New Pictures: The Last House On The Left

Friday The 13th isn’t the only Sean S. Cunningham-related remake to come out next year. Indeed the 66 year old filmmaker served as a producer on The Last House On The Left, the controversial 1972 writing/directing debut from good friend Wes Craven (Red Eye). Noted for its incredibly graphic scenes and made for less than $90000, the film has long been unavailable in several countries such as the UK and Australia until recently due to censorship.

Now thanks to the success of the recent remake of Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes, several other remakes of the horror master’s movies are being planned, the first of which is obviously The Last House On The Left, courtesy of Rogue Pictures. Produced by Craven and Cunningham, the film marks the second feature directing effort (and first English-language movie) for Greek director Denis Eliadis (Harcore) while the screenplay was adapted by newcomer Adam Alleca and Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia).

Like the original, the new movie will feature a gang of criminals who kidnap, rape and murder a couple of teenage girls before unknowingly seeking refuge at one of the girls’ parents’ house while hiding from the police. The parents then realize who their guests are and decide to have their revenge. The remake stars Sara Paxton (Superhero Movie), Monica Potter (Saw), Garret Dillahunt (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford) and Tony Goldwyn (The Last Samurai) among others and will be released sometime next year. I’ve included the 1972 film’s trailer after the jump.

Fun Fact: The 1972 original was heavily inspired by the Ingmar Bergman-directed 1960 Swedish film The Virgin Spring, winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar and Golden Globe in 1961.

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New Trailer & Poster: Friday The 13th

Friday The 13th is undoubtedly one of the biggest, most enduring and recognizable horror franchises in movie history. It all started with John Carpenter‘s seminal 1978 slasher Halloween (recently remade by Rob Zombie) which paved the way for the 1980 release of the original Friday The 13th. Directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller and Ron Kurz, the film was a big success (in no small part thanks to its tiny $700000 budget) and eleven movies later the producers decided it was time to reboot the franchise.

Enter Platinum Dunes, a production company headed by Michael Bay (director of Transformers), Brad Fuller and Andrew Form that specializes in horror movies (mainly remakes) much like the Joel Silver/Robert Zemeckis-headed Dark Castle Entertainment and the Sam Raimi-headed Ghost House Pictures. Originally in talks with Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Platinum Dunes finally chose to put Marcus Nispel (Pathfinder) in charge, the director who provided them with their best received film, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Written by Freddy Vs. Jason scribes Damian Shannon & Mark Swift, the film will reportedly not be a direct remake but will instead take elements from the first three films in the franchise and go in its own direction. The movie stars Jared Padalecki (The CW’s Supernatural), Danielle Panabaker (CBS’ Shark), Amanda Righetti (Role Models), Travis Van Winkle (Meet The Spartans), Aaron Yoo (Nick And Norah’s Infinte Playlist) and Derek Mears (The Hills Have Eyes 2) among others.

It will premiere on February 12th, 2009 in Argentina, Germany, Portugal, Russia and the Netherlands, and come out the next day in a few other countries including the USA and the UK. You can check out four pictures from the new flick here and I have included the trailers for the first three films of the franchise after the jump. Don’t forget to tell me what you think in the comments.

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