It seems an almost forgone conclusion that if you have a hit horror film, sequels will follow. But that hasn’t been the case with The Cabin In The Woods. And while the movie wasn’t a runaway success at the box office when initially released, it did find an appreciative audience for its skillful playing with and critiquing of slasher film tropes among horror fans through home video.
Over the course of the six years since its release, there have been whispers about a possible sequel, but no actual news. Were director and co-screenwriter Drew Goddard and producer and co-screenwriter Joss Whedon secretly planning a follow-up?
Fandango caught up with Goddard and asked just that question, but got an answer that may disappoint fans.
Well, you know, we sort of painted ourselves into a corner with the ending of Cabin in the Woods. It’s not a thing that calls for an easy sequel, I’ll tell you that much. We had some crazy ideas but Joss [Whedon] and I both felt strongly that we didn’t want to do it just to do it. Right? I’m very lucky that I get to keep making movies, I don’t need to just go make a sequel for the sake of making a sequel. The only way we could do it is if we could do it justice, and the truth is, it’s a hard one to do justice to. Every version of continuing the story undercuts the ending that we had in Cabin, and I just feel like that continues to be the perfect ending for that movie and I never want to undercut it.
I mean, look, I never say never, either. I’ve learned, tomorrow, that a bolt of lightning could strike and you could think of an idea that does the first one justice, but I haven’t quite had that idea yet. I haven’t had the idea yet that makes me go, ‘Oh, we have to drop everything and do that now.’
And I have to admit, Goddard’s reasoning for not making a sequel is pretty sound here. The film does indeed have a very definitive ending, in that demons return and take over the planet.
But while that is the end of the story, what about the beginning? There is lots of room in the world established by Goddard and Whedon available for exploration. How was The Organization running the ritual in the film originally established? We only ever saw how the United States and Japan programs worked. How does The Organization interact with the governments of the countries it operates in? Even by just showing The Organization at various periods in history one could comment on the changing nature of what scares us as a society.