Trailer Time: Insidious – April 1st, 2011

Hey there…

I’ve never been a huge horror fan. Far too many of the horror films of the last 20 years have swayed to the slasher flick, with gratuitous sex and violence slammed together with buckets of gore. Though the “startle” on screen is a useful exercise (like jumping out at someone and saying “boo!”), it gets old after a while and I find myself rooting for the bad guy.

One recent exception to this trend was The Strangers back in 2008, which used subtlety and the real-life potential of crazy, homicidal people to great effect. I don’t typically get scared by films, but I have to say that one disturbed me more than a little.

When I was growing up, I loved the combination of imaginative effects and a solid story. Movies like Poltergeist (was it just me or was Tangina more than a little scary all by herself?), the original Amytiville Horror took the concept of a haunted house and made it such that to this day I’m not a fan of even local haunted houses on Halloween. I’ll admit it – I don’t mind being scared in my own home, but being scared in public just doesn’t do much for me.

Insidious looks like an interesting cross between the child in Poltergeist with the haunted house aspects of Amytville Horror. This one comes from the writer-director team behind the Saw series and the filmmakers behind Paranormal Activity. Evidently in this case, a family moves to get out of a haunted house only to find when they move to the next house that it wasn’t their house that was haunted…

Insidious stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins and Barbara Hershey and will hit theaters on April 1st, 2011. I have to say this one might actually be scary!

–Fitz

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A Poltergeist Remake? What the…?

Hi all…

Once again in the realm of “doesn’t need to be remade”, we see a major studio deciding to remake a classic horror/supernatural story from the early 1980s… Poltergeist.

Poltergeist IIIImage via Wikipedia

Yes, you read that right.

MGM has hired Vadim Perelman (director of House of Sand and Fog) to remake this classic picture, written and produced by Steven Spielberg, originally directed by Tobe Hooper, and starring Craig T Nelson, JoBeth Williams, and that cute little blond girl (Heather O’Rourke) who died 6 years later during the filming of Poltergeist III.

Question: Why does this classic horror movie need to be remade?

Answer: It doesn’t.

Cale Boyter, Executive Vice President of Production at MGM, said the following in a press release:

“We are excited to have Vadim direct POLTERGEIST, a title which already has a built-in movie-going audience,” said Boyter. “With his established track record, we look forward to having him lead the creative direction on this new character-based horror project that will utilize the original film as a jumping off point.”

You can read the press release here.

I’m not looking forward to this one. Perelman may be a fine director, but I’m getting tired of remakes, especially when it’s a remake I don’t think needs to be done.

Anybody else annoyed by Hollywood’s need to remake the world in a more modern image? Or is it just me?

–Fitz

p.s. If you want to check out the original Poltergeist movies, check ’em out on Amazon:

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