Photo Rehab Cover Makeover #12: The Cabin in the Woods

Since I missed the deadline last week, I figured I should get a head start on Cover Makeover #12

This challenge involves another movie: The Cabin in the Woods. Here is the cover from the challenge post linked above. 

On my last post, my readers learned I do not like musicals. This post offers more insight into the strange and wonderful that is me . . . I also don’t like horror movies.

For the most part, they are an insult to the intelligence of people. I know people who love horror movies and are very smart and readily admit they put their brain in park when watching horror movies. In the most extreme cases, they store it in another room of the house. 

By now everyone has seen this:

I hear The Cabin in the Woods is a pretty good movie, but it’s from Joss Whedon, and I’ve still not forgiven him for killing Wash and all the other characters he kills for no reason other than to satisfy his blood lust.  

I read the summary of the plot, and it’s just as I suspected . . . not a movie I want to watch. I can, however, do a cover for it. 

First, I need my photo of the Smith Mansion.

Yellowstone June 2015
Yellowstone June 2015

I shot that on the way home from Yellowstone just a few hours after shooting this next shot.

Yellowstone June 2015
Yellowstone June 2015

I chose that particular cabin because it looks strange. I chose the woods because they look stark. 

First, I isolate the cabin . . . 

Yellowstone June 2015
Yellowstone June 2015

I then work some magic to “mystify” the woods using Silver Efex Pro 2 and Topaz . . . 

Yellowstone June 2015
Yellowstone June 2015

Next, I photograph my hand and do a couple of treatments on it:

hand2

red hand

OK, this is where the readers can contribute their expertise and good taste . . . . after throwing everything into the pot and stirring, I came up with a few different looks.

. . . I am partial to this version:

Version one
Version one

But, it almost seems too cheerful, so I did a few more versions.

Yellowstone June 2015
Version two

When I looked at that, I wondered how it would look in a monochromatic version . . . 

Version three
Version three

I liked this version, but it did not seem menacing enough for a horror movie, so . . . 

Version four
Version four

Those are tough choices, so let me give you one that is clearly different . . . 

Version five
Version five

I should make a few comments preempting readers jumping all over me for the following:

  • yes, I know it’s too busy for a movie poster
  • yes, I know titles have prominent positions in movie posters
  • yes, I know movie posters have all that fine print at the bottom

Here’s the deal . . . think of it as the cover to the book adaptation of the movie. 

Ok, with that out of the way . . . 

I hope this exercise in a bit of escapism has entertained you. If not, don’t tell anyone about this post. Unless there is someone you don’t like, in which case point them here so they too can suffer. 

Edited to add: Here are a few without the hand . . . 

Yellowstone June 2015

Yellowstone June 2015

Yellowstone June 2015

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