When is Hollywood going to learn that they need to stop remaking classic horror films of the ’70’s and ’80’s? There is absolutely no need to take something that is sacred in the hearts of horror lovers everywhere, other than money (of course), and most of the time those remakes result in something that completely lost sight of what the original film actually had–A Nightmare on Elm Street anyone?
There are rare cases when a remake is done right, even surpassing the original film. For example, the 2010 remake of the George A. Romero classic, The Crazies, was an improved version of the horror hit. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Romero, but I also LOVE my Timothy Olyphant. The man looks mighty fine in uniform.
The remake had a much faster and exciting pace than the original slow burn style that Romero used making for a faster watch. We also got to know the main characters in the movie, making it easier for us to sympathize with them for all that they have to go through.
Another remake which did the job right was the 2006 film, The Hills Have Eyes, directed by Alexandre Aja. The movie is an obvious remake to the Wes Craven classic about a family who’s RV breaks down in the middle of the desert and then are brutally stalked and attacked by psychopaths living within the hills.
Personally, I enjoyed the remake much better than the original. I love Aja’s directing style and although he does have a tendency to be overly gory in his films, we learned a lot about the characters in the movie. The audience gets to see the family members interact with each other for some time before the action really picks up and when it does, we feel horribly sorry for everything that they are going through. Aja’s storytelling allowed us to relate to the characters, love them, and root for them! Not many remakes go through the process of characterization.
The Hills Have Eyes and The Crazies are just two examples of decent remakes out of the hundreds of horrible, god-awful remakes that keep coming out year after year.
The 2003 remake of Tobe Hooper’s, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, wasn’t completely terrible but in no way did it even come close to the original film. The 1973 classic was and still is one of the rare movies that makes me feel dirty and need to take a shower.
The style of the film, along with the eery atmosphere that it created, made one feel as if they were watching something that was real. During the time, the film was known for being extremely gory, however, Hooper never showed a drop of blood in the entire film.
The original Chainsaw Massacre was a rare horror film that looked and felt real and relied on sounds and and images to help create fear. The sound of the chainsaw along with the protagonist’s screaming as she runs through a dark woods will forever be with me. The remake didn’t do any of that.
Instead of being subtle as Hooper did, Director Marcus Nispel tried making the remake “scarier” by including more blood and gore, immediately starting with a a scene where a girl blows her brains out. Was it absolutely necessary? No. But, nowadays, directors and production companies think that more blood and gore is all audiences want. Indeed, there are horror fans and moviegoers who do only care about gore and I find that to be sad.
If a movie mainly relies on grossing you out and just spilling blood all over the screen, there really isn’t much depth or point to the film at all. I was extremely upset with the remake of A Nightmare on Elm street because we didn’t really get to know the characters as we did in the original. Not to mention that the new Nancy(Rooney Mara) was not as strong and fearless as original Nancy was (Heather Langenkamp).
A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of my all time favorite horrors and the remake completely ruined it. There were classic scenes, such as Freddy’s glove coming out of the bathtub while Nancy sleeps, featured in the film, but there was nothing really done with it; the scene was completely wasted and not used to its potential.
I become enraged every time I hear about a remake coming out, thinking about how the younger generation of moviegoers won’t even know that it’s a remake and they will never know how good the original film was.
My anger grew larger when I found out that they are going to remake the 1981 cult hit, The Evil Dead.The original told a story of a group of twentysomething friends staying in a cabin in the middle of the woods. The friends find a Book of the Dead and unknowingly unleash demons who possess them one by one.
The classic starred Bruce Campbell as the badass, Ash, who horror fans know and love all too well. Sam Raimi, the film’s original director, will be producing this film along with Campbell. But, get this–there will be no Ash character in the film. WHAT? NO ASH? How could you remake one of the most beloved campy horror films of the past twenty years and not include the character who made the movie so enjoyable to watch?!
I was immediately hesitant to the remake at first but when I found out that Ash’s character will not be featured, I became completely against the movie. Although Campbell does have a cameo, it’s still not the same.
Along with The Evil Dead remake, which can be expected in 2012, there will also be remakes of the ’80’s Troma film, Mother’s Day, and a reboot of the campy cheesefest, Chopping Mall.
When will it all end? Hopefully soon, or else, there will be nothing left to cherish in horror. I guess nothing is sacred when it comes to the movie business.