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What the world needs now is another insta-forgettable remake of a bona fide horror classic like I need a stake through the heart.

When the Crazies remake rolls out in the new year, I’m going to be crossing the fingers on both hands and hoping for it to be a corker. On one hand because it’s a remake of George Romero’s The Crazies, a wonderful film that doesn’t need a lame looky-likey cousin, and on the other hand because director Breck Eisner has now signed on to direct the remake of David Cronenberg’s superb paedophobia chiller The Brood. A duff Brood do-over would sting and so I want to believe in Eisner, not spend a few months living in dread.

If you haven’t seen the original, here’s a brief, spoiler-free breakdown. Nola Carveth is a patient at the Somafree Institute of Psychoplasmatics, a typically creepy, mysterious and, basically, Cronenbergian medical facility. At the same time, her ex-husband is being haunted by Don’t Look Now-alike little strange figures. These two circumstances are not merely coincidental… the human body is capable of some rather strange and scary things.

Eisner was attached to the Creature From the Black Lagoon remake that has just swapped hands to Carl Erik Rinsch. Seems that he’s set on some kind of monster action for his next outing either way.

There’s something essentially 70s about Cronenberg’s set up that would only really work if the new film is a period piece or reinvented a touch. I’d argue for the reinvention. Indeed, the further this remake is away from the original, the more interested I’ll be in seeing it. I guess I’d say that of any remake.

The script for this Brood do-over is by Cory Goodman, reminds The LA Times. He’s the chap who wrote Priest, Scott Stewart’s next-but-one Paul Bettany action thriller after Legion.

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