Audition

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This, by itself, is not news: another Japanese horror film is getting an English-language remake. Add in one crucial detail, however, and watch the newsiness bubble to life before your very eyes: the 1999 Japanese horror film Audition is getting an English-language remake. Unaware of what Audition is? It’s a simple story. A lonely man has spent too long doing the single dad thing and realizes that he needs a little love in his life to be truly complete. So he, his son and a buddy from the movie industry put together a mock audition where young women come to try out for “a role.” Unwittingly, they’re really auditioning to be the object of Mr. Lonely Dad’s affection. They end up with the perfect candidate for a girlfriend, but — surprise! — she’s nuts. Cue the kind of sick, godless horror depravity that disgusts people yet also makes them desperate to watch Audition. According to Deadline, producer Mario Kassar (The Terminator, Rambo, Basic Instinct) and Australian filmmaker Richard Gray (Mine Games) will be taking on the monumental task of turning the gross stuff Japanese audiences love into the gross stuff American audiences love. Gray will be sticking very closely to the original (and the 1997 novel it’s based on). Japanese names will be Americanized for our convenience — doting dad Shigeharu Aoyama is now Sam Davis, love interest/torturess Asami Yamazaki is now Evie Lawrence — but basically everything else will be the same. And in the case of Audition, “everything else” includes “hypodermic needles jammed into eyeballs” and “a disfigured man who […]

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves working as a TV producer who sets up friends and strangers alike on blind dates with unwitting actresses. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs.

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This weekend’s release of The Uninvited reminded us that men aren’t the only ones scaring us to death in thrillers and horror, so we decided to delve deeper into the history of the women that make our skin crawl.

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Imagine Steven Spielberg’s Munich, only replace the Jews with women in their thirties and the Arabs with teenage slackers. Oh, and they all like to sing and dance. Welcome to the world of Karaoke Terror.

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