Now before you go saying, ‘this guy is delusional for liking remakes’, let me explain… The fact of the matter is, is that yes I do like remakes, but not because they are remaking a classic… As a matter of fact generally speaking I have that when I look at it from that perspective, that generally speaking (there are very few rare exceptions to this) that they tend to butcher a genuine classics…
I should also probably admit it here and now that there are genuinely a few remakes that stand up to the test of time simply because they are remakes… Rare but true…
With that in mind, most of the time I try to look beyond what Hollywood is doing to butcher the classics, and I have come to find that as stand alone movies, (movies that stand up on their own merits and not on the merits of the series they are trying to represent), then some of these movies are not that bad… As a matter of fact, some of them can really surprise you with just how good they are!
One such movie, was a remake of a movie that as it turns out was one of the first movies that I ever owned… The movie I am talking about is the remake of the 1976 movie starring: Stacey Keach (American History X), Susan Tyrrell (Forbidden Zone) & Tisha Sterling (Betrayal), called, The Killer Inside Me!
Now for me, the first one I just thought was an awesome good time, with a great cast of classic actors and a great engrossing story that really kept you captivated! But, The Killer Inside Me (2010) I have to be honest with you surprised me with just how well made of a movie it was!
Why was it so well made? Well first off I gotta say that I was quite shocked and impressed by how well Casey Affleck (Good Will Hunting) did when he took over the role of sociopathic nice guy Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford! Stacey Keach always struck me as playing that role as that was just what some one would do (when he would do the sick twisted stuff that he did in the original movie), but he never showed the really truly evil side of it (It almost was like Stacey Keach did what he did because he thought it was the right thing to do, even if he wasn’t happy to it.)
Casey Affleck truly seemed to play it like he new what he was doing, but seemed to not care about the harm he was created, and in some cases seemed to relish the truly evil nature he seemed to embrace… And I have to admit that Casey Affleck could play a great killer, if he ever decided to make the long term switch to horror movies!
The next thing that I wanted to mention is the story line… You see the story stays basically the same from original to remake, Nice Guy Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford (Affleck), who comes from a nice family (yet dark and twisted family), has his world turned upside down, when he finds the opportunity to take revenge on Chester Conway (Played by: Ned Beatty)!
You see it turns out that a hooker has been seeing Conway’s son, ‘Elmer’ (Played by: Jay R. Ferguson), but when Sheriff Maples (Played by: Tom Bower) has Ford go out to her place and get rid of the prostitute, Lou will get entangled in a web of lies, deceit and murder that will not only pull him down, but will open up to the rest of the world the dark side he has tried so hard to keep hidden!
The last thing that I wanted to mention here, is that included with the cast that I mentioned above is the other amazing A list talent they got for this movie, including: Kate Hudson (Almost Famous), Jessica Alba (Machete), Elias Koteas (Backstreet Dreams), and even Bill Pullman (Lost Highway) to name a few…
In the end I found this movie to be surprisingly fun time and if you get a chance, you might the same thing as well!