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Five Films That Should Never, Ever Be Remade

Shant Istamboulian | 24 Jun 2015 12:00
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STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)

Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel (with a script co-written by crime novelist Raymond Chandler) is my all-time favorite of his films. After the success of last year's Gone Girl, David Fincher and Ben Affleck announced they would re-team to bring the remake to the screen. While this is tempting (Fincher is, in my opinion, the modern heir apparent to the Master of Suspense), so much would get lost in a modern retelling. Train is pure, concentrated Hitchcock and proved just how deft he was in combining suspense with pitch black comedy. The dangerous dance between tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger) and Robert Walker's twisted momma's boy Bruno (a villain for the ages and a nice precursor to Psycho's Norman Bates) is brilliantly handled by Hitchcock. The film is as perfect as they get and even got its own parody with Danny DeVito's Throw Momma from the Train. What more is there to say?

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