Two things get me about this story (Xmas movie release offends religious groups).
Firstly, when will lobby groups realise that campaigning against films just gives those very films free publicity! I for one had never heard of Black Christmas (the original or the remake). Now I'm like, 'Cool! I'll have to check that out.'
I sometimes wonder if these so-called 'religious groups' such as Liberty Group are really just fronts for guerilla marketing campaigns. I mean, it's not easy to raise ire. I once tried to raise some ire to help publicise a project I was involved in, with little success. There must be some hard core infrastructure in place to raise this much ire.
Secondly, do we *really* need another horror film remake? I wrote a piece about the phenomenon back in April (Horror remakes: one more for the road), and I thought it was peaking back then.
Although, you start getting into this whole thing about originality, and what does that really mean?
For example, Storm Warning is being hailed as new big thing coming out of the Australian horror film-making scene, but the plot sounds pretty much like every other "watch out for the hillbillies" film ever made (TCM, The Hills Have Eyes, and so on).
Either way - 'original' idea or remake - writers are getting paid, so why do I care?