Just a few months ago, Shudder premiered Terrified, an Argentinian horror film that created quite a bit of buzz in the horror community. Released right before Halloween, it was lauded to its originality and plethora of scares. It was a film that had me scared to walk just across the hall to the bathroom. And now, in an interview with THR, director Guillermo del Toro has announced that he is producing a remake.
Terrified, directed by Demian Rugna, is all about the paranormal. It is part haunted house movie, part horror anthology, and all horrifying. In the briefest of descriptions, a group of paranormal investigators are examining increasingly terrifying events unfolding in a Buenos Aires neighborhood. They find something beyond explanation.
In Nightmare on Film Street’s review of the film, Kimberley Elizabeth said:
Though a bit of a jumble, Terrified serves up several, fresh, frightening and jaw-dropping sequences. With spooks worthy of the James Waniverse, horror fans will surely eat up some truly terrifying and original sequences that elevate it beyond standard jump scare fare.
She also predicted the English remake. Check out the full review if you don’t believe me.
With a film that just came out this year, it seems strange to already remake it, especially for English-speaking audiences. The film (streaming on Shudder) is amazing and doesn’t need special treatment for those who don’t want to read subtitles. That being said, del Toro is a talented filmmaker and producer, so if there’s someone to adapt a Spanish-language film to English, it would be him. Rugna is also reportedly on board to direct the remake for Fox Searchlight. Perhaps a team like Rugna and del Toro will prove my doubts misplaced.