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Remain Uninvited

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Despite the onslaught of tv advertising, please send a message to the movie industry and skip the new film The Uninvited.   Do yourself a favor and pick up the DVD of the Korean original A Tale of Two Sisters.

I personally find it insulting that in the US we are not deemed worthy of seeing foreign films in theaters (at least not in wide release) but instead are subjected to Americanized remakes, which never stack up to the original.  From Ju-on/The Grudge to Ringu/The Ring to One Missed Call to The Eye, Asian horror is a hit on DVD and I have to imagine that a wide release of a Japanese or Korean horror film has to be much cheaper than a remake with a massive publicity budget.

I Walked with a Brain Eating Zombie!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

I had to check the date, make certain it wasn’t April Fools Day.  It wasn’t.  Apparently some of the brain trust behind the Saw movies and the teen gender bening comedy She’s the Man (which was a blatant rip off of the Japanese manga Hana-Kimi) have teamed up to destroy the reputation of three horror classics and two horror masters.  The Val Lewton films I Walked with a Zombie (1943), The Body Snatcher (1945) and Beldlam (1946) are all going to be remade.

The Lewton films are classics of subtlety, restraint, atmosphere, and imagined horror.  Fine acting and beautiful camera work and lighting raise these films far out of their low budget status.  None of these adjectives come to mind when one thinks of Saw.

Bedlam and The Body Snatcher were two of Boris Karloff’s best and personal favorite films.  The characters were a far cry from the run of mad scientists he was relegated to playing in the mid forties.

Again Hollywood seems to have run out of any fresh ideas and continues to mine classic titles for a quick buck!  Shameful.

Rosemary’s Remake…I’m Rooting for the Devil.

Friday, September 5th, 2008

The why oh why remake alert is now buried in the red and the needle may have broken off.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes is working on a remake of Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby.  Seriously what is there to remake, other than just cashing in on instant name recognition.  Rosemary’s Baby was an Oscar winning horror film, quick name another on that list!  Jessica Alba is rumored to up for the lead role, originally played by Mia Farrow. I’m certain the new film will have all of the subtlety and nuance or Polanski’s film.  One can only hope that this is a cursed production.  If this Rosemary remake is successful then perhaps they can also remake to unofficial “sequel” Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby.

Platinum Dunes is also working on new versions of Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street, and have already remade Texas Chainsaw Masacre and Amityville Horror, The Hitcher, and apparently have a remake of The Birds in the works.  The Birds, that’s a whole other discussion and Melanie Griffith’s mother is gonna be mad!

Hey I’ve got an idea Platinum Dunes…make your own damn movies, or at least remake crappy ones like The Rock or Armageddon.