October 31, 2014

Finding Every Horror Reference in 'The Cabin in the Woods' Might Make Your Head Explode

Cabin in the Woods
Happy Halloween, No Film School readers!

In celebration of this, the most ghoulishly delightful holiday of the year, we're sharing an insanely ambitious video essay that attempts to find and explain every single horror film reference in the 2012 satirical meta-horror masterpiece, The Cabin in the Woods. Considering that the film is very much about all of the horror films that preceded it -- it's both an homage to and criticism of the entire horror genre, if that makes sense -- trying to pinpoint each of the hundreds of subtle and not-so-subtle references in The Cabin in the Woods is an undertaking worthy of applause.

For those of you who have seen the film, you're definitely in for a treat. If you haven't, stop what you're doing and watch it immediately so that you can come back and partake in this wonderful video essay. Obviously, there are some spoilers ahead.

So there you have it, (almost) every horror reference in The Cabin in the Woods. Mad respect to Cecil at GoodBadFlicks for putting this together.     

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Huh, at first I didn't quite like "Cabin in the Woods." It just seemed too off-beat. But now it actually makes a lot of sense... well, a lot more sense in the very least.

November 1, 2014 at 5:37AM

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Love Cabin. Love this video. Great job on their part. I've caught a bunch of the references, but not this many!

November 1, 2014 at 9:13AM

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Geoffrey Young Haney
writer & director
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I'd be more inclined to believe the Jack-O-Lantern was a reference to Pumpkinhead.

November 1, 2014 at 10:19AM

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Pete Yagmin
Writer/Director
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Very creative movie for any horror fans. Really Loved it. Props to someone going through the effort to count all the references and monsters.

November 1, 2014 at 8:13PM

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Josh.R
Motion Designer/Predator
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"Giant snake" probably isn't a generic reference, but a reference to Whedon's own Buffy Season Three.

November 11, 2014 at 2:43PM

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Daniel Mimura
DP, cam op, steadicam op
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Wow... I only caught a small fraction of these!

December 22, 2014 at 11:25PM

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Crystal McGhee
Director/Writer/Producer/Actor
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