Saturday, August 27, 2011

40 Days of Night(mares) Day 5: Favorite Horror Remake

There have been a plethora of horror remakes/reboots/reimagining/whatever else you want to call it. Some get it right and honor the originals while adding to the mix (like The Hills Have Eyes and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) while others either change the mythos so completely or are heavy handed and take out the things that mad the films so great in the first place (I'm looking at you Halloween). The Last House on the Left is definitely the former. It is a loving and stylized homage to the original that understands what made that film such a classic, and truns the dial up a notch in the brutality department. Neither the original or the remake are movies for the faint hearted. When their young daughter is raed and left for dead, and the perpetrators show up at their house, her parents decide to take action on their own. 
When I first watched the original, I was young and had no children, so it didn't have as much emotional impact that it does for me today. But even then, I thought I would probably do the same thing. Now, I know I would. It's odd to find yourself rooting for the worst things to happen to people, but they couldn't deserve it more.
I absolutely loved this film and would recommend it even as a stand alone film. By all means, watch and love the original for what it is, but make sure to allot the time for this rarity of rarities, a sequel that actually excedes it's forebearer.
My rating, a sincere and deserving 8 out of 10

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