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Monday, 3 September 2012

TOP 5: Movies that SHOULD be Remade....

I hate remakes. This is of course a bit of a broad statement to make when I count flicks like the Thing and the Magnificent 7 among some of my all time favorites and indeed the remake has been a staple of Hollywood's output since day one but over the last decade the Hollywood remake culture has reach a point where they are nothing short of creative voids, embarrassing all involved with them (including the viewers) but what of those movies that missed the mark first time around and would genuinely benefit from being remade (like Dredd, which I am muy entusiasmado about seeing.)

5. CONSTANTINE (2005):
Bad comic book adaptations are 10 a penny but Constantine (based on the comic book Hellblazer) is probably more guilty than most of wasting the potential of its source material. A remake with a storyline faithful to the books, David Fincher directing and Ryan Gosling in the lead role (but no fake English accent) and we're talking big screen super natural gold...

4.PLAN 9 from OUTER SPACE (1959):
I am very reluctant to suggest this because Plan 9 is perfect in it's awful brilliance but the story of aliens resurrecting the dead has some great possibilities perhaps as an animated feature in the mold of Mega Mind and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

3. NIGHTBREED (1990):
Based on the Clive Barker's book Cabal, Nightbreed promised much but because of poor directing (it was directed by Barker) and even worse editing the end result was an immensely enjoyable but deeply flawed mess. A new Cabal Cut is being shown at this years FrightFest with restored footage but a del Toro directed remake would be almost too perfect......

2. WAR of the WORLDS (1953):
This was of course already remade in 2005 which as enjoyable as it was always seemed like a missed opportunity if only Spielberg had set it in England during the 1800's as it is in the book and replaced Tom Cruise with Michael Fassbender the result would have been far more worthy....

1. RED STATE (2011):
For a director who's best known for his comedies Kevin Smith steps up and makes a thriller that delivers on suspense with moments of genuine1970's style low-fi horror but it's biggest problem is it's lack of budget which really shows in the later scenes (no spoilers). A remake (by the same cast and crew) with the budget to do the idea justice would easily blow more well funded horror franchises out the water especially with the inclusion of the original 'Book of Revelations' ending....

....but remember kids every time Hollywood green lights a remake the 'New' gets its wings clipped.

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