cloverfield, which he described to us as a love letter to his wife. As they say, the guy's got chops. And like Cloverfield, in which he re-teamed with Lost producer J.J. Abrams, Cabin finds Goddard working with another prominent television icon from his past: Joss Whedon. The two collaborated on Cabin's script and Whedon produced the film, which has seen its fair share of release troubles.