Terrified was my favourite film of this summer’s FrightFest in London, so this news is very exciting. It is currently being reported that Guillermo del Toro is in talks to produce a remake of the excellent, appropriately terrifying Terrified. The original film’s director, Demian Rugna, will helm the English-language re-imagining, so the remake looks to be in very good hands indeed.
Because of his fascination with the paranormal, a police officer on the brink of retirement is asked to investigate a series of strange deaths happening doors apart from each other. There he meets a famed paranormal investigator who is looking into a disappearance in the area as well. Together, with another paranormal enthusiast, they look into these strange incidents and uncover a terrifying connection.
Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Mann and John Ford are among the directors that have remade their own films, so this is not something completely unheard of. That being said, how rewarding is it to re-do your own film? I imagine this remake won’t be half as creepy as the original, as is the way with American re-versions; just look at the Inside and Martyrs remakes.
Alas, if this remake can highlight the original and introduce people to a great, unique horror film from Argentina, then great! Remember, remakes do not eradicate the original films.
More as it comes.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)