Hollywood is doing the scariest thing it can to the horror movie classic Audition: remaking it.
Remember covering your eyes in horror when watching director Miike Takashi’s bloody classic Audition, aka Ôdishon, aka the grossest, nastiest, goriest film ever? Well, get ready to relive the fear, as an American studio has finally announced the thing Japanese film fans fear most: the obligatory and not-as-good American remake.
Mario Kassar, producer of several so-bad-they’re-actually-good films like Rambo and Total Recall, has purchased the rights to the novel Audition--a scary romantic melodrama by Ryuki Murakami that Takashi liberally peppered with gore when bringing it to the screen in what is now a cult classic amongst horror film fans. And that cult classic’s inspiration is now in the hands of the man behind Showgirls.
The film will be directed by Richard Gray, who isn’t that well-known and certainly has his work cut out for him if he is to compete with the modern master of horror that is Miike Takashi.
On the one hand, the thing about old horror movies is that the effects look laughably bad now, which is why it’s kind of cool they have a remake. It’s a fair bet that Audition is still enough to make even modern viewers cringe, which makes the remake feel somewhat useless, even if American studios were generally good at adapting Japanese stories. And as we’ve seen with everything from Godzilla to The Ring, Japanese stories and Hollywood just don’t meld.
Besides, the original Audition was violent--so ridiculously brutal that even the most diehard fans tend to find its violence excessive. Considering how American censors seemingly aren’t cool with fake anime characters getting killed violently, it’s hard to imagine the gore could remain even remotely close to what the original achieved.
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Either way, Audition has been a classic for horror fans throughout the world and it would be nice to see it get some attention beyond the horror film cult followers--let’s just hope the quality of this film doesn’t tarnish the original. After all, would you care for the original if all you saw was this American remake?