Eli Roth says Death Wish isn't pro-gun, must have seen a different movie than we did

Having caught an advance screening of Death Wish last week out of pure morbid curiosity, we have to ask—did we watch the same movie as Eli Roth did? Because in a new interview with EW, the director of the Death Wish remake—in which Bruce Willis plays a successful Chicago surgeon who gets cucked when his daughter and…

Neither Death Wish film dares to grapple with the anti-vigilante stance of the novel

Brian Garfield’s 1972 book Death Wish was written as a challenge to audiences. The impulse behind its premise is understandable, even sympathetic: A man craves revenge after his wife is killed and his daughter raped in a horrific attack. With the NYPD unable to catch the perpetrators and seemingly powerless against…

Bruce Willis has a Death Wish in Eli Roth's faithfully fascist, gun-nut remake

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There’s bad timing, and then there’s releasing a new Death Wish movie right now. This slick, gory remake of the “classic” Charles Bronson vigilante potboiler was originally scheduled to open last November, before someone reasoned that a movie about an aging white dude on a rampage might not play so hot in the…

The Death Wish trailer proves that yes, someone thought this was a good idea

The Death Wish remake moves the vigilante action from New York to Chicago, in what we hope is just a nod to the ending of the first film, and not some Trump fan service. But as we see in this first trailer, many of the original franchise’s markers remain otherwise in place—Paul Kersey’s (Bruce Willis) wife and…

Joe Carnahan thinks his version of Death Wish would ass-whomp Eli Roth’s

When Joe Carnahan left MGM and Paramount’s remake of the crude ’70s revenge thriller Death Wish, he did it with all the tact and good-neighbor diplomacy of someone calling the studio exec he was dealing with a “gutless turd.” Which is ironic, considering he was trying to bring a more thoughtful and meditative…

The Nice Guys’ Beau Knapp to play bad guy in Death Wish remake

As long as we’re coming to terms with the fact that Eli Roth will likely be making the Death Wish reboot into Hostel Part IV: Death Wish Takes Manhattan, we might as well start focusing on the two-dimensional scuzzballs that Bruce Willis’ protagonist will be offing with his hand cannon. It appears as though the chief…

Death Wish pioneers a new action hero: the angry middle-aged vigilante

Jeff Goldblum’s distinguished four-decade film career began memorably, with the actor howling, “I kill rich cunts like you!” at a terrified Oscar nominee in the first Death Wish movie. Goldblum’s first-ever screen credit is the gibbering, psychopathic “Freak #1,” and you can immediately tell it’s him. Bringing the…

Enjoy Death Wish the way it was intended—with Bert and Ernie

Sesame Street resident Ernie knows a good movie when he sees it. It has to have funny parts, sad parts, surprising parts, and Charles Bronson tearing somebody’s private parts off. That’s why the 1974 vigilante film Death Wish, starring Bronson as widower who seeks vengeance on his wife’s killers, is the perfect choice…