Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Shocking! Controversial! The Human Centipede and Elm Street remake

My reviews of The Human Centipede, the sick and twisted Dutch horror film everyone's talking about, and the remake of Wes Craven's classic A Nightmare on Elm Street are online. Check them out and let me know what you think...

4 comments:

T. DAVIDSOHN said...

I wasn't sure if I wanted to see The Human Centipede until I read your description of Dieter Laser as "the bastard offspring of Udo Kier and Christopher Walken." What more could I ask for in a film?

achyfakey said...

Maitland, I would appreciate a little more info on what you did not like about the new Elm Street movie. Can you compare the "horror" of this modern version to the original?

For example, the famous bedroom scene was pretty prefect in the original. I will never forget it. Do they attempt that scene in the remake? If so, I assume CGI... did it work?

miss flickchick said...

There's a pale echo of the bedroom scene in the new Nightmare on Elm Street; I don't think it's even meant to be a one-on-one equivalent, and if it is, it's a dismal failure.

For me, the real problem with the Nightmare remake is simply that it contains no new ideas.

The movie is perfectly competent on all levels: Acting (especially Jackie Earle Haley), direction, design. But there was never a moment when I wondered what was coming next or thought, "Damn! I can't believe they did that!"

Granted, it's really hard to knock an audience on its collective ass with a remake, because they come in with a least some idea what to expect.

But for me that's less a reason to cut the new Nightmare on Elm Street some slack that a reason to say for the umpteenth time that any original idea -- like, say, The Human Centipede -- is better than just about any remake.

I didn't love Human Centipede, but it sure as hell got my attention by being monstrous in a way I honestly can't claim to have seen before.

And I've seen plenty...

achyfakey said...

Oh my goodness...

The Human Centipede video game:


http://movies.ign.com/articles/109/1092647p1.html