It was recently announced that a remake to 80's horror classic 'Poltergeist' is in the works. It's produced by Sam Raimi ('Spider Man', 'Evil Dead') and will be directed by Gil Keenan (Monster House).
It will boast an impressive cast, including Sam Rockwell, but it begs the question; is this the best you can do Hollywood?
The remake machine has been rampant the past few years, and no genre of film has been regurgitated as often or as poorly as horror.
The problem when you thaw off concepts like 'A Nightmare On Elm St', or 'Friday The 13th', or 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' is that you can't retain whatever charm and innovation these films had to offer in the first place. There can be no new shock, or thrill to be had by an idea that was (near) perfect in its original form. And while you can twist and do variations, it's at the expense of new ideas, stories, and themes that might expand horror movies into the 21st century.
I haven't seen the 'Evil Dead' remake, but I've heard decent things. And while most remakes are terrible, there's fun to be had in redo's of 'Dawn Of The Dead', and even Rob Zombie's 'Halloween' which was a mess, but had moments of brilliance.
There's been lost of positive hype about the upcoming remake of 'Carrie' starring talented actress Chloe Grace Moretz. This will be the second horror remake she's involved in.
There's just too much of 'been there and done that' going on in cinema these days. It's as if the well has truly run dry, and artistry has lost out solely to commerce.
This of course has been a problem in Hollywood for the beginning. But movie's like 'House Of The Devil' and 'You're Next' should be more celebrated and successful. These are unique horror flicks. And while they may borrow from the past, they're at least variations a theme.
It just seems sad that you can look at any horror classic and rest assured that eventually it will be remade, almost always a shadow of its former self and seemingly unnecessary.
The best remakes are ones that take the original material into wildly different direction, and the best of these would be John Carpenter's 'The Thing.' It's perhaps the best remake in movie history.
But Carpenter's film's have been remade throughout the years, and not one can be said to be an improvement on his material.
In the end, as long as audience's line up for remakes, and don't turn out for movies like 'You're Next' the remake machine will never stop. But without more original films to choose from, how will that ever change?
And for every good remake that's out there; wouldn't that talent be better served offering us something new?
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