What’s up with all the movie remakes, seriously?

I just watched the remake of Poltergeist, not by choice. I was pinned down by a sick 4 year old and couldn’t change the channel.

I have four words to say about it.

What a Let Down.

I saw the original movie during a pre screening when I was 12. They didn’t advertised the movie. I had no clue what it was about, but someone gave me a free pass in the mall and I had nothing better to do.

I have to say, I loved it. I brought my family back to the theater to watch it as well as my friends. So did all the others who got to see it for free. After that the movie went viral. Which meant a lot back in the pre-internet and twitter days. Just from the word of mouth,  the movie became an instant success over night.

Then they disgraced the movie by making a terrible remake of it. I swear in some scenes you can tell the actors were awestruck they were in the remake of such a legendary movie or just having fun instead of acting serious.

Which brings me to the point of this post, what’s up with remaking great movies and badly I like to add?

Poltergeist is just one in many remakes in the past couple of years. I have to admit, I try not to watch them, because I already know they won’t ever live up to the original just from the commercial and track record. I can’t recall a single one doing good in the book office. (Correct me if I’m wrong.)

Are they resorting to remakes because original movie ideas have dried up? I think not. My friend a screen writer mentions daily, there are tons of movie scripts from budding artist they can pick from.

Are they trying to appeal to the adults who were kids when the original movie came out hoping they rush to watch it. Possibly. It is well known movie studios aren’t willing to take chances with no name movie ideas. They want something with a built-in audience such as popular book series, comic book heroes or TV shows (Star trek). However, if that is the case, why do they keep making rotten tomato remakes that bomb in the box offices and never recoup production costs. (Maybe a tax write off?)

Personally I think the studios are the ones without ideas. Everything is changing with personal surround sounds, 4K, HD, video on demand, Netflix, Amazon, etc… People don’t need to go to a theater to watch movies. They can do it at home.

But the movie studios are stuck in the 80’s old way of thinking.  Lets make a block buster so we can entice people to pay the high price movie ticket and earn larger profits. However, if they were smart about it, which they aren’t, they can use streaming videos to their advantage. How about watching Star Wars on demand the day it comes out. I’d pay 10 maybe even 20 dollars to see that instead of dealing with finding a babysitter and annoying people talking during the movie.

Yeah, yeah I know. What about piracy? Its psychology 101. People are inevitably lazy. They aren’t going to want to spend hours downloading a badly recorded pirated version when they can easily watch the original for a reasonable price.

Okay, but what about the movie theaters? This will kill them. Not necessarily. There are still the people who like to see movies on the big screen. If they make it a better experience than at home, then they can actually increase sales, such as offer daycare. booth style stadium seating (think Las Vegas), maybe offer dinners they can eat before watching the movie. I go to a movie like that, even to see an old movie. The ultimate casual date night.

What do you think?

About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Alien apocalyptic: 5th Wave Book Review

Okay so I’m a little behind in my reading. I finally finished reading…

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)

 

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Book Review

It’s start with 16 year old Cassie living alone in the woods by herself after the 4th alien attack (wave) hit earth. Over 7 billion people are dead. The survivors are scattered around the world. She is one of them. She stays hidden or risks being killed by the Others, which she isn’t sure who they are. They’re supposed to look just like humans. So she trusts no one, especially the military who killed her father and tried to kill her.

She decides to leave the forest and go save her 5 year old brother, Sam, from the military who took him. In the process she is shot and rescued by one of the Others. This is where the story parallels Twilight in a way. Her hunter, Evan,  young, hot, very strong and fast. Despite his mission to kill humans, saves Cassie, because he fallen for her.

But if you’re looking for a slow love story between them, you’re out of luck. The book skips around to other point of views so you get a sense of whats happening in the world beside Cassie holed up in a cabin with Evan.

I give it 4 stars.

I felt the characterization of Cassie and Ben were good and kept me interested, although neither of them have unique voices. They sound the same. Sam sounded too old for a five year old. My son is four, he hangs out with my neighbors son who is 5. They take him hunting on the weekends, but even so, I couldn’t imagine him thinking, let alone acting as mature as Sam. He sounded closer to 7 or 8. And whats up with all the girls wanting to slap the guys. (My personal pet peeve stereotyping girls as being girly girls.) I hate to break it to you Rick, but not all girls resort to sissy slapping when they get frustrated and mad at a guy. Some punch, some just roll their eyes and walk away and the list goes on.  (just to the  name a few responses).

If you like reading sci-fi’s or post apocalypse stories, this book is worth reading.

About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Fifty Shades Darker Review

I figure with the pending release of Fifty Shades Darker movie February 2017, I would finally read the book. I bought it after reading the first one, but it didn’t grab me right away so I put it down.

Official Book Overview

Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life.

Erotic, sparkling and suspenseful, Fifty Shades Darker is the irresistibly addictive second part of the Fifty Shades trilogy.

Review

The story begins with Anastasia starting her new job at a small publishing firm. She works under Jack Hyde, who is a little too friendly. She spends most of her time crying since she is a total wreck over her break up with Christian. But it doesn’t last too long. Christian is back in her life and eager to rekindle their romance–a real romance this time: dates and all and away from the red room. Ana is all for it.

However, they are far from a their fairy tale love story. They have to workout their differences sexually and personally.

Christian is hesitant to go back into the red room, because he is terrified Ana will leave him again despite her reassurance it won’t happen. Ana is overwhelmed by Christian’s personal demons of being abused, his distaste for being touched and being bossy. One of Christian’s ex subs gone off the deep end. She bought a gun and sneaking around his house and Ana. Then there is Mrs. Robinson who Ana despises and doesn’t want in Christian’s life, but she won’t leave and Christian won’t let her go either. If that wasn’t bad enough, Jack Hyde tries to force her to have sex with him.

Overall the book wasn’t as good as the first one and rated it 3 out of 5 stars.

There were too many things happening at once, distracting me from the story. Some of it was a little unrealistic and felt as if thrown in the story just to spice it up. With that said, I still enjoyed the chemistry between Ana and Christian. If it wasn’t for that part of the story, I wouldn’t have read past chapter 1.


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Fifty Shades Movie Review

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Review

by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Grey Poster

Overview

The worldwide phenomenon comes to life in the Fifty Shades of Grey unrated version, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as the iconic Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.

My Review

I read the book series out of curiosity, but I ended up liking the main characters, especially when they bantered back and forth. Personally the sex and bondage thing could’ve been completely removed from the book for all I cared. I skimmed over it. It’s just not my things.

I watched the movie hoping it would be just as good as the book, but sadly it wasn’t. Talk about a waste of six dollars.

The movie skimmed over most of the book, highlighting only certain parts, in some cases skipping important parts. For instance the banter between the two characters. The part that drew me in. They did show a few emails between them, but it wasn’t the same. You didn’t get the whole palm twitching mad joke.

One of the biggest disappointment I felt toward the movie was the character development. In the book you’re able to hear Anastasia’s thoughts so you understand her inner conflict regarding Christian. I.e. He is the first man she ever found interesting, but to be with him she must accept his terms—being whipped and bound. You also are able to see Christian as a person. In the movie all you could see was his cold, distant and perverted side. If I hadn’t read the book, I would’ve wondered if Ana was completely insane to want to be with this extremely cold-hearted guy.

The only good thing the movie did right, they reduced the sex scenes so they were classy and bearable for people like myself, who aren’t into porn. For those of you who are into porn or bondage, sorry. The movie just gives you a glimpse of the red room of pain and Ana getting hit. It sort of reminded me of the old 40’s movies. Where you see a hand clench or the girl gasp, but you don’t see the actual act taking place. You only know it’s happening.

Review Rating: 2 Stars out of 5


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Interstellar Movie Review

Interstellar Movie Poster

Interstellar Movie Review

Okay so I’m a little behind the game. I don’t go to movies, because of my son who is about to turn three. I’ll have to wait until he’s a little older and can handle sitting for longer than twenty minutes.

Anyway for other non-movie goers. If you’re trying to decide whether to opt to pay the $5.00 to watch Interstellar or wait until it’s on HBO or STARZ, I recommend paying to see it now. It’s well worth the money and the three hours, which felt more like an hour to me.

I’m a big fan of science fiction. I should be, my father was addicted to them. When I was born, my father sat in the lobby watching a rerun of Forbidden Planet with Robby the Robot and he wanted to call me the lead female characters name. Thank God my mom talked him out of it. But from that point forward I watched every 50’s, 60’s and on sci-fi movie or show while I lived at home or when they come to visit.

For a sci-fi buff like me, Interstellar was definitely a great story. The effects were great. No tiny model ships floating on a wire. The story line kept you captivated while it stayed close to current theories of singularities (black holes), relativity, time travel and gravity. The only truly questionable part, of course, what happens if you enter a black hole (not going to elaborate and ruin the movie for anyone–sorry). I even found myself at one point in the movie sitting forward, gripping the edge of the couch and worrying if the hero will survive.

Movie Rating: 5 stars out of 5


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

What happened to originality in movies?

Yet another 80’s remake is hitting the big screen and it hasn’t nothing to do with improving the movie. It’s all about the money.

The movie industry is optioning for remakes, popular books and superhero comics instead of original, possible sleeper hits hoping to capture the built-in audience, ensuring instant success and cash flow.

They’ve almost given up on original ideas that don’t have an instant following.

But what about the sleeper hits like Poltergeist. I remember when it came out in the theaters. I was a kid and a new movie hit a theater practically every week. My mother was an extreme movie buff and took me to the theaters on Wednesdays. We saw the name Poltergeist on the marque and thought, what the hell and paid the three-fifty and watched the show. Only a handful of people sat beside us, but by the following Wednesday there was a line wrapped around the building waiting to see it.

Steven Spielberg wasn’t a household name when Poltergeist came out. They didn’t even publicize it. The movie went viral by word-of-mouth alone. For the time, it was nothing we ever saw. That’s why everyone loved it.

Now I’m wondering how many potential great movies like Poltergeist are we missing because of movie industry chasing instant success?

Here is a list of some remakes (not inclusive at all)

Dredd

Attached: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby
Release Date/Year: September 21, 2012

Red Dawn

Attached: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Release Date/Year: November 21, 2012

Carrie

Attached: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore
Release Date/Year: March 15, 2013

Evil Dead

Attached: Jane Levy
Release Date/Year: April 12, 2013

Mad Max: Fury Road

Attached: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz
Release Date/Year: 2013

Robocop

Attached: Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman
Release Date/Year: August 9, 2013

Other’s without trailers

Pet Sematary
Point Break
The Crow
An American Werewolf in London (Seriously!!!)
Child’s Play
Starship Troopers
WarGames (Why?)
Time Bandits
American Psycho
The Birds starring Namoi Watts (No! You’ll ruin it)
Commando
Creature From the Black Lagoon
Death Wish starring Robert Downey Jr.
Escape From New York
Heavy Metal
Highlander starring Ryan Reynolds
Lethal Weapon
The Warriors starring Brenna Roth (Oh, Come on, really)
Westworld starring Russell Crowe (Now this is just ridiculous)
Short Circuit
Romancing the Stone starring Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler
Overboard starring Jennifer Lopez, Julian Scott Urena (Seriously J’ Lo thinks she could do a better job than Goldie Hawn)
Porky’s
Little Shop of Horrors
Scarface


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Underworld: Awakening in3D Blu-ray review

Underworld: Awakening Movie

I just watched Underworld: Awakening in3D on Blu-ray. It was the fourth film part of the epic battle between vampires and lycan’s (werewolves for those who don’t know what lycan means). However, this go around, humans discovered their existence and go on a rampage exterminating both their kinds. Surprisingly, but not really, both species managed to survive extinction by hiding, getting inside help or in Selene case, used as a guinea pig.

Last movie she drank Corvinus blood, father of all vampires and lycans. She is now more powerful and able to walk in daylight as well as have a kid with Michael, the hybrid vampire-lycan, who is missing in this movie. She escaped the medical facility with the help of her daughter, after being placed in cryo-freeze for twelve years. Then same old same old happens. The lycan’s come after them. They want her hybrid daughter to help them control transforming into a wolf form. Selene kicks ass and saves the day, leaving the ending open for a sequel where she go searching for Michael who was still alive.

Overall

The movie was better than I expected, but not as good as the first movie. Although, my view on movies is a slight tainted.  I have been known to like ones rated never see even if given to you for free, which I did in this case.


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.