A new international trailer has arrived for the 2017 version of Flatliners. While remakes in general are popular in Hollywood currently, the genre most commonly associated with them is definitely horror. Successful horror films are almost always a lock to earn sequels, as most fright flicks don't cost much to make when compared to the dollars they haul in. If sequels don't happen - or when a franchise runs its course - the next move is usually remaking the original, in the hopes of duplicating what worked with audiences the first time around.
The next horror remake to make its way to theaters is Flatliners, based on Joel Schumacher's 1990 cult hit starring big names like Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, and Julia Roberts. Flatliners centers on a group of young medical students who - in the pursuit of both knowledge and a thrill - intentionally kill each other, at least for a few minutes. Unfortunately, coming back from beyond the grave isn't without its side effects, such as terrifying reckonings with the ghosts of one's past.
Last month, Flatliners (2017) received its first trailer, and today brings the arrival of the remake's second international trailer. While it's debatable whether today is a good day to die - as the characters in both films are fond of saying - it's certainly a good day to watch a trailer about people dying, at least for those who dig their dramas with a supernatural bent. Check it out above.
Interestingly enough, while one couldn't tell by any of the trailers and marketing for the film so far, Sony's new Flatliners isn't entirely a remake, but instead an odd hybrid of remake and loose sequel. The original premise and seemingly most of the plot points and central group dynamics are being retained, with the added twist that Sutherland is set to reprise his old character of Nelson Wright. It remains to be seen what actual effect he will have on the story though, or how he will come in contact with this other group of misguided physicians in training.
For a movie as obsessed with death as Flatliners was, it's a bit strange that none of the original main quintet actually died permanently as a result of their dangerous experiments. One wonders if the members of the 2017 film's cast - headed up by Ellen Page, Diego Luna, and Nina Dobrev - will ultimately emerge from the situation as lucky as their predecessors did.
Source: Sony Pictures
- Flatliners (2017) release date: Sep 29, 2017