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Fright Night Remake Sounds Increasingly Dismal

Posted in Movie News, Remake vs. Original with tags , , on February 17, 2011 by xymarla

In a recent interview with Marti Noxon, she discusses the ill-advised Fright Night remake and says a whole bunch of stuff that vigorously renews my displeasure. View my vitriol and share your own over at Badass Digest!

While you’re at it, refresh yourself on my review of the original Fright Night here!

Remake vs. Original: Let Me In vs. Let the Right One In

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Remake vs. Original with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by xymarla

Welcome back to Remake vs. Original, wherein Hollywood must answer to my poison pen for their incessant remakes! Today we bring you the ULTIMATE BATTLE:

let me in vs. let the right one in

Round One: The basics.

Let Me In. USA, 2010. Written and directed by Matt Reeves. 116 mins.

Let the Right One In. Sweden, 2008. Written by John Ajvide Lindqvist from his own novel. Directed by Tomas Alfredson. 115 mins.

Title:

Let Me In is the title of the American release of the novel, because publishers thought the original title was too long. I happen to love long titles, and Let Me In just doesn’t have the same poetry. -2

Let The Right One In is one of the eeriest and most elegant titles ever, and it’s the one chosen by novelist Lindqvist. If it’s good enough for him, it should be good enough for you, AMERICA. +2

Country:

Speaking of AMERICA, I love my country bunches. But not when it comes to remaking foreign movies that just came out two years before. I never EVER like that, because JUST READ SUBTITLES, AMERICA. It’s super easy! -1

Sweden! They have snow and Lisbeth Salander and reindeer and aquavit and the Sami! I took a class on the Sami people once and they are quite interesting. Also, meat pies! I forget, did I mention Lisbeth Salander? +2 (for Lisbeth) Continue reading

Remake vs. Original: Quarantine vs. [rec]

Posted in Remake vs. Original with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2010 by xymarla

Welcome back to Remake vs. Original, wherein Hollywood must answer to my poison pen for their incessant remakes! I bring you:

 versus  !

Round One! The basics

[rec], Spain, 2007. Written by Jaume Balagueró, Luis Berdejo and Paco Plaza. Directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. 78 minutes. (original review here.)

Quarantine, USA, 2008. Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle. Directed by John Erick Dowdle. 89 minutes.

Title:

[rec]: I like titles with random punctuation. I also like titles that create uncertainty as to whether you’re actually referring to a movie when you mention it. “What do you mean, Pi? Pi-what?” +1

Quarantine: imdb gives 4 results to a search with this title. Snoozeville! -1

Country:

Not to be a traitor to my homeland, but Spain did *just* win the World Cup. [rec]: +1 Continue reading

Remake Vs. Original! A Nightmare on Elm Street

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Remake vs. Original with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2010 by xymarla

Welcome to a new feature at Danny Isn’t Here, wherein Hollywood must answer to my poison pen for their incessant remakes! Now, I realize that this feature will require my watching many, many shitty remakes, but because I am both brave AND bored, I shall endeavor to do so. FOR YOU.

And thus! I bring to you:

 versus  !

Round One! The basics.

A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984. Written and directed by Wes Craven. 91 minutes.

A Nightmare on Elm Street, 2010. Written by Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer, directed by Samuel Baker. 95 minutes. Continue reading