Friday, May 1, 2009

Straw Dogs Remake

According to the infinitely time-consuming a remake of Straw Dogs is in production, with James Marsden in the role played by Dustin Hoffman in the 1971 cult classic.

The only discernible difference so far is a very obvious Hollywood alteration: in the brutal Peckinpah rape/revenge classic, David Sumner takes his wife home to her family's house in England, where the locals proceed to torment them.

Of course in the new Rod Lurie version (the man behind Geena Davis as an Independent US President) David Sumner takes his wife to her childhood home in the "deep south", where everyone in LA who's never been south of Baja knows without a doubt that Southern Americans are cruel, ignorant, vicious bigots.

Seems like a strange remake to me, being that it's impossible for a reproduction to have the same effect of Peckinpah's man-up bloodbath, but I suppose Lurie, like every other Hollywood liberal these days, has some class anger he's gotta get out somehow. Might as well make a few million while doing it. At least Marsden's a pretty boy.

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