The latest in the never ending stream of (arguably) needless Hollywood horror remakes sees Saw franchise director Darren Lynn Bousman serving up an all new version of the 1980 Charles Kaufman Troma semi-cult hit of the same name. Having recently revisited the original, the film is clearly an odd candidate for a glossy makeover, being one of the odder genre outings of its period, a strange mix of bizarre humour, bad taste gore and sexual degradation, run through with a weird, though not ineffective vein of satire. Unsurprisingly, Bousman dumps pretty much everything apart from the very basics of the premise, disappointingly turning the film into yet another in that other most popular of modern horror subgenres, the home invasion flick.
This time around, he focuses the action on a pretty ghastly group of upper middle class bohemian suburban types whose party at central couple Jaime King and Frank Grillo’s new house is ruined by the arrival of the original owners, who just happen to be psychotic criminals on the run. Confused and angered to find that the house is no longer their own, the fugitives start playing unpleasant games with their captives, most of which involve violence and humiliation. Although the arrival of their mother (Rebecca De Mornay) calms the situation, it soon becomes clear that she is every bit as crazy as her kids, being hell-bent on uncovering money which she insists is hidden somewhere in the house. —Beyondhollywood.com
Darren Lynn Bousman (born January 11, 1979) is an American film director and screenwriter.
Bousman was born in Overland Park, Kansas, the son of Nancy and Lynn Bousman. He is a graduate of the Film School at Full Sail University. He attended high school at Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, and studied film at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Bousman got engaged to Laura Bosserman on October 4, 2008 and subsequently married her on January 2, 2010.
During 2004, he was pitching an idea for a movie called The Desperate to various American studios, who complained that the screenplay was too violent, and the plot was too close to Saw. David A. Armstrong who worked on Saw asked Bousman if he could show the script to Saw producer Gregg Hoffman. Hoffman read the script and called Bousman interested in producing “The Desperate”, but after showing the script to his partners Mark Burg and Oren Koules, the two decided… read more
I have to say this film was a rlevation. It is a reimagining as it is a bit different from the original film. Ii actually uses the story of a real home invasion mixedwith elements of the original story. Which makes it even more disturbing and bleak. Rebecca DeMornay gives a performance that is truly a comeback for her. It is a grusome film but more of a thriller then a horror film.