LAHS Graduate Makes Good in Hollywood: Catch his Film Tonight at the Reel Deal

Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. Courtesy/IMDb

By Carol A. Clark

Drew Goddard is a writer and director in Hollywood who was raised in Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High School.

His latest film, The Cabin in the Woods launches in theaters around the country Friday April 13 – including the local Reel Deal Theater.

Goddard’s mother, Colleen Goddard, will introduce the film at 6:50 p.m. She is a sixth grade teacher at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.

“I attended the Premiere of Drew’s film Monday in Los Angeles,” she said. “It’s really good and if you like horror films you are going to love this.”

Drew Goddard

The Cabin in the Woods marks Goddard’s directing debut.

The film runs 1hr., 35min., and is rated R‎‎-Horror/Suspense/Thriller‎.

The movie is about a group of five college kids who are tricked into spending a weekend at a mysterious cabin in the woods.

The cast includes Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Jesse Williams, Chris Hemsworth and Fran Kranz.

“It was in his sophomore year in college that Drew really decided that he wanted to write for movies,” Colleen Goddard said. “He loves what he’s doing. He and his good friend, Joss Whedon, wrote the movie in three days.”

Goddard, 37, graduated from the University of Colorado with bachelor degrees in creative writing and filmmaking.

Goddard worked as a production assistant in Los Angeles after graduation.

A spec script he wrote based on Six Feet Under came to the attention of officials at both Buffy the Vampire and Angel.

Goddard became a staff writer for Season 7, writing five episodes. Once “Buffy” was over, Drew moved over to “Angel” and became the executive story editor for Season 5, writing four episodes.

He also found time to write the introduction for a book of essays about Buffy, “Seven Seasons of Buffy,” and to contribute two stories to the “Tales of the Vampires” comic series.

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