I Spit On Your Grave (again): Horror remakes at Fantastic Fest

by Scott Von Doviak

At this point, it’s hard to think of a horror movie that hasn’t been remade (a U.S.-made, musical version of The Human Centipede ought to be in the works by now, right?), yet Fantastic Fest’s 2010 lineup contains no fewer than four new takes on chillers from days gone by. Sure, this fact serves as sad proof that the dearth of original ideas in filmmaking reaches even the most outré corners of cinema, but for every classic chiller that should have remained off-limits—the 2003 Michael Bay-produced Texas Chainsaw Massacre could never replicate the moldering creepiness of the original—there are a half-dozen forgettable Prom Nights and My Bloody Valentines that could hardly be desecrated by their slick, bigger-budgeted updates. As you plot out your Fantastic Fest schedule, here’s a handy cheat sheet to help you decide which remakes to see and which to skip.

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