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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:08 pm 
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Trailer here:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEQnoIq4UFY

Vibrant re-imagining or another unnecessary remake?

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Doesn't look too bad. I loved the first one and can't imagine how it would be improved, but then I'm looking back with blood-tinted spectacles so may have fonder memories than it deserves.

The clip below suggests a more sympathetic view of Kruger,,,

http://www.myvue.com/cinemas/film_info_ ... 1&fi=10391


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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 2:28 pm 
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I saw it last night, and unfortunately I'd class it as unnecessary remake.

I posted a more thorough review in my blog, if you're interested (and I don't think there are any big spoilers, but really, isn't the fact that it's a remake a spoiler in itself?)

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Interesting point about remakes - we had a thread on the old Whispers boards re remakes better than the original, and the only one I can remember anyone coming up with was the Bogart/Bacall version of "The Maltese Falcon" (suggested by Jim, I believe).

Of course you could argue that wasn't a remake of the original film but another version based on the same text, in the same way that nobody suggests Coppola's version of "Dracula" is a remake of Tod Browning's "Dracula".

Can we call something a remake if the original source material wasn't a film but a book? Hmmm....

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Pete wrote:
Can we call something a remake if the original source material wasn't a film but a book?


Yes, but it depends...
I find the notion of 'versions' - as in filmed versions of books - a fascinating topic.

Can there ever be a definitive screen version of Dracula, Frankenstein, Jekyll & Hyde, etc? These works have been recycled and reinterpreted for each new generation, and their genre themes become influential.

We can say that Carpenter's The Thing, Cronenberg's The Fly, and Chuck Russell's The Blob were all far superior 1980s remakes based on 1950s films, but it gets tricker to find any more remakes that are substantial improvements on the originals.

Very few, if any, of the recent wave of remakes have improved on the source material. Obviously, it's often just an increase in budget and CGI effects that make them different. Risk free cinema for an established market?

With many of the horror remakes, I dislike the way 'monsters' are made 'understandable' (childhood trauma?) and/ or 'domesticated' (beasts into pets?). It's not a welcome trend because it undermines the essential 'otherness' of monsters, turning them into 'cartoon' versions.

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Actually, that was one thing that this remake didn't do. Jackie Earle Haley was pretty damn good (and inhuman) as Freddy.

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I'd forgot "The Thing" and "The Fly", both of which got a shout out on that old Whispers' thread I mentioned.

Checking imdb, it seems there's another version of "The Thing" in the pipeline for 2011, but all three versions reference John W. Campbell's short story as source material, so is it strictly accurate to say that the Carpenter "Thing" was a remake of the 1950s film?

Interesting case, Herzog's "Nosferatu", which uses the names (Dracula, Harker, Renfield etc) that Murnau dare not for legal reasons, but in setting and feel has more in common with the 1922 film than Stoker's novel.

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A friend lent me the bootleg, of this --- Thank God I didn't have to pay $15.00 admission (here in NYC). The Worst Garbage I've seen since the even MORE unnecessary Friday the 13th remake last year, which, unfortunately, I had to pay for and sit through.

Hollywood is TRULY out of ideas and needs to start exploring other options for written materials... such as THE SMALL PRESS!

Otherwise, this film is not horrific but truly laughable at best.

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