Cabin in the Woods going straight to DVD in Australia

In news that has surprised no one but upset many, Roadshow Films announced late last week that the Joss Whedon produced thriller The Cabin in the Woods would no longer receive a cinema release.

Roadshow are yet to announce a DVD/Blu-ray bow for the unconventional horror flick.

The pic, penned by Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard, had been sitting on the shelf since 2009 due to studio MGM’s financial woes. It finally received a U.S. release earlier this month, grossing a decent $34 million.

Though Australian audiences famously reject horror movies in theatres (unless it has Saw or Paranormal in the title), it was thought the involvement of Avengers director Whedon and local star Chris Hemsworth might give it a bump.

Ironically, the film played over the weekend at the 2012 Gold Coast Film Festival. Depending on its DVD/Blu-ray release, perhaps Cabin in the Woods will make an appearance at the Sydney and Melbourne fests.

Discuss: Disappointed?

8 Responses to “Cabin in the Woods going straight to DVD in Australia”

  1. Yes, disapointed. In amongst all the online Avengers chatter about Joss I kept seeing this film being mentioned and so was looking forward to seeing it on the big screen sometime this year. Maybe Revelation film fest here in Perth will pick it up.

  2. I’m insanely dissapointed, this was a movie I’ve been looking forward to for over 2 years now and I was going to go opening day and now it’s not coming to a cinema because……… why? As someone pointed out on a blog I noticed, simply say ‘From the director of the Avengers” and voila, there’s your sales pitch. I just… I can’t even believe this, I’m not buying the roadshow copy, I’ll order in the US copy because this is bull

  3. I’m not a horror fan, but am a huge Joss Whedon fan, and like everyone else I had been hearing a lot about this movie and was very keen to check it out (well, as much as I could check out whilst hiding behind my hands…I really don’t cope well with horror!)
    Definitely a wasted opportunity following on from the success of The Avengers.

  4. Disappointing because one of the few horror flicks to indicate “widely positive” reviews is suffering – as opposed to “widely negative[ly]” reviewed horror flicks that receive a general Australian release. Is this a comment on the collective intellects of general Australian movie-goers? What exactly is Roadshow trying to say to and about us?

    Incidently, why do Australians pirate movies on the internet?

    And why is it Australians purchase foreign (USA, Asian, UK, etc) copies of DVD’s and BluRays?

    * Insert sarcasm at your own risk.

  5. They are announced screenings starting from June 14 in one cinema in Melbourne and Sydney. If they do well, it might spread. So here’s hoping they sell out and the rest of Australia gets a look

  6. I agree with Bowie Hui. why to they release so much rubbish and not the good material. Bad job roadshow bad job

  7. Australian audiences famously reject horror movies…what statistic was that opinion attained from

    • You can check out past box office results here: http://www.urbancinefile.com.au/home/boxoffice.asp
      A few notable dates on which horror films debuted disappointingly:

      May 17-20, 2012 – Woman in Black (5th)
      March 1-7, 2012 – Devil Inside (5th)
      November 3-9, 2011 – Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (13th)
      October 13-19, 2011 – The Thing (7th)
      September 15-21, 2011 – Fright Night (8th)
      September 1-7, 2011 – Final Destination 5 (4th)
      March 10-16, 2011 – The Rite (7th)
      November 4017, 2010 – The Loved Ones (12)

      Besides brand names like Paranormal Activity, Saw, Resident Evil, and Scream, horror films are either (a) rejected in cinemas, or b) not featured on enough screens. It’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation, and who knows which one inspires the other.

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