For the Love of Money

Greetings and salutations, my friends. The following post was not what I had initially planned on, it’s just what flowed as I sat down to write while having a conversation with my cousin. Hopefully you enjoy it.

I used to think that the sequel was the death of creativity and integrity. Looking back and knowing what I know now, I was mistaken. The “reboot”or “remake” seems to be the true death of creativity and integrity. I have a hard time believing that there are no more original thoughts or concepts. Has our love of money exceeded our love of creative expression? At the very least sequels further a story and delve deeper into a character, while introducing new characters and situations. Remakes, are merely someone else’s interpretation on another person’s idea(s) just to cash in. They are all about the dollar signs on the bottom line.

There are of course some exceptions to the rule. Not every remake is bad or horrible, but in my opinion most are. Money seems to be the only motive Hollywood feels they need to remake a movie, or reboot a franchise. If the formula works, then update it and maybe put a slight spin on it. This way there is minimal marketing needed because it already has name recognition.

Over the past twenty or so years, we’ve seen remakes/reboots of: The Fog, Halloween, Friday The 13th, Night of the Living Dead, Batman, Psycho, Children of the Corn, Nightmare on Elm St., Amityville Horror, Dawn of the Dead, Battlestar Galactica (TV series), Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Piranha, War of the Worlds, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Thing, The Hills Have Eyes, Planet of the Apes, House on Haunted Hill, I Spit on Your Grave, Superman, Last House on the Left, The Shining, Day of the Dead, April Fool’s Day, Star Trek, Prom Night, V (TV series), The Day the Earth Stood Still, I am Legend (3rd time this one was made), The Blob, Night of the Demons, Black Christmas, The Fly, Fright Night, and the list goes on and on. Some of the movies I listed above were alright, most weren’t worth the effort it took to press the keys to type their titles. You may think that is a bold statement, and it is, but I urge you to compare the originals to the remakes. Draw your own conclusions.

Now I am all for leaving well enough alone, however, some remakes do surpass the originals, or at least deserve recognition along side the original. The 1982 John Carpenter movie,” The Thing”, blows the original Howard Hawks film, “The Thing from Another World”, away.  If you go back to the source material, “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell, you will see that Carpenter’s take on the story was much closer. Other remakes, don’t quite live up to that.  “The Thing” is really the exception to the rule that remakes, kinda suck. The updated series of Battlestar Galactica is far superior to the original. Also the recent Batman films were very good, which is more than I can say for the last two that had Kilmer and Clooney.

The recent remakes of Halloween, The Fog, and Friday the 13th did have some good things.  I applaud The Fog and Halloween remakes for the fact that they added a little more depth to the stories by covering the back stories, or events leading up to what the original film was about. Getting to see the crew of the “Elizabeth Dane” in The Fog remake was really cool. Some of the other aspects of the movie were a little less enjoyable. Getting to see so much of “Michael Myers” in Rob Zombie’s Halloween before he snapped was also interesting. I did find Zombie’s version to be a little too over the top for my taste however. The Friday the 13th remake was cool in the fact that it more or less condensed aspects of the first four Friday movies, but other than that, there wasn’t much else to say about it.

In the near future, we can expect a new movie about The Thing, which is actually a prequel. I’ve also heard a prequel to Alien is in the works. These two I am very interested in seeing. If you haven’t noticed yet, The Thing is among my most favorite stories. There was a sequel made to The Thing years ago, it wasn’t a movie though. They made it into a video game for Playstation 2. Unfortunately I never got to see, or play the game.

Now, if you can believe it, Trancas International Films is beginning production on a NEW reboot of Halloween, titled “Halloween 3D”. Seriously, do we need this? I must have missed the boat that sails to 3Dville. I think more people would be interested if Trancas finally did a proper release for Halloween 6: The Producer’s Cut. What’s next, a remake of The Godfather, Rocky, Jaws or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

All throughout writing this post I kept hearing the tagline for Jaws IV in my head. It goes, “Jaws IV: The Revenge.  This time it’s personal.”  So I will end this post with, The Remake, This time it’s for the love of money.”

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