As jaded genre-philes, we're always looking for brand new, original takes on horror. And today, we're in luck! Two terrific new horror movies, JUAN OF THE DEAD and THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, open at the Alamo Drafthouse today, and they manage the impossible: utterly unconventional takes on a) zombie movies and b) pretty young people dying in the woods movies.
I've seen both of these films twice, and I already cannot wait to watch each of them a third time. They're both funny, scary, surprising and - most importantly - substantial. THE CABIN IN THE WOODS and JUAN OF THE DEAD actually say something, and in a genre filled with pointless gore and boobs (which can be fun, don't get me wrong), that's a big deal. Read on below for scoop on the two fantastic fright flicks!
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS:
This collaboration between BUFFY vets Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon has been in the works for years, shelved due to MGM’s financial difficulties despite rave reviews. And now you can finally see it! The film is an entirely original take on the horror genre, wickedly subverting all expectations and blowing away crowds at film festivals. Yes, a group of remarkably attractive young people go to a cabin in the woods, and you’ve probably seen that before - but you cannot possibly anticipate where this dark, brilliant, hilarious film will go next.
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS is an absolutely stunning blast, one of the most fun films I've seen this year and certain to become a monster classic. It's a movie that can be watched again and again, always bringing new surprises and delight. It's hands down one of the best films of the year, and it must be seen to be believed.
"You'll feel like horror is revitalized, like its importance is more obvious than ever. That might be Cabin's greatest achievement, reminding us why we love and need this genre."--Devin Faraci, BADASS DIGEST
"The Cabin in the Woods is continually smart, funny and surprising, reflecting horror films back at themselves in new and exciting ways."--Eric Goldman, IGN MOVIES
"Cabin in the Woods is witty, scary and incredibly inventive. This is a must-see genre bending horror movie - miss it at your peril."--Simon Reynolds, DIGITAL SPY
See showtimes for THE CABIN IN THE WOODS here!
JUAN OF THE DEAD:
JUAN OF THE DEAD opened at Fantastic Fest in 2011 to unanimous enthusiasm, a film that delivers laughs and gore and daring political commentary. Director Alejandro Brugués combines a love for zombie conventions and unstoppable carnage with deeply affable characters and biting social observations. Alexis Diaz de Villegas is our titular Juan, a quick-thinking man who remains entirely unfazed by the zombie revolution attacking his nation. Never ashamed to make a quick buck, Juan joins his friends in starting a new zombie killing service with the tag line: "Juan of the Dead. We kill your loved ones!"
You may think you've seen every possible version of a zombie movie, but JUAN OF THE DEAD never fails to surprise. It's smart and funny and gross and incredibly warm-hearted. If you missed it at Fantastic Fest, here's your chance to see it - or to see it again!
"As a satirical comedy of life in Cuba under Castro, it totally kills - and keeps coming back for more."--Rene Rodriguez, MIAMI HERALD
"George Romero would be proud of this deeply political, deeply human zombie story."--Devin Faraci, BADASS DIGEST
See showtimes for JUAN OF THE DEAD here!