Consider this a bonus book report, because you get not one, but TWO books reviewed, all for the low, low price of just your time.
First up, is Tim Lebbon’s The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Movie Novelization, based on Josh Whedon’s and Drew Goddard’s screenplay. I was looking forward to reading this since there has been so much buzz about the movie, and now I can see why. The story starts out with a strong Tucker and Dale vs. Evil vibe, almost taking the entire gas station sequence from it (which to be fair, has its roots in Friday the 13th or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). I was a little concerned that the story was just going to rehash the typical horror movie plot, but that was clearly intentional on the author’s part. Once the reader thinks he knows what is coming next, the writer starts slinging curve balls fast and furious.
I’m not typically found in the horror section of the bookstore (yes, bookstores still exist) but this book grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go. Before cracking the spine, I admit to not having very high expectations from a “genre” horror novel, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride and burned through the book in one sitting.
This novelization takes the typical horror movie plot you’re used to, and then hurls it into strange, dark depths you’ve never imagined.
Let’s move on to The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion, which features the screenplay written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. I’m glad I read the novelization before opening the Visual Companion, because, as you would expect, it’s full of spoilers! There are plenty of photos that pretty much tell the story, alongside the movie’s screenplay. The first 40 pages include an interview with the writers that gives insight into the film’s back story and making. This book is not for the squeamish–the photos are graphic withlots of gore and unique monster designs–so don’t leave it out on the coffee table if you have little ones visiting!
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Both of these books would make any fan of the film very happy, and you’re in luck, because I will be giving away my review copies! All you have to do to be entered into the giveaway is to be a subscriber to the Cool & Collected e-newsletter. The winners will be chosen at random on May 7, so for a chance at one of these books, go sign up now!