Straw Dogs remake trailer arrives
The trailer for the remake of Straw Dogs arrived and it looks good with the two main characters really managing to come across in the trailer well and there are some strong moments, but the latter part of the trailer does give me a little twinge of concern.
The remake from writer/director Rod Lurie stars Alexander Skarsgård, James Marsden and Kate Bosworth in the lead roles once played by Peter Vaughn, Dustin Hoffman and Susan George in the Sam Peckinpah original.
Here's a blurb for the film straight off.
David and Amy Sumner (James Marsden and Kate Bosworth), a Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife, return to her small hometown in the deep South to prepare the family home for sale after her father's death. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, including Amy's ex-boyfriend Charlie (Alexander Skarsgård), leading to a violent confrontation.
The trailer does look good and builds up the reason that the events happen well, even sowing some doubt into what is behind it all, but when it comes to the second half when we see David Summer turn and become more violent I can't help but think that we're seeing the modern Hollywood horror play out. By that I mean where the main character has to hurt and kill each attacker in a new and never seen before way.
It is just a little feeling at the moment and I do suspect it's down to the cut of the trailer, but I really hope it stops there and the feeling isn't in the film itself. I really want the story to concentrate on the relationship between the husband and wife and more importantly what violence does to people and how it can change them.
Here's the trailer for the new Straw Dogs, will it be anywhere as impactful as the original Straw Dogs from Sam Peckinpah? I doubt it. Film is in a very different place these days and audiences just don't get shocked as much as they did. You can also see it at Yahoo trailers where you can get a Quicktime high definition verison.
Thankfully it's not in 3D.