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‘Cabin In The Woods’ Was Supposed To Be Direct-To-DVD In Australia, Until The Fans Spoke Up!

Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods is my favorite horror film of the year so far and, while I’m excited to own it on Blu-ray in a month or two, I’m very grateful I had the chance to see it in theaters twice. As much as the theatrical experience can be a pain in the ass these days (I literally get angry about people texting before I even get to the theater), when it goes well there’s nothing like watching a great movie with a room full of people who are eating it up.

But Australian horror fans almost didn’t get the chance to have that experience. Village Roadshow, who is handling some of the foreign territories for the film, almost released to straight to DVD in that territory according to The Daily Telegraph. So what happened? The fans spoke up. They emailed the studio, they posted on its Facebook page and they wouldn’t relent.

Finally the studio caved. Per The Telegraph, “A major distributor bowed to fan pressure – something that rarely happens – and announced that ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ would be getting a theatrical release after all, albeit very limited. Despite only playing on seven screens in Australia it still managed to take $85,152 in its opening weekend – a considerable feat for a film you have to actively seek out.

What’s the lesson here? Fight for good horror (and good films in general). Let the studios know that there is an audience that respects the film. It’s not about supporting “studio horror” or “indie horror” – their are plenty of terrible films on both sides of the fence that shouldn’t be supported. But support the stuff you love – that’s the only way to make sure you get it and it continues to even be made.

If you live in Australia, The Cabin In The Woods is playing at the following theaters.

Sydney – Palace Chauvel, Paddington
Melbourne – Cinema Nova, Carlton
Adelaide – Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
Perth – Luna Palace Cinemas
Brisbane – Palace Barracks Cinemas
Hobart – Village Cinemas, Glenorchy



  • ElGanso

    I saw it opening night at Palace Cinema in Adelaide. The late release date was a pretty painful wait…I didn’t realise it came so close to not being released here at all.

  • djblack1313

    i liked this movie a lot. i saw it twice. Evan, any word on when it’s coming to DVD? it should be coming very soon!

    • EvanDickson

      I know UK is getting it in 2nd week of September. US date probably around then but not announced yet.

      • djblack1313

        thanx Evan!

  • anthonyd1

    I’m pretty sure its coming out in august

  • anthonyd1

    on dvd

  • RyanVox

    I’ve been dying to see Cabin In The Woods but it’s only playing 1 screen in Sydney, they only have 1 or 2 sessions a day and it’s the other side of town. I’d rather have had the DVD release at this point.

    Oz horror fans get pretty screwed most of the time. Most horror goes direct-to-disc down here – often before the US theatrical release.

    eg. We’ve had Mother’s Day on blu-ray and DVD for over 12 months

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