Sometimes I wonder if I watch horror films with a different type of eye than others. Not to sound pretentious. I just tend to react to horror films that others loathe with a special devastation, a floored quality that snooty film critics experience when watching the latest Coen Brothers picture. I’m not talking dreck such as H2; I’m on the wavelength of this year’s The Last House on the Left remake, specifically. Courtesy of the used DVD bin at the local Blockbuster, I picked the DVD up last night, after weeks of self-debate over whether I should plunker down 20 beans or not. I loved the film in theaters, but it’s Christmas season, kiddies—-would spending two 10-spots on the DVD be justified now? Lumping it into a two-for-$20 deal, however, made it fair game. I sat with director Dennis Iliadis‘s remake after last evening’s witching hour, and, yet again, I fell in love. Which feels wrong to say, since its such a dreary, brutal film. But, as far as I can tell, Iliadis gives the production such flair and heft that I’m left to consider The Last House on the Left for my forthcoming Top 10 of 2009 list. Yes, it’s like that.
Back in March, I explored my appreciation of Iliadis’s Last House for the original blog-hub, “Barone’s World.” Check that out here:
This morning’s rumor (which is sketchy until legitimized) that Iliadis is close to officially taking over the long-gestating The Birds remake is all the more timely, thanks to last night’s impromptu living room Last House screening. He’s stepping in for Martin Campbell, the talented fella behind Casino Royale and who’s currently mapping out his Green Lantern film; Campbell reportedly has issues with the script for the Alfred Hitchcock winged-assailants redo; so far, the film’s script has gone through three writers, none of whom have been able to slam it home. With Campbell exiting, I’d imagine that this means we’ll no longer see Naomi Watts as The Birds lead, which would be tragic.
I’ll be keeping close eyes on this project; fingers crossed that Iliadis gets his shot and that it happens in the near future. As I’ve done in the past, and I’ve always enjoyed, let me Naomi-Watts-potential-replacement-name into the invisible ring: Ashley Judd. Just watch the great-even-if-most-are-oblivious Bug and see how well-equipped of an actress she still is; she just needs the right roles. I say, let her step into Tippi Hedren’s beak-pecked shoes.
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