Book Review: The Cabin In The Woods: The Visual Companion Guide & Novelization
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The Cabin In The Woods: The Visual Companion Guide
Screenplay by Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard
Foreward by Drew Goddard
Afterword by Joss Whedon
Interviews by Abbie Bernstein
Titan Books
Release date: April 17, 2012

The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Movie Novelization
By Tim Lebbon
Titan Books
Release date: April 17, 2012
Paperback | Kindle

If you haven’t seen The Cabin In The Woods, the new film co-written by Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard, then definitely head to the theater to see it, as it’s a great film and a wonderful addition to the horror genre. The buzz on the Internet is to go into this movie knowing as little about it as possible, so I’ll direct you to our spoiler-free movie review for now. But The Cabin In The Woods is the kind of movie where once you’ve seen it, you want to know more about it. So, to go along with the movie, Titan Books has released two tie-ins: The Cabin In The Woods: The Visual Companion Guide, as well as the Official Movie Novelization.

The Visual Companion Guide, from Titan Books, is a full-color oversized paperback book that contains Whedon and Goddard’s full screenplay, which right there will give you lots of extra details and scenes that were either altered or didn’t make it into the theatrical cut. The book is also packed with over 150 photos from the movie, behind-the-scenes images, and concept art, as well as character and creature profiles and cast and filmmakers interviews, along with spotlights on various props and scenery, all of which are interspersed between pages of the screenplay. All 176 pages are filled with color images, even the pages with the script, so there’s always something to look closer at.

I thoroughly enjoyed the film, as it’s not your typical slasher feature. There’s a lot going on and there’s a lot that’s happening in the background that you only catch of a glimpse of, especially the monsters. That’s where this visual companion really shines, as you finally get to see in detail creatures that were on the screen for a second, along with others who were featured prominently. And remember the “White Board”? There’s a photo of it where you can read everything that’s on it. There’s even a photo of the betting slip!

Also, I think it’s safe to say that anyone who’s a fan of Joss Whedon wants to know what makes him tick, and since this project was a real baby of his, the lengthy interviews and screenplay really make this book worth having. Even if you’re not that familiar with the creator of such awesomeness as Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly — and the director of Marvel’s upcoming Avengers movie — if you enjoyed The Cabin In The Woods movie and especially if you dug the creature effects and mythology, then this visual companion book will be a real treat.

Along with the visual companion, Titan has released the Official Movie Novelization by Tim Lebbon and let me just say off the bat, I LOVE movie novelizations. Seriously, I have and still do squeal with delight whenever I get to read one. I think it began when I was very little and I borrowed the novelization for Star Wars from the library and discovered there was all this information in it that wasn’t in the movie! There were names for the creatures, histories, character details, and scenes that weren’t in the film, but most importantly, there were the characters’ thoughts. While in the movie maybe the character simply smiled, in the book you found WHY he smiled and what he was really thinking at the time, and so much more. Hence, why I just love novelizations.

So, when The Cabin In The Woods novelization unexpectedly arrived with the visual companion, guess what I did? Yes, I squealed with delight! Then I realized I couldn’t read — or even take a peek at them — because they arrived BEFORE the film’s theatrical release. But as soon as I saw the film on opening weekend (it opened on April 13, 2012), I ran home, grabbed the visual companion went through every page, combing it for details. Later that night, I started on the novelization. A few pages in and I had more information on the first characters we’re introduced to in the movie AND I noticed the description of one of the people was vastly different than the actress who was in the film. Then I couldn’t help myself, I skipped ahead to areas where I just had to know more information! But then I went back and read it in order, as it’s a very quick read, especially if you were paying attention to the small details in the movie (which I was – but seriously, I need to see this movie again right away).

If you haven’t seen The Cabin In The Woods, I recommend you do, and afterwards, definitely check out these two tie-in books.

Note – If you buy The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Movie Novelization at Amazon, they’ll give you 5% off the purchase of The Cabin In The Woods: The Visual Companion Guide. You have to purchase both books at the same time. See the “Best Value” section on either product page for more details on this deal. Also, the The Official Movie Novelization is eligible for Amazon’s 4-For-3 Promotion where you can purchase four select titles for the price of three (see the “Special Offers and Product Promotions” on the product page for more details). Lastly, the Kindle Edition of the novelization will be released on June 19, 2012.

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