Invisible Amending


This seems to be a new trend in Hollywood – find a film so obscure that nobody remembers seeing it, remake it and quietly pretend it’s original, while simultaneously removing the very thing that made it special in the first place. As the Hollywood remake of the Euro-hit ‘Anything For Her’ heads for the screen looking nothing like the French version, I tried in vain to find any mention of its earlier incarnation.

Now, up pops a new version of 1970’s ‘And Soon The Darkness’ written by Brian ‘The Avengers’ Clemens – only the empty straight roads of Northern Provence have been replaced by the landscape of Argentina, where you kind of expect trouble from the outset, which undermines the film’s premise.

In the original, a cycling holiday in France is seen as a perfectly safe thing to do. In the xenophobic remake, it’s all the fault of those creepy foreigners. Let’s keep an open mind for now, but the two week window between the cinema release and the DVD is a bad sign.

Perhaps this means that other great forgotten films might get remade. ‘Death Line’ or ‘Psychomania’, anyone?

3 comments on “Invisible Amending”

  1. Derek Starnes says:

    Ah, Death Line. Mind the gap! Remember this unsettling little gem, very moving performance of the last surviving descendent. Cannibal killer he may be, but still the most “human” character in the whole film. Donald Pleasance’s copper could have run over a whole series of gruesome mysteries I think, missed opportunu there.

  2. Kevin Wilson says:

    I remember seeing ‘And soon the darkness’ on TV as a kid. It’s haunted me and my brother ever since. A brilliant little film – absolutely terrifying, although it takes place in sunlit, idyllically beautiful countryside. We had to invent a genre to describe it, and films like it, although we couldn’t settle on a name. We just thought of them as ‘Weird, disturbing, slightly off-kilter British films from the early 70s’. It’s hard to describe what sort of film belongs to the genre, although you know it when you see it. The Wicker Man and Witchfinder General are obvious examples, but odd little thrillers like ‘Sitting Target’ also belong.

    I miss coming across such films on TV, at strange hours. They were the cinematic equivalent of Chris Fowler books.

  3. Alan Morgan says:

    Well! As long as they don’t remake Edge Of Darkness or The Wicker Man things can’t be too bad yet.

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