GQ has a new interview with all-around genius Joss Whedon.
In the interview, Whedon discusses The Avengers and Cabin in the Woods.
Here’s a sample:
GQ.com: You’ve called Cabin In The Woods a “loving hate letter” to horror films. What tropes particularly annoy you?
Joss Whedon: Drew and I are enormous horror fans but we both lamented the trend in torture porn and dumbing down with characters falling more and more into stereotypes. Take the ad campaign for a movie called Captivity, where the billboard showed basically kidnap, torture and execution, in that order. That encapsulated the way I felt horror movies were going: they were becoming this extremely nihilistic and misogynist exercise in just trying to upset you, as opposed to trying to scare you. The classics that Drew and I went back to – the [John] Carpenters, the Nightmares -it seemed they had a different intent: it was not strictly about shock value.
The other trend seems to be Paranormal Activity-type found footage…
They seem to come in swells. They work because they’re a new way of making you feel closer to the experience, and are therefore scarier – but it will become difficult to ring any changes on it. There’s always room for those types of movies, but eventually people will want someone to put it on a tripod and spend some money. I have nothing against them and they can be as compelling as anything – if not more so.
You can read the full interview HERE.