Sunday, 28 June 2009

News: An American Werewolf in London...again

Big news from BloodyDisgusting: Dimension is remaking An American Werewolf in London. I suppose it was inevitable, but...come on!

Apologies for the lack of news lately - I've been away and not had any time at all for posting and so probably missed a load of news...anything to report?

Friday, 12 June 2009

Comment: Hellraiser losing directors

It's been widely reported recently that Pascal Laugier is no longer involved with the remaking of Hellraiser, as writer or director. This information comes from Clive Barker, via Twitter (although some are still questioning whether it really is Barker's account).

If this is true, then Laugier has followed in the footsteps of fellow French horror hounds Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury. Laugier, and Bustillo and Maury, have received great acclaim for their recent offerings - Martyrs and Inside, respectively - and, in some ways, have brough a modicum of excitement to the Hellraiser project.

Hellraiser isn't a film I want to see remade (although granted, there are very few I do want to see remade), but with someone like Laugier at the helm, there was a chance that maybe, just maybe, it wouldn't suck. With Martyrs, Laugier proved he could effectively portray the darker side of the human psyche as well as make brilliant use of make-up to show realistic bodily mutilation - surely great traits for anyone taking the reins of Hellraiser.

Of course, if this story is true, there is not indication of why Laugier has left the project. Pushed or jumped? Either way, I'd say that indicates that the vision being put forward for the Hellraiser remake is not one that is going to please fans, or do anything new or exciting with the material.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

News: Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

Of all the films I'd expect to see being remade, this really isn't one of them. The Hammer classic The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires is being remade. It's a film about Dracula and Van Helsing...and kung fu. My guess is that the remake will remove all the campiness and make it into some sort of ass-kicking action film but...really? They couldn't come up with an original outline to fit that into?

Monday, 1 June 2009

News: Happy Birthday in 3D

Hot on the heels of the success of My Bloody Valentine 3D (I liked it, anyway!), Lionsgate are remaking Happy Birthday to Me in 3D, another tacky 80s slasher I wish I'd seen. Anyone think this is a good choice to remake - and in 3D?