HORROR REMAKES, Are they warranted?

Our head film reviewer, Brad Bruce, delves into what warrants a horror movie remake. And whether or not we even need them to begin with.

When is a remake warranted?

If a film made in the 20’s to the early 60’s is good, but it just didn’t capture the essence of what the creators were trying to accomplish because of budget,effects, or just bad acting, then maybe a remake is worthy,but only after careful consideration is taken to assure it’s being done for the right reasons. All the remakes of today seem to be just a way to regurgitate old story’s and make a fast buck.

Studios and producers forgot about a little thing called originality. No one is making original films anymore, and if they do it’s all just “torture porn”. A creepy guy has locked a bunch of unsuspecting individuals or teenagers on holiday, in a giant building, no one has any business going in anyway, and for a lack of a better term, he  tortures the shit out of them.(let us all yawn in unison)

It’s time to take horror back! Back to a time where it meant something to make a film. Where a group of filmmakers got together and made movies that made us jump and laugh and want to experience it  over and over again.

Today’s horror has lost it’s style. Horror films of the 70’s and 80’s were special. They paved the way for new filmmakers to continue in their bloody footsteps.  Did you get that? Not to recreate films but to make their own.It is really time to give the new horror fans a touch of the old school and rekindle something that has long since passed.

It seems as though every time you pick up a magazine or search the net, another classic scary movie is being remade. Do we really need a new MICHAEL MYERS? No. because JOHN CARPENTER and DEBRA HILL did it right the first time back in 1978. The list goes on like this, JASON VOORHEES,FREDDY KRUEGER,LEATHERFACE. I thought if someone made something fake and tried to pass it off as original, it was illegal? Remakes are the same thing.

They, for the most part, should be illegal! It”s not that hard to be inspired by a classic horror film and spawn an original idea that follows the basic formula of film,adding to it your own twists and turns that make it unique. But it’s up to you, the fans to put a stop to this. Demand real gore again. We want horror that’s new and good again, not some recycled low grade knock off.

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  3 comments for “HORROR REMAKES, Are they warranted?

  1. August 9, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    I couldn’t agree more. There are so many fresh, original talented people out there I just don’t get why they keep recycling things continuously instead of just making new and better things.

  2. August 9, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    In principle I would suggest there is nothing wrong with a remake. The problem is most of them ending up sucking because they seem to be getting made for the wrong reason, which is to merely cash in on a brand that is already established, that the masses will likely flock to regardless of the crap that is churned out. A built in audience.

    I loathed the NOES remake, so did 99.9% of people I know who saw it, however we all went to see it anyway for various reasons. Mostly curiosity.

    John Carpenter’s The Thing was a remake. So was Invasion of the Body Snatchers(donald sutherland). Bot are superior to the original, IMO.

    So to me the issue isn’t this thing called “remakes” it is the fact that they end up sucking that is the issue.

  3. August 10, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    I see your point a view and I do agree I just go bit further. Ok, The Thing was a remake but it is at good as it gets, even if the new one is any good, the original is still a masterpiece. In the end the old version will forever be celebrated and the new one will be forgotten. So, my question is, why bother?
    I’m calling out on remakes, because there must be a point to them. And what I see is the creation of a “remake culture” when there’s still much to be explored, many taboos to break, many audiences to reach. There is no point in making remakes when the originals are already good, and there’s no point in doing them just because. Finally, I don’t agree with the studios argument that the remakes are being done to reach new audiences. Frankly, there’s the internet and very good rental services, people just don’t know about older movies only if they don’t want to.
    Sorry about my long exposition.

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