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This month's release of Silent House starring Elizabeth Olsen is the latest in a long line of American remakes of foreign language movies. Originally a Uruguayan horror cheapie from 2010 which met with some critical acclaim thanks to its interesting use of real time, single shot techniques, the remake has been greeted with a far harsher reception. That is the general response to movies of this kind, though they do not all have to go that way. Here are a few famous examples, both for the good and the bad.
Image By: 7_70Let The Right One In (Swedish, 2008) – Let Me In (2010)
Thomas Alfredson's universally acclaimed adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel about an 11 year old vampire's friendship with a bullied young boy was always likely to get the Hollywood treatment. When it did the results were met with strong, though less unanimous praise, and a fairly lukewarm box office.
Thomas Alfredson's universally acclaimed adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel about an 11 year old vampire's friendship with a bullied young boy was always likely to get the Hollywood treatment. When it did the results were met with strong, though less unanimous praise, and a fairly lukewarm box office.
Ringu (Japan, 1998) – The Ring (2002)
The film which perhaps best sums up the reasons why American remakes are so derided by fans of the original work yet, at the same time, considered so necessary by Hollywood producers. The tale of a possessed video tape which visits supernatural vengeance upon all who watch it, Ringu was a smash hit in Asia. Yet is was also a very Japanese kind of film – ambiguous, lean on explanation, full of long moments of silence and punctuated by bizarre, inexplicable interludes. Fans would say this is what made it so scary in the first place but the American studios disagreed. The 2002 remake was heavy on expositional dialogue and filled in all the blanks in the story. It went on to be one of the year's biggest successes, making $130 million in the US alone, despite being thoroughly detested by fans of the original.
Infernal Affairs (Hong Kong, 2002) – The Departed (2006)
A smash hit world cinema success on its original release, the concept of Infernal Affairs (a cop infiltrates a gang while a gang member infiltrates the cops) was quickly picked up by American producers. The story was applied to the life of notorious Boston gang leader Whitey Bulger and Martin Scorsese was attached to direct. It was one of the biggest hits of the acclaimed director's career and the one which finally won him an Academy Award.


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