Note to Hollywood: No more Horror Remakes, or Reboots!
It's that wonderful time of the season, where everyone is festive and looking forward to cuddling up to a movie during a chilly but comforting night. I'm referring to Horror films, what you thought I meant Christmas? Surely you're sadly mistaken.
As I was saying, October is known as the month of Horror but with it comes bad movies that attempt to cash in on the more iconic scary thrillers, while not paying proper respects to the source material.
While 2020's Invisible Man was a modest success, it's was a drop in the bucket compared to the crates of shit we as horror fans have to endure.
Take 2013's Carrie another reboot of a seminal classic where the Ill fated protagonist is more portrayed like Jean Grey of the X-Men than a shy bullied teen who gets her revenge via telekinesis. Then there's the Platinum Dunes Reboots of Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street respectively had a dismal reception killing off any potential "sequels” from these soft reboot tentpoles that were just, limp dicks!
Studios went ahead to grab any iconic property for a "do over.” One was dario Argento's Italian supernatural thriller Suspiria and while it fared OK critical wise, there was no need for this remake as the 1977 classic still holds up.
But it doesn't stop there, while Blumhouse has scored a modicum of success by rebooting John Carpenter’s slasher franchise Halloween in 2019, followed by a remake of The Invisible Man, they are ramping production forward with even more remakes despite how their last two Halloween films failed to impress fans and the box office. Recently, their legacy sequel, The Exorcist Believer lost "faith" from most Horror fans as it failed to scare up box office revenue so now it's already gone straight to video.That was quick!
Blumhouse back then was on top of their game when it came to originality, horror fans were treated to niche bangers like The Purge Anarchy, Freaky, Get Out, Insidious and recently, The Black Phone and M3gan.
So why turn to Legacy sequels or remakes, especially since Halloween Ends didn't "end" well? Easy answer, iconic Horror franchises are believed to bring in a bigger box office crowd especially when it comes to nostalgia buffs.
But without proper dedication, these Reboots can easily be looked upon as quick cash grabs. There's a big difference between remakes like John Carpenter’s The Thing, Stephen King's It and the not too recent Platinum Dunes drivel or the recent efforts from Blumhouse who just can't stop but dig up many cherished franchises from the grave only to ruin their legacy i.e. The Craft, with "Legacy sequels, Reboots, Requels and "Sequoots!"
There is that certain charm when watching films of old that can never be replicated with a reboot, sure a studio can apply the old excuse of “ We want to introduce these franchises to a new generation " well, duh! Instead of shitting on their legacy by making bad films, just tell the kids to pop in a Blu Ray or stream the classics!
Pet Sematary, based on the Stephen King novel had not one, but two remakes, well one, (Bloodlines) was a soft reboot and they both performed poorly. I guess Paramount didn't get the memo as they are "conjuring" television series based on old films such as American Gigolo and Fatal Attraction, both were considered failures by the way. In a world full of uncertainty, cruelty, and inequality, you can add "tarnished legacies" to the list! I'm done.