"An endless array of elevators. Monsters in every single one. It's the CostCo of death."
Four years ago, Cabin in the Woods hit cinemas. The smart blend of horror and loving pastiche cemented its place as a classic, with more creativity and monsters than hundreds of other movies combined.
All of the monsters rush out so quickly, in such a wild blur of blood and gore, that it can be hard to focus on the individuals. Here's a full breakdown of every single monster on the Cabin in the Woods whiteboard from the infamous betting scene.
Note: Person/group betting and summoning item have been provided wherever possible.
1. Alien Beast
Bet on by: Bio Med Department
2. Angry Molesting Tree
Bet on by: The Wranglers
Horror Reference: The Evil Dead
3. The Bride
Bet on by: Digital Analysis Department
Horror Reference: Bride of Frankenstein, Bride of Chucky, Bride of Re-animator — you name it! Possible parallels to Kill Bill, 1972's The Blood Spattered Bride, and even Dickens's Miss Havisham.
Summoned by: Although we never see The Bride on screen, she is almost summoned when Jules toys with her necklace in the basement.
Bet on by: Electrical Department
Summoned by: Fortune Teller Machine
Bet on by: The Story Department
Horror Reference: Evil Dead
Summoned by: Tape recording of the Necronomicon
Horror Reference: Tons of demon movies, though Buffy appears to be the primary inspiration for this one. Grrr, Argh!
7. Dismemberment Goblins
Horror Reference: Gremlins, Creeps
8. The Doctors
Bet on by: Accounting Department
Horror Reference: Jacob's Ladder, Whedon's own The Gentlemen and various other "evil doctor" tropes.
Bet on by: Kitchen Staff
Horror Reference: The Strangers
Summoned by: A Mask
Horror Reference: conveniently combining two different scary creatures into one, the dragonbat looks very much like the dragons from the Harry Potter movies.
Bet on by: Zoology Department
Horror Reference: Giants exist in many different folkloric traditions, from the Ancient Greeks and Celts to the Aztecs. This particular giant bears a striking similarity to The Heartless Giant from dark fairytale show The Storyteller.
12. Giant Snake
Bet on by: Internal Logistics Department
Horror Reference: Serpents are regarded with suspicion in the tales of many societies, particularly within the Christian tradition. This giant snake resembles slitherin' reptiles from Resident Evil, Dreamscape, and even Harry Potter!
13. Hell Lord
Bet on by: Richard Sitterson
Horror Reference: Hell Lord — or, to use his full title, "Fornicus, Lord of Bondage and Pain" — is an obvious reference to the cenobites in Clive Barker's Hellraiser.
Summoned by: Puzzle Ball
14. The Huron
Bet on by: Research and Development Department
Horror Reference: The Huron is the epitome of the vengeful native American, though he appears to be corporeal rather than supernatural. His love of scalping stems from horrors such as Scalps, Last of the Mohicans, and Blood Meridian.
Summoned by: Drum
15. Jack O'Lantern
Bet on by: Security Force
Horror Reference: More a spirit of Halloween than a figure grounded in myth, the fire-breathing pumpkin-faced fiend could be inspired by comparable characters in Pumpkinhead, Trick 'r Treat, Nightmare Before Christmas and R.L. Stine's Goosebumps novel Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns.
Summoned by: 3 Jack O'Lantern Candles
Horror Reference: Kevin just looks like a regular guy and I haven't been able to find pictures of him. The idea of a stone-cold psychopath who looks normal from the outside was popularized by Psycho, but if we're talking crazy Kevins in particular, this is probably a nod to We Need To Talk About Kevin.
Summoned by: Film Strip
Bet on by: Steve Hadley
Horror Reference: Frankenfish, Creature From the Black Lagoon
Summoned by: Conch Shell
Bet on by: Psychology Department
Horror Reference: The Mummy, in its various incarnations in film and literature.
Summoned by: Egyptian Dagger
Bet on by: Demolition Department
Horror Reference: Wrong Turn, The Hills Have Eyes, Left 4 Dead
20. The Reanimated
Bet on by: Administration Department
Horror Reference: Jacob's Ladder, Re-Animator, Lovecraft
Horror Reference: Godzilla
Summoned by: Reptile Claw
22. Sasquatch / Yeti
Horror Reference: Night of the Bloody Apes, Abominable, Bigfoot
23. The Scarecrow Folk
Bet on by: DNA Archives
Horror Reference: Batman's Scarecrow, Doctor Who, The Town that Dreaded Sundown
24. Sexy Witches
Bet on by: Archives Department
Horror Reference: The idea of a witch as a seductress is an ancient one, with Circe from The Odyssey providing the most recognisable classical template. The sexy witches are never shown on screen in Cabin in the Woods, so here's a picture of drag queen Sharon Needles rockin' a pointy hat instead.
Bet on by: Communications Department
Horror Reference: Jack Frost
Summoned by: Snow Globe
26. Sugarplum Fairy
Horror Reference: The idea of an innocent thing turned evil is a classic horror trope, with the mouth borrowed from a freaky Lamprey. Otherwise known as Ballerina Dentata.
Summoned by: Music Box
Horror Reference: The Grady twins in The Shining
Summoned by: Pair of Stuffed Animals
Bet on by: Engineering Department
Horror Reference: an evil take on C.S. Lewis's The Last Battle, perhaps? Unicorns have often had a slightly sinister side in Fairytales, similar to the siren-like draw of fairies and elven folk. Horror movies such as Rumpelstiltskin have featured unicorns.
Summoned by: Unicorn Tapestry
Bet on by: Distribution Department
Horror Reference: Nosferatu
Summoned by: Bottle of Vampire Breath
Bet on by: Finance Department
Horror Reference: The Wolfman, The Howling, Dog Soldiers
Summoned by: Amulet
Bet on by: Operations Department
Horror Reference: Take your pick! The witch here does look a lot like the witch in Pumpkinhead, however.
Horror Reference: Wraiths are simply a Scottish form of a ghost, so there are zillions of horror movies about them!
33. Zombie Redneck Torture Family
Bet on by: Maintenance Department and Ronald the Intern
Horror Reference: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wrong Turn, The Hills Have Eyes
Summoned by: Mother, Patience, Father, Judah and Matthew Buckner are summoned by reading the latin passage in Patience's Diaray
Bet on by: Chemical Department
Horror Reference: From Caribbean folklore to movie magic, with Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and The Walking Dead being notable examples of the classic zombie on screen.