If you said "Eli Roth," then you're psychic. (Or you read the recent interview over at Fango.) Turns out that in addition to projects like Endangered Species and Thanksgiving, Mr. Roth is also involved with a faux-doco possession thriller called Cotton, a POV slasher flick called Psycho Killer, and (if he has his way) a new version of Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse! Now that's a remake I can actually get behind, for most of the reasons that Eli mentions below:
"The first half is brilliant-they set up these great characters-and then they pay off none of them. You have Marco the Magician sawing his daughter in half, the brothers who run the carnival and the funhouse setting. And then it's all about this weird mutant thing. It should be about the kids getting killed in horrible ways, put in different contraptions in the funhouse and the final girl being strapped into the ride and sent into the tunnels to be confronted by terrifying tableaux of her dead friends. A smart remake could be so much fun."
And here's a strange bit of trivia regarding the original flick: Dean Koontz wrote a novelization of the screenplay, but the flick got delayed a bit, which means the book actually came out first. The film is NOT based on a Koontz novel, but in fact it's the other way around. Dorky horror trivia like that is why I'm here.
Thoughts? Opinings? Do you love The Funhouse so much that you can't stomach the idea of a remake? Or does this one actually sound like a good idea? Lord knows with Gorehound Roth at the helm, this remake would be no lame-ass PG-13 affair.