Having Sigourney Weaver as the head of the agency in THE CABIN IN THE WOODS is a reference to her role as the final girl in ALIEN.
The werewolf in CABIN IN THE WOODS is definitely a homage to the one in DOG SOLDIERS.
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
The cabin that the characters are staying in is an exact replica of the cabin from the Evil Dead series. The film even shows that you have to travel through a tunnel to get there, just like in the opening credits of Evil Dead 2.
The puzzle that Curt starts to solve in the cellar, as well as the reveal of the pale, saw-blade impaled, black leather-clad man, (credited as Fornicus, Lord of Bondage and Pain) are references to Lemarchand's box and "Pinhead" from Hellraiser.
The Evil Dead
On the whiteboard with the list of monsters, two of the creatures listed are "Deadites" and "Angry Molesting Tree."
In the reveal of all the monsters in the elevators, the two little girls from the hallway scene in The Shining can be seen.
A group of masked murderers in CABIN IN THE WOODS is based on those in THE STRANGERS.
Trailer 2: Cabin In The Woods
"The lambs have come to the killing floor!" That's a pretty creepy thing to say, assuming you're not talking about actual lambs. And even then...
Trailer: The Cabin In The Woods
When your movie is from the writer of Cloverfield, one thing is for sure: you're not going to have any clue what it's about when you're done with the trailer.
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