Spoilers! Spoilers! Spoilers!
Thursday night I finally got to see The Cabin in the Woods. I wasn’t able to see it in the theaters and I’d been avoiding as many spoilers as possible so I was pretty excited to finally watch the film. I loved it! I got a kick out of it. The cast was great, the dialogue was great, the guys in the control room were great, the monsters were great. It really is a lot of fun. But something hung with me after I watched it and I couldn’t help but feel like I’d seen it before. I slept on it and in the morning it occurred to me- Angel season 5.
The last couple of episodes before Angel ends are among my favorite in the series and Not Fade Away is probably my favorite finale episode. I really liked the idea of Angel alienating everyone and pretending to join the Circle of the Black Thorn, then throwing away the prophecy and taking on the Apocalypse. “I get to slay the dragon,” is a great piece of final dialogue and then you see the hordes of demons and monsters and dragons rush the screen. Fade to black. Great episode. And I think it shares a lot of similarities with The Cabin in the Woods.
So let me break this down and let’s see if you agree with me…
First, the organization. Though never explicitly named, you might as well call them Wolfram & Hart. They’re a subversive organization whose purpose is appeasing the “ancient ones” with human sacrifice. They have international branches equipped with underground temples and every horrifying creature you could ever imagine. See… Holfram & Hart.
Second, the underground temple. When the camera pulls away to reveal the channels where the blood flows from each character’s glyph, the symbol looks A LOT like the symbol the Circle of the Black Thorn used to identify themselves. And I mean, A LOT!
Third, the elevator bank. When Smokey and Ginger (and I know those aren’t their names) simultaneously release all of the creatures, they flood out of 6 or 8 elevator banks into an open lobby; a very similar set up to the lobby of Wolfram & Hart.
Fourth, the ancient ones. Okay, I wasn’t crazy about the ending of Cabin. I didn’t like the kids giving up. I would’ve preferred it if Dana killed Marty, and then took out the Director. But, they sat there and let the Apocalypse come and the giant hand broke through the ground, destroyed the cabin and blam-o! we’re in full fledged end of the world mode now. While Angel and the gang didn’t release all the creatures to take over the world at the end of season 5, they still got loose and started killing everything. Kinda similar.
And finally, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. These dudes used to write on Angel together! I’m sure there are a hundred episodes that these guys wanted to make that never left the writers room and I’m sure some of them stayed with them. If you swap the college kids for Angel, Wesley, Gunn, Illyeria, Lorne and Spike you’d have a full fledged Angel movie.
Cabin has enough satirical, meta twists and turns and crazy theories attached to it, I’m sure it’s okay for one more: I think it’s an unused Angel script.
What do you think?
Today marks the 27th anniversary of the first episode G.I. Joe and the first appearance of my favorite Joe, Shipwreck.
Bravo Zulu, shipmate.
Batman #251, September 1973, cover by Neal Adams
I just bought a 24 x 36 print of this for the geek-room. Tumblr validates my awesome taste.
Watch all the way through.