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Worst News EVER…

Mark Neveldine was interviewed on Screencrush and talked about how he and sometime directing partner Brian Taylor, they co-directed Crank 1 and 2, Gamer and Ghost Rider, would like to remake The Warriors. I am not happy… Here is what Neveldine said:

The Warriors would be a remake that Brian and I would love to tackle, it’s just in rights hell at the moment. … We have never been interested in remakes, and probably still aren’t. But that’s the one that we’ve always felt would just be awesome. We just feel like we’re the perfect guys for that job; baseball bats, roller-skates, gangs, the heightened world. We know there’s been fear at some studios like “We make this movie today and gangs are gonna go wild!” And it’s like “Whatever.” You do it in Crank style, people are just gonna laugh and have fun. … We would set it, obviously, five minutes in the future, and we’d really love to build these flamboyant gangs and have fun with them, and have a heightened sense of action and bring all the things that we’ve learned and stolen from Rodriguez and Tarantino and other great directors and put it on the screen. [laughs]

No, no, no… let’s hope they never get the rights and just fuck off to make Crank 3 instead. Ease the nausea by enjoying the original trailer.

The Entity – Remake News

the-entityWe’re used to remakes of every horror film we loved so I shouldn’t be surprised by the news that they are remaking the classic 1983 horror movie The Entity, according to Heat Vision.

James Wan, best known for directing Saw, Dead Silence, The Conjuring, Insidious and now Fast 7 will produce the remake with brothers Chad and Carey Hayes (House of Wax and The Reaping) on board to write the script. Roy Lee (The Ring, Godzilla, The Grudge, Poltergeist) will produce Entity with Wan.

The Entity told the true story of Carla Moran, a single mom who was abused physically and sexually by a supernatural demon. Barbara Hershey played Moran while Ron Silver played a doctor who believes the woman is actually abusing herself and experiencing delusions brought about by a troubled past. Also figuring into the proceedings was a young son, a boyfriend, and two parapsychologists.

Let The Right One In – TV Series

let_the_right_one_in___2008_movie_banner_by_crustydog-d53tuclSo this is a concern… Let the Right One In is in development process for an adapted television series. After a bidding war that involved Showtime and A&E, the latter network has won the rights to develop a Let the Right One In TV series. The A&E series will join the network’s stable of other shows that also jump off from films: Bates Motel, based on Psycho, and The Returned, which is a remake of a French series that was, in turn, a remake of a French film. There aren’t many details on the Let the Right One In series, but we’ve got them below.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis and actor-writer Brandon Boyce (Teen Wolf actor; Apt Pupil and Wicker Park screenwriter) are adapting the pilot and series from the Swedish novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist that Lindqvist adapted for the 2008 film by director Tomas Alfredson.

Spoilers for Let the Right One In follow. The 2008 film left out some characters, plot points and character history, only alluding to some of the history of the seemingly young vampire Eli as she befriends an isolated boy named Oskar. In fact, one point the original film only engages in ambiguous fashion is that Eli wasn’t born female, but rather is a boy who was castrated by the nobleman who also turned the child into a vampire. With more room to go into character backstories, the TV series may well retain the novel’s original approach.

The US remake of the film, Let Me In, further changed some things in the story as it moved the setting to New Mexico. We don’t know how this TV version might go — the THR piece references Vermont, which suggests that the show will go with the snowy setting of the original novel and film, while keeping it in the US.

The US remake, which was one of the better remakes around, would be more suited to an adaptation than the original. There’s no casting info or potential air date for the Let the Right One In TV series at this point.

Audition – American Remake…

audition_posterI don’t understand how this will work but Terminator, Rambo, and Basic Instinct exec producer Mario Kassar is assembling an English-language adaptation of Audition, the infamous 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami about a lonely widower who gets more than he bargains for when he puts out a fake casting call to find a new girlfriend. Audition was, of course, adapted in 1999 into a cringe-inducing cult film in its own right by Japanese helmer Takashi Miike. The new Kassar-produced version is based on the original Murakami novel and will transplant the story to an American setting.

In this version, to be directed by Richard Gray, Audition‘s unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, but otherwise details fall closely in line with Murakami’s best-seller.

Gray adapted the script and will tackle a fall shoot for Audition after filming wraps on his current project, thriller Sugar Mountain starring Jason Momoa. He also helmed and produced the Justin Long crime thriller The Lookalike, which Well Go USA is releasing this summer. DEADLINE.

Sleepaway Camp – Remake

Sleepaway-Camp-Poster-LargeThe 1983 slasher flick Sleepaway Camp earned a spot in horror history with its infamous shocker of a twist ending, which I won’t spoil here. But like many an ’80s horror franchise, its staying power petered out with a string of subsequent sequels. Now exFox/New Line exec Jeff Katz is trying to inject new blood into the Sleepaway Camp franchise by reviving the summertime screamer for a new generation. He’s optioned remake rights from the original movie’s trio of makers and rights holders: Writer/director-turned-lawyer Robert Hiltzik, producer Michele Tatosian, and actress Felissa Rose, who starred in the 1983 pic as Angela, the bullied teen protagonist whose summer turns into a bloodbath when a killer begins offing campers. Producing alongside Hiltzik, Tatosian, and Rose, Katz aims to reboot the Sleepaway Camp mythos in a modern setting with a new film series that echoes its legacy and the psychosexual elements that made the first pic such a memorable cult favorite. Meanwhile, Shout Factory used the Halloween holiday to announce that it will release the original flick to Blu-ray for the first time in the spring.

Although Sleepaway Camp is celebrated by horror fans, its legacy, sadly like most 80’s horror flicks, suffered from bad sequels. Hiltzik held on tight to remake rights for years after three more installations were churned out by other filmmakers, then came back to helm Return To Sleepaway Camp in 2003 as a direct sequel to his original film, ignoring the rogue sequels that came before. But he took 5 years to fine-tune VFX, and it wasn’t released until 2008 in a direct-to-video deal with Magnolia. A third Hiltzik-helmed Sleepaway Camp flick was announced but never materialized. With someone else taking a stab, the floundering franchise could get a much-needed refresh; a search for a writer will follow after the group takes the ready-made title out to studios.

Night Of The Living Dead: Origins 3D

Night of the Living Dead_BannerGroan… A 3D ‘re-imagining’ of the classic Night Of The Living Dead is in the works. Simon West Productions, and the Graphic Film Company, in association with 2020 Entertainment and Indus Media and Entertainment, have set Bollywood actor R. Madhavan (his films include 3 IDIOTS, 13B, andTANU WEDS MANU) to star in Night Of The Living Dead: Origins 3D. It’s being directed by Zebediah De Soto and co-written by De Soto, Warren Davis II and David Reuben Schwartz. The film will also star Candyman‘s Tony Todd, Tom Sizemore, Danielle Harris, Sarah Habel, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Bill Mosley, and Joseph Pilato, a cast with plenty of B movie cred.

Apparently this one has a storyline different storyline than the George Romero 1968 B&W masterpiece. Here, a group of survivors fighting barricade themselves in an abandoned New York apartment building when the zombie plague breaks out (Really! That’s the ‘different storyline’, that’s a ‘different location’ is all…). It’s being shot in a CG setting using stereoscopic 3D, which, its makers suggest, becomes a hybrid of graphic novel and traditional animation.

Producer and CEO of 2020 Entertainment, Paresh Ghelani, says, “It’s great to help introduce American audiences to what the many fans of Bollywood films have known for years. Madhavan is a huge dynamic talent.”

Producer Simon West adds, “This movie represents a whole new way of visualizing the classic zombie genre. It has a fresh and exciting style that sets it apart from all other horror films seen up until now.”

Poltergeist Remake News

poltergeist_posterA remake of the Tobe Hooper-directed horror classic Poltergeist will be made by MGM and Fox 2000, with Gil Kenan (Monster House) directing a script by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful). Rosemarie DeWitt has been cast in the Mum role. Jobeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson were the original parents whose ideal family life is uprooted by a cavalcade of spirits that culminates in the kidnap of their youngest daughter Carol Anne played by Heather O’Rourke. Given how well these paranormal films are faring against studio product lately, this one seemed ripe for remaking and it’s surprising that it hasn’t been remade before now. Sam Raimi and Nathan Kahane are producing.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance – Remake News

Sympathy for Mr. VengeanceMore unwanted remake news… Silver Reel and Lotus Entertainment have partnered with di Bonaventura Pictures and CJ Entertainment for an English-language remake of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. The script is written by Broken City scribe Brian Tucker, based on the first film in Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy. The film centres on two men who are bound by their common sense of loss and headed on a collision course of revenge. The other installments in that trilogy are Oldboy and Lady Vengeance. This after the news late last year of a remake of Oldboy which will be released in October by Film District, directed by Spike Lee and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Brolin and Sharlto Copley.

Schwarzenegger for Toxic Avenger Remake..?

Arnold Schwarzenegger_Toxic AvengerOddest news for some time… Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in the new “Toxic Avenger,” but he’s no Toxie. He’s in negotiations for another lead role in the reimagining of the 1980s cult pic.

International Film Trust, the sales outfit launched last week by Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment, is pitching  Steve Pink’s reboot of the campy 1984 action comedy in the run-up to Cannes. New project has been described as an action adventure geared toward mainstream auds.

Schwarzengegger is talks with the producers to star.  “Hot Tub Time Machine” helmer Pink and Daniel C. Mitchell penned the script while Elysium Films is attached to produce, along with Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein, Charlie Corwin and Michael Benaroya.

Troma Entertainment’s Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman directed the original 1984 pic, which initially flopped before gaining cult popularity through midnight screenings. “Avenger” went on to spawn three sequels, a musical and a cartoon. The story centers around Melvin Ferd III, a 98-pound weakling who gets transformed into a superhuman crime-fighting creature after falling into a vat of toxic waste.

Sympathy For Lady Vengeance Remake News

DEADLINE NEWS: Charlize Theron will star in an adaptation of Park Chan-wook’s Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, the last in Park’s revenge trilogy. The original 2005 film centered on a woman who for reasons of her own completes a prison term for a murder she did not commit, re-emerging to punish the killer and avenge the dead. “This will be very American — and very unexpected,” said scriptwriter William Monahan in the release announcing the deal. “Park is a genius; it’s the Everest of adaptations and I’ve got blood in my teeth to do it.”

Monahan, recently completed the screenplay for The Gambler for Martin Scorsese at Paramount and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

Suspiria remake gets the green light

The Dario Argento 1977 horror thriller Suspiria has been set for a remake that will be directed by Pineapple Express helmer David Gordon Green from a script he wrote with Chris Gebert. Socialpsychol originally broke this news back in September 2010.

The search is on for Suzie, the young protagonist who travels to Europe to attend a world renowned school. After a series of brutal murders, the young American student learns that the academy is a front for something way more sinister than education. The original had a surreal, psychedelic tone that involved the supernatural, witches and a whole lotta blood.

The remake is backed by Crime Scene Pictures, whose partners Adam Ripp and Rob Paris are joining forces with producers Francesco Melzi d’Eril (Hotel Rwanda) from Memo Films and Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) under his First Sun film banner to produce and finance the remake. Production begins in September.

 The Dario Argento classic was considered untouchable by fans, however it joins the long list of horror remakes. “We love the style and energy of the original film – and David’s script brilliantly updates the world, presenting a rare opportunity to create an elegant, classic horror film,” Crime Scene partners Ripp and Paris said in a statement. Courtesy of Deadline

The Evil Dead Remake – Update

A few months ago I reported that Fede Alvarez was going to write and direct an Evil Dead remake, with Diablo Cody doing some script revisions.  In a recent interview with collider, Diablo Cody gave some insight into the project. Cody was brought on to The Evil Dead over the summer to rewrite Alvarez’s original draft, which she praised in a recent conversation with Collider as “really scary” and “unbelievably violent.”

Check out the video interview and transcript here

Elijah Wood is a ‘Maniac’

Elijah Wood is the lead in the remake of ‘Maniac’ (1980) The indie will be directed by Franck Khalfoun and produced by Alexandre Aja and Gregory Lavasseur. Wood plays the role of a serial killer who works at a shop that sells antique mannequins. He finds victims on the Internet and stalks them like prey, all the while suffering from hallucinations that throw him back into the past, when he was abused by his own mother. In his twisted mind, he gains a measure of revenge against his mother with each kill. It will shoot later this year.

This isn’t the first deranged killer role for Wood, who was unnerving as the creepy cannibal Kevin in Sin City. Wood has been busy lately, voice work in the upcoming Happy Feet 2, the indie Celeste and Jesse, Sky TV’s Treasure Island, and, of course, he reprises his signature role in The Hobbit. Wood also reprises his starring role in the series Wilfred, which begins production early next year.

Scarface – Remake News

More bullshit remake news… this time Scarface. As reported by Mike Fleming at Deadline: Universal Pictures is developing a new version of Scarface, the title first released in 1932 and then turned into the iconic 1983 film that starred Al Pacino as Cuban gangster Tony Montana. I’d heard that the studio has been meeting writers to script a take for a film that will be produced by Marc Shmuger and his GlobalProduce banner along with Martin Bregman.Bregman produced the Pacino version.

The film is not intended to be a remake or a sequel. It will take the common elements of the first two films: an outsider, an immigrant, barges his way into the criminal establishment in pursuit of a twisted version of the American dream, becoming a kingpin through a campaign of ruthlessness and violent ambition.

The studio is keeping the specifics of where the new Tony character comes from under wraps at the moment, but ethnicity and geography were important in the first two versions. In the 1932 Scarface, an Italian (Paul Muni) took over Chicago, and in the Brian De Palma-directed remake, a Cuban cornered the cocaine trade in 1980s Miami, only to be consumed by it. Ann Dvorak, George Raft and Boris Karloff starred in the original and Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer and Mary Elizabeth Mastrontonio starred in the remake.

Does the iconic Universal library title Scarface deserve an updated version for a new generation? I’m told that when Universal put together the 1983 film, there were howls of heresy; after all, the film was considered a Howard Hughes-produced classic, with a script by Ben Hecht. Howard Hawks directed it with Richard Rosson. The remake became iconic in its own way, particularly in influencing hip-hop culture. Tony Montana’s image is still widely merchandised; his signature line “Say hello to my little friend’ remains the biggest selling cell phone voice ringtone, and Universal has sold over 10 million DVD units worldwide.

Highlander – Remake

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo will direct Summit Entertainment’s re-imagination of the cult film Highlander. Summit’s Highlander is written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Summit acquired the rights to remake the cult classic in May of 2008. Production on the film is slated to begin spring of 2012.

As is the way these days, the remake will be a re-imagining of Highlander, the 1986 fantasy sci-fi film starring Christopher Lambert. In Highlander, after centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the Prize… “There can be only one.”

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directed ‘28 Weeks Later’ as well as the soon to be released ‘Intruders’, which is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival. His other credits include the Spanish language ‘Intacto’ and Oscar® nominated short ‘Linked’. He is a stylish director who should serve the material well, just please don’t make us sit through the exremental sequels again.

Beetlejuice, Zombies and Vampire Hunters

KatzSmith Productions partners David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith have just signed a two-year first-look feature producing deal at Warner Bros. While rights are still being worked out, one of their first projects is expected to be a sequel to Beetlejuice, the 1988 Tim Burton-directed hit that starred Michael Keaton as a ghoul hired by a recently deceased couple to drive the new owners out of their house. Burton and Keaton made the movie while they were working on the studio’s first Batman film, which was released the following year. Beetlejuice also starred Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder and Geena Davis. The film will not be a remake; the intention is to reboot it by advancing the storyline of the original.

The Warner Bros producing deal grew from the screenwriting work that Grahame-Smith did for Burton on Dark Shadows, currently in production with Johnny Depp heading the cast. While Warner Bros and other studios continue to cut back producing pacts, in KatzSmith the studio gets two partners who while just getting started producing features bring a lot of their own ideas to the table and are established writers and aspiring feature directors. “We first got to know Seth through his fantastic work on Dark Shadows, and it immediately became a priority to expand our relationship with him,” said Warner Bros production president Greg Silverman. “Seth introduced us to David, who greatly impresses us with the vision for KatzSmith from the very first meeting. We firmly believe in their talents and are extremely excited to welcome them to the Warners family.”

Grahame-Smith will write two scripts as part of the deal, and it’s a distinct possibility that Beetlejuice 2 will be one of them. Katzenberg and Grahame-Smith tell me the model for their company is Bad Robot and Imagine Entertainment, where the principals generate many of the ideas that are turned into films. Katzenberg (the son of DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg) and Grahame-Smith met at CBS, where they worked on a series of humorous webisodes generated by Michael Cera and Clarke Duke. Separately, Grahame-Smith wrote the bestselling novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and helped start a cottage industry in publishing where literary classics are dusted off and pollinated with supernatural elements. Grahame-Smith wrote the script for the latter film, which Timur Bekmambetov directed and which Fox releases June 22, 2012. Burton produced that film with Bekmambetov, and he hired Grahame-Smith for the Dark Shadows assignment at Warner Bros.

Before this deal, Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg were considered as co-directors by Lionsgate for the David O Russell-scripted Pride and Prejudice and Zombies before Craig Gillespie got the job.

“We want to make big movies based on big ideas and inspired by the comedies we grew up loving,” the 35-year old Grahame-Smith said. “The thing we like about Bad Robot and Imagine is that they are never pigeonholed because they do good work across a broad spectrum. We want to slowly grow into a company that follows in those footsteps.” Said Katzenberg, who’s 28: “We’re young, we’ve got a lot to learn, and we are going to have producers who help us on the first couple of big films. Warner Bros is a studio that gets behind its movies and is filmmaker-friendly.” The deal will allow them to buy material, but when possible they intend to self-generate, Katzenberg said. “We pride ourselves on coming up with a lot of our own ideas; about 90% of the projects we’ve generated in film and TV are ones we created and developed. The studio will help us bring our ideas to the finish line.”

They will give the studio first look at several projects they’re developing including Bryantology, in which a loser on the verge of losing his house exploits a tax loophole, invents a religion and names his home a tax-exempt place of worship. When the religion goes viral, followers show up on his doorstep and the hapless guy is suddenly a cult leader; Night of the Living, a stop-motion animated film that Grahame-Smith might script, with Burton producing along with KatzSmith. A town of peaceful monsters must learn how to fight when it is invaded by humans.

Suspiria – Remake

More on Dario Argento. Whether you like it or not, a remake of the Argento classic Suspiria is well on its way. Could the success of Black Swan sway the project in any way? Read on for details.

Complex recently caught up with director David Gordon Green to get the scoop: “[‘Black Swan’] did inspire me to think, ‘Well, I want to go younger now. I want this to be about 14-15-year-old girls, rather than women who are Natalie’s age.’ It made me not want to do what ‘Black Swan’ kind of did with the psychology and thriller elements of older characters. If anything, I want to focus on the younger, more naïve kinds of characters—the wide-eyed, ‘Snow White’ version of the movie, rather than a more sophisticated, sexual version of it.”

The Orphanage – Remake

An English-language remake of Juan Antonio Bayona’s ‘The Orphanage’ (2007) has been in the works for a few years now, but it hit a rough patch in 2009 when would-be director Larry Fessenden left the project after dealing with casting issues. It seems his successor Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies, Arlington Road and U2 3D) may be having somewhat better luck on that front.

According to a new report, producers are eyeing three-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams to play the lead in the film. Adams has entered talks with New Line for the part of Laura, who returns to the orphanage where she grew up with the intention of turning it into a home for disabled children. However, her plans take an unexpected and disturbing twist when her young son befriends a mysterious imaginary friend who wears a mask.

Pellington will be directing The Orphanage from a screenplay written by Fessenden and Sergio Sanchez, back when Fessenden was still set to direct. Guillermo del Toro is producing the remake, as he did the original. Personally, I’d rather they left it alone…

Oldboy Remake

The Oldboy remake now has a confirmed lead, Josh Brolin will feature as a man who is kidnapped on his daughter’s birthday and held by a mystery villain in solitary confinement for 15 years without knowing why. But when he’s released and handed the tools to get revenge on those who kept him a prisoner, he soon learns that it’s all part of a bigger plan. And, naturally, violence ensues…

I Am Legend writer Mark Protosevich adapted the current script from Park Chan-Wook’s 2004 original. Hopefully he’ll do a better job than his lacklustre effort on the Richard Mathieson novel. Spike Lee has officially taken over the directors chair from Steven Spielberg, who originally nabbed the rights to remake the movie in 2008 and planned to have Will Smith in the lead. Now, though, Brolin will be the main man although rumours persit that Christian Bale is in talks to play the villain, though he’s yet to make his mind up about any post-Dark Knight Rises work and has been linked to numerous projects.

The Wild Bunch – Remake

With news earlier that Ridley Scott was returning to his sci-fi classic Blade Runner. His Scott Free partner and brother Tony Scott is also getting serious about a new version of a movie classic. Scott is in talks with Warner Bros to direct a reboot of the 1969 Sam Peckinpah-directed The Wild Bunch. This film becomes one of three or so that Scott is most eager to direct as his follow-up to the Denzel Washington-Chris Pine action film Unstoppable.

The original The Wild Bunch was about an aging group of outlaws that try for one last score on the Texas-Mexico border in 1913, as the Old West changes around them. The original starred William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan and Warren Oates. The studio has tried for years to get this going, once getting a script from Training Day‘s David Ayer. It’s early days on the project, but Scott and producer Jerry Weintraub have a take for the movie and Brian Helgeland will draft it.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) *½

Young waitress Nancy Holbrook (Rooney Mara) and her classmates are being stalked in their dreams by razor-gloved killer Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley). After one of the kids is killed in the diner where Nancy is working, Quentin Smith (Kyle Gallner) and Nancy realise that they are all having the same nightmares. Their parents are dismissive when Nancy and Quentin ask questions about this ‘Freddy’ character, what are they hiding from the kids..?

Who cares? Certainly not me and from what I can gather from IMDB, it seems that hardly anyone else cared either. This is yet another Platinum Dunes remake of a classic horror movie, and this time they’ve really outdone themselves and made their worst remake yet. The movie may have better quality of shots, lighting, framing, stock and direction… but that doesn’t make for a better movie.

It is devoid of scares, creativity and this new Freddy is charmless. It probably sounded like a good idea, and that buzzword ‘edgy’ would have been thrown around at story meetings, to make more of Freddy’s dark and twisted paedophile past but it works against the film. How can you cheer for Freddy to kill these kids when the film makers have demonstrated how despicable he was/is?

Like most fans of the genre, when we heard that the movie was going ahead, the one thing that sounded like a positive move was bringing in a quality actor like Jackie Earle Haley for the Freddy Krueger role. Haley has proved that he’s a great actor in Little Children (also as a paedophile) and as the best thing in Watchmen as Rorschach. However he’s been handed a humourless, one-dimensional, watered down version of Freddy. He’s not helped by the new make-up which although probably a more realistic version of a burn victim renders him expressionless. The movie also features the up and coming Rooney Mara, soon to be seen in the David Fincher remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, hopefully she’ll be given more to work with in that.      

As with most of these remakes, it is directed by a music video director making his feature debut. This time around it’s Samuel Bayer who like everyone before him has managed to make a stylish, bland update devoid of any scares. Poor script, shallow characters, even the death scenes are awful, Freddy appearing in the wall above the bed, and Kris (Tina in the original) being dragged across the ceiling were done much better in 1984. No build-up, no tension, no clue. This is THE WORST of the recent spate of remakes.

Quality: 2 out of 5 stars

Any good: 1 out of 5 stars

Evil Dead 4..?

A few horror websites have been reporting, rather erroneously it seems, that Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are  making ‘Evil Dead 4’. According to Bruce Campbell, on his twitter page, there will be a fourth instalment but it will be a remake of sorts, not part 4.

Yesterday, Campbell tweeted “Believe in the remake, Dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell.” This has been taken and twisted by many who apparently saw what they wanted to believe and reported that the guys were making Evil Dead 4. In an attempt to tone down the excitement and mis-quotes, Campbell tweeted an hour ago: “Good people. My tweet was about remaking Evil Dead – not Evil Dead 4”

Wasn’t that what ‘Evil Dead 2’ pretty much was..? Anyway, so be it, if Raimi and campbell are involved I’ll see it.

This from the Bloody Disgusting website: “Bloody Disgusting is being told exclusively that Sam Raimi is gearing up to produce a quasi-remake of The Evil Dead, his breakthrough horror film from 1981 that starred Bruce Campbell as “Ash”, a modern day warrior who fends off resurrected deadites.”

“In an exclusive scoop, we’re told that Fede Alvarez (Federico Alvarez) is directing for Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures and Mandate.”

“Casting is already taking place in Detroit, Michigan for a “low budget” shoot before Raimi steps behind the camera for Oz: The Great and Powerful.”

Dracula 3D

Italian horror maestro Dario Argento has released info and a new gallery of promotional images for his new take on the Dracula legend with Dracula 3D. Featuring his daughter Asia Argento as Lucy Harker and Rutger Hauer as Van Helsing. Check out the official site and the synopsis below:

One night in the woods adjacent to Passo Borgo, at the foot of the Carpazi mountains, a couple of young lovers, Tania and Milos, secretly meet.  On her way home, Tania is chased and overcome by a “dark shadow” that kills her. In those days Jonathan Harker, a young librarian, arrives at the village hired by Count Dracula, a nobleman from the area. Tania’s body mysteriously disappears from the cemetery.  In the meantime Harker, before going to Count Dracula’s castle, takes the opportunity to visit Lucy Kisslinger, his wife Mina’s best friend as well as the daughter of the local mayor.
Upon arriving at the castle, Harker is greeted by Tania, brought back to life from the dead and made vampire, who tries from the very beginning to seduce him; however they are interrupted by Dracula’s entrance welcoming Harker. The following night Tania tries again to bite Harker, she is close to his neck when she is stopped by the count who gets the upper hand and it is he himself who bites Harker’s neck, however allowing him to live. The following day, weakened but still conscious Harker attempts to escape, but as soon as he is outside the castle a large wolf with a white lock assaults and savagely kills him. Meanwhile, Mina, Harker’s wife, arrives in the village and is guest for a few days at the home of her dearest friend Lucy Kisslinger, who will also be bitten and vampirized. The day after, Mina, worried about her husband, goes to Count Dracula’s castle. Their encounter makes her forget the reason for her presence there. She is completely under the count’s influence; the count  had orchestrated the events leading up to their encounter; in fact Mina looks exactly like his beloved Dolinger, who died some centuries ago. Upon her return to the Kisslinger house, Mina learns of the death of her dear friend Lucy. The sequence of such strange and dramatic events summons the aid of Van Helsing, vampire expert of the techniques used to eliminate them.  Van Helsing, aware of the circumstances decides to act swiftly and prepares the tools needed to combat vampires.  He directs himself to the center of evil, Count Dracula’s castle.   Meanwhile Dracula, in the village, kills the inhabitants who rescinded their pact, while Van Helsing, inside the castle, is able to definitively eliminate Tania.  Dracula, intent on his desire to reunite with his beloved wife, leads Mina, completely hypnotized, to the castle where Van Helsing is waiting. He  has decided to engage in a deadly fight  with his evil foe.  During the struggle Van Helsing loses his gun with the silver bullet and Mina, still under Dracula’s spell, gathers it and tries to aid Dracula, but she misses the target and involuntarily kills him. The special silver bullet transforms Dracula into ashes; but his spirit lifts the ashes into the air and uniting, they shape into a large bat with a mocking grin… 

Carrie Remake – Stephen King has his say

Carrie Remake Update. How Stephen King feels about the idea of another Carrie remake, as he exclusively told Entertainment Weekly:

“I’ve heard rumblings about a Carrie remake, as I have about The Stand and It. Who knows if it will happen? The real question is why, when the original was so good? I mean, not Casablanca, or anything, but a really good horror-suspense film, much better than the book. Piper Laurie really got her teeth into the bad-mom thing. Although Lindsay Lohan as Carrie White … hmmm. It would certainly be fun to cast. I guess I could get behind it if they turned the project over to one of the Davids: Lynch or Cronenberg.”