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The remake of Sam Peckinpah's STRAW DOGS has a trailer...

Hey folks, Harry here...   this is an interesting case of remaking a classic.   The original STRAW DOGS rivals THE WILD BUNCH as cinema master's Sam Peckinpah's greatest film.   STRAW DOGS has been released by Criterion, which I thought was a defense mechanism against it being remade, because if Criterion puts it out - it is a classic, right?   At least in my home.   BUT - then Screen Gems, the company behind this week's PRIEST release - has gone and remade the film.   That's not usually a good sign, but  they did nab Rod Lurie as the director - and he's a damn fine one.   He's gone and cast James Marsden in the Dustin Hoffman role and Kate Bosworth in the Susan George role.  This is where I get my initial red flags.   Don't get me wrong, unlike many - I adore Kate Bosworth ever since BLUE CRUSH, but I don't know if she has quite the "slut" in her that Susan George screamed out.   I'm not saying Susan George was a slut, but on film...  she reeked of sexual availability.   Then James Marsden in lieu of Dustin Hoffman...  well, if fucking CYCLOPS can't clean the earth with TRUE BLOOD's Eric Northman, he's not the X-MEN I'm familiar with.   Heh.   But seriously, psychologically speaking from an audience member's point of view...  Marsden is a pretty solid MAN.   Personally, the weaker the man you cast in that role, the better.   Instantly in the original - my mind feared for Hoffman, because he's a little guy.  

Anyway - here's the new trailer...



Ok, so there's that...  Now - let's watch the trailer for the original...   I like doing that on remakes - one to see how they were both being sold.   



Ok...  SO the original was sold on Susan George's rack in a sweater and this one has Bosworth's buns in shorts...   The original trailer was brilliantly edited, and the sequel goes over some of the same material twice for some reason.   

Let's hope Lurie nailed it, but even so, I feel that the original is unbeatable in this situation.   I just can't imagine this beating Peckinpah's...





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  • May 13, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    a remake of a rape scene? WTF

    by Stalkeye

  • May 13, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Staw Dogs is a amazing fucked up film

    by eric haislar

    There is no way this is going to be better.

  • May 13, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Looks good but...

    by Fortunesfool

    What is its purpose.

  • May 13, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I didn't even know this was being remade...

    by dante76

    I'll just ignore this.

  • May 13, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Totally prefer Dustin Hoffman as the "man pushed too far."

    by Royston Lodge

    Marsden is too "hunky" for that role. The remake leaves me with a Last House On The Left sort of vibe.

  • May 13, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Looks like a worthy remake.

    by Playkins

    Yeah, I said it. The original is 40 years old. Why the fuck not?

  • May 13, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    What a clusterf**k

    by Guy Grand

    The a-holes actually use pretty much the same dialogue. If you're going to go to the trouble of putting this in a new locale in the South, at least try some real new fresh spins on it. Hell, he's dressed like Hoffman was at the end. They live in practically the same stone house. The workers appear the same on the rooftop. I mean shit, how hard was it to make this remake. Hollywood, you're a lazy fucking for-shit town...and I still work in the damn place. Fuck! A masterpiece's legacy now shat upon for no reason other than to get the twit teens in the seats on Saturday night.

  • May 13, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    What is sad is 85% of people who goes see this

    by eric haislar

    will never know it was a remake or how amazing the original is.

  • May 13, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Aint it a remake news...

    by Roketopunch

    Chalk up another remake that i'll never see. I think it would be amazing if people collectively ignored remakes. It would make the news. Empty movie theaters for Fright Night and Straw Dogs and whatever came out this summer would wake the studios up. People need to not pay to see this fucking shit.

  • Seen it all before...oh yeah, and it's also a remake!

  • May 13, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    whycome they remake this?

    by slickerynodes

    they should just re-release the original. a scary and f'ed up film.

  • May 13, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Susan George >>>>>>> Kate Bosworth

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Dustin Hoffman>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>James Marsden

  • May 13, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    No no no

    by unblinkingeye

    Can't hold a candle to the original, the two trailers side-by-side made that clear. Just the gritty and sweaty feeling stinking of desperation and fear caught on film can't be reproduced, which is due in part to Hoffman, George, and the entire cast, but especially to Sam Peckinpah. Maybe I would have felt better if they had retitled this and changed enough to say this was not a remake: Maybe call it Redneck Rampage or Hillbilly Hell or Southern Sadists or RNC Convention 2012 (just kidding Repubs, don't lynch me and have a laugh). I hope Criterion brings the original back out on Blu and add more of Peckinpah's films to the collection (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, the Getaway, Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia and Cross of Iron please).

  • May 13, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Surprisingly good trailer BUT....


    Fucking with a Peckinpah classic is wrong, wrong, WRONG. Still, they've already fucked with Hitchcock (when's that shitty THE BIRDS remake out anyway?) so I guess nothing is sacred anymore.

  • May 13, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    They are remaking the THE BIRDS? Really?

  • May 13, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    I wonder how they are going to portray the anal rape

    by KilliK

    cant wait for it.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Woman is the devil.

    by Benovite1

  • May 13, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST



    Yes, it's by the lovely people who remade FRIDAY THE 13TH and THE HITCHER. Aren't we lucky?

  • May 13, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia

    by Luke Harris

    Surely Peckinpahs most nihilistic fuck-you-holywood masterpiece...sigh, Warren Oates what a fucking legend...that said how these Hollywood fuckos can fuck with Straw Dogs...well it says it all - get some originality you fucking fucks ( that's a lot of fucks )

  • May 13, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST



    He could have worn his Superman costume during the rape scene. With Bosworth and Marsden involved, it would have been a true sequel to STALKERMAN RETURNS.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST


    by IndianaPeach

    you are all fired.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Looks like the whole movie in one trailer

    by Datascream

    Guess I can just watch the trailer instead. The movie DOES look interesting though.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Surprisingly sharp trailer

    by Kammich

    Hell yes, the boiling pots of water! It seems to be a good-looking film and they seem keen on keeping some of the wicked violence from the original's ending... but outside of that, I don't really get the point. I love, love, love the original. Its a brilliant play on xenophobia, being a fish out of water, marital paranoia... and the rape scene is practically the crux of the original--the wife seeming to almost enjoy it as an out-of-body experience--and the defining act that pushes Hoffman's character over the edge. If you remove that(which the trailer for the remake hints at), then you really have no justification for the Marsden character going all Robocop on bitches at the end, do you? And yeah, I think they missed the boat on casting. I like Marsden, but not for this part. Perfect casting? Aaron Stanford.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    September, hmmm? 9/11 metaphor!!!!!


    /Armond White'd

  • May 13, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Peckinpah's Best

    by ThatEndDown

    His best film has to be Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, as it was, as he claimed, the only film he had made that was released truly as he intended. And Harry, please stop using em dash's. You have never used them correctly. Ever.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    marsden is bad casting. should have cast michael cera.

    by vulturess

    anyone that hasnt seen the original just go rent that. its awesome.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is Harry trying to say?

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    I swear to god the smug bastard doesn't ever make sense.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is not only Peckinpah's best,


    it's also one of the best movies of the latter half of the 20th century. That movie's got balls bigger than Newt Gingrich's head.

  • That's the kind of role little Mikey Cera would need to bust out of that manboy mold.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Although I think Peter Dinklage would have been the best choice.


  • May 13, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by Candy ass monkey suit

    Another pointless remake. This looks like its pretty much a beat for beat remake of the original, so if you've seen peckinpah's version this is gonna be largely redundant. Bosworth has always been a bland actress but i like Skaarsgard aka eric northman from true blood. DVD rental for me probably

  • May 13, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    What the fuck does "This Is His End" mean?

    by applescruff

    Are they gonna change the ending and kill him off? If so, fuck this even more than how much we should fuck this already.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Another utterly pointless remake of a film that's still as effective as it ever was

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

    Straw Dogs is one of my top ten favorite films of all time. Hoffman is absolutely brillian, Susan George is fucking sex personified, the locale is creepy and perfect - it's just a great, gritty, satisfying thriller. This looks like a shot-for-shot remake at times, but with an actor who lacks anything resembling charisma, an actress who looks like something you'd see hanging outside of a meth clinic, and a move to the American south. What's the fucking point??

  • May 13, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Those Damn Rednecks....

    by BeanGrud

    are at it again! wow. this is new and different.

  • May 13, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Wow, actually looks good

    by Fritzlorrerains

    I'm surprised

  • May 13, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Wouldn't it be an interesting twist if


    Eric from True Blood raped Cyclops instead of Lois Lane in name only?

  • May 13, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    worst idea for a remake...

    by bubba shine

    Since Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This film simply cannot be remade. And for what? What teens are going to want to watch a man wrestling with his masculinity? You can't munch popcorn to that. The people who know what this is won't go to see it. Bad idea. Terrible.

  • May 13, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Aaron Stanford, dammit!

    by Kammich

    Yeah, the male lead needs to be somewhat emasculated and weak, but not Michael Cera territory... I can't help but think that Cera going ape-shit and killing a bunch of lumbering locals would just come off as extremely comical. The minute I saw the end of "The Hills Have Eyes" remake, I thought Stanford should be cast for a "Straw Dogs" remake if they ever committed such an atrocity. His character arc in that film is identical, and he's pretty much a spitting image of Hoffman by the end of the film.

  • May 13, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Is it shot for shot the same thing? What's the point

    by chien_sale

  • May 13, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Kobe Bryant To play Police Officer?

    by seansarto

    Strange how racist this film is in terms of all the rhetoric about the need for" diversity in Hollywood imagery" in contrast to Obama's agenda of White Blue Collar men are all rapist hicks with guns.

  • May 13, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Sure to be labelled racist...

    by seansarto

    for pointing out something that would be considered "intellectual" even "Harvard worthy" thought in the reverse...dark times.

  • May 13, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by SobchakSecurity

    And that is not a good wow. That's a what's wrong with these people wow. Ah fuck, I'm too tired to think straight and say what I was going to type, alot about Peckinpah and the original, but fuck, I'll get to it later.

  • May 13, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Oozed Sexual Availability?...

    by FreeBeer

    ...Well that certainly excuses the rape. "Why did you rape her creep" "Hey, she oozed sexual availability." And why do people think that when a woman is done from behind in a movie it automatically means she was being sodomized? I remember a lot of that talk about The Walking Dead. "he he, she's was bummed." What are you? Twelve?

  • May 13, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Bear Trap utilization?

    by BanditDarville

    I hear what you are saying freebeer. However, almost all of the written analysis about the original film acknowledges that the scene was indeed intending to show that Susan George's character was sodomized. The fact that a Peckinpah classic is being recycled is a shame. Didn't Hollywood learn the first time they tried this with the shit-tastic Getaway remake? Hell, why not knock out two remakes in one film by having a large black professional athlete deep dick Bosworth like Ken Norton did Susan George in Mandingo?!!!!!

  • May 13, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST


    by Stuntcock Mike

  • May 13, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    Jesus Choppah, when you're right you're right.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Garcia is king.

  • May 13, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    another remake...>Y A W N<

    by blueant

    If Hollywood would put down the crack pipe, perhaps it could come up with something , um...original to film?

  • May 13, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    "You guys are definitely on my Shit List!"

    by animatronicmojo

    Had to sign on to join in the Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia love. Why are this, Straw Dogs, Wild Bunch, great movies? Because Peckinpah was a f*cking great director. Accept no substitutions. This is just more garbage in garbage out. Make your goddam classic, as if you could, you lazy POS producers! IT JUST PISSES ME OFF!!!

  • May 13, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Bloody Sam Vs. Rod Lurie

    by KHjLL

    I thought it looked FUCKING AWESOME... was wondering how it would look when I first heard of the remake... JUST FOOD FOR THOUGHT by no means to offend director or cast n crew... I'm with Harry thou on the HOFFMAN character the whole thing behind it was that he was so little and the last person in the world you would think to stick up for himself... The rednecks look like pretty boys - not rednecks... But other than that the REMAKES looks badass I can't wait.... visually and the characters seem badass just not in the Bloody Sam STRAW DOG way...

  • May 13, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Is this an Osama biopic already?

    by cagl1ostro

  • May 13, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Perfect for an election cycle.

    by 2soon2eat

    Instead of England, focus on the stereotyped bitter clingers that cling to their guns an religion! This sounds like box office GOLD! Surprised this isn't mixed racial couple, but I guess that would have been a little too ham fisted, even for Hollywood. Maybe throw in throw in a little dialog, where those dumb fucks complain about $4 gas. Have the protagonist drive a Chevy Volt and we are Good 2 Go! If I'm the only village idiot that can't see the emperors clothes, so be it.

  • May 13, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST


    by MooseMalloy

    My second personal fav. What sucks is that this will most likely lead to a THE WILD BUNCH remake.

  • May 13, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Maybe I am wrong...

    by Kavalier

    It's been a few years since I've seen Straw Dogs, but I thought Susan George's character actually did enjoy the first guy that raped her. I thought it wasn't until his brother takes over that she begins to freak out. Am I wrong about that? Like I said, it's been years since I've seen it. And I'm not saying that she deserved to be raped, but I was pretty sure she was subtly suggestive to the first guy and put up only a minor fuss before definitely enjoying it?

  • May 13, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Oh hell no!

    by Manatee

    They can remake all the lame-ass shit they want, but they'd better stay away from the fucking classics! Or at least do a "re-imagining" and call it something different (ala Herzog with Bad Lieutenant). Not saying BL is a classic, but you get my meaning.

  • May 13, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Remakes Never Work.

    by tailhook

    Especially if its something well known. People are always automatically comparing/contrasting as opposed to just letting the film work on its own merits. Remakes only really work when very few remember the original. I.e. The Thing. Either way, it won't work because they'll want to catch a PG-13 rating and Kate Bosworth is a known prude (i.e. a bad actress) when it comes to nudity. In all reality, they'll probably do something retarded with her scene and have her being raped off-screen or some malarchy and he's hearing it but does nothing out of fear. Or that sets him off and he finally goes postal. Whatever. The simple fact is this. If you're expecting Kate Bosworth to even so much as show anything... Don't.

  • May 13, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    This is Pointless.

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    Those of us who have already seen the Peckinpah classic know what's going to happen, and anyone who hasn't knows anyway because the trailer gives the whole plot away. And for someone who asked: (SPOILER?) I believe the subversive aspect of the original was that Susan George's character had some kind of sexual history with one of the men that her husband is unaware of? So that their scene walked a line between being forced and consensual with her initially resisting and then seeming to enjoy it based on their history and her sexual/ emotional problems with her husband, but when the other man comes in and forces himself on her as well it became a more obvious rape. It will be interesting to see how close this remake holds to that plotline, since the way the rape scene was portrayed was the most controversial element in the original.

  • May 13, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for the Mandingo remake.

    by mjgtexas

    Maybe Adrian Peterson can actually play a slave during the lockout.

  • May 13, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    And not one Mexican construction worker?

    by mjgtexas

    Even in the dark redneck heart of Mississippi, a white roofer is about as rare as a black guy on Haley Barbour's staff.

  • May 13, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    This will NOT be a remake...

    by TopHat

    Lurie has already stated in interviews that he thinks the original is a classic, with the exception of Susan George appearing to be enjoying being forced by the first guy. So, you can pretty much count on Bosworth's scene being a straight up rape, and a PG-13 rape at that. Which means this is NOT a remake. Its yet another Hollywood studio film bashing any man who doesn't act like a cliche when a woman wants him to. That's not what the original is about, obviously. The original was about how in our society now there is no room for an intellectual moral man. We bitch about men not being more "manly" but, when we encounter men who think about things and geniunely want to settle things nonviolently, we either dismiss, belittle, or ignore them. Thus the last line exchange of the picture: "I don't know where my home is" ..."Me either..." We talk a big talk about hating men being Neanderthals, but, we don't know what to do with the men who aren't. Hoffman's character is an intellectual trying to discover the answer to an important math problem. This won't do for Susan George's character. Its not a turn on. She probably married him because he wasn't like all those "jerks" she grew up with. But, at the start of the film, they're moving right back to her home town, on HER wishes. And she starts flirting with the SAME guy she was with in her youth. She's tried to figuratively and literally move away from the "typical male" and lifestyle associated with him, but can't. Everything that happens in that film is HER fault, not Hoffman's. She criticizes him like society does men who appear to be not alpha males: "You should have seen this coming and done something about it", "YOU should have said something", etc. All accountablity goes to him, not her. So much so, that at the end of the film he's literally screaming for her to come down from where she is to help the both of them. But, who does she want to go to? The man who forced himself on her. She actually tries to push Hoffman aside so she can join the men outside. She's leaving Hoffman for the "real man". The "real man" who forced her to have sex and is now life-threatening her husband. THAT'S the point of the film; with all our talk of progress we still just want men to be sterotypical. Hoffman has to put aside his "pointless" intellect and pick up a rifle, a boiling pot of water, an antique bear trap. In the end a "beta" male in our society is considered the equal of a mentally retarded one.

  • May 14, 2011, 1:06 a.m. CST

    We're too PC now

    by cylon_conspiracy

    in the original film, the girl was a slut and a piece of trash. In today's empowered times, she would just be misunderstood. Or worse, a "victim" of the urges of the other guys. In the original, Hoffman is the victim who become s a hero. But his wife was the reason everything happened, it was her fault. You just could not make a movie like that today. I'm sure they all want to make a good movie and are trying their hardest, but the tone of the original is what is so memorable. This movie will not have the same impact because the characters will not have the same motivations.

  • May 14, 2011, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Good take tophat

    by cylon_conspiracy

    I agree with most of what you say about the original. I don't think it was so much an attack on beta males as an explanation on why beta males never should have happened in the first place. In another lifetime, Hoffman's character probably would have been a "real man", but he was a product of the feminized culture he was surrounded by, and as a result, became emasculated. But in any case, there's no question the wife is a devious bitch, and that is the literally the point of the movie. What men will do for women who have them by the balls. In today's climate, I can only think this movie will be a "thriller". The original was actually about something. This will simply be a "wimpy man finds courage" movie, which doesn't really cover the point of the original.

  • May 14, 2011, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Nobody did twitchy insecurity like Hoffman

    by BenBraddock

    Marsden is too square-jawed; they just gave him a pair of glasses and spray-on sweat. Pointless.

  • May 14, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    "Seen it all before"



  • May 14, 2011, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Kate Bosworth not worth the jail time...

    by BorisHumphrey

    Susan George in the original though...

  • May 14, 2011, 6 a.m. CST

    Seems so similar, that whats the point?

    by Gareth

  • May 14, 2011, 6:14 a.m. CST

    The remake seems so pointless

    by AlienFanatic

    The 70's were a VERY different time for film. Filmmakers were experimenting all over the place. The strong themes of the original, including indications that the wife was enjoying the rape (further emasculating the Hoffman character), was shocking and daring. How can you expect anything like the same impact in this day and age? The casting in this is all wrong and the theme has already been thoroughly explored in what virtually every critic (above the age of 30) will likely label an inferior film. If you want a film with virtually the same themes, though with the twist that the two main characters are actually in love, Irreversible is the kind of film you're looking for. There's no way a mainstream hollywood film "gets it" these days. Casting Bosworth and Marsden is a cynical ploy to use two pretty people to sell a film in which the two central characters should appear, both above and beneath the surface, as deeply-flawed characters. Had this been a full-on indie film, we might have seen a spark. As it is, it's just a cash-in and completely unnecessary.

  • Stupid......... ......... fucking...... ......... trailers!!!!!!!

  • May 14, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    that looks surprisingly good.

    by HelveticaConspiracy

    i had serious doubts about the remake. but, the film looks good. i will definitely be seeing it. not to mention, i like rod lurie.

  • May 14, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Kate Bosworth used to be pretty.

    by tailhook

    And then she let someone chop her face up with a scalpel and some plastique and made her look about 5x worse. But hey, at least she'll not look nearly as bad as she would have normally when she's 40+ eh?

  • May 14, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    big plot point

    by surprider22

    ...ignored....the subplot of the village idjit is not even adressed..but i'll take bosworth's ass in jogging shorts anytime...sch wing!!!

  • May 14, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Shot in Techniscope

    by galactic raider

  • May 14, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    This story could still be timely

    by kafka07

    However if they start to use Kate Bosworth's sex appeal to fill theater seats that would be kind of ironic, no? But complex issues surrounding rape and self defense always have ground to cover.

  • May 14, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    sorry, not into remakes

    by Billy_D_Williams

    no matter how "cool" the trailer looks, i refuse to support hollywood's continued rape of cinema. and you so called film fans should be ashamed if you support it too.

  • May 14, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    They lost me once I realized the rapists are now rednecks

    by OutsideChance

    That's a cliche. Hell it was a cliche soon after "Deliverance." As for the cast, I've never seen the appeal of Bosworth as anything but eye candy but Marsden (while no Hoffman) actually pulled off a winning performance in that trailer. The guy deserves a star-making hit. I just wish it would be in a deserving film.

  • May 14, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Will they use lube or saliva in the anal rape?

    by KilliK

    that's whta i need to know.

  • May 14, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    yet again, another pointless remake

    by lv_426

    Straw Dogs is not a film that needs a remake. And I agree with those here saying that it seems this remake either ignores or doesn't understand what the original Straw Dogs was really about. I fear for what other classics will be remade in the coming years. Prepare yourselves for remakes of classics like: The Godfather, Alien, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver, and The Terminator, just to name a few that will probably be regurgitated by the Hollywood remake monster.

  • May 14, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Where's the remake of 'Lawrence of Arabia'

    by SmokingRobot

    Yeah, let's see them try that. That's one movie they'll never touch.

  • May 14, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    "Teaser"? I just saw the entire fucking movie!

    by BigTuna

    They gave away far too much in that.

  • May 14, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    whats next - a midnight cowboy remake?

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • May 14, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Kate bosworth in shorts?

    by Norman Colson

    Word, anal raping a chick that looks like her could be fun, but why rape??? just toss her salad and finger her first then she might get into it... But i also would pay to see cyclops kill some fucking hillbillies. lol. Optic Blast!

  • The original could never be matched. Why bother? This is Banal.

  • May 15, 2011, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Fucking hell

    by Lee

    I started watching the second trailer while there was a commercial playing for a phone after the first one.<P><P>Did NOT expect Straw Dogs to have that soundtrack.

  • May 15, 2011, 5:17 a.m. CST

    So the mentally impaired man..

    by Daniel

    I haven't watched it in about 20 years, but isn't the reason the gang attacked Hofman's character was because he was harboring a murderer? No sign of this subplot in the remake.. what was the point of it anyway? It's like a mini Frankenstein movie within the larger movie.

  • May 15, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    How hard would it be to re-release old movies and just

    by UltraTron

    have them playing in one theater as an option? Call it the wildcard movie. Folks get to the theater for another movie but then see that the wildcard movie is an old flick like straw dogs and they decide to chance it. I wonder how much a wildcard experiment with jaws or raiders would make

  • May 15, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Everyone does realize they can paint their entire bedroom

    by UltraTron

    wall with theater screen paint and get a cheap projector off eBay that turns your boring bedroom into full theater wall bed-o-vision right? Why haven't I done that. I'm so lazy

  • May 15, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST


    by Josh Acid

    I wonder if Marsden and Skarsgard sat around and reminisced about being on Zoolander set for one day each.

  • May 15, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST


    by Sanyi

    The trailer looks okay but it's fuckin' pointless to remake such a classic. I'm kinda tired of that Hollywood can't make something original, all they do is remakes and reboots, etc. Anyway I'm watching right now Peckinpah's movie for the second time. I love it, Hoffman and Susan George are damn great in this.

  • May 15, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Northman isn't a fraction as intimidating as David Warner

    by thecinemasnob

  • May 15, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Looks awful

    by heathen9

    by-the-numbers, predictable stupid fucking travesty

  • May 15, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Kate looks so old!! WTF happened to her?

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    She worse now than she did in Superman Return! And that photo of her in that cheerleader outfit...YIKES!!! Was that supposed to make her look younger? James Marsden look solid to me in his role. No doubt he will have to do the heavy lifting for this remake.

  • May 15, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST


    by BlaGyver

    My family is actually doing that this summer. We have a white wall in our backyard, gonna set up a projector and do outdoor movies once a week, invite friends, let neighbors stop by, etc. Showing nothing but classics. Gonna be a good summer.

  • May 15, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST


    by mechas8n

    They have replaced "Oooh Ar!" with "Git'R'Done"!

  • May 16, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST


    by Bocasauce

    Damn good call on the wild card idea! I would love having the option of seeing a classic along with the regular new releases. And kudos to whoever mentioned re-releasing films instead of remaking them. Zat vood be neet :)

  • May 16, 2011, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Pointless and unnecessary

    by Lost Jarv

    There's one dead giveaway in the original- when the yokels are working on the roof and Susan George flashes her juggs and doesn't really bother covering them. It's a great piece of foreshadowing: that her sexuality is going to spark trouble. There is no way in a million years that Bosworth is going to do this. Someone above said that Hoffman hiding the retard is what starts the siege. Yes and No. Hoffman is *finally* manning up and making a stand, but he's protecting a mentally impaired nonce who's murdered a young girl. However, he's doing it to be as much of a man as Warner etc. He's picked a line in the sand. So, yes, the siege starts because of the retard, but that's not the root cause.

  • May 16, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Imagine the shitstorm if

    by Knugen

    ...the roofers were mexicans? Alexander Skarsgård in brown face?

  • May 16, 2011, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Fuck no.

    by george

    I'm not a guy who generally says that certain films should not be remade. This film should not be remade.

  • May 16, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Who the fuck is Rod Lurie?

    by george

    He sure isn't Sam Peckinpah.

  • May 16, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    WTF?! I didn't even know they were doing this!

    by DiscreetFighterAlpha

    I let down my guard for a second, Hollywood, and you do some shit like this. While we're on it, let's do some more schlocky remakes to classic movies. I've a got a GREAT idea for a Deer Hunter remake starring Seann William Scott, Paul Walker, and Leighton Meester. Instead of Vietnam, it takes place in Florida, after a kegger. And they'll be hunted by the "Russian Roulette" killer. Oh god! FUCK you Screen Gems.

  • May 16, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Totally unnecessary

    by impetus

    But if it's going to happen you know who would be a good lead? EDWARD NORTON.

  • May 16, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    who will play the David Warner character?

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • May 16, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    are the bad guys in this remake tea baggers?

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • May 16, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    "Sam Peckinpah now unleashes Dustin Hoffmann!!!"

    by Atkinson

    I'm disappointed in you boys that you haven't made fun of that yet.

  • May 16, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    And for the record: There's nothing hot about rape.

    by Atkinson

    I can't go for that, nope - no can do.

  • May 16, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by dale dragon

    from the trailer, it looks like they completely got rid of the whole david warner village retard character. thats a big plot in the original movie

  • May 16, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    So, basically Harry says she was asking for it.

    by Gozu

    As for "Straw Dogs" being Peckinpah's best film, well, your taste is up your ass.

  • May 16, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Yes, because all women are ASKING FOR IT when they get raped.

    by AnnoyYou

    Jesus H. Christ. This is the 19-fucking-50s, isn't it? Peckinpah was an asshole and apparently Lurie is too. So Susan George's character "reeked of sexual availability" - geez, you really buy into all those girl hotline and stripper party ads, don't you? And as Bosworth doesn't reek in the same manner, she's showing her buns to invite rape! Great. I'm glad the young men of America have taken about a billion steps back into the Stone Age. Very heartening.

  • May 16, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Way too much story revealed...

    by crazypants

    ****SPOILERS*** That trailer gives the whole friggin movie away - the siege of the house and David's defense is supposed to be shocking yet the trailer practically shows the whole thing. Susan George character wasn't slutty - she was much younger than Hoffman and a wilder personality type. The rape scene is actually comprised of a consensual sex scene with the lead village goon (I think her ex) that becomes a rape scene after he passes her on to the second villager who does force her. She didn't know the 2nd guy was there and very definitely does not want to have sex with him. In the trailer there's a quick clip of a struggling girl being lifted from behind, looks like its set in a diner. I'm betting hat's the scene where the village idiot kills the girl.

  • May 16, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Doesn't work.

    by SunTzu77

    James Marsden as a "passive" character doesn't gel at all. The mood and feel of the film doesn't jive - I was expecting to see "Produced by Michael Bay" or "Directed by Marcus Nispel" in the trailer.

  • May 17, 2011, 4:54 a.m. CST


    by hst666

    My earlier comment was meant as a joke, but the character in the film did kind of want it IIRC. And truth be told, some women want the men THEY ARE ATTRACTED TO (emphasis for clarity) to "take" them. The problem is they have to want the guy in question. Not any asshole.

  • May 17, 2011, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Although as someone pointed out

    by hst666

    She only wanted the first guy.

  • May 17, 2011, 5:21 a.m. CST

    The original trailer was brilliantly edited

    by Creasy

    "The original trailer was brilliantly edited" Uhm what? It was awful and awfully edited (just like every old trailer). Having said that, the new trailer - while edited very well - revealed the whole movie.

  • May 17, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    does anyone else find this offensive?

    by The_Crimson_King

    why is the south almost always depicted as being made up of nothing but killer rednecks?

  • May 22, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    What I ment by pretty boys...

    by KHjLL

    They look like they had their hair done on the roof top.... HOFFMAN looked so small and timid compaired to the brothers who looked like giants to him... An the lead lady was dating the one and did like it - cuz she was mad that her husband wasn't being a man and was ignoring her... It was the second rape she didn't...