Tuesday, May 4, 2010
1. Creature From The Black Lagoon- You could actually make a film about trying to get this movie made. The road to get The Creature back to the big screen actually started way back in 1982 with John Landis and has also had Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro attached to direct at times but of course they all fell through for different reasons. I was hoping that with the failure of The Wolfman that this project would fizzle but it seems that it is still top priority for Universal. Instead of them recycling all of their classic monsters, why can't Universal say, come up with new monsters? I understand that is a tough concept in Hollywood today.
2. Motel Hell- Talks about remaking Motel Hell started in 2005 but have been heating up again lately. I wouldn't mind seeing this one redone, the original was good but unintentionally funny. Because of its low budget nature, the original intent was to make a serious horror film, with moments of disturbing wit and irony but it came off as tongue in cheek. Twisted Pictures bought the rights from MGM so we'll see if anything progresses soon.
3. Poltergeist- Another of our beloved 80's and one of the best paranormal horror films ever was due to get a remake but is dead in the water right now. It is still on MGM's to do list but at least it is a few years off now. I cherish the original as one of my favorite movies and don't want to see another remake cash cow.
4. Re-Animator- For years, Stuart Gordon had expressed interest in making a fourth film called House Of Re-Animator but now sees no reason to make the sequel. In February 2009, it was announced that producers Ray Haboush and Brian Yuzna were developing a remake, possibly shot in 3-D. The film is still in very early stages.
5. Suspiria- Of course eventually Hollywood will run out of American films to remake so it wasn't long before they moved into Italian Horror. Dario Argento's best film is getting remade and is supposed to release later this year/early next year and is rumored to star Natalie Portman. This is another one of those perfect films that does not need a remake and Argento has stated his displeasure of it.
6. They Live- First Wes Craven and now John Carpenter are watching all of their movies get mangled by the corporate machine. It's a terrible bit of irony that a movie about mind control and evil corporations is being processed that way. Not much word about this one except that a writer is attached.
7. Videodrome- The David Cronenberg classic was snapped up by Universal Pictures with a possible 2011 release. Wow, another movie about evil broadcast signals is getting remade, see a trend here? Don't drink the Kool Aid!!
Well, we know by now that nothing in the horror world is sacred to Hollywood anymore. More remakes get named on a weekly basis and until they run out of movies to do over, it doesn't look like it is going to stop. I am sure a part 3 to this article will follow soon.