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SDCC 2012: Perri And Melissa’s San Diego Comic Con Plans For Shockya.com!

We’re in the midst of yet another summer movie season and you know what that means; San Diego Comic Con is here to raise big screen anticipation even further, teasing fans with all the incredible action, stories and stars we’ve got to look forward to.

This time last year I was scrambling to put together a solo schedule for an event I’d never experience before, but this time around, not only am I heading to San Diego as a Comic Con veteran, but I won’t be going alone. Shockya.com will feature SDCC 2012 from both myself and Melissa Molina. Not only am I thrilled to have such a talented teammate, but we’re both very excited to bring you more coverage than ever!

What do you have to look forward to between the two of us? Here’s a brief breakdown of our plans …

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Review: The Avengers

When we’re getting superhero movie after superhero movie, it’s understandable to have that, “Oh, another one?,” reaction. However, in the case of The Avengers, it was unprecedented right from the start. Yes, it’s more superhero material, but this isn’t just a film that features the biggest team of super-powered crime fighters yet; it’s one that links together a number of other features and franchises and, in turn, really creates a living, breathing Marvel universe.

The Avengers kicks off at S.H.I.E.L.D. where Dr. Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) is hard at work at the tesseract, an energy source with the power to wipe out the planet. In addition, the tesseract can act as a door to the other end of space, and that’s where Loki (Tom Hiddleston) comes in. Loki uses the device to transport himself from the other side of the universe to right there in the middle of S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters where he devastates the compound and steals the tesseract.

Having witnessed the threat firsthand, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is compelled to activate the Avengers Initiative. Fury sends Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johannson) to recruit Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), not for his alter ego, but to use his knowledge of gamma radiation, something that could help S.H.I.E.L.D. track the tesseract. Meanwhile, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is bringing Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) into the mix and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is suiting up again as Captain America. Together, they’re assigned to locate and take back the tesseract.

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Interview: The Cabin in the Woods Writer-Director Drew Goddard

You may not know Drew Goddard, but you certainly know his films and TV shows. Not only did he write and produce Lost and Alias, but he also wrote the shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and penned the movie Cloverfield, too. Clearly Goddard’s enjoyed a lengthy stream of success as a writer-producer, but the time came when he opted to step behind the lens himself and therefore, into the spotlight as well.

Goddard makes his directorial debut with The Cabin in the Woods, a horror film that revisits the familiar tale of a group of unsuspecting young adults who opt to spend their vacation at a creepy, secluded cabin in the woods. Think Cabin will be more of the same? Far from it. Here’s an instance where you should really take the film’s tagline seriously – “You think you know the story.”

Clearly this introduction is light on plot, and for good reason; The Cabin in the Woods might be one of the most highly spoilable films in recent years. However, that doesn’t mean Goddard wasn’t thrilled to discuss the process of making what he calls his “labor of love.” Check out everything Goddard had to say from developing the idea with Joss Whedon to working with his DP, Peter Deming, and much more in the interview below and then fill in all those plot holes yourself when The Cabin in the Woods arrives in theaters on Friday, April 13th.

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Review: The Cabin in the Woods

If you’ve been paying much attention to the release of The Cabin in the Woods, you’ve undoubtedly heard about how easily you can spoil the experience. Had I not known a lick of information about the feature prior to catching it, sure, the twists and turns would have absolutely blown my mind, but at the same time, I probably wouldn’t have been as excited to see the film having no conception of what was to come. Plus, even after watching all the promotional material, the full feature far exceeded every preconception I made anyway. But still, don’t worry; I’m not about to go and spoil the movie for you. This will be a spoiler-free review save for the information revealed in the trailers.

Curt’s (Chris Hemsworth) cousin has a vacant vacation house out in the woods, so why not use it? Curt rounds up his buddies, the sweet and innocent Dana (Kristen Connolly), his newly blond girlfriend Jules (Anna Hutchinson), the pot-loving Marty (Fran Kranz) and the ultimate nice guy Holden (Jesse Williams) and they all pile into an RV and head out for what should be a getaway packed with sun, sex and booze. The trouble is, they’re not as in control of their vacation agenda as they think.

Richard Sitterson and Steve Hadley (Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) are hard at work at the office planning an event that could finally make their US-based office more successful than the Japan location. What do they need to do to put themselves on top? Kill the residents of the cabin in the woods.

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Interview: Cabin in the Woods’ Jesse Williams

The Cabin in the Woods is a horror-lover’s dream. As a scary movie fantastic myself, you’d think I’d be beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to interview cast member Jesse Williams about the film, but as an easily spoilable piece, it wasn’t easy to both contain my excitement and keep Cabin’s most unique twists and turns under wraps.

Williams plays Holden, one of five college kids heading out into the woods for a weekend away in a secluded cabin. While Curt, Jules, Dana and Marty (Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Kristen Connolly and Fran Kranz) are all close friends, Holden’s a bit of an outsider, brought in by Curt to cheer up the recently single Dana. Once at the cabin, it’s all fun, booze and budding romance until a certain something turns their vacation into a bloody nightmare.

After kicking our chat off with the basics, specifically Williams’ horror movie preferences, we jumped right into the gory Cabin details. If you’re one of those folks who wants to be entirely surprised by what the full feature’s got to offer, I’d advise holding off on reading this interview until after you’ve seen the film. However, for those looking for a Cabin preview, the film’s secrets are safety hidden behind white text. Highlight at your own risk.

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