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See Who Almost Directed the ‘Livide’ Remake

Next month marks the three year anniversary of Dimension Films acquiring Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s haunting Livide out of the Toronto International Film Festival. It was quickly announced that a remake would be in the works, but nothing ever came into fruition – with either film.

So, while we sit here in the States wondering if TWC-Dimension will ever release the original, there’s constant reports about the never-made Livide remake.

With IFC’s At the Devil’s Door now on VOD, Complex caught up with director Nicholas McCarthy, also director of The Pact, who tells of a time when he was sure his next movie was going to be Livid.

It was never announced that I was attached to it, but I was sure that it was going to be my third feature. That was the movie, though, where I realized that you can never be sure about anything. [Laughs.] I’m learning that all of those cliches are true. The remake had a couple of really good producers and it was written by a guy named David Burke, who’s the guy who wrote 13 Sins, which also premiered at SXSW this year. He’s a genius and kind of took Julien and Alexandre’s movie and made some kind of sense of it, but didn’t homogenize it in any way. I guess one of the reasons why I was so excited about it was that I’ve always wanted to do a vampire movie, and this was one that had a really insane third-act twist. We thought it was all set to go, but then, you know, everything fell through. [Laughs.] I’d still love to do it, but now I’m not formally attached to it anymore, which just means that that piece of paper has expired.

We have three reviews for the film that started with my positive one out of the TIFF 2011 World Premiere. David Harley also liked the film, when it screened at the 2011 Fantastic Fest, where Brad Hargue didn’t agree. I would have loved to see an English-language interpretation of the film – especially since McCarthy was looking at it from a vampire angle. A U.S. remake could have been radically different, and the fact that nobody knows what the hell Livide is, couldn’t hurt…

In the film, “It’s young Lucy’s first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly possesses a treasure somewhere in the house, Lucy and friends William and Ben decide to search the house in the hope of finding it. At night, they get into the house, which reveals itself to be increasingly peculiar. Their hunt for Mrs Jessel’s treasure leads them into a horrifying supernatural series of events that will change Lucy forever…




  • J Jett

    it’s beyond ridiculous that the original French movie STILL isn’t released (….not officially….cough….) here in the states.

  • Christensen

    This movie was so lame why would anyone remake it

    • T.J. Barber

      wow, what’s it like to be so unbelievably wrong?

      Aside form great direction and pacing, it’s one of the more unique stories to come out of horror in the last decade, with stylistic flourishes throwing nods to Suspiria and the slow burn classics of the 70s.

      • Christensen

        Must have watched the wrong movie because i remember seeing a pretentious, boring, half assed film with a seemingly unfinished script.

        • K-Dogg

          I think it’s each to their own, I want to see this, but havent had the chance to yet. Christensen, it reminds me of Under The Skin in the fact that it has a Love it or Hate it fanbase. I had read nothing but good stuff on it, watched it, found it soooo fucking boring. And all I had to put up with was people telling me it’s cause I’m stupid and I didnt get the film. Oh I got the film jackasses, and it’s 90 mins I will never EVER regain.

        • T.J. Barber

          Yep, that’s Cabin In The Woods you just described.

          Horror is like metal music isn’t it? It seems to be the case that there are subgroups that DO NOT mingle well.

          I guess there are those that cross the border… but really they just seem like they like everything and don’t have any taste then. I wouldn’t trust someone’s opinion if they said Aosoth and Five Finger Death Punch were their two favorite bands, in the same way I wouldn’t trust someone who absolutely loved both Livide and Paranormal Activity 2.

          • Christensen

            I don’t listen to metal. And I disliked PA2 and (especially) Cabin in the Woods, so I don’t really get the comparisons. I will say however that unlike those films Livide tried to be a genuine gothic horror film, but failed to achieve any type of atmosphere and just felt like a silly, cartoonish vampire film minus the fun. Worst French horror film to date in my opinion. I mean it wasn’t like, BAD bad, it was just extremely lame. I watched the film because I thought Inside was really good and Livide had the same crew behind it so I expected to see something similar, and this was basically a glorified unfinished mess.

          • T.J. Barber

            Hm weird, well we seem to be on the same page for taste (honestly, I want to shake your hand for thinking Cabin in the Woods was crap) alright, it’s just not for you, that’s all good. I honestly expected you to just have different tastes in flicks.

            Metal and horror tend to overlap, it felt like a safe bet for a comparison.

            I really don’t know how hyped Livide is though, I saw it last year and really found pretty much no one has heard of it, perhaps the lack of release has created a mysticism around it since then. When I think of overhyped french, I think of Martyrs, I actually despise that movie (the blatant no brains torture porn attitude and misogynism is offensive). But I love Inside and High Tension etc. I personally loved the atmosphere in Livide, the whole thing felt like Victorian shadowboxes to me. I was also happy it’s a vampire film exploring the family aspect rather than the romance, I’m tired of vampire romance.

  • Krug09

    Anywhere i can see this movie? Shit its been years no release.

    • J Jett

      Krug…it’s ….cough….in the usual places……

      i know my thread will get deleted for bringing this up but when movies like this (Phoughkeepsie Tapes, etc, etc, etc) stay in DVD/BR release limbo, and if said movie is online, i don’t think getting it that way is being unreasonable.

      • Krug09


        • There are numerous international releases of Livide on dvd and blu from the UK, Australia, France etc. They’re easily available through outlets like Diabolik DVD, Ebay, Amazon etc.

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