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Peter Medak Disinherits "The Changeling"

Any flicker of hope that a remake of "The Changeling" might not be the most ill-conceived idea the world ever produced has just been extinguished. This from The Horror Channel: Peter Medak, who directed the original film, is no longer attached to the rehash. Presumably it was his initial design to take the reins in order to avoid seeing his vision dismantled by someone else. Alas, the reins have been wrenched from his fist.

And since I'm pretty sure George C. Scott won't be returning as John Russell, the composer beleaguered by the mischievous spirit of a young boy, there's little left to recommend the notion of making over the 1980 film. The story isn't even all that compelling. It's all about atmosphere.

I've heard the argument that remaking important films brings them to a new audience, in a roundabout way. Maybe so, but it also sends a clear message that anything goes, that no work of art is so timeless it can't benefit from a little updating. Maybe there's nothing wrong with an occasional remake (hell, I'm looking forward to "King Kong" as much as anyone). Maybe once in a while a remake even manages to improve on the original. But a preponderance of the recycled storylines that get produced can only be made with quick profits in mind.

By and large the tail stuffed in Hollywood's mouth is its own, and the sooner it's either spit out or swallowed, the sooner filmmaker's can get back to making horror movies that are as good as they are profitable.--Pete Mesling


Posted by Pete on December 6, 2005 9:01 PM
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