Wednesday, August 09, 2006

What's Scary and What's Not

MAW over at somewhere i have never travelled is not happy about the fact that Rob Zombie is going to remake Halloween (I don't blame her), and she channels her rage into a comparison of John Carpenter's technique in the original with the indignities she imagines Zombie will unleash from the director's chair:
Seeing the world through the eyes of a psychopath for the first half of a film is scary. Listening to simple, repetitive piano notes echoed over and over and over again is scary. A nondescript, white Halloween mask hiding a mysterious and never-seen face IS SCARY. Watching someone get disemboweled by a unrealistically grotesque-looking monster while heavy metal music plays in the background and strobe lights flash IS NOT. Rob Zombie remaking Halloween would be like Paris Hilton singing a cover of "Ave Maria" or drunken hobos fingerpainting The Mona Lisa. It's a travesty and it makes me very, very angry! Gaa!!!


Blogger Dezmond said...

They should declare a moritorium on remaking anything for at least a year or two. Force filmakers to stop raiding films of the past and create something new. Even if it sucks, at least it would be new. What was the last really necessary remake that you saw?

10:25 AM  
Blogger JMW said...

A "necessary" remake? That seems like a high standard, what with the state of the world right now. I can't remember a remake I enjoyed watching, much less one that was "necessary." Let me think about it and get back to you... Anyone else have any choices?

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Dread Pirate said...

What is frightening is that they are remaking films from the 80s now - Working Girl, Pet Sematary, etc are all in the works. A bad sign of things to come.

I liked the Hills Have Eyes remake but I cannot say that it was necessary. Typically they end up going a PG-13 route and ruining the entire film (a la The Fog)

The best remake ever was Cronenberg's The Fly followed closely by John Carpenter's The Thing - some worthy additions I feel would be Ocean's Eleven, the Italian Job, Cape Fear, and the recent Dawn of the Dead. Outside of that they all suck.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Dezmond said...

Good call, Pirate. "The Thing" is awesome, and the new "Dawn of the Dead" was a lot of fun and well done. I'll give you those.

10:23 AM  
Blogger JMW said...

I liked the new Dawn of the Dead, too (especially the opening scenes), but I'm not sure I ever saw the original. Ocean's Eleven -- I didn't LOVE that movie (enjoyed it), but I heard the original was terrible. So, good call.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Dezmond said...

The original is brilliant. In my Top 50 or so.

1:26 AM  

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