Here’s a film we haven’t heard about in a while…but will undoubtedly get tongues wagging. If you don’t know Sam Peckinpah‘s “Straw Dogs,” its reputation precedes it. The hard-to-watch film starred Dustin Hoffman as a mild-mannered man who is forced to violently reckon with his own masculinity after his wife is brutally raped and he must defend his home against the perpetrators. It’s uneasy stuff that was lightning rod for controversy back in the day, and will likely stir up similar sentiment now. But regardless, director Rod Lurie (“The Contender,” “Nothing But The Truth“) has forged ahead with a remake and EW (print edition, not yet online) has some stills from the film.
The new version stars James Marsden and Kate Bosworth as the couple under fire, with Alexander Skarsgård leading the antagonists. “This is not a soft movie,” Lurie told the magazine. While we’ll have to wait and see how the director switches things up — or not — from Peckinpah’s film, he did say last year, the the film builds to “a very long 25-minute action sequence at the end of the movie.”
“People leave this movie saying they need a drink,” Lurie told EW and we believe it. “Straw Dogs” hits on September 16th.