Whedon On Goners

It’s an antidote to … the horror movie with the expendable human beings in it. Because I don’t believe any human beings are.


It’s the story of a young woman’s journey that involves a great deal of horror and some heroics.
Variety, September 22, 2005

It’s a completely new work that does take place in the modern world. Needless to say, slightly left of center. It’s a different adventure, and it’s kind of a horror film. It’s dark. It’s not nihilistic, but there’s a very ugly side to humanity going on in it. It takes place in the modern world, it’s just a part of the modern world most people don’t get to see.
— thefandom.com, September 26, 2005

Goners is a movie with a lot of beautiful inspirational human stuff but it’s also a horror movie. Ultimately it’s about a darker place in all of us.
Rope of Silicon, September 27, 2005

It is a fantasy thriller, it is pretty dark and it’s all me. So people will pretty much know what that means if they look at my body of work. But it’s a new universe set in the present day with a new concept for me and a new bunch of characters.
SuicideGirls, September 30, 2005

It’s called Goners, and it’s a fantasy thriller about a modern day girl who goes on a really strange ride.
Philadelphia Daily News, September 30, 2005

It’s a horror fantasy.
The Detroit News, October 2, 2005

It takes place now, so I don’t have to build a universe, but it’s not a movie without fantasy.
ComingSoon, December 19, 2005

What I will say is that it ventures more into the horrific than I normally tend to.
Empire, January 12, 2006

Loved the speculation on the character Mia’s name. Can’t wait to hear what you all say about Violet.
WHEDONesque, February 13, 2006

More in the Buffy-mode of discovering strength than in the sense of, “I’ve had strength for so long that I’m losing my sense of people who don’t.”
FilmFocus, February 22, 2006

I will give you this: there’s no Chinese, but some Japanese. And no llamas, but two dobermans. And that’s it. That’s all you get.
— San Diego Comic-Con, July 24, 2006

It’s about a girl named Mia, people know that, who sort of sees in a mystical way the underbelly of the city and of human society, and goes through a kind of extraordinary hell, and we all have a lot of fun in the process. … This is much more a story about — literally about human connection and whether or not it’s possible. … But it’s told on a very mystical scale and, in a way like everything I’ve tried to do including Buffy, it’s an antidote to that very kind of film, the horror movie with the expendable human beings in it. Because I don’t believe any human beings are.
Fanboy Radio, November 26, 2006

You’re not going to understand where this is coming from, but there may be a young woman who gains some powers — not something I’ve written about before, but I’m excited to try some new territory. Got to stretch. It’s a horror fantasy. It’s a little darker than I’m used to. “Goners” is a very personal thing about human connection and questioning whether there is such a thing at all. It’s very dark emotionally as well as just creepy as I can make it, reclaiming some of that horror [from “Buffy”] without going into the torture-horror-porn fad that’s ruling nowadays.
VH1, February 6, 2007

A ghastly tale of female empowerment — something new for me!
Los Angeles Times, March 4, 2007

It’s the same brew that I tend to brew, which is a combination of horror, and heroes, and people crying, and female empowerment. … Obviously, Goners is about human connection, and loneliness, and responsibility, and power, and the things that I inevitably end up writing about, because they’re the only things that interest me. … [T]his movie is very much a journey. It’s not just a classic superhero movie — set up a premise, and here are some cool people, here are the rules, and let’s go. It’s very much this woman’s journey, and it’s a very painful, strange, hellish journey.
The A.V. Club, August 8, 2007

It’s about a young woman with “special powers” and she gathers a group of people with “special powers”, they conflict, in the end they work together. … The lead character Mia is painfully shy and very much alone and it’s a movie that is all about being alone, which is ultimately the thing which I’m writing about all the time. And it’s also a horror/action/super awesome thing.
WHEDONesque, August 29, 2010