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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

The-Town-That-Dreaded-Sundown---posterDirector: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Earl E. Smith (1976 version)

Cast: Addison Timlin, Anthony Anderson, Travis Tope, Veronica Cartwright, Gary Cole, Edward Herrmann

Cert: 15

Running time: 84mins

Year: 2014


The lowdown: Slasher horror gets a bloody enjoyable makeover in American Horror Story co-creator Gomez-Rejon’s do-over of the 1976 original. Nicely balanced between black comedy suspense and guffaw gore, it also cannily blends the actual, unsolved 1940s murders that inspired the first film, that film itself and a modern day detective plot for fun thrills. There’s life in the unkillable slasher yet.

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The full verdict: If you want to remake a slasher movie, you’re always better off avoiding the household names...

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Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla 2014 - posterDirector: Gareth Edwards

Writer: Max Borenstein

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn

Cert: 12

Running time: 123mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: After 2010’s £400,000 budgeted Monsters, director Gareth Edwards proves he is the go-to creature feature guy for the King of Monsters, Godzilla himself. And as the 1954 original dealt with hot-button topics of the day so Edwards uses his titular leviathan to shoulder a story touching upon post-9/11 apocalypse paranoia, environmental disasters, and of course nuclear anxieties...

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RoboCop (2014)

RoboCop posterDirector: Jose Padilha

Writer: Joshua Zetumer, Edward Nuemeier & Michael Miner (1987 script)

Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael Williams

Cert: 12A

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2014

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The lowdown: Elite Squad director Jose Padilha bravely or foolishly takes on the impossible mission of rebooting Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop. Saddled with a contractual PG-13 rating, it’s no surprise that the result is an assembly line action vehicle sorely lacking the anarchic human touch that made the original hit home with a bullet. Robo may look slicker than he did in 1987, but someone should have oiled the rusty script.

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The full verdict: Ah, RoboCop...

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We Are What We Are (2013)

We Are What We Are - posterDirector: Jim Mickle

Writers: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Jorge Michel Grau (original version only)

Cast: Bill Sage, Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Michael Parks, Rory Gore, Kelly McGillis

Cert: 15

Running time: 105mins

Year: 2013

 

The lowdown: Dinner is reheated in this American remake of the excellent 2010 Mexican original. Stakeland director Jim Mickle keeps the premise of a cannibal family fighting to stay together in the modern world, but the terrifying sprawl of Mexico City is here replaced with a backwater town, losing the original’s satirical bite. The cast are uniformly good, the photography strikingly handsome, but the omnipresent rain seems to have seeped into the script itself, leaving everything a little soggy.

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The full verdict: Full marks to writer/director Jim Mickle an...

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Oldboy (2013)

Oldboy - remake, poster, Brolin, Spike LeeDirector: Spike Lee

Writer: Mark Protosevich

Cast: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli

Cert: 18

Running time: 104mins

Year: 2013



The lowdown:
After languishing in a single cell Development Hell for almost a decade, Old Boy finally gets its English language makeover. And the reaction is one of relief. Director Spike Lee’s take on the tale of a man inexplicably incarcerated for decades and then set free to solve the mystery loses the power of the Korean original, but is a good story briskly and brutally told. Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley and Samuel L. Jackson are the oddballs in Lee’s bizarre and violent world and for fans of the original, yes, the claw hammer does return.

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The full verdict: This is not the world’s first Old Boy remake...

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Carrie (2013)

Carrie 2013 - Chloe Grace Moretz, quad posterDirector: Kimberley Pierce

Writer(s): Lawrence D. Cohen, Robert Aguirre-Sacasa

Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Portia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort, Alex Russell, Judy Greer

Cert: 15

Running time: 100mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdo...

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Maniac (2012)

MANIAC_QUAD-finalDirector: Franck Khalfoun

Cast: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo

Cert: 18

Running time: 85mins

Year: 2012

The lowdown: Another notorious video nasty gets the big-star treatment, but Franck Khalfoun and Switchblade Romance’s Alexandre Aja’s redo of William Lustig’s 1980 shocker is no pale cash-in.  Shot largely as a point of view movie (Elijah Wood’s point of view no less) tracing the killing spree of a particularly disturbed individual with serious mother-issues, this sets a new bar in what the BBFC will pass uncut.  Imagine the Smack My Bitch Up video with scalpings courtesy of FX maestros Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero, or an ultra-violent episode of Peep Show and you’ll know what to expect.

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The full verdict: Despite being the hero of one of cinema’s greatest f...

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Evil Dead (2013)

evil_dead-poster2Director: Fede Alvarez

Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore

Cert: 18

Running time: 91 mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: First time director Fede Alvarez and Jennifer’s Body writer Diablo Cody tackle the seemingly impossible task of remaking one of horror cinema’s most cherished shockers.  But, what looked like another moronic retread in the tradition of those Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th botch jobs emerges as a darkly effective and grueling experience.  Needles, nail guns and, yes, chain saws are all misused in an atrocity exhibition that stays just the right side of fun...

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