Wednesday, October 16, 2013

31 Days of Horror 4: Originals vs. Remakes DAY 16

The Hitcher (1986) vs. The Hitcher (2007)
The movie is about a Jim Halsey (C. Thomas Howell) who is transporting a car to another state is stalked along the road by a cunning and relentless serial killer, John Ryder (Rutger Hauer), who frames the driver for a string of murders. He is soon being Chased by the police and shadowed by the killer, the driver's only help comes from a truck stop waitress.
The movie plays out more like a thriller rather than a horror, but still offers horror elements to keep the fans interested.
The film is good, if you know what you are getting into before you watch it. If you think this is going to be the greatest movie of all time then you're going to be disappointed, but if you go into knowing its an '80s thriller/horror you'll love it.
I thought the story was very interesting and it kept my attention all the way through. John Ryder, in my opinion, is up there with the '80's classic slashers, he's scary and his presence on screen makes him very intimidating.
The movie isn’t great. It lacks imagination, which is something ‘80s slasher films seemed to have even if they didn’t have a story.
It’s really Hauer that keeps this movie together and without him it would of fell apart.
So, how do you remake a movie with a lot of flaws? Well, my first thought is to fix all the flaws, but for some reason the remake didn’t fix them and added more.
I’m not really sure what’s so hard about getting a movie with a rather simple premise to work. Yet, they still couldn’t pull it off.
The Hitcher this time around is played by Sean Bean, who actually does a great job. He is able to pull of a believable performance in otherwise mess of a film.
First, there is a lot of gore and it’s also terribly boring. It doesn’t do anything to keep your interest and you will find yourself looking at your phone more than the screen.
Second, it has a lot of cheap scares/shocks. I don’t know about everyone, but those type of scares just don’t do it for me.
So, which is better?
The original is better. Even though the original is flawed, it does have the performance from Hauer.
Original Wins

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