The Cabin in the Woods is the most acclaimed horror film so far this year. It may not have been a huge hit at the box office, but it's won heaps of praise from both critics and fans. Now the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films has seen fit to honor its director Drew Goddard (pictured above alongside Cabin screenwriter Joss Whedon) with its Filmmakers Showcase Award at the 38th Annual Saturn Awards on July 26th. More after the break.
Here's the press release we received: "Filmmaker Drew Goddard will receive the Filmmakers Showcase Award at the 38th Annual Saturn Awards on July 26, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced today."
"Goddard will receive this special recognition for his directorial debut The Cabin in the Woods, a dizzying blend of horror, science fiction and fantasy that he also co-wrote and which was released by Lionsgate in April."
"Past recipients of the Filmmakers Showcase Award include Matt Reeves (Let Me In), Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Bill Paxton (Frailty) and Eli Roth (Hostel).
"'Drew is one of the strongest voices in genre entertainment,' said Robert Holguin, president of the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. 'With his directorial debut, he showed strong leadership in bringing his original vision to the screen. The Cabin in the Woods is one of the most original films this year and earned critical acclaim and great audience response for its ingenious rethinking of the horror film.'
"In addition to directing The Cabin in the Woods, Goddard is known for his writing work on the TV series Alias, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lost, and also wrote the 2008 hit Cloverfield. He is currently writing the upcoming Steven Spielberg film Robopocalypse for DreamWorks.
"Goddard, Oz, Kirkman, Remar and producers of The Simpsons will receive their awards during the 38th annual Saturn Awards presentation on Thursday, July 26, in Burbank. The Saturn Awards are produced by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and honors the best in genre entertainment.
"The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films was founded in 1972 by noted film historian Dr. Donald A. Reed to honor and recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards. Over the years, the Academy has expanded its reach to include recognizing excellence in television and home entertainment, as well as other genres, including adventure, thriller and action.
"For a complete list of nominations and more information about the Academy, visit www.saturnawards.org or the Facebook page for The Saturn Awards."