Fran Kranz, Chris Hemsworth, and Anna Hutchison in ‘The Cabin in the Woods’/Image © Lionsgate
The Universal Orlando theme park is about to blow the haunted house market wide open with an interactive scare-maze inspired by “The Cabin in the Woods.” If you’ve seen the film, you know just how many monstrous configurations could be included here — they’re promising a full-on merman attack! Film director Drew Goddard is happily cooperating with the venture, providing creative input to make the event truly feel like a continuation of the movie. Book your flight now; the attraction’s currently only set to run between September and November.
Would you be able to tell a DC comics movie from a Marvel one, just by its messages? Comic Book Resources seems to think so, comparing the bleak worlds of the recent Superman and Batman movies against the somewhat more optimistic realm occupied by all the heroes in “The Avengers.” It’s a lovely theory, but by these standards the goofy 2006 “Catwoman” movie feels like it ought to be part of the Marvel universe.
Last weekend’s debut of “The Heat” has got the carrion-pickers over at Vulture wondering aloud why we’ve seen so few female buddy comedies over the past few decades. Test yourself to see how many you can name before you click over. I’d be surprised if you can come up with ten, even with some rule stretching like Vulture’s. I sat through “Starsky & Hutch” — now where’s my “Cagney & Lacey” adaptation?
It’s only recently that we’ve been able to identify and track Manic Pixie Dream Girls in the cinematic wilderness; the next step is studying them and seeing what they can tell us about ourselves. As this article in The New Statesman begins, “Men grow up expecting to be the hero of their own story. Women grow up expecting to be the supporting actress in somebody else’s.” Do you suffer from MPDG, or know someone who does? If so, this post may be a step toward recovery.