Friday, February 01, 2008

ROSEBLOOD

RKO is unleashing a studio extension of itself called Roseblood. Under it they will remake 8 classic horror films of the 40's & 50's. It's a sign, perhaps, that with the writer's strike playing out longer than expected, there will be more and more and more remakes coming to our theaters in late 2008 and into 2009.
A sad sidenote to the launching of Roseblood, is that RKO has made a deal with Twisted Pictures to re-make four of these films. For the unaware, Twisted Pictures is the company that brough us Saw, Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, and this fall's Saw V.

Three of the movies they plan on shooting are Val Lewton films (Bedlam, Body Snatchers, and I Walked With A Zombie). Lewton was the polar opposite of the Twisted guys in his approach to horror. He used the power of suggestion, the Twisted guys resort to close-up shots of body parts in rusty bear traps and crank vices.

But there is a smidge of hope...

Last year, James Wan, director of the first Saw, directed a little film called Dead Silence. It wasn't a good film, but it was a throwback to old school horror (a mix of 80's paranormal and 50's shadowplay). Wan wanted to show he wasn't solely interested in the destruction of bodies, but in true spooks as well.

If Twisted gives one of these projects to Wan it could be something to see, but (sigh), my hopes aren't high. I'm especially worried about that I Walked With A Zombie remake. Please don't let it be 28 Days Later Carribean-style.

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