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Five 2013 Indie Remakes And How They Measure Up To The Originals

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 28, 2013 4:17 PM
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Five 2013 indie remakes
This year has seen the release of what feels like an unusually large number of remakes of indie/foreign films, and this week sees another—Brian de Palma's "Passion" (read our review here) which is a remake of French film "Love Crime" ("Crime D'Amour"). While traditionally remakes of lower-budget efforts have given cause for much forehead-scratching and eye-rolling among cinephiles—usually bemoaning the lack of originality in taking a pre-made concept rather than tackling a fresh creation and often then repackaging that concept in as bland a way a possible for sale to a U.S. audience—in recent years there's been cause for some hope. The phenomenon may not be going away, in fact it might be becoming more prevalent, but the standard of some of those remakes seems to be inching incrementally higher—a recent high watermark being Matt Reeves' "Let Me In," a terrific remake of the terrific Swedish original "Let the Right One In."

Review: 'Maniac' Remake Starring Elijah Wood

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 18, 2013 8:03 PM
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Of course Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur, the dirtbag auteurs that turned Joe Dante's gleeful "Jaws" send up "Piranha" into "Piranha 3D," a hilarious, excessively violent screed about American over-indulgence, would spearhead a remake of 1980's "Maniac," a notoriously misogynistic Bill Lustig horror movie whose poster, featuring a man holding the bloody scalp of a young woman, still elicits cries of outrage. Most filmmakers would be too scared to approach the material; it practically glows it's so toxic. But when thinking about these two, who also turned Wes Craven's backwoods horror romp "The Hills Have Eyes" into an angry, gore-soaked metaphor for Bush-era American intervention and culpability, well, why the fuck wouldn't they, really?

Summer Movie Photos: 'Before Midnight,' 'The Heat,' 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Bling Ring' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 1, 2013 10:36 AM
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Summer preview photos
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so here’s 28,000 (not really) courtesy of stills from movies that run the gamut from highly anticipated sequels to smaller indie fare. Head on down below and get yr eyeballs ready.

‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints' & Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium' Coming This Summer Plus More Release Dates

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • March 13, 2013 2:02 PM
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It’s release date time with three new releases to add to the 2013 slate and one for 2014. IFC Films is getting its summer lineup in order and Columbia is setting a date for fall 2014.

Watch: Elijah Wood Is A 'Maniac' In First 6 Minutes From Horror Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2012 9:18 AM
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There is no doubt that an Elijah Wood led remake of the 1980 B-movie, cult horror flick "Maniac" is an enticing prospect. Granted, it's coming from the guy who made the parking lot thriller "P2" and the movie no saw, "Wrong Turn At Tahoe," but Wood getting splattered in blood and carving up some people is certainly a far step away from Frodo. It's just too bad the results seem to be a bit uninspired.
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Watch: Elijah Wood Goes Scalping In New Red Band Trailer For 'Maniac'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 6, 2012 9:18 AM
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Since achieving early success as a child actor, Elijah Wood has always been pegged as a goody two-shoes on screen. After the end of the “Lord Of The Rings” trilogy however, Wood has seemed hell bent on trying to reverse that image by appearing in true-blue genre projects -- including a turn as the mute cannibal in “Sin City” -- and he’s continuing that streak with the horror remake “Maniac,” which now has a particularly gruesome red band trailer online.

Scary Movies 6: 'Maniac' Remake Is A Perversely Pleasurable Mixture Of Pop Psychology And Slasher Movie Sleaze

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 29, 2012 11:10 AM
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Of course Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur, the dirtbag auteurs that turned Joe Dante's gleeful "Jaws" send up "Piranha" into "Piranha 3D," a hilarious, excessively violent screed about American over-indulgence, would spearhead a remake of 1980's "Maniac," a notoriously misogynistic Bill Lustig horror movie whose poster, featuring a man holding the bloody scalp of a young woman, still elicits cries of outrage. Most filmmakers would be too scared to approach the material; it practically glows it's so toxic. But when thinking about these two, who also turned Wes Craven's backwoods horror romp "The Hills Have Eyes" into an angry, gore-soaked metaphor for Bush-era American intervention and culpability, well, why the fuck wouldn't they, really?

Watch: Trailers For 'What Maisie Knew,' 'Won't Back Down,' 'The Possession' And 'Maniac'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 17, 2012 11:20 AM
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While the following films have all been simmering quietly on the burner while we usher in the major tent poles of the summer movie season, their trailers promise that once the explosions and action die down, we can get back to normal (for the most part).

First Official Images Of Elijah Wood & Nora Arnezeder In 'Maniac' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 1:05 PM
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We gotta admit, when we first heard about Elijah Wood starring in a remake of the 1980 splatter pic "Maniac," we figured it was just going to be another run of the mill genre outing. And having Franck Khalfoun -- the guy who directed two movies you didn't see, "P2" and "Wrong Turn At Tahoe" -- at the helm didn't exactly bolster our confidence. But when the movie selected for the Midnight lineup at the Cannes Film Festival, we wondered, could it be something more?

'Maniac' Remake Starring Elijah Wood, SXSW Hit 'Gimme The Loot' & More Join Cannes Film Festival Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2012 7:57 AM
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With the Cannes Film Festival underway in just over two weeks, the finishing touches have been put on the lineup, and while some high-profile titles (such as "The Place Beyond the Pines") had been hoped for as late-minute additions, some rather surprising and lower key fare is rounding things out.

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