Thursday, May 3, 2012

Don't Kill Cabin in the Woods

Okay, this isn't about horror books, but it's about a horror movie, and it needs to be said.

On my recent visit to the US, I decided to see a movie - specifically, Cabin in the Woods, directed by Joss Whedon. I knew it would probably be a while before it came out in Australia, so I thought I'd get in early. I had no idea what the movie was about, other than it was a horror film. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much.

Halfway through the movie, I turned to my partner with tears of pure joy in my eyes and said, 'I think this may be single greatest experience of my life.'

Dearest Spinechilldren, this movie is amazing. Beyond amazing. Anybody with even a passing interest in horror needs to see Cabin in the Woods. I'd planned to see it at least twice more at the movies when I got back to Australia. (Though let me just warn you now that its amazingness stems from the fact you don't know what do expect. Whatever you do, DON'T read up on this movie. Don't look at any spoilers. And if anybody tries to talk to you about it in specifics, kill them painfully).

The other day I learned that Roadshow aren't giving CitW a cinema release. This is an outrage. If ever a film needed to be seen on a big screen with an audience, it's this one. It makes all the difference. There are a number of reasons why that I won't go into here, but here's a nice rundown of the situation.

So if you're an Aussie horror fan who is desperately looking for a brilliant movie, let Roadshow know you're not happy. Comment on their Facebook page, or sign the online petition. They've given no reason as to why they've made this decision, so who knows what public outcry will do, but it can't hurt. 

One of the reasons I've heard is that apparently horror doesn't sell in Australia. Rot and nonsense. Just look at the outcry already. Show them just how big horror can be in Australia and demand a release!

And to all my readers who hail from countries sensible enough to screen CitW, make sure you don't pass up the opportunity to see this amazing movie.

UPDATE: Wow, I can't believe complaining long enough and loud enough actually works... to a degree, at least. As of about two hours after posting this, Roadshow confirmed that there will be a limited run in Australia, in Sydney and Melbourne. At two cinemas. Still, it's better than nothing!

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