I have a new crop of grandchildren (Eli being the youngest) that end at ten (my first wave are all either in college or high school seniors now) and so that makes it even more fun.
I like scary movies and I always hope a remake will be better but they so rarely are. I hated The Astronaut's Wife, for example, with Charlize Theron and Johnny Depp because it ripped so much off from Rosemary's Baby (a modern day classic). I like the actors, just hated the script.
Over a decade ago, I went to the movies with my husband to see a remake we hoped we would love. Catherine Zeta Jones was in it, so he was pretty sure he was going to love it regardless. And he enjoyed it but loved the original better. I hated the 1999 film but loved the original starring Julie Harris.
Julie Harris is a really amazing actress. She lacked the whatever to be a conventional female lead (maybe she had too much talent for that) but when she had a lead she usually ran with it. She starred opposite James Dean in East of Eden and she's famous for playing pre-teen Frankie in A Member of the Wedding.
But what studios should have done, if they gave a damn, was cast Ms. Harris in the scary movies. She is perfect for them and The Haunting is a wonderful film. It all figures around her performance and I think that's part of the problem with the remake. Lili Taylor is a powerful actress but the script (remake) seemed to add on too much for the other characters while taking away from Ms. Taylor's character.
The premise of the film is that Julie Harris and three others go to a house to investigate whether or not it is haunted. I would recommend you pop some popcorn, get your beverage in a 32 ounce cup, and prepare to sit in front of the TV without moving until the end of the film.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" from today:
the new york times