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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