Raimi Ramps Up Remakes

Two horror movie do-overs on the cards

Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures has acquired the remake rights to two horrors, Anguish and Room 205, to be renamed The Dorm. But fear not, readers! These are not J-horrors but European films, so they might hold some surprises for us yet.

Anguish is a remake of Bigas Luna's 1987 film of the same name, wherein a film-within-a-film tells the story of a mother-fixated optician's assistant who loses his job and goes on a killing spree. But the real plot concerns the patrons of a small cinema who are watching the film when a killer starts to murder them in ways that mirror the film's plot. In the remake, the protagonists are two girls who find real life mirroring the horror film they're watching.

The Dorm is a remake of Danish film Room 205, wherein a student finds her college room haunted and some of her neighbours dying off in suspicious circumstances. She has to find a way to appease the angry ghost at the base of the mystery before anyone else dies.

Anguish is being adapted by When A Stranger Calls' Jake Wade Wall, while The Dorm is being scripted by The Grudge's Stephen Susco and directed by the Danish director of the original film, Martin Barnewitz.

In the meantime, Raimi's own horror Drag Me To Hell is due out on May 29 here. See it...if you dare!