‘The Returned’ promo: A&E’s ‘zombie’ remake looks like an exact replica of the original

01.15.15 2 years ago

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Feeling a bit of deja vu at the moment.

I'm not categorically against remakes – the new “Poltergeist,” for example, is one of my most anticipated horror films of 2015 – but I'm not interested in those that fail to put a new spin on old material.

Needless to say, then, I'm not particularly encouraged by the first promo for A&E's “The Returned” (watch above), an English-language remake of the excellent French series “Les Revenants.” No joke: this literally looks like the exact same show.

You want examples? I've got plenty, from the near-identical Simons…

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To the fateful bus accident…

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To the emotional confrontation between sisters…

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To this reflective shot…

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To Lena's decaying flesh…

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To the creepy kid drawings…

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Etc., etc. (Believe me, there are more.)

All of which begs the question: was this remake of an already-excellent series really necessary? To make the concept more palatable for subtitle-averse American viewers, I suppose so. But despite boasting a talented cast (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jeremy Sisto) and acclaimed creator (“Lost” writer Carlson Cuse), the trailer doesn't provide much of a reason to watch for those who have already seen “Les Revenants.” And by the by, didn't they already kinda make this show for U.S. audiences?

“The Returned” premieres March 9 on A&E. “Les Revenants,” meanwhile, is now available to stream on Netflix.

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