The Cabin in the Woods, a new horror film from the team behind the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was the closing night film of the Atlanta Film Festival. I had the privilege to interview on the red carpet the star of the film, Kristen Connolly. The Cabin in the Woods website

Kristen has appeared on a number of TV shows, including The Good Wife and the soap As the World Turns. She was also in the films Confessions of a Shopaholic, Revolutionary Road and The Happening.

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Mike: “So it’s been a little while since this film has been made, are you anxious to get it released?”

Kristen: “Yes, absolutely. I think all of us right from the beginning really believed in the movie and believed in Joss and Drew’s vision for it and the script and the cast. Just really wanted to get it out there and have people see it. So it’s really exciting to have people come into the theatre to see it now.”

Mike: “What is it like working with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard?”


Kristen Connolly

Kristen: “Their terrific! They’re the smartest, funniest, most passionate, enthusiastic people that you’ll meet. This is something that they wrote together in three days, thinking nobody will ever let us make this movie and then they actually got to make it. It’s just a thrill and a dream to work with them.”

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Mike: “It’s been described as a new take on the horror film, why do you think it’s been described that way?”

Kristen: “I think it takes a lot of things people know about horror movies or think they know about horror movies and it kind of explodes them. It plays with the conventions a lot and it plays with the archetypes of the characters and I think it does it in a really fun and a really smart way. And at the same time it also is a scary movie so there are a lot of surprises and twists and turns with some good old fashion scares.”

Mike: “Is this your first horror movie?”

Kristen: “It’s not actually, I did a horror film called The Happening with M. Night Shyamalan a few years back and I was in the first scene of that movie – that was like very scary also. And I have a movie coming out this summer that Barry Levinson directed called The Bay that Lionsgate is bringing out. It’s a very scary movie with a totally different feeling than this one, so I hope people check it out also.”

Mike: “Do you find it a little harder to work in a horror film than in a drama?”

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Kristen: “Well, yeah it’s a lot more running and screaming, so there’s that and it’s sticky if you are covered in blood. But I always just try to look for good material and this film is certainly really smart and really great writing.”