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John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

 

I enjoyed the original greatly, a genuinely original and entertaining combination of horror and comedy.

But I cannot imagine someone doing a remake.

Seems a bizarre and trivial idea, but then Hollywood is loaded with such ideas, having tried insipid remakes of great films – a few of Hitchcock’s best, for example – and remakes of good little foreign films (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert comes to mind), almost all of which stank to high heaven.

The son of the original director doing it smacks of the days of Frank Sinatra Junior making a kind of career out of imitating his father poorly.

But, you see, if you can get just enough people through the doors of cinemas for a week or two, even such dud projects can be profitable, and that is the only thing that ever counts in Hollywood.

I’m sure there are good copies of the original on DVD, a much better entertainment value than tickets for this thing when it shows up.

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