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 Street. Nightmare 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.
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.
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.