I have yet to see the 1971 Straw Dogs (it’s on my Before I Turn 30 list), but I love that poster. The image of Dustin Hoffman in the broken glasses tells me everything I need to know about the film, a thriller about a man pushed to the edge of reason when they move to a small village where the locals prove anything but hospitable.
James Marsden fills in for Hoffman in the upcoming remake, and now dons the broken glasses for a remake of the iconic poster. There are a few twists: Screen Gems found a way to get Alexander Skarsgård’s beautiful Swedish face in the picture and added the slogan “Everyone has a breaking point.” The image can’t be as powerful four decades later, but this is smarter than your average poster. Kate Bosworth also stars in Straw Dogs, opening on September 16. See the new poster and its inspiration after the jump.
Click here for all our Straw Dogs coverage. Official synopsis:
David and Amy Sumner (James Marsden and Kate Bosworth), a Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife, return to her small hometown in the deep South to prepare the family home for sale after her father’s death. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, including Amy’s ex-boyfriend Charlie (Alexander Skarsgard), leading to a violent confrontation.
Thanks to director Rod Lurie for tweeting the link to the poster.
For your comparison, the original poster:
And because it’s vaguely relevant, the Tyler Perry take: