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Raimi Ramps Up Remakes
Two horror movie do-overs on the cards

11 February 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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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!


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Remakes are essential in no way other than to line pockets. The quality of a remake has nothing to do with the quality of what it professes to have remade, and so inspiring interest in a remake's origins is purely coincidental. More

Posted by wooz at 18:48 on 12 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Anguish!
Good point about wanting it to remain obscure as a sense of elitism ! Maybe because most of us havent seen these films... Remakes perform an essential function of a new vision and drawing attention to the original as well. More

Posted by vineethchacko at 17:12 on 11 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Anguish!
Good point about wanting it to remain obscure as a sense of elitism ! Maybe because most of us havent seen these films... Remakes perform an essential function of a new vision and drawing attention to the original as well. More

Posted by vineethchacko at 17:12 on 11 February 2009 | Report This Post

Anguish!
I'd forgotten I'd ever seen that film, they're really scouring the vaults now. Not that it's a bad film, just pretty obscure. More

Posted by DocEmmettBrown at 15:28 on 11 February 2009 | Report This Post

Look, if it's a 'classic', and few people have heard of it, whether the remake is good or bad, it will provoke interest in the original. And that's always a good thing, unless you like being one of the few who know about a great film, then I think you're a bit sad. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 15:11 on 11 February 2009 | Report This Post

Anguish
Anguish is a classic! why cant film stuidios just leave these classics alone!!! More

Posted by tonytheprince at 13:59 on 11 February 2009 | Report This Post

Meh!
Meh! More

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