On remakes, reboots, sequels and more…

Ok, something serious must be going on in Hollywood. What ever happened to filming new ideas? It seems that nowadays the only things to be seen are remakes, reboots and sequels… and of course, your occasional new film. Of course there are franchises, such as Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, etc. which are based on novels and you expect to have sequels. But honestly, there are other cases…

The problem with sequels is that some of them are made to take advantage of the first movie. Let’s take Superman, for example. Superman 1 and 2 were pretty good, interesting and exciting. But 3 and 4… horrible, really. Terrible stories, very bad special effects, etc. Or The Neverending Story: the first one was very good, but the following ones were stupid and not even faithful to the book. Now, that’s a movie I would like to see remade, possibly in two parts. But only if it was really faithful to the original novel. Nowadays, we can see that producers take care that the sequels have quality too, but you can only make so many movies before the people get tired…

Reboots… the first one I can remember was Batman Begins. And it was very welcome, since parts 3 and especially 4 were terrible; almost cartoonish. And what a reboot!! Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are among my very favorite movies ever. But…. Superman? Spiderman? Are they really necessary? I mean, they’re even thinking about making a reboot of Batman!! Another one? Good luck… not to be pesimistic, but there will hardly be anything better than Christopher Nolan’s soon-to-be trilogy.

Remakes… that’s where it gets tiresome. Now you can see remakes of almost everything, but I see it more clearly in horror movies. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Thing, and a loooooong etcetera. It seems Hollywood needs to make money, and instead of thinking a bit they prefer to remake something successful in the past. Easier, right?

Let me be clear; I like GOOD sequels, remakes and reboots. The problem is that they are almost never worth it. I hope there are more good, new movie ideas. And if they must be recycled, I hope they are made with care.

And you, are there sequels, remakes and/or reboots you like and/or you hate? Feel free to leave comments… See you soon!

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3 thoughts on “On remakes, reboots, sequels and more…

  1. Simple answer for you here Lady Phantom.

    With horror movies, it is mainly a generational thing, and I have no problem with it. Think of it like this; you are a young teenager growing up now. You haven’t seen the original Friday The 13th, nor would you want to (unless you’re a horror nut), so first and foremost they are trying to capture that “spark” they did 20+ years ago with the new generation.

    Next, they are proven money makers, so for a studio to take a chance on a horror film (which Studios hate) they have to have some comfort level that it will make money.

    Finally, there are no original ideas left. Let’s be honest, every movie made nowadays always touches on a theme previously filmed. Lets take Slashers for example; Mask Maker, a new slasher film, mixes Leatherface with Jason, yes it is a new character and a slightly modified story, but it still harkens back to what started the culture in the first place, and I for one have no problem with it. The problem I have is with some of these “unique” or “original” ideas that are so stupid and so far-fetched, it is actually a turn-off to me. Just because something is “sort-of” original doesn’t make it mildly good or worth spending money on.

    Talk to you soon!

    BillChete
    Horror Jungle
    http://www.horrorjungle.com

      • It really depends Lady. For example, My Bloody Valentine which I hadn’t seen in ions got remade. I forgot most of the movie, so before going to the theater I watched the original first and it recaptured my fond memories about it. They also did the remake justice and to be frank about it, in today’s time the remake is much better.

        With the huge technology leap they can do so many more things than they could just 10 years ago so for most remakes I have no problem at all.

        The one I had problem with is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and the many re-iterations that have come along the way. That is my favorite horror movie ever so I knew they couldn’t capture what was so great about the original. Now, they have another one coming out next year in 3D, FUG.

        Nice talking with you again Lady, have a nice night.

        BillChete
        Horror Jungle
        http://www.horrorjungle.com

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