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"Near Dark" to Get Vampirized

You often hear love and admiration cited as the reasons for remaking a movie. That is, of course, complete crap. Money is the reason that remakes get made. Plain and simple. And if anything artistic is going to happen along the way, it certainly isn't going to happen when some hack decides to direct an "updated" version of "The Seventh Seal." It might happen when a director is offended enough by some piece-of-garbage adaptation of a literary work to take it into his head that he can do a better job himself. But there's no creative potential in reshooting a film you claim to love. (Do I really have to remind you of Gus Van Sant's abysmal re-creation of "Psycho"?)

They're doing it again, folks. This time it's "Near Dark" that's been called up for enhancement. Perhaps you've even been following the germination of this sad little idea. Well, Gorezone has up some great quotes from the writer of the remake, Matt Venne. Let these brief comments suffice: "There are images in the original film and in Eric Red and Kathryn Bigelow’s screenplay that are absolutely beautiful. Completely dreamy and captivating. Pure poetry.” I guess crapping on it with all your might is one way to show your fondness for the original.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on April 8, 2006 8:43 PM
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