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"The Waiting" is Hell on Wes Craven and Alexander Aja

Some folks may have been surprised that Alexander Aja followed up his success with "High Tension" by going the lazy, uninteresting, money-in-the-bank route of helming a remake (namely, Wes Craven's "The Hills Have Eyes"). Not me. For one thing, "High Tension" was one of the most overrated pictures in years--itself mostly a shameless rip-off of Dean Koontz's novel "Intensity," except for the cheesy ending, where Aja was forced to use his own imagination and it showed--so why expectations for the director/writer were so high, I'll never understand. But in addition to that, Wes Craven's generic approach to the horror genre makes him a perfect match for Aja.

That's why I was far from shocked to see Aja take on the job of redoing "Hills," and it's why I'm not surprised to see Twitch report that Aja and Craven are likely to team up again in the future. The project they're considering is a ghost story being called "The Waiting." But here's the best part: it's being planned as a remake of Craven's "Last House on the Left." Dear gods, the movie industry is doomed to implode.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on February 12, 2006 10:56 AM
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