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Benedick: Is Claudio thine enemy?

Beatrice: Is he not approved in the height a villain, that hath slandered, scorned, dishonored my kinswoman? O that I were a man! What, bear her in hand until they come to take hands, and then with public accusation, uncovered slander, unmitigated rancor - O God, that I were a man! I would eat his heart in the marketplace!

Much Ado About Nothing (2013) dir. Joss Whedon

Creepy Commonalities - Don’t. Read. The. Fucking. Latin. It’s a dead language for a reason.

When will people in horror movies learn that curiosity will always, always end up killing the cat? In Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods, the seemingly unwitting characters stumble upon a mysterious diary in the musty basement of an old cabin. Their bright-eyed idea? To mumble as much of these foreboding words as they can. It’s such a terrible idea, even the resident stoner in the film is keenly aware of just how bad it is! Everyone knows that if you find a book buried in the depths of someone’s attic, basement or underneath a cabin trapdoor, you don’t read it, especially when it contains writings in an indecipherable language. Just ask Ash from Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. Those goddamned Sumerian Books of the Dead, amirite? Sure, there wouldn’t be a movie without some smartass showing off what they learned during their semester of Latin classes at the community college, but surely it can’t be worth unleashing a world of pain?

Fran Kranz received extensive prop and behavior training in order to capture the stoner persona of Marty in The Cabin in the Woods. He received a two-hour joint rolling session and a separate bong lighting session from expert consultants. In addition to the famous travel-mug bong, a number of more subtle marijuana paraphernalia appear in the film. These include Marty’s stash, his secret stash, a smaller pipe, a ‘tulip-joint’, and a joint kept in the pocket of his pants. The prop crew even designed the film’s own brand of rolling papers, ‘Smiling Buddha’ papers (x). 

Fran Kranz received extensive prop and behavior training in order to capture the stoner persona of Marty in The Cabin in the Woods. He received a two-hour joint rolling session and a separate bong lighting session from expert consultants. In addition to the famous travel-mug bong, a number of more subtle marijuana paraphernalia appear in the film. These include Marty’s stash, his secret stash, a smaller pipe, a ‘tulip-joint’, and a joint kept in the pocket of his pants. The prop crew even designed the film’s own brand of rolling papers, ‘Smiling Buddha’ papers (x). 

A small part of you is like: ‘Well, you know, I did that first. I liked that band before they were popular.’ The thing about Buffy for me is–on a show-by-show basis–are there female characters who are being empowered, who are driving the narrative? The Twilight thing and a lot of these franchise attempts coming out, everything rests on what this girl will do, but she’s completely passive, or not really knowing what the hell is going on. And that’s incredibly frustrating to me because a lot of what’s taking on the oeuvre of Buffy, is actually a reaction against it. Everything is there — except for the Buffy. A lot of things aimed at the younger kids is just Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie.

Writer/director Joss Whedon, on the current onslaught of teenage vampire sagas (via Entertainment Weekly)