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The ‘Flatliners’ Remake Trailer is DOA

Ellen Page;James Norton;Nina Dobrev;Diego Luna;Kiersey Clemons

Today isn’t a good day to die.

In Joel Schumacher’s 1990 cult Flatliners, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon and Julia Roberts, four Medical students experiment on “near death” experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives.

On September 29, 2017, Sony Pictures plays God once again with their own version of Flatliners, this time featuring Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemons.

Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, the first trailer has been zapped to life, only it’s DOA. While the original film was dark, gritty and absolutely terrifying, this new version looks like it’s trying to be hip and cool and ends up landing somewhere between Limitless and “The OA”. The “modern take” looks anything but scary, not to mention the dialogue is beyond cringeworthy (“It’s like her brain’s been rewired!”). They may as well have used a somber rendition of Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart”, which I’m sure was discussed. Frankly, I’m embarrassed for this movie.

If anything positive has come of this, it’s the ridiculously cool poster that we’ve shared below.


In Flatliners, five medical students, hoping to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment. By stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience.   As the investigation becomes more and more perilous, they are forced to confront the sins of their pasts, as well as contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.

One change is that there’s an additional student. Otherwise, the only real insight we have is that Ben Ripley’s screenplay is secretly a sequel. In fact, Kiefer Sutherland returns to his role from 27 years ago.

I play a professor at the medical university,” Sutherland told Metro last July. “It is never stated but it will probably be very clearly understood that I’m the same character I was in the original ‘Flatliners’ but that I have changed my name and I’ve done some things to move on from the experiments that we were doing in the original film.

Sutherland played Nelson Wright in the original film, a medical student who wanted to see what the afterlife held by allowing himself, and his partners, to be killed only to be resuscitated minutes afterward.

I loved making the first film and when I was asked if I would be interested in taking part in this, it didn’t take more than a minute to say yes,” Sutherland excitedly told the site.

Ray (Diego Luna), Courtney (Ellen Page) and Marlo (Nina Dobrev) after Marlo’s flatline in Columbia Pictures’ FLATLINERS.



  • Jack Derwent

    If Brad “Blair Witch is the second coming of horror” Miska thinks it’s bad, then…

    • Its gonna be a masterpiece!

      Or at least watchable

    • J Jett

      Jack, EXACTLY! LOL. after all the god awful crap Brad has declared as “AMAZING/GAME CHANGING/etc.” , this new FLATLINERS film will probably end up being good if not great. LOL.

    • American Atheist

      He shit all over ParaNorman and I love that movie.

      • Jack Derwent

        I remember him complaining that the zombies weren’t menacing enough. The point just flew over his head.

    • James

      Hahaha yeah after all of his praising of that dull film I can’t take his word seriously.

  • It doesn’t look great. It’s just…bland

  • The aesthetic and the tone differs quite a lot from the original, this one looks more boombastic (and trippy), hope they made something interesting in it’s own way.

  • Buddy Repperton

    Would Ellen Page be considered a lesbian twink given that she doesn’t even look like she’s hit puberty yet?

    • pablitonizer

      You made my day with ur comment

    • J Jett

      Ellen is awesome.

      • Buddy Repperton

        And once she hits puberty and becomes a big girl she will be even more awesome. Plus she’ll get to finally sit at the grown up table at Thanksgiving and X-mas.

        • Jack Derwent

          Most straight people who aren’t bothered by gay people period aren’t bothered by her.

        • J Jett

          no, she’s awesome because she’s an excellent actress. who cares about what her sexuality is. you in the closet? you seem overly focused on who’s gay and who isn’t. it’s ok little one. you can come out of that self hating closet you’re stuck in.

          • Buddy Repperton

            Aside from Juno and Inception she really hasn’t done much, but that’s just my opinion. Another day, another J Jett post accusing someone of being gay as an insult because he can’t handle someone criticizing something he likes. Don’t worry Jett, someday you’ll die just like everyone else and the torturous never ending roller coaster ride of mental illness and emotional instability will finally be all over.

  • The_Gentleman

    Dumb remake to an already dumb original film. This will flop so hard. May as well already put it on DVD. Poor Ellen Page. She deserves better roles.

  • Looks more like a sequel to “The Lazarus Effect”.

    • Scott Baiowulfgang Amadeus

      Blumhouse tried to get the rights to Flatliners, when that didn’t work they just made the exact same movie with a different title.

    • diapers

      I always thought the Lazarus Effect was kind of like the bastard child of the original Flatliners with a dose of Re-animator. But a bit less fun than either.


    Has any remake of an ’80s horror movie been good? I can’t think of any off the top of my head. I guess the Colin Farrell Fright Night was decent.

    • Gildeneye

      Hummm… Evil Dead

      • MODOK

        Oh right, that was a good one.

    • Moonshadow Dark

      Friday the 13th was a pretty decent remake that felt like a sequel.

  • Creepshow

    Die…and do not resuscitate.

  • Scott Johanson

    Dawn Of The Dead. I really cringed when I heard they were going to remake my #1 horror movie bar none. HOWEVER Ving Rhames changed my mind a little and you know what I could not believe it, it was all right. Another was The Karate Kid, cringed again however Jackie Chan really changed my mind and you know what Jackie Chan should have been nominated for best actor for his role as Mr. Han. I keep playing the scene where Mr. Han breaks down and how the kid brings him back out of his depression and the scene of the twirling sticks and that Hans Zimmer’s music kicks in, I get goose bumps every time I see it. The ending was a little different (cobra trance, which I really liked and I did like the way Mr. Han teaches (Jacket). I’d give it a chance because Kiefer Sutherland will portray the same character in the movie however only just a cameo I would be very disappointed. Oh, and how about Planet Of The Apes, not Tim Burton’s but the other ones that came after. I think that has to be the best remakes, reboots ever. Have not been to the movies in a while but I AM WAITING patiently for War For The Planet Of The Apes to come out, I will be going to the movie theater for that one.

    • Darkside

      But it was Kung Fu. Still drives me crazy.

      • jurgmandr

        Exactly. That still drives me crazy that they called it karate kid even though it had zero karate in it. They were just capitalizing on the name. Can’t wait for karate kid 2 where he goes to brazil to learn capoeira smfh

    • pablitonizer

      The karate kid was a complete abomination up and down, east to west! Gosh, they teach kung fu not karate, and Jayden Smith is the biggest mess of the film. I only give credit to Jackie chan though

  • Seal Clubber

    It doesn’t look too bad …. I’ll give it a chance.

  • jurgmandr

    Could be ok. I’ll probably watch it

  • Moonshadow Dark

    It’s a sequel, not a remake.

    • Sharky66

      It is the exact same plot. It is not a sequel.

      • Moonshadow Dark

        So Ghostbusters II is a remake then?

  • Cody

    I think it looks pretty good for what it is. If a smaller studio like Blumhouse or A24 were doing this, no doubt it would be darker in tone like the first. But ya know Sony, they gotta go all out. I love both Ellen Page and Nina Dobrev so I’m already sold. Plus it’s a sequel/reboot so it’s not trying to change the original at all.

    • J Jett

      same here! i love Ellen & Nina!

  • Brey Compton Arriaga

    It looks like something, I’m actually very excited by this movie, didn’t know about the original, but the second I read this was a remake and had Julia Roberts in the original, I ran to watch the trailer for that movie, so I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time, it’s definitely on my calendar for this year’s horror releases!!

  • Mike Gionfriddo

    I have the script if anyone is interested. Email me at

  • Travis_Bickle

    What is this crap!?!?! If you tell me Ellen Paige is in a movie you guarantee me not watching it. She’s like a sandwich somebody farted on.

    • American Atheist

      She’s awful. She’s just as annoying as Jennifer Lawrence.

      • Travis_Bickle

        Oh god….Jennifer Lawrence is another that if I see there name in the credits…I WILL NOT watch it.

        • American Atheist

          She singled handedly ruined the last couple of X-Men movies (especially that shit-fest Apocalypse).

          • Daxtreme

            Now it’s reported she’s returning for X-Men: Dark Phoenix coming out next year. I’m so done with these shitty X-Men movies.

          • American Atheist

            I agree about the X-Men movies. She was too much of a diva to wear blue makeup in Apocalypse (even though her character is blue). Apocalypse was the last straw for me. I enjoyed the future scenes in DOFP but hated how the film’s plot revolved around Mystique for no fucking reason besides it being JLaw. Awful.

            X-Men, X2, Deadpool and Logan are the only X-Men movies I like. The rest are absolute shit. The timeline is so messed up now it doesn’t even matter anymore. Dark Phoenix again? X3 shit all over that storyline.

  • J Jett

    wow! this looks really good! i was never a big fan of the original film (i barely remember it) but this new version, much to my surprise, looks really good! i love Ellen Page & Nina Dobrev so that helps!

  • Kyle Cole

    This looks awesome!!!!!

  • diapers

    Man, who wrote this article, Negative Nancy? The bright environments and good looking youngsters don’t bother me a bit, and it also appears the flick takes a turn towards darker filmography once the shit hits the fan. Only complaint I have is dude who has Liam Neeson hair from Phantom Menace… what is this, 1999? Lol.

    • James

      Exactly. I was shocked that it looked like they’re actually taking this seriously and was way more intrigued than I thought it would be. This author is super negative.

    • Tiger Quinn

      Just because YOU are easily entertained does not reflect on other people. If I jingle my keys in front of you and you laugh, that’s not a reflection on ME being something.

      • diapers

        Well, I’ll give you a jingling key award for making no sense, but thanks for replying. Stay off the drugs, kid.

  • Jimmy B

    Pretty sure this is a sequel, not a remake. Kiefer Sutherland apparently makes a cameo playing his character from the original. They just ballsed it up with the name like The Thing prequel.

  • Sykes

    Huh. Doesn’t actually look terrible after all.

  • necroturky

    OK I gave it a chance and it looks good.

  • DR

    “They may as well have used a somber rendition of Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart” ahahahahahahahah. So true it hurts.

  • Munchie

    Trailer’s not awful, as disposable entertainment goes. Diego Luna is a horrible actor. Better article title would have been “Here’s the new ‘Flatliners’ trailer. What do you think?”

    • Sharky66

      Or rather “Flatliners Sony Remakes ‘R Us cash grabbers.”

  • Bloodspatta

    I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve seen it. Trailer looks alright.

  • marshally

    Big fan of the original, I try to give remakes a chance before critiquing. Still waiting for a Brainstorm remake to happen.

    • Tiger Quinn

      Hush your evil mouth. That movie is perfect.

  • I think this looks great!

  • Tiger Quinn

    Yet again: the exact same movie. Although I always though the original copped out about “there’s nothing that came back with them it’s just their existential guilt” idea and maybe this one is actually going to go for it. But I have many doubts.

  • The conspiractor

    BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Every damn time…

  • Wyatt

    I am somewhat down…..BUT DAMMIT IT NEEDS BACON!!

  • Sharky66

    Today is a good day for Hollywood to die.

    Sony really has reached the pathetic levels of remakes only. Nothing new.

    I am just waiting to see how many idiotic jackarses in the world actually attempt this for fun.

    • Daxtreme

      For real, Sony/Screen Gem is the poster child for soulless and bland remakes. Their worst one was that garbage Prom Night remake. That was atrocious!

  • Frank Popp Jr.

    I really enjoyed the original… But this also looks pretty good.

  • Mark Trammell

    If anything, nice to hear good use of Jane’s Addiction in a movie trailer. The movie just looks serviceable at best, though. Hopefully, it’ll at least be better than Flatliners wanna-be The Lazarus Effect.

  • juice2305

    Here we go again, Hollywood is about to f—- up another classic. Flatliner’s is one of my favorite movies from the 90s. When I was crazy about Julia Roberts. Kevin Bacon has always been one of my favorite actors and of course we can’t leave out Jack Bauer. I think it’s really a damn shame that we get nothing from Hollywood but sequels, prequels and re-makes. Are you serious? And they are getting paid for this. I wouldn’t go see this movie for FREE

    • azoreseuropa

      To be honest with you. It was okay movie to me from the 90s and I never liked Julia Robert. Jack Bauer wasn’t so bad actor. I will watch this movie to compare from the 90’s. You need to stay open mind, juice. 🙂

      • juice2305

        Your opinion and you are entitled to it. But I stand by my comment as well. Just like you didn’t like Julia and I did. We just have different opinions and tastes, that’s all. It has nothing to do with being open minded. And it appears to be a fact that Hollywood has nothing original to offer, that’s why all we get from them is remakes, sequels and prequels. And I can name several Hollywood remakes that sucked royally. But then again, that would just be my opinion.

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