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DoctorHelicopter1807 karma

When can I buy myself a collapsible coffee mug bong?

IAmDrewGoddard2084 karma

Every single day I tell Lionsgate to start manufacturing collapsible coffee mug bongs. Please help me and call them nonstop until this happens. Tell them Drew sent you.

oakshades1008 karma

are you planning on doing a prequel?



IAmDrewGoddard1509 karma


sillysully7725 karma

Maybe show how all the creatures got put into the cubes?

IAmDrewGoddard1276 karma


Pancakes1941 karma

This isnt a question. But please keep making movies. Sci-Fi has taken a huge plunge recently and new directors/writers like you give me hope.

IAmDrewGoddard915 karma

Sounds good.

Gully_Fantastico932 karma

How stunningly handsome is Chris Hemsworth in person?

IAmDrewGoddard2266 karma

You actually can't look directly at him. You have to punch a hole in a shoebox like with eclipses.

IAmDrewGoddard874 karma

All right, gang. Sad to say we must now part. Thank you for all the questions. I'll remember this text-based chat forever. It was like playing Zork, but with more me.


cultstatus780 karma

Loved Cabin. Any plans for a spin off show on HBO or Showtime? Would love to see a show set in the "office" with a different monster of the week and how they handle it.

IAmDrewGoddard1120 karma

Do you work for HBO or Showtime? Because if so, sold. Let's do it.

VividVeracity651 karma

What is writing with Joss Whedon like?

IAmDrewGoddard1985 karma

Every time he writes a new line, he screams, "Daddy did it again!" and then spikes a football at me.

honilee430 karma

Must take y'all awhile to get some work done, but at least it sounds like fun.

IAmDrewGoddard1467 karma

It's super annoying, I'm not gonna lie. I'm pretty sure he doesn't even know what a football is. He yells things like "Three pointer!" and "Hole in one!"

ForsakenBacon609 karma

Was it a conscious decision to throw in some of the L4D infected as an easter egg or was it more of a random monster that came up that you figured you could use?

IAmDrewGoddard1534 karma

We actually were going to do a downloadable L4D2 expansion pack, where you'd fight in the Cabin world, but then MGM went bankrupt so the delay squashed it. But the people at Valve were still cool enough to let us use some of their monsters to fill the cubes in the background (I had a lot of cubes to fill.)

ScarySpencer645 karma

This is the greatest thing I've ever read.

IAmDrewGoddard1482 karma

By the way -- the game was gonna be amazing. You were gonna be able to play in both the upstairs "Cabin in the Woods" world and the downstairs "facility" world with all the monsters. Believe me, I HATE all video games based on movies, they always suck, but porting Cabin into Left For Dead felt like the right fit. It pains me that it didn't happen.

honilee525 karma

If you had to choose one monster from Cabin to maim/torture and kill you, which would it be and why?

IAmDrewGoddard1054 karma

Sexy Witches. Do I really need to explain further?

Costner_Facts589 karma


Edit: Please

IAmDrewGoddard1224 karma

They're sexy.

honilee196 karma

Thanks for the reply!

Quick follow-up question: Which monster would you be most terrified of if someone were to threaten you with death by a CitW monster?

IAmDrewGoddard399 karma

I hate The Suffocators. I didn't even like being on set with them.

chooter150 karma

The Suffocators aren't listed on the official Cabin in the Woods Wikia ( What did they look like?

IAmDrewGoddard356 karma

You can see them on the nine-bank when we're pulling out for the final chaos in the control room shot. There's a guy wrapped in plastic suffocating another man.

sillysully7378 karma

Drew, Would you be willing to tell the story of all how the monsters got into their cubes?

IAmDrewGoddard597 karma


PunchingClouzot373 karma

What was the reaction of the suits at MGM when they first saw the film? Any ridiculous feedback you got from them? I read they wanted to add 3D which makes me think they didn't really get it and were to scared to release it.

edit: By the way, you made a brilliant movie. Congratulations.

IAmDrewGoddard481 karma

They were incredibly supportive, I have to say. The 3D conversation is pretty much par for the course on every movie these days. If it was up to the studios, every single movie would be 3D. They just make more money that way.

funfungiguy368 karma

If you had to fight a dinosaur to the death in a Dinosaur Death Match using only primitive weapons and not allowed to set traps, what's the biggest dinosaur you think you win against? You don't have to name a specific dinosaur, just give us a size reference.

IAmDrewGoddard954 karma

Great question. Here's how I envision it going down. I step into the DinoDome, shirt off, and then get down on my knees and close my eyes and calm myself, Qui-Gon style. Then the biggest Tyrannosaurus Rex you've ever seen comes rampaging into the Dome, teeth like sabers, gnashing and ripping and eating everything in sight. It charges right at me, I dive right into its mouth, rip out its esophagus, spring forth out of out of the T-Rex like Athena exploding from Zeus, hold the esophagus up to the T-Rex's nose because its sense of sight is not particularly good, and I say "Smell that? That's what losing to me smells like."

Follow up question: Do dinosaurs have esophaguses?

Follow up question to the follow up question: Is the plural of esophagus "esophagi?"

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IAmDrewGoddard856 karma

Most common mistake: the script's not about anything. It's not enough to have a cool idea; you also need to have something to say.

BrianDawkins315 karma

This movie is the best horror movie I've ever seen. What are your upcoming projects?

IAmDrewGoddard336 karma

Thanks Brian! Upcoming projects still top secret, but hopefully I'll have news soon.

kermit27298 karma

Hi Drew! Love your work (Buffy, Angel, Lost, and of course Cabin in the Woods)! I'm wondering, what would you have chosen if you had been in the cellar?

IAmDrewGoddard725 karma

I would have blown the shit out of that conch.

Ayavaron267 karma

What easter eggs did you put into the movie that (most) people haven't found yet?

IAmDrewGoddard572 karma

Telling you would be cheating.

IAmBillPardy247 karma

Hi and thanks so much for doing this AMA. I have a couple questions for you:

  1. Who was your favorite character to write?

  2. When writing a TV episode, how much of the episode is you and how much is the writer's room or a creative executive (like Joss Whedon or Marti Nixon) with you supplying the details and exact wording?

  3. What was your favorite monster from Cabin in the Woods and then also from all movies or TV shows you have done?

  4. What future projects do you have lined up? I am a huge fan of you and Joss Whedon together. Do you have any plans to work together again soon?

  5. Can you cast me in something?

IAmDrewGoddard375 karma

  1. Spike
  2. It differs every single episode, every single show. It's all a delightful bouillabaisse of everyone on staff.
  3. I have too many favorites to count. Today, I'll pick the Merman. He shoots blood from his blowhole!
  4. Joss and I are always cooking up something. We'll see what happens.
  5. Sure.

StarCass209 karma

What was your favorite part about directing the movie?
Any scenes that you hold dear to your heart?
What's next?

IAmDrewGoddard500 karma

To be honest, I hold the whole movie dear to my heart. My favorite part of directing the movie? Watching Fran and Kristen perform that last scene.

mattgoddard89180 karma

You sir, have a sexy name.

IAmDrewGoddard408 karma

Thanks Dad.

littlesarcastic1170 karma

Merman or Unicorn?

IAmDrewGoddard621 karma


The_Iceman2288163 karma

In Cloverfield, what was the connection between Slusho and the monster?

IAmDrewGoddard408 karma

JJ would be very upset with me if I told you that. Also, I don't know.

JordanFirth154 karma

How many concepts for Monsters were there and how did you decide which ones to put in?

IAmDrewGoddard327 karma

Uh... one shitload*.

I put 'em all in. Then went with my gut as to which ones would be featured.

*technical term.

corbeau1980143 karma

what are the chances of an apocalyptic sequel? and thanks for an incredible movie.

IAmDrewGoddard488 karma

Thanks corbeau! Heh. I'd say the chances are... 42.

kittytime140 karma

Hi Drew, big fan here.

What's the most important thing you've learned, or most important tool you've discovered, in your years as writer?

Any tips/tricks in your experience that wouldn't otherwise be found in a book on screenwriting?

Thanks for taking the time to do this AMA and I look forward to more work from you.

IAmDrewGoddard469 karma

Most people don't actually write. They talk about writing, they research writing, they worry about how to get an agent, they use words like "I'm networking" but they never actually write anything down. If you can generate content on a consistent basis, you're already ahead of most "writers."

QwertyDerp127 karma

What's your favourite movie?

IAmDrewGoddard456 karma

Blade Runner.

honilee121 karma

I read on IMDb that your nickname is Ultimate Drew. Does anybody actually call you that? (Not knocking it; it just seems like a mouthful.) If so, how did it come about?

And now for a little fangirling (just a little—I know you’re a busy person): I loved “Cabin in the Woods”—it’s the first piece of your work I’ve ever seen and I was immediately impressed.

I went to see it three different times in three different theatres with three different sets of friends and family members just to spread the love of it (and to enjoy it again for myself). Seeing a film three times while in theatres may not seem like much, but yours is the first film I’ve ever done this for and as a broke, unemployed undergrad that’s a lot of fun-money for me. It was worth every penny. I wish it was still in theatres so I could go see it again.

I love how I was unable to actually explain what genre your film was to other theatre patrons—horror, definitely, but it was also very comedic and the commentary on the horror genre was so smart that I could have fun analyzing it for days.

Thanks for putting so much passion and love into your work; it really shows.

tl;dr: I love the story in “The Cabin in the Woods”—characterizations, plot, etc. were amazing. I admire how you commented on the horror genre without it becoming a parody and while crafting a great story and film.

IAmDrewGoddard242 karma

Hi honilee. Nah, nobody really calls me that anymore, but they did at one point. When I first started writing for Buffy The Vampire Slayer, there was already another "Drew" on staff (the great Drew Z. Greenberg.) So everyone started calling him "Golden Age Drew" and me "Ultimate Drew." (There were a lot of comic book geeks on the staff.)

Thank you so much for your kind words -- I feel like I made the movie only for you.

MGaje119 karma

Since you've worked with both of them, can you be the proverbial glue for a Joss Whedon and JJ Abrams collab? I know they're both relatively busy, but I think we need this.

IAmDrewGoddard292 karma

Those two guys absolutely hate each other. It's like Spy Vs. Spy every time they're together.

wellmont118 karma

Are there a set of monsters you would have loved to have seen tackled as the released creatures instead of the Zombie Redneck Torture Family? Particularly is there something you would have tried but didn't have the technology or budget available to attempt?

IAmDrewGoddard275 karma

Not really. The Buckners were our first choice. Though I'd love to see that ballerina fuck somebody up.

FillionMyMind117 karma

Thanks for doing this AMA Drew! It's easily my favorite movie I've seen this year. I love movies like Scream that make fun of horror movie cliches, but the subtlety and snappy humor of this movie made it stand out that much more. Good stuff all around! :D

So, questions:

1) Who originally came up with the idea for the movie?

2) How hilarious is Fran Kranz in person?

3) Given that both you and Joss wrote it, I was wondering: Who wrote most of the jokes?

IAmDrewGoddard195 karma

1.) Joss. 2.) You wouldn't be able to handle it. 3.) Fran.

dandollar105 karma

Hi Mr. Goddard, thanks for doing this. I unfortunately didn't know your name until Cabin of the Woods, but looking back over your resume I was psyched (although not surprised) that you've written for some of my absolute favorite television programs as well.

My question is about joining a writing team for an already well-established series like Buffy or Angel. What is that experience/process like? Were you a big fan already of those shows? If so, did that help? Did you have to do a lot of research on previous seasons to prepare yourself?

Also, was there a moment in your career you were like, "Okay, I'm probably going to be able to write professionally now and get paid decently enough. Now I feel like I've really "made it" in the industry."...?

IAmDrewGoddard317 karma

Hi Dan, it's my pleasure.

I was the world's biggest Buffy fan, which definitely helped me get on the show. I didn't have to do a lot of research -- watching Buffy and Angel was all I did with my life at that time anyway.

When I turned in my first draft of my first Buffy episode (Selfless), Joss and Marti called me into a room and hugged me and said "Welcome to the family." It was like the world's most effeminate mafia induction ceremony. At that point I felt like I made it.

T-Vidovich103 karma

I dug Fornicus and I was wondering if you had seen the Clive Barker film Nightbreed which shares Cabin's love of all things monster. BTW, Cabin is the Pulp Fiction of the horror genre- a complete game changer.

IAmDrewGoddard124 karma

YES. Nightbreed was a huge influence, and you're officially the first person who noticed that. And thanks!

jrspaceclaw94 karma

Joss Whedon Appreciation Club at NYU is showing The Cabin in the Woods tonight! It's one of our favorite movies. (We're making red velvet cupcakes with flags that have each monster from the board on them!)

...But really, I just wanted to say hi and also, you're awesome.

IAmDrewGoddard120 karma

You have no idea how much I wish I was at NYU right now.

Albierio92 karma

Just bought Cabin in the Woods and am about to watch it tonight. Thanks for coming to do this AMA. Some questions:

Where is the sequel to Cloverfield currently at in pre-production?

Who would you love to work with on a film?

What do you consider to be your biggest influences?

As a film student, i always ask the filmmakers: What digital tools/apps do you use?

Also, what is the best advice you can give to young filmmakers/screenwriters?

IAmDrewGoddard197 karma

Where is the sequel to Cloverfield currently at in pre-production?

-- We're still thinking about it.

Who would you love to work with on a film?

-- Carpenter

What do you consider to be your biggest influences?

-- Douglas Adams, James Ellroy, Dashiell Hammett, Gary Larson

As a film student, i always ask the filmmakers: What digital tools/apps do you use?

-- I have a phone. Does that count?

Also, what is the best advice you can give to young filmmakers/screenwriters?

-- Write what you love/Make what you love. Don't stop.

Alarune85 karma

Hi Drew! I loved The Cabin in the Woods -- Especially the numerous Evil Dead references. Were there any I may have missed?

IAmDrewGoddard226 karma


demonspork80 karma

What would your ideal sandwich contain?

IAmDrewGoddard384 karma


Krevlornswath79 karma

Buffy or Angel. And do be aware, I have a doberman or six in this fight.

IAmDrewGoddard117 karma

I need more information. Character or show?

Krevlornswath62 karma

Show for the most part.

IAmDrewGoddard285 karma

You're gonna get me in trouble. It's really hard for me to choose. I guess I'll go with Buffy. Just because The Body is the greatest hour in television history.

apz167 karma

Who would you rather fight: one giant Richard Jenkins, or 50 miniature Bradley Whitfords? Why?

IAmDrewGoddard106 karma

Definitely a giant Jenkins. Trust me, one Whitford is plenty. 50 would be a nightmare.

mybutthurtsbad62 karma

did the endeavor fly over you today?

IAmDrewGoddard214 karma

YES. But I missed it. Because I was trying to figure out how to verify my reddit chat ahead of time (which I failed at.)

What I'm saying here is, I spill blood for you.

[deleted]60 karma


IAmDrewGoddard151 karma

Yes -- don't worry about selling or pitching your screenplay. It's a waste of time. Just keep writing. When it's good enough, it'll sell.

pueo44 karma

Hi! Hope you don't mind some random questions. I loved Cabin in the Woods and have talked about it with so many people that it has led to some great discussions. Have you or do you want to write more stories/films like it? How much did H.P. Lovecraft influence the story for Cabin in the Woods? What is your favorite monster in the film? Do you have any writing exercises you’d recommend or any general advice for aspiring writers? Thank you!

IAmDrewGoddard118 karma

Have you or do you want to write more stories/films like it?

-- Yes.

How much did H.P. Lovecraft influence the story for Cabin in the Woods?

-- A lot.

What is your favorite monster in the film?

-- The clown.

Do you have any writing exercises you’d recommend or any general advice for aspiring writers?

-- If you want an agent to read your script, pack it with sex.

drone_improvement34 karma

I loved the movie and was very surprised with how much I loved it. What are some great horror movies that influenced you?

IAmDrewGoddard78 karma

All of them.

powerfuldog16 karma

What happened to the whole 3D post conversion? What was the real reason Cabin was delayed so much?

IAmDrewGoddard48 karma

We didn't want to make it 3D. So some arguments took place. And then MGM went bankrupt. So things took a little longer than we hoped.