In the case of a movie that really didn’t need a remake, there is an English-language remake coming of the Japanese horror movie “Audition.” The original movie was a tragic, dark horror movie about a single father whose son convinces him that he needs to find a new girlfriend since he has been a widow for a number of years. When a friend convinces him that it is a good idea to hold an audition for a fake movie to find the perfect girl, the one he finds is completely insane.
With this new Americanized version of an almost perfect foreign horror movie coming, here is a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of past American remakes.
Honestly, one of the best American remakes of a Japanese horror movie came with “The Ring.” The two movies are almost the same, as they focus on a video tape where, when someone watches it, they die seven days later. The original movie, by Hideo Nakata, was made in 1998 and the remake made four years later, and directed by Gore Verbinski. What worked so well in this remake was that Verbinski knew what made the original film scary and kept that tension level raised to the maximum.
“A Tale of Two Sisters” was a South Korean movie made in 2003 that featured two girls who believed that their step mother was evil and was trying to kill them. The two sisters did everything in their power to convince their father, to little or no effect, and then set their sights on the stepmother to protect themselves. The twist at the end is what makes this entire movie a brilliant exercise. Sadly, when America remade it as “The Uninvited,” Hollywood kept the twist but softened the blow and eliminated most of the supernatural aspects, making it a neutered version of a great foreign horror film.
In an interesting move, the Pang brothers directed the intense and suspenseful thriller “The Eye” in 2002, a Hong Kong horror film about a woman who gets an eye transplant and suddenly realizes that she can now see ghosts which helps alert her to upcoming deaths. When she sees a great disaster coming, she tries to warn people to save them but no one believes her. It was a fantastic horror movie. When America remade it in 2008, Jessica Alba took on the lead role, the movie eliminated some of the back story of the former owner of the eyes, and the movie just never matched up to the intensity and dread of the original.