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Everyone has seen, or at least have heard of, Hollywood remaking foreign films for more of an American audience. I will admit that The Ring and The Grudge were good remakes and actually enjoyable, but those are some of the only exceptions.
When I see a trailer or here about a new remake of a foreign horror movie, I immediately let out a long groan and prepare myself to be dissapointed again. When Hollywood remakes foreign films, most notably Japanese horror films, they almost always lose the original charm that the movie had nad try to capture lightning in a bottle twice.
With movies like Pulse, The Eye, and Shutter stinking up the movie world, it makes a cinemaphile like myself lose hope in the art of film. I would much rather watch the original Japanese versons of these movies than the remakes, but with most Americans who seem to hate reading subtitles, they will probably not be releasing the original films in theaters anytime soon.
Now, like I have already stated, The Ring and The Grudge were actually good remakes. The Ring was good because it kept the original creepiness of Ringu and did not make it one bad horror movie cliche after another. The Grudge was great for the same reasons, but it also had the advantage of having the original director working on the remake and they made a good choice by keeping it in Japan and not moving it to America, which makes it scarier because of the unfamiliar setting. If they could of done this for the myriad of other remakes, then they might have been good as well, but that's not the case.
I am glad that Hollywood hasn't tried to remake other foreign films, like osme Italian horror movies, because they would not be able to do them any justice. If they tried to remake Zombi 2 or Old Boy, they would just be absolutely horrible and make me want to pull an Oedipus Rex and blind myself.
In the end, you must remember this: Italy, Japan, and U.S.A are known for different types of horror movies. Italy has gorey horror movies, Japan has creepy as hell ones, and the U.S. has the dumb, mediocre ones.
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