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Well-produced but uneven and bland remake of a horror classic. It has some great visual ideas and an effective score, but the filmmakers seem unsure about what type of film they are making, with the script's attempts at humor and characterization more miss than hit. But the deal-breaker is that the film's never actually scary. The best thing about it is, as soon as it's over, you feel an overwhelming desire to pop in a copy of the original Tobe Hooper/Spielberg classic and watch it with renewed enthusiasm.
Text © Ahmed Khalifa. 2015.