Nimród Antal (Vacancy, Armoured) directs this return to the Predator franchise, in which Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Adrien Brody, Alice Braga and Danny Trejo take on the titular murderous space dreads.

The Eye - remake

Poster for the US remake of  Oxide and Danny Pang's 2002 jump horror The Eye (Gin Gwai)

Synopsis: Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba) is an accomplished, independent, Los Angeles-based concert violinist. She is also blind, and has been so since a childhood tragedy. As our story opens, Sydney undergoes a double corneal transplant, a surgery she has waited her whole life to have, and her sight is restored. After the surgery, neural ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Faulkner (Alessandro Nivola) helps Sydney with the difficult adjustment, and with the support of her older sister Helen (Parker Posey), Sydney learns to see again.

But Sydney's happiness is short-lived as unexplainable shadowy and frightening images start to haunt her. Are they a passing aftermath of her surgery, Sydney's mind adjusting to sight, a product of her imagination, or something horrifyingly real? As Sydney's family and friends begin to doubt her sanity, Sydney is soon convinced that her anonymous eye donor has somehow opened the door to a terrifying world only she can now see.

The Eye is a bone-chilling supernatural thriller that tests the boundaries of perception and reality.  Directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud, the team who directed the suspenseful international hit Them (Ils), The Eye stars Jessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola and Parker Posey. Produced by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner with Mike Elliott, Don Granger and Michelle Manning serving as executive producers.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Remake)

Well, five teens have wandered off there Levi's advert set and into Texas for MTV style slasher fun!

No, not the classic 1974 Tobe Hooper original but the utterly pointless and, quite frankly irritating 2003 remake. Though the basic plot follows pretty similar lines, the outcome is a far cry from the genuinely horrifying 70's version. Though the remake will, no doubt, appeal to those misguided individuals whose concept of horror consists solely of the seemingly endless stream of teen junk slasher movies churned out in the name of reinventing a sadly largely forgotten genre, those of us gifted with the ability to form our own opinions know such is not the case.

Basically the film is effective enough as a gore-fest horror in its own right, the trouble is that it isn't a film in its own right, it's a remake, and as such it stinks. It just makes you wonder how people have the audacity to take it upon themselves to produce something so obviously doomed to failure, which seems a shame considering Marcus Nispel could have made a success of something more achievable. The problem of remaking such an infamous film is that it was a product of an era, just as this one is. Hooper's film was and still is truly horrific, not because it was so gory but because of the creepiness of its low budget 16mm grainy appearance. You had that voyeuristic feeling that you were really witness to the actual events which also seemed plausible. Maybe Nispel's music video background added to this but you just know that with a glossy big budget movie you can't achieve that good old low budget creep.

Similarly, aspects of the plot badly misfire. You know what Nispel was aiming for in the classic weird town scenes but he misses the mark so badly it's embarrassing to watch. Leatherface's facial disfigurement being offered as some kind of possible motivation is neither pitiful enough nor reason enough to explain just exactly what in the hell is wrong with everyone else. As casting and performances go, I feel a good measure of shame should be portioned on those responsible, with the exception of R.Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket and the sadly underrated The Frighteners) who turns in a typically solid performance as the sheriff with an unusual taste in women (Protect and serve, that's what we do-hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.) As for our hapless bunch of teens, led by token eye-candy in the shape of the lovely but dull Jessica Biel of skincare advert fame, they're just so bland you find yourself willing their slaughter.

Despite its faults, and they are many, this film does offer some beautiful cinematography, including Leatherface in a feather snow which I found to be particularly touching (is that so wrong?) It just seems a shame that this film is burdened by the title of remake as it could have stood on its own two feet perfectly well without such big shoes to fill.

Overall a decent enough horror, with plenty of gore, but few genuine scares. Get the popcorn out it's a 5/10

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