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Remakes Are Officially Out Of Control


What happened to originality?

Clue Movie

With the announcement today of a Clue remake, I have officially had enough of remakes in Hollywood. I have tried to be ok with remakes as long as possible, as I see the potential good they can do. They can reintroduce classics to an entirely new generation of movie watchers, and I get that. I have tried to watch some classic movies with my kids, who turned their noses up because it looked, “too old.” Giving a new spin on a classic can help grow interest with younger fans. However, enough is seriously enough.

The first time I was irked by a remake was the 2010 remake of Nightmare on Elm StreetNightmare on Elm Street was one of my favorites when I was younger, and I knew that they weren’t going to do Freddy Krueger justice. I was correct. They focused too heavily on the pedophile aspect and turned what was originally a fun, yet scary, horror film into a genuinely upsetting and cringeworthy pile of crap. Even the always amazing Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) couldn’t save it. 

Freddy Krueger

The next remake to get under my skin was the Fright Night remake. Fright Night has been on my list of top 5 movies since I first saw it at the tender age of 9. I used to obsess over that movie. I had a huge crush on William Ragsdale’s (Herman’s Head) Charley Brewster for years. When I heard there was a remake being made, I knew there was no way they would be able to recapture the magic of the original. I avoided watching it for the longest time, but eventually the pull of David Tennant (Doctor Who) and a bout of morbid curiosity got the best of me. My fears were all justified. They completely stripped the story of its “Boy Who Cried Wolf” theme which was the soul of the movie.

The straight to video Fright Night 2: New Blood is a better remake of the original than the star studded 2010 was. If you want a halfway decent remake, you can check Fright Night 2 out on Netflix.

Jerry Dandridge Fright Night

I know your feels, Jerry, I really do.

Then came the news that M. Night Shyamalan is rebooting Tales From the Crypt without the inclusion of the Cryptkeeper. I loved Tales From the Crypt so much when I was younger, I carved “TFTC” into almost everything I owned. I had posters of the Cryptkeeper on my wall and even went so far as to collect all of the original EC comics the show was based on. To hear the “King of the Crappy Twists” is going to be overseeing one of my all time most beloved shows is killing me inside.

Don’t get me wrong, some remakes have been fine. I enjoyed Ghostbusters immensely. Despite all of the hate, it was truly an entertaining movie. This trend in Hollywood to just regurgitate what they see has worked in the past has got to stop. At the very least, if remakes are going to be made, they need to be treated with reverence and respect. Not to completely change the entire original theme of the movie.

What do you think? Are you tired of seeing remakes in Hollywood? Is there one in particular that has upset you? Or one that you really liked? Let us know in the comments below or on our Twitter or Facebook.

About Carrie Bland

Mom of 4 daughters, gamer, 501st Legion member, and snark enthusiast whose humor rivals that of a 12 year old boy.

  • I watched the new Pete’s Dragon this week and it was so far off from the original that it bothered me. We loved the new version, and Hannah cried at the emotional parts, but it wasn’t a remake of Pete’s Dragon, it was a totally different story line using the two main characters Pete and Elliot. I guess that’s fine, but why couldn’t it just be a whole new story?

    • stingo

      Because franchises sell units.

  • stingo

    It isn’t just Hollywood horror films – Holllywood in general, as well as most other entertainments have been regurgitating the same things for years, including gaming. It’s the same reason we have fast food franchises, where the experience will be the same regardless of which corporate food stop you enter.

    That said, there is a certain leverage of the corporations giving us what we want. If it didn’t sell, it wouldn’t be here anymore. Then again, we have cult hits like Firefly and Galavant (very original shows) that were cut off after their first or second season. In that sense, I think we’ve met the enemy and they are us.

    • RIP Galavant, that show was amazing.

      • stingo

        And different. But ultimately destined to become a cult classic in the nerd world. It would be great if these shows got a mainstream audience, but that’s so rare it’s not worth banking on. The most recent I think is Game of Thrones (which I know is based on Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series) where a geeky thing hit the mainstream with such force.

  • anonymous

    The fact that you had a crush on the geeky, annoying little William Ragsdale and not on the gorgeous Chris Sarandon says alot about your crappy taste in men.

  • anonymous

    So if you had such a crush on “Charley Brewster” instead of sexy “Jerry Dandridge” (like the rest of us sensible ladies did) then you must think Danny DeVito is hotter than George Clooney. You are the only person I know of who had a crush on that insufferable little turd because he is one of the geekiest looking guys I have ever seen. There is a reason “Herman’s Head” was not a successful show, because they were trying to market him as a “heartthrob” and it just didn’t work because he just ain’t “heartthrob” or “leading man” material.