one of the keys to a great horror film is that at least half of the major characters need to die. in this film only three of the seven family members die and they’re all older anyway. in dawn of the dead half of them die, in texas chainsaw massacre more than half die, same for shining, aliens, night of the living dead, evil dead, etc. i don’t remember the original being any better or worse than this one. directed by the same french guy (aja) who did high tension. kathleen quinlan does a good job as the mother and ted levine does a good job as the father. interestingly, ted levine is just as good as a villain (silence of the lambs, joy ride) as he is a good guy (this, heat, etc.). underrated actor with a unique voice.