What Horror Movies NEED a Remake?
I know I’ve had a lot of discussions focused on Remakes: The best ones, worst ones, etc … But this topic is one that I’ve never really discussed with anyone. What horror movies do you think would actually benefit from being remade? Its a tough question. There are so many factors that need to be considered: The current slew of actors and actresses who might actually star in the remake; the new director; and if the original has enough of a “soul” that could carry through the remake and make it better while still retaining the spirit of what made the original so good.
And as always I will start the discussion with my picks. I thought of two movies that I really think could benefit from a remake. The first is 1987’s The Hidden (read my review of it here). The core of this movie is strong: A cop and an F.B.I. agent team up to hunt down a serial killer who has a little more “hidden” inside. The performances are great and the f/x are damn good for 1987. But The Hidden suffers from the year and decade it was made. It reeks of the 1980’s … BAD. The killer goes into a record store; all the cops are using typewriters; the police station’s “computer lab” consists of a few Commodore 64’s. All these elements really takes away from the experience of the flick. Plus I think in the hands of the right director I think there could be more “horror” injected into the final product. The original had more of a scifi-action feel to it. But by injecting more horror into it would really take this to the next level. I even thought of an actor to play the role of Kyle MacLachlan: Timothy Olyphant. And I think someone like Ben Rock (who directed 2008’s Alien Raiders) would be a good choice for the directing job. Rock is still young enough to have a voice of his own, but has a handful of movies under his belt. Hell ya people; The Hidden needs a remake!!
The second flick I think would benefit from a remake is 1986’s Night of the Creeps (read my review here). This needs a remake for the same reasons as The Hidden. It has an outdated 1980’s feel to it that really pulls you outta the movie. Creeps would also benefit from some better f/x and with having more horror injected into it.
I’m rambling on enough; what horror movie(s) do you think would benefit from a remake? I wanna know!!