As a self-proclaimed ‘movie nerd’, It’s no surprise that I get [even a little bit] offended when a movie I love ends up getting itself a remake. the word “remake” when it comes to film generally translates as “a newer version of an older film”. and while I have been known to like some remakes, [more on this later] a lot of the time – they’re just plain terrible; and not in a “so bad, it’s good” kind of way. Things like this just bother me. I often talk about how Hollywood is out of ideas, and things like this just further prove my point [there really is no originality anymore: so they “borrow” old films and put a small change in it, so they can call it “a new imagining” ugh..] The worst offenders in this are foreign films. From the classic revenge film Oldboy getting an “American-ized” reboot last year [when the original was only 10 years old too!] to the latest talks of Audition getting it’s own “American version”. [I know, I don’t like it either..]
As I mentioned above, sometimes the remake is considered ‘better’ than the original film – as rare as this may sound, it does happen. An excellent example of this is the recent Evil Dead remake. For those that don’t know, The Evil Dead  is one of my favorite films ever. When I first heard of a remake being made of it, I got scared.. and a little angry – I mean, the original is a cult classic! The trailers looked [at most] ‘somewhat adequate’ in my eyes, but decided to give it a chance; the selling point to me was when even Bruce Campbell said that he was helping produce this remake, and that he is proud of the final product. I left that cinema in awe of what I just saw; the visuals just blew my mind, and knowing that they avoided using CGI as much as possible – I gotta say, it was not at all what I expected [I praise the hell out of this remake: not to mention my love for Jane Levy] not like the atrocious 2010 Nightmare On Elm Street reboot: I won’t even begin to describe my dislike for that ‘film’. that remake deserves an entire post dedicated to how bad it was. seriously. I understand the ‘darker tone’ they were going for, and I love Jackie Earle Haley [in no way was this bomb of a film his fault], but let’s face the facts: 2010 Freddy looked like a fucking wet fish gasping for air. [see the comparison between the two below!]
Ultimately, I can’t stop film makers from making remakes/reboots/whatever you want me to call them – as Hollywood seems to stand right now, it’s not easy to come up with something original anymore [until someone right out claims the writers stole their idea: just look at what happened with Men In Black 3!] So now I turn to you – the reader[s] – how do you feel about movie remakes? are they worthwhile, or just an originality killer? Leave me a comment below with your favorite [and least favorite] movie remake. Just because I used horror films as my choices does not mean you have to as well. In the end, a remake is a remake – whether or not it’s good, is left to the audience.
THANKS FOR READING.