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.

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.

What ever happen to horror movies that actually scared you?

I recently watched the latest version of Final Destination, not sure what number, I lost count. Within fifteen minutes I was bored. Nothing in the movie actually scared me or even had me on the edge of my seat. I haven’t felt that heart racing, eyes open wide as I wonder what will happen next for a long time while watching a movie.

So I end up pulling out an old classic horror movie DVD with a great actor like Vincent Price where they didn’t need to slice and dice everyone on the screen to scare me. The acting and the concept alone kept me up at night. The 1970’s Exorcist movie forever hunts my dreams. I mean who wouldn’t be scared of the thought some evil entity could take over your body and possess you.

exorcist movie

What about When a Stranger Calls where the girl is baby sitting and someone keeps calling asking,  “Have you checked the children”.

When a Stranger Calls Movie

Or the Shining, another one of my favorites. ““Heeeeeeere’s Johnny!” or “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” As a writer, I somewhat can relate to his last quote.

The Shinning Movie

I can’t forget the first Halloween with Jamie Lee Curtis. I had nightmares of the boogie man coming after me for months after watching that movie.

Halloween Movie

 

I have to throw in an alien abduction movie too, Fire in the Sky based on a true story about a man abducted by aliens while in Oregon, one of my favorite summer hang outs. Hiking in the woods was never the same. I kept staring at the sky, hoping no alien thought I was an interesting specimen.

Fire in the Sky Movie

Oh and Poltergeist. “They’re heeeeeere.”

Poltergeist Movie

Last, but not least, Jaws. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” That movie alone screwed up my favorite past time as a kid, hangin’ at the beach in Southern California. I wouldn’t go in the water for a whole year, afraid a shark was going to eat me.

Jaws Movie

So what was your all time favorite horror movies?


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.