Thursday, 26 September 2013

Yet another re-make

80s horror classic Poltergeist is getting remade and is due out in 2014. As a big fan of the original I should be a bit dubious but with one of my favourite actors Sam Rockwell starring I can't complain. I can't think of a safer bet to make this a great film like the original with rookie director Gil Kenan at the helm though there is cause for concern having only directed 2 previous films, one being Monster House which I did enjoy and the other being City of Embers which I never got round to watching, so good points and possible bad point. It just leaves me wondering what comes next with this Oldboy, Robocop and even Gremlins getting remakes. What do you prefer, sequals or remakes? Let us know in the comments. Richee

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  1. Remakes are just a way for producers to play it safe so that they don't lose any money. They are afraid of taking risks...which is understandable but it kind of ruins the whole point of film making. I suppose the whole idea of originality is bought into question too. Is it still really possible? If not then there is no other choice but to re-do what has already been done. Sometimes it's for the better, but remaking a classic is a sin for most hard core movie buffs.

    As for sequels, it really depends on the reasoning behind making it. Money driven movies quite often turn out to be a disappointment and take away from the first one - especially if it was popular. S Darko for example was a very poor follow up to it's older brother Donnie Darko, so why was it made? Was it really because the director was such a huge fan of the first?
    In most cases if the first one was a huge success then just leave it be. Quit while you are ahead. Although there are exceptions to this rule...Shrek 2 being one of my guilty pleasure and proving that sometimes the sequel can be just as good, if not better than the first.

  2. I always just think that they should make films on a smaller budget so theres not such a huge loss, if there is one. But making familiar films puts bums in cinema - they're the biggest grossing films this year so far - so you can see why they make them. If people just stopped going to see them, then they might be forced to make more original stuff. But people like them too much...