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Evil Dead Remake

“Oh great, another boring horror remake!” That’s probably what went through most horror movie buffs’ heads when they heard that Sony Pictures Entertainment was remaking the 1981 classic horror film The Evil Dead. “They are going to destroy the character of Ash from the original Evil Dead, just like they did to the iconic Robert Englund version of Freddy Kruger in the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street, aren’t they?!” Well, not quite. As a matter of fact, the character of Ash isn’t featured in this remake at all. This is one of few films where diehard fans of the original (and even some critics, scoring a 62% on Rotton Tomatoes, which is high for a horror film) have actually praised the remake.

The film, directed by Fede Alvarez, centers around four friends who gather in a cabin out in the woods to help another friend kick a bad drug habit. Upon arriving to the cabin, the young adults start exploring the place when they come across a book that appears to be made of flesh and written in blood. Of course, one of the nosey teens just HAS to pick up the book (which clearly says in it DO NOT READ) and reads a passage out loud, thus putting a curse on one of them. Once this happens, eerie stuff starts to happen to one of the girls, and any time blood spread from one person to another, they get infected, just like a virus. It eventually infects most of the crew and the only way to save them is an ancient burial of sorts and other rituals.

This movie is pretty brutal. There’s definitely plenty of blood and missing limbs in this remake. Now, this film was not only backed by original director Sam Raimi, but he himself actually helped produce it, along with Bruce Campbell, who played the main character “Ash”, in the original Evil Dead trilogy back in the 80s and early 1990s. The film used practical effects for most of its gore, and there’s a lot of it! As a matter of fact, it didn’t pass its’ first few rating screenings due to the amount of gore it contained and several scenes had to be edited or re shot to cut down on the goriness. Was this movie perfect though? No, it’s a horror movie. Of course you’re going to have your clichés (teen/young adults in a random cabin in the middle of nowhere, getting into stuff they shouldn’t be doing), your terrible acting, and your unrealistic plot. But, once again, it’s a horror movie, it’s not meant to be perfect.

Overall, I’d say this was a pretty well made and fun film. If you’re a horror film fan, you should definitely check it out. Also, if you’re a fan of the original “Evil Dead” franchise, make sure to stick around after the credits for a little surprise. It is not much, but it is still something that will make your inner fanboy feel “Groovey” on the inside.

****½

This guest post was written by Eddie D. Shackleford. He is a Senior Editor with Cable.tv and writes about entertainment, movies, sports and more. You can follow Eddie @Eddie20Ford

21 JUMP STREET
This is one of those films that generally surprised me. Going in, I didn’t have high expectations. After all, Jonah Hill’s last comedy was The Sitter, but man did this movie bring the laughs. Channing Tatum is turning into the new incarnation of Mark Wahlberg, an actor known for his mostly serious movies who’s straight out awesome at comedy (but unlike Marky Mark, Channing’s actually a decent dramatic actor). There’s a ton of fun cameos in this pic, the gags are hilarious, and the movie delivers on multiple levels. Jonah Hill has shown that he can actually write a good film and I’m hoping he does more writing in the future.

Definitely a guilty pleasure film, it’s one of Jonah Hill’s best and a sequel is definitely on its way. The trailer undersells what’s likely going to be one of 2012’s best comedies.

****

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I can’t even begin to describe just how angry I am about the just announced Buffy the Vampire Slayer remake. First lets take a look at the official press release:

Atlas Entertainment announced today it is rebooting the beloved franchise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with Warner Bros. Pictures. Atlas’ Charles Roven and Steve Alexander will produce the feature film alongside Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (The Ring, How to Train Your Dragon, The Departed). Whit Anderson is writing the script.

Warner Bros. Pictures optioned the rights from creators Fran and Kaz Kuzui, and from Sandollar Productions (Sandy Gallin and Dolly Parton), for Atlas and Vertigo to produce. Buffy the Vampire Slayer first appeared as a film in 1992, subsequently becoming a cult hit and spawning the wildly popular television series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz, among many others.

“Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update Buffy,” said Roven. “There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return to the big screen. We’re thrilled to team up with Doug and Roy on a re-imagining of Buffy and the world she inhabits. Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but I can say while this is not your high school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be.”

There is so much wrong with this news.  First, Joss Whedon is not involved with the remake. Joss is Buffy. Without him they should remove the name and try their own thing. Why in the world would they cut Joss out of the mix? He has stated for years that he’d love to bring a Buffy movie to theaters and both Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz have also said they’d reprise their roles for a theatrical version (others have also expressed interest as well, including James Marsters, Nicholas Brendon, and Anthony Head). That “active fan base” that is “eagerly awaiting this character’s return to the big screen” is not eagerly awaiting a remake. They want to see the Buffy they grew up with. They want to see the Buffy that defeated the Master, fell in love with a vampire with a soul, had the best friends anyone could ask for, found a father figure in Giles, that died saving the world (twice!), and that shared her power to make the world a safer place. They don’t want to see a carbon copy of her, because guess what, she WILL NOT BE as “witty, tough, and sexy” as our Buffy.

The new reboot is remaking the movie, so at least this horrible idea will not be able to feature Willow, Xander, Giles, Angel, Spike, Oz, Tara, and everyone else we fell in love with over the course of the series. Nor will it be able to be set in Sunnydale, a fictional city that truly was the heart of the show. Characters the movie can (and will likely) use? Luke Perry’s Pike, Donald Sutherland’s “watcher” Merrick, Rutger Hauer’s villainous vampire Lothos, and of course Paul Reubens’ one-armed vampire Amilyn. What were some of the other differences with the big screen Buffy? Well, the movie’s vampires didn’t “vamp out”, nor did they turn to dust, and one of Buffy’s super powers was cramps.

Let’s just point out exactly what this reboot is. This is two greedy SOBs named Fran and Kaz Kuzui, who are mislabeled in the press release as Buffy “creators” when they just own the rights, that are trying to milk the fan base of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer to make a quick buck and are trying to capitalize on the Twilight vampire “craze”. By rebooting the series they do not have to pay the true Buffy creator Joss Whedon, nor do they have to pay the cast from the TV series (I’d imagine both Gellar and Boreanaz would be pricey). They can hire someone like Whit Anderson, a background actress with no writing experience, at what is likely scale pay to write a crap script. They are going to push it right into production and try to get it into theaters as early as 2011. The director will likely be a straight-to-video hack or even more likely, a music video director who will be making his first feature.

As a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer who owns every season of the show (and spinoff Angel) on DVD, all of the comics that have been published, T-Shirts, video games, and yes, even the original movie, I will not be supporting this reboot in any way. I will not see it in theaters, nor will I buy it on Blu-Ray when it comes out. I will not be wasting any of my Netflix orders on it, or even wasting my time watching it when it comes to basic Cable. Fuck you Fran and Kaz Kuzui.

I will, however, continue to “eagerly await” the next issue of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comic book that comes out the first week of December.

The Howling is being Remade

Hot on the heals of New Moon‘s 140 million dollar opening weekend, you can add Joe Dante’s cult werewolf movie, The Howling to the list of great movies that is getting the remake treatment. The 1981 film, which starred Dee Wallace and Robert Picardo, focused on a news anchor who is stalked by a serial killer who ends up being a werewolf. Along with An American Werewolf in London (which is also being remade), The Howling is one of those movies that helped shape a genre of horror films.  Like most 80s horror films, the movie spawned six sequels, each of which was worse than the last (the most recent ones went straight to video).

While our list of horror remakes grows, we can at least be happy of one thing; we’re getting a Scream 4, not a Scream remake. Kevin Williamson is returning to write, Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox are all reprising their roles (hopefully they bring back Dempsey also), and Wes Craven will most likely return to direct the thing (come on, what does he have that would trump this?). Maybe if Scream 4 does great numbers at the box office, we’ll start to get real horror sequels, instead of more shitty remakes.

If you have never seen The Howling, you can check out the film’s trailer here, and I’m sure you can find the full movie online, or you could always buy it off Amazon.

Posted on November 23rd, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Ever have that nightmare that you can’t shake? It hits you when you least expect it and keeps you up all night. Most remakes are nightmares, but here is a nightmare that I might not mind…

The trailer for the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street has arrived! The only thing that makes me okay with this remake is the inspired casting of the incredibly talented Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger.

So, what do you think? Are you ready for a “new” nightmare? Or are you cursing at another remake?

10 things i hate about you

Tonight’s TV is pretty awful, so thankfully ABC Family has some quirky 90s style fun with their TV re-imagining of 10 Things I Hate About You.  The new episode airs at 8pm tonight and High School gets even more crowded and complicated as local residents pack the halls after a brush-fire causes an evacuation. In the midst of the chaos, Kat and Patrick spend some time together on the roof.  Sadly, I don’t think she’ll throw him off. The new episode is followed by a new episode of Ruby & the Rockits.

What else is on tonight?

8PM

  • ABC: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Gameshow)
  • FOX: Hell’s Kitchen (Reality)

9PM

  • ABC: Shaq Vs. (Seriously, are they out of freaking ideas?)
  • CBS: Big Brother 11 (Reality)
  • FOX: More to Love (Dating Reality)
  • TNT: Hawthorne (Medical Drama)
  • SYFY: Warehouse 13 (Sci-Fi)

10PM

  • ABC: Primetime: The Outsiders (News Showcase)
  • A&E: The Cleaner (Drama)
  • FX: Rescue Me (Drama)
  • TNT: Saving Grace (Drama)
  • SYFY: ECW (Wrestling)

10 things i hate about you

Tonight is the first episode of ABC Family’s television adaptation of the hit 1999 teen comedy, 10 Things I Hate About You.   What sets this aside from other movie to TV adaptations is that the pilot was directed by the film’s director, Gil Junger, and the awesome Larry Miller reprises the role of Walter Stratford from the film.

The show feels like the 90s comedy and has a similar vibe to other 90s classics like Clueless.  The the series be able to screech the material from a stand alone film to enough episodes to fill seasons without getting dull and repetitive? I think that will be the main test here. The new teenagers also have some huge shoes to fill stepping into the roles portrayed by the talented Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julia Stiles and the adorable Larisa Oleynik. Either way, it’ll be fun to see how Shakespare’s The Taming of the Shrew works (or doesn’t work) in the television format. The episode airs at 8pm on ABC Family.

Also on tonight (a lot more than usual!):

8PM

  • ABC: The Superstars (Reality)
  • NBC: Great American Road Trip (Reality)
  • MNT: Heroes Among Us: The 2009 Hero Awards (Awards)

9PM

  • ABC: 20/20 (News Showcase)
  • NBC: America’s Got Talent (Reality)
  • MNT: Jail (Reality)
  • A&E: First 48 (Reality Crime)
  • SCIFI: Warehouse 13 (Supernatural)
  • SPIKE: UFC’s Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights (Clip Show)
  • TNT: Hawthorne (Medical Drama)

10PM

  • ABC: Primetime: Family Secrets (News Showcase)
  • CBS: 48 Hours (News Showcase)
  • NBC: Dateline NBC (News Showcase)
  • A&E: The Cleaner (Drama)
  • FX: Rescue Me (Drama)
  • TNT: Saving Grace (Drama)
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