Friday, January 09, 2009

Let's End The Week On This...

We've discussed many times my feelings with regards to the current trend of remaking classic horror films. Generally, I'm against it... why fix what ain't broke, essentially... but I do recognize that sometimes, not often, but sometimes giving a good horror concept another whirl isn't such a bad idea.

The upcoming remake of My Bloody Valentine is a perfect example. The original film, though it had a few nifty bits and a decent plot, was pretty bad. So why not slick it up with fancy 3D technology and some good ol' fashioned splattery gore (which was SORELY lacking from the first one) and see what happens? Perhaps an improvement can be made. Even at it's worst, it won't be pooping on something we all revere (like Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc).

In a similar vein, below you'll find the trailer for another upcoming horror remake, The Last House On The Left. The original movie, for those of you who aren't huge nerds, was the first movie ever directed by horror legend Wes Craven and, due to that fact, it will always hold a place in genre-flick history. Unfortunately, it's also kind of sucks out loud. Craven definitely needed a few "practice" films before he got to the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and, hey, that's cool by me... sometimes you gotta work at genius.

Anyway, point is, despite this being considered in some circles a horror classic, I'm all for the remake, particularly after seeing the newly-released trailer.

The trailer is AWESOME. Well, okay, it's half awesome. the first minute or two is kind of generic. But then... oh kids... then a creepy/sweet ballad version of the Guns N Roses classic "Sweet Child of Mine" kicks in. THEN the trailer becomes a thing of beauty. Check it out, won't you, and pray that the studio gods will from here on out only remake those films that deserve it and leave, for the love all that is holy, our actual classics alone!

NOTE: This may or may not get taken down by the YouTube overlords due to copyright stuff. Watch it while ya can!!!


Blogger Clinton said...

Speaking of Nightmare on Elm Street... apparently, they're remaking that one too. RIDICULOUS. Who are they going to find to play Freddy who can top Robert Englund? NOBODY, that's who.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Big Daddy said...

Speaking of remakes, have you seen the original Amityville Horror recently?


That one def needed a remake.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Todd said...


That's awesome!

2:21 AM  
Blogger TFKoP said...

That trailer was great...wonder if the movie will be good. The original was pretty bad (saw it during a 48 hour horror-movie-a-thon when I was stationed in Philadelphia in the Navy wayyyyy back in 1984).

Speaking of re-makes....Darren Aronofsky (Pi, The Wreslter) has been linked to a RoboCop remake set for a 2010 release. Why the hell would they remake RoboCop? That movie is wicked awesome and doesn't need an update. If they're gonna remake a RoboCop movie, maybe they should start with the atrociously bad RoboCop 3, in which the best part of the movie was his jetpack.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Clinton said...

Big Daddy... Oh yeah, the original was terrible. The (many) sequels weren't great either... I think there was one about a haunted dollhouse or somehting. Anyway, I never did get around to checking out the remake. I heard it was decent.

Todd... I know, right?

TFKoP... The original Last House is interesting because of it's place in horror-film history, but yeah, it's pretty poorly made. And as for the Robocop remake... no shit, dude. I just don't see the point AT ALL. The original was a damn near perfect genre film; there's no need for a retread, even if it's done by a good director.

10:34 AM  

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