Straw Dogs remake director talks rating
The remake of the classic Straw Dogs, the Sam Peckinpah film which saw Susan George and Dustin Hoffman go through some extremely brutal and harrowing scenes, has completed filming, and the new director has spoken out about the tone of the film and how it compares to the original.
For many of us, and myself included, the talk was that we were concerned it would be a watered down, teen-friendly version of the original, as so many of the horror remakes of late have been. Not only that but they also lost the sense of the originals, and in some cases just became straight out horror films without the soul of the original.
The plot of the remake sounds very much like the original:
James Marsden plays a Hollywood screenwriter who relocates with his wife to her hometown in Mississippi. Kate Bosworth plays the wife, who left the South for LA. to become an actress and returns home so her husband can finish his script in quiet. Alexander Skarsgård plays her high school boyfriend, an ex-football hero who sees the return of his former girlfriend as a way to reclaim glory.
From here is where the original seems to kick in, the high school boyfriend begins terrorising the couple when, presumably, he doesn't get his way. Going by the original, there'll be a gang rape scene that's the turn around for the male lead, an event that unlocks something inside him and sets him on his own path of revenge.
”I think it’s as intense if not more [than the original]. I keep reading on blogs how we’re gonna have to water things down, and how we’re gonna have to tone down the rape scene, and tone down the violence in the movie, and that’ll be one of the expectations that people have where it’ll [defy] their expectations I think. It’s definitely a hard-‘R’, definitely a hard-‘R’. It’s a tough film, it’s very exciting and very unnerving I would say. But real edge of your seat stuff, I hope.”
Well that sounds rather positive, and not because he keeps saying it's a hard-R, what would be a 15 or 18 in the UK – note that the UK even has a higher category for R18, but then our BBFC is a lot more film focused and less political and religion based than the MPAA – but because he's saying that it's going to be tough and edge of your seat.
To me this sounds like a thriller that's going to shake us up, perhaps as much as the original did, and that means that the film is really going to have to push some boundaries and take some risks, because those boundaries have moved on a little since 1971 haven't they?