Originally Posted by General Kenobi
This was not a copy of the original, it was not meant to be funny and if you thought from the trailer or even from the original that you were going to get some complex character study in the mix you were fooling yourself. This was simply a rebirth of grade A practical effects in horror film making with a fantastic performance by Jane Levy, an otherwise forgettable cast, and a familiar narrative with oodles of atmosphere. I enjoyed it for exactly that. I thought the trailers were pretty black and white so not sure what folks were expecting to get beyond the trailer on steroids.
Oh please, I wasn't even referring to "complex character study". Noone was. But I suppose I would like to think that with the passage of time, they could have upped the ante on virtually every element of the original, and made it a hell of a lot better. They didn't do that.
I am glad that you were able to strip away your expectations for the film, and enjoy it for what it was. I suppose to say it's often tough to approach a remake without making comparisons with the original. I still think the ideal situation with a remake is to not only impress new audiences, but to leave the original in the dust for those familar with the original.