Last year, I subjected myself to a very strange cine-masochistic exercise by viddying George Sluizer’s haunting masterpiece THE VANISHING (1988) immediately followed by the director’s own 1993 Hollywood REMAKE.
It’s not a viddying experience I would quickly recommend. It was a disorienting and painful misadventure to travel from one extreme end of the cinematic spectrum to another, from divine inspiration to infernal desperation, from cinema as a dark art to cinema as a dog’s fart.
So on this episode of the RUE MORGUE PODCAST we try to dissect the implications of both versions and attempt to come to terms with the forces of evil that could’ve allowed such a cinematic travesty to have unfolded in our lifetime.
Andrea Subissati (a.k.a. Hellbat), author of When There’s No More Room In Hell: The Sociology of the Living Dead returns to the podcast for this treacherous voyage into the nether regions of cinephobic agony.
If you haven’t seen the original VANISHING then please watch it before you listen as it’s impossible to compare and contrast the two flicks without delving into fatal spoilers.
And if you haven’t seen Sluizer’s 1988 masterwork, you’re in for one of the most incredible and horrifying dark thrillers of the late 80′s. If you haven’t seen his 1993 Hollywood remake, then you’re lucky to have retained some lingering vestige of cinematic innocence by avoiding one of the most dilapidated movie-watching experiences possible.
Check out Andrea’s new website at www.ladyhellbat.com.
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