28 Oct KVH Blog: Remakes, Sequels, and MORE!
Hey monster movie freaks,
I know this is my blog but I want it to be interactive. So my question this time is: What’s your opinions on horror remakes? My opinion on remakes is that they are mostly watered down and made more accessible, which therefore equals an inferior product in my mind. The only remake that I think qualifies itself as worth being done was John Carpenter’s The Thing over the original The Thing but it stops there!
It stops in the early ‘80s. There’s no reason to remake The Evil Dead, no reason to remake The Thing again, no need to remake Poltergeist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, just no reason! A lot of remakes seem to go for splatter over content, and that isn’t always best. Even when that isn’t the case, like with Psycho, the original is pure genius and can I really expect a remake to be better than Alfred Hitchcock’s? I’m highly skeptical.
Now don’t get me wrong. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, is brilliant, one of my favorite movies and contains plenty of classic gore…but it isn’t a remake! Same with Halloween 3, I love it but it’s not at all connected to Halloween or the sequel.
So I want to hear everyone’s opinions on this, are my views fair or am I just being an elitist asshole on the subject?
Speaking of sequels (which I was with TCM2) I have not seen Sinister 2 or Insidious 3. I liked the first Sinister, I thought the main protagonist was cool and looked like he had just walked off a Norwegian black metal stage, and I’m interested to know how it holds up. But again, I am suspicious of movies with part two, threes and fours, etc..so let me know if you’ve seen it, and also Insidious, where I didn’t see 2 yet.
Let me know if these sequels are worth the time!
I mention this and some wise-ass has just told me I wouldn’t remake any horror movie, which isn’t true! I would remake one if I felt I could improve upon to or do something different. It’s like the attitude we have to covering songs. Some bands tend to cover songs exactly like the original, and the thought I always have is ‘does the world really need another version which is a xerox copy of the original?’ in my mind the answer is no. My approach (and the band’s approach) is to interpret it to make something of it and bring something different to the table, like a new arrangement or a new guitar solo.
That’s my attitude toward movies, I’d would remake a bunch of 30s and 40s movies only if I felt things could be improved. I’d remake The Black Cat and I’d make sure it was much more satanic, I’d also remake Invasion Of The Saucer-Men, and I’d put a more mature spin on it. The aliens are killer, eyes on their hands, needles on their fingertips that inject alcohol into their victims, and I would give that a modern make-over. It would have to be in color, I would definitely improve on the plot and I would open the movie up more. When you watch it, there’s basically two or three scenes and locations, I would open the planet of origin, it would have a lot more action and the finale would be great! I would like to remake The She-Creaure too. I would stay faithful to the way the monsters look but modernize them ever so slightly.
What I’ve Been Watching
I saw a really great sci-fi film called Time Lapse, thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to seeing The Martian. One movie I watched again which I hadn’t seen for a long time, was John Carpenter’s In The Mouth Of Madness starring Sam Neil, which came out in ‘94 and it’s just an epic! It’s not HP Lovecraft’s original stories but it has HP leanings. Annabelle was pretty good, and there seems to be a sub-genre of haunted puppet/ventriloquist doll films, Magic is the greatest of all those, but Annabelle has good flavor of that sort of thing and I’d say it’s worth checking out.
Finally, I’d like to answer a question from ELIZABETH WILLIAMS who wanted to know if I had seen What We Do In The Shadows and what I thought of it as she ‘loved it’ (Elizabeth also said she loves The Shining). I loved it, I thought it was hilarious and I think it is an important movie in that it shows a side of vampires that isn’t usually thought about. When you first become a vampire there’s all this stuff you have to think about. The guy wasn’t good at flying, wasn’t good at tapping a vein and the line ‘why do you like virgins’ gives up the best line in the film, ‘It’s like if you eat a sandwich you wanna know if anyone has fucked it or not.’ I also love that the old Nosferatu has a ‘modern’ name with a twist, isn’t it Pyter? Or Brian? Something like that. And yes, I love The Shining as a movie and a book, I have to go on record as saying that the book and the movie are two different stories, each one carries its own huge merits. Stanley Kubrick is one of the best directors to ever have lived, and some of the best things he’s done have been his horror and sci-fi films, 2001 – A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange. Kubrick was a master at establishing mood and atmosphere. What I loved about The Shining was the feeling of emptiness and claustrophobia, I felt like I was right there in the hotel itself.
Okay, that’s my take on everything now give me yours!
Hope you enjoy this blog as much as I’m enjoying doing it, see you next time with more pearls of wisdom about all things sinister!