The following story contains massive spoilers about the ENDING of The Cabin in the Woods. Stop reading now if you haven't yet seen the movie, and seriously, go see that movie!
Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods doesn't really lend itself to sequels. Spinoffs, maybe. But by the end of the film, the massive experiment being conducted in a secret laboratory that's meant to appease the gods with sacrifices has failed. And the gods are rising. Still, sequels are the norm in horror franchises, and the death of the leads usually doesn't matter (think how many times Jason or Freddy have been killed on screen, and they just keep coming back). But when asked about a Cabin in the Woods sequel, Goddard shot the notion down, explaining:
Drew Goddard is out promoting his new movie, Bad Times at the El Royale, an unconventional crime noir centered around a handful of fascinating and mysterious characters. And El Royale is EXACTLY the type of original and fresh-voiced stories that Drew Goddard should be doing instead of cranking out Cabin in the Woods sequels that undercut the original film. He basically gives Fandango the perfect answer as to why he and co-writer Joss Whedon didn't try to extend the story of the original film. They came up with the perfect ending. Leave it at that.
Of course, Drew Goddard leaves the door open, telling Fandango:
The one idea that seems like it could work would be a spinoff movie that focuses on a different laboratory in another country. We saw hints of other "games" being played on unsuspecting horror victims, and new stories could be told in that fashion. But again, knowing the ending of The Cabin in the Woods, we'd all be working toward the inevitable. Do you agree? Or do you want to see a sequel in this universe, no matter what? Vote in our poll.
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