Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's So Easy To Create A Victim


Oh this article just gets better and better as it goes along. Just read through this and try not to have your head just fucking explode by the end. Via LAT:

"Cineastes and hardcore horror fans are already familiar with the French film "Martyrs," Pascal Laugier's dark and violent tale centering on two teenage girls who are not what they appear to be.

Now broader American audiences could become familiar with the movie too.

Producers on the Hollywood remake have just hired a director: Daniel Stamm, the filmmaker behind this summer's horror hit "The Last Exorcism," will shape the film for an English-language audience. (Oh, yes, the movie comes from the producers of "Twilight.")

As most horror-crazy types could tell you, Laugier's 2008 original was a hit in Europe and a cult success here. It tells of Lucie and Anna, orphans who establish a friendship, until one of them inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage to avenge what may or may not have been earlier incidents of child abuse. The movie was well received for not only its stylish tone but its exploration of the themes of guilt and repression.

We'll have more Tuesday from Stamm, one of the horror world's up-and-coming stars (he's also directing the next movie in M. Night Shyamalan's "Night Chronicles"). In the meantime, here's what he has to say about how "Martyrs" can be translated for a new audience.

"Martyrs is very nihilistic," he told 24 Frames. "The American approach [that I'm looking at] would go through all that darkness but then give a glimmer of hope. You don't have to shoot yourself when it's over."

Stamm did dismiss the Internet rumor that Kristen Stewart could be starring in the remake, laughing and quizzically saying that it's "the first time I've heard that."

As for the movie's story, Stamm says that its appeal lies in how it defies expectations.

"Every time you think you know where it's going, it goes somewhere else. It plays on things that are familiar — like two friends who can't be separated, kind of a Forrest Gump and Jenny situation. But then it takes a turn, and in doing so asks interesting questions. 'If you have a best friend in the world and she goes crazy, how much do you owe this friend to go down with them?' It's much more than a horror film."

Yes, that's exactly what the words I'd use to describe what we need from a remake of Martyrs, Forrest-Gump-esque relationship drama with a hopeful ending. Why'd Laugier have to make his movie such a DOWNER? I mean, god, horror movies should make you feel like dancing! I'm so glad you see the possibilities in this, Daniel Stamm, director of that masterpiece The Last Exorcism. I mean you'll probably make everything up to and including the very title of the film meaningless, but whatever, that's a cool word and shit.

Now if you don't mind, I'm going to go over to the nearest cliff and jump off of it over and over until I am dead. Goodbye.


Sandisan said...

Goddamn mother fuckers. Not every movies needs a fucking glimmer of hope. Horror movies aren't there to give us happy endings. Horror movies (the really great ones) are there to show us just how much life can suck and not everybody ends up happy.

Jeebus Crackers. Why??

timothy grant said...

This is a movie about the nature of suffering and our strange need to create martyrs as avatars into the realm of the mystical. Suffering through the movie is the point!

Pray that it dies in development hell and then Aronofsky picks it up and runs with it.

Fahnette said...

Did this guy even SEE Martyrs?

Seriously. If I were Pascal Laugier I'd start throwing things.

Dale said...

I'm kinda looking forward to it, actually. It sounds like it's going to be a clueless clusterfuck of a movie, but entertainingly so.

I am disappointed that Kristen Stewart won't be in it. I was hoping that meant they were going to attempt to market it to the Twilight audience, which would be hilarious.