This is the official spoiler warning for all those who haven’t seen the film yet. Notice that the warning comes with just a hint of judgmental disappointment. The poster is at the bottom of the story, for those in the know.
Joss Whedon’s career has been escalating for years, and it’s almost to the point where if the Internet had Tourette’s Syndrome, it would just bark his name out at inopportune times. It’s a wonder that Cabin in the Woods, which he co-wrote with director Drew Goddard, is the lump sum of his work that is hinged on surprises and twists. Sure, many of this other projects have surprise moments, but none that affect the quality of the whole quite like the last half-hour or so of Cabin in the Woods did.
Now, we all know Japanese and American tendencies, especially when it comes to film, are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but there are limits to how far off the beaten path one can go, and visually depicting the entirety of the climactic left turn the film throws viewers into. Granted, because those magnificent cubes are shown completely out of context, there’s no direct plot-spoiling happening, and it all looks like abstract art direction. But then once the film does travel beyond the cabin, it becomes bleedingly obvious how strange this advertising tactic is. It’s like having a poster for The Sixth Sense just showing Bruce Willis hanging out at a funeral home.
Granted, because this will all be taking place in Japan, there is a chance that these monster-filled cubes actually do exist beneath the theaters the films will be playing at. Or that we humans are all trapped in one of these cubes, serving as the monsters to the gods above. Or maybe it has something to do with a pale girl with long black hair. In any case, having watched the film several times already, the knowledge of the twist hasn’t dampened my viewings, and the reveal is still one of the most awesome scenes of last year. Hell, even the two years previous when it sat on the shelf.
What do you think of the poster, and the film in general?