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Sunday
Aug142011

New TV Spot for Upcoming Thriller 'Straw Dogs' 

Add to the Straw Dogs remake to the list of promising flicks to arrive in theaters this September (September 16, 2011.)  The new version of Straw Dogs follows screenwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) and his hottie wife, Amy (Kate Bosworth) as they relocate to the wife's hometown of Blackwater, in the deep and dirty south.  

Despite the growing tensions between David and Amy, nothing is more strenuous than the impending threat from a creepy group of local yokels, lead by the talented Alexander Skarsgard (Generation Kill, True Blood), who wish the young couple harm.  

The original version of Straw Dogs (1971) starred Dustin Hoffman in one of his more underrated performances, as a man who is pushed to the brink by forces outside of his control and takes self-defense to a whole new level.

My advice: Watch the original and see how it stacks up compared to writer/director Rod Lurie's updated version.

Be on the lookout for Straw Dogs coming to theaters on September 16th.

 

 

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Written simply and tastefully. It’s pleasant to read. Thank u.

Monday, August 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercostum essay

Saw it this on TV last night, and at the beginning I thought it was some serial killer movies, but then it talks about self-defense, and I think it is a good movie has a moral of the story as well, so don't be a bully to someone, because you never know when they gonna snap!

Monday, August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristinengo55

I was actually talking about this movie with my friends over the weekend, my friends saw the trailer, not this "TV Spot" thing, but my friends think this remake thing has too much hollywood feel into it, the reason "it makes more sense" because of this is a new remake, and they are more convincing because as the story was setting like rural England with the old one, and Dustin Hoffman is like the cultural outsider, which pile up the tensions.
However, I have a different point of view, I think the new one is more convincing, you can totally tell that Kate Bosworth has more interaction with Alexander (the old boyfriend or the rapist), and James seems quite good fit with his "nerd" image in this movie, and even though Dustin Hoffman did give me a chill when I see the end of the original movie, therefore that even puts James on more pressure to do good and be "surprise" for the audiences at the end of the movie.

Monday, August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenStroudMA

Wow! This was way more intense than the first trailer I saw. I'm so glad this movie seems scary since the first one was kinda lame. Hopefully they don't do slow motion slap scenes like what Dustin Hoffman's character went through. LOL

Can't wait!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustine Delaney

As being a religious true blood fan, I will definitely go watch it, and even just for Alex too!

Monday, August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStefani M

There's definitely a different feel to the new version to where you're quite sure that James Marsden is acting purely out of self defense. That's an interesting twist, which seemed to be missing from the original.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Fancher

I didn't know that the movie title is actually come from a quote of Tao Te Ching, the ancient Chinese ceremonial Straw Dogs to form without substances, which is I think it's an interesting concept, I watched the movie and I still didn't quite understand why they name the movie after this title. Therefore I did some research on the internet, and it talks about during ancient Chinese ceremonial, straw dogs is one of the sacrifice to burn in the fire to offer the gods, people view them fairly important before the sacrifice, but after the ceremonial they just throw straw dogs on the ground like garbage. I think the title overall tried to illustrate one of the key element of the movie: all the humanity born to be evil.

In addition, with this new movie come out, I think they more focusing on the topic of "self-defense", so I am looking forward to see how Ron can make this remake another legend.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOlivia C

I think many people has too much pressure on this, remake is hard because they always end up comparing to the original one(naturally), but remember, the original movie was actually based on a novel by Gordon Williams, and the way the original movie make into was not very successful either. I think everyone should be a bit open-mided toward this version, just like "The Nightmare Of Elm Street", I love the original one but the remake by Michael Bay is actually pretty good too

Thursday, August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Wilson

Holy crap! Way better than the first one. Can you say 'NAIL GUN'?!?!

Amy - I think you're right. I think more people should be open-minded. From what I've seen, the remake is going to blow the original Straw Dogs out of the water. Seriously, the oriiginal was kinda boring. This looks way more intense.

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