Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hollywood might as well spit in the face of Horror...

Now this just angers me. Early this week word came from the blogsphere and other entertainment news outlets that Hollywood is going to remake (or blasphemize) two of my very favorite horror flicks.
First to be pantsed in front of its entire genre is the hugely popular cult classic An American Werewolf in London. The rights of this horror have been sold to Dimension Films and it will be remade. With VERY few exceptions (Dawn of the Dead (2004)) Hollywood hasn't shown that the horror remake fairs well among true fans of the genre. John Landis wrote and directed this 1981 film, which was also the inspiration behind Michael Jackson's Thriller music video. Probably the ONLY ray of light in this abyss of disgust, the fact that Landis is attached to executive produce the refake, and will likely act as a consultant. Trailer

On deck to be "done over" is the 2008 Swedish horror Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in). That's right, that's no typo, and you didn't misread anything, some genius has decided to remake a movie that wasn't even released (in the US) a full calendar year ago. Talk about slapping director Tomas Alfredson in the face and proclaiming:

"Sorry buddy, you're breakthrough, beautifully shot and directed film happens to be in Swedish and clearly isn't good enough for American audiences. We'll have to redo the whole thing in English this time."

For any of you who happened to see L.T.R.O.I, you know just as well as I do that remaking this film is indeed an insult of gigantic proportions. This movie is easily one of the best, if not THE BEST, vampire movie I have seen. Its simplicity is what gives the film its charm. Hollywood wants to beef it up with visual effects and CGI, it will surley lose that magical element. When asked about his film being remade, Alfredson expressed unhappiness, saying that "Remakes should be made of movies that aren't very good, that gives you the chance to fix whatever has gone wrong" and expressing concern that the end result would be too mainstream.

Cloverfield director Matt Reeves had signed to write and direct the English language refake. Hammer Films acquired the remake rights at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival and Overture films plans to release the film in 2010. BOO! boycott this poop!

I find it quite disturbing that Hollywood is willing to rape and desecrate the films that have built the very foundation to the pedestal that the entertainment industry is on today. If this pattern continues, that foundation will erode and all will come tumbling down.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dolphin espionage on the Japanese seas...

You want controversy, this Sundance Film Festival favorite documentary is guaranteed to please. The Cove

If you don't know what the secret is they are hiding this short video sums it up. (warning:Graphic content)

Monday, June 01, 2009

This winters must have video games...

Now these are getting me all giddy with excitement. I mean really, who hates being a part of a fictional world war, or better yet, a Cajun-style Zombie outbreak. If these two titles are anything like their predecessors, then they'll seriously give us ALL something to look forward to this winter.

Left 4 Dead 2 (November 17, 2009)


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