‘The Cabin in the Woods’ Meets ‘Friday the 13th’

Blog By: Elaine Sandoval

Happy Friday the 13th!

The second Friday the 13th of the year is winding down, and so far, at least, it hasn’t been all that scary. Of course, we’ve avoided black cats, walking under ladders and stepping on cracks in the sidewalk.

Fun fact: In 2012, there are exactly three Friday the 13th’s — in January, April and July. If you thought it couldn’t get any creepier, between each Friday the 13th, there are exactly 13 weeks. If that bothers you, then you may suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobia — which is the fear of Friday the 13th. If you’re afraid of the number 13 — but not Friday the 13th in particular, you have Triskaidekaphobia.

Oh the horror!

We all love a good scare, and movies have delivered. As far back as 1915, with The Golem, and 1919, with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, horror was establishing itself as a film genre.

Top 10 highest-grossing horror franchises:
10. The Omen series ($163 million)
9. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series ($165 million)
8. The Amityville Horror series ($171 million)
7. Paranormal Activity series ($193 million)
6. Scream series ($294 million)
5. A Nightmare on Elm Street series ($308 million)
4. Halloween series ($308 million)
3. The Exorcist series ($332 million)
2. Saw series ($343 million)
And the highest-grossing horror franchise? You guessed it… the Friday the 13th series, grossing $380 million altogether.

The Cabin in the Woods

Friday the 13th brings luck to horror fans, as Lionsgate releases The Cabin in the Woods today. Co-written by Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard’s directorial debut focuses on five college students who decide to vacation in the woods. The vacation starts out fun, but pretty soon, the students realize their getaway is not what they had expected. The film stars Chris HemsworthRichard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford.

Lionsgate has been killing at the box office lately, with The Hunger Games at the No. 1 spot three weeks in a row. If The Hunger Games continues its success, The Cabin in the Woods will surely battle The Three Stooges for the No. 2 spot this weekend. Cabin is getting outstanding reviews, with critics describing it as “funny,” “smart” and “entertaining.”

The movie opens at 2,811 locations.


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