Kim Darby

Every day, come rain or shine or internet tubes breaking, Film School Rejects showcases a trailer from the past. When you move into a new house, it’s supposed to be a joyous time that doesn’t involve tiny little monsters that plan on stealing your loved ones. Sadly, that’s not always what happens. Especially in today’s housing market. In 1973, this television horror film delivered on the scares and the stiff acting, and its 2011 remake has gotten a release date (finally). Just don’t open the hatch at the bottom of the chimney. Think you know what it is? Check the trailer out for yourself:

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Culture Warrior

It’s become common wisdom to say that the best remakes are those made of non-canonical, non-classic films; that is, it’s typically better to give a second go to a film that – while possibly venerated, is hardly deemed a work of perfection that can’t be improved upon – than to redo a classic. Such a rule isn’t set in stone, of course, but it can be argued through example via some of the most celebrated of remakes (like The Thing or, in a more modest and more recent example of improvement-on-imperfection, The Crazies), and are often a result of a genuine inspiration from the source material rather than a simple means of capitalizing from its name. With the Coen brothers’ quite popular and much celebrated remake of True Grit, however, the distinction of what kind of a remake it is isn’t exactly so clear, as what kind of movie the original is proves to be something of an enigma in of itself.

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard any movement on this, but horror and Del Toro fans should rejoice with the news that Miramax’s remake of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark has gotten a release date of its very own. And, unlike every superhero property out there, it’s a release that’s within the next 8 months. Mark your calendar and be ready to ring in the new year with some strange visitors that live in your basement.

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