Wes Craven’s original tale of torture and revenge is warmed up and reserved, and on the whole, I actually like this remake better than the original. The cast is very good, especially the victimized daughter, played by Sara Paxton. I loved seeing Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter fight fire with fire to avenge their daughter. The lakeside scene is more humiliating in the original film, but I found this remake to be better in every other possible way. I realize I’m in the minority with this flick, but I’m not sure why. Yes, it’s violent, and maybe a little gratuitous (only at the very end, really). So what? I expect no less from a horror movie. Critics are always unfair to the horror genre, but I can’t help thinking they are coming down especially hard on this movie because of some deeper ideology. I think they are afraid to advocate the mentality of “eye for an eye”. Look, I’m pretty liberal, but if I had a daughter and she was raped and left for dead, I would do the exact same thing Tony and Monica do in this movie, and so would most people. It’s human nature. And what’s scarier than the dark recesses of our own primal instincts?
Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)