Enough With The Remakes, Already

Friday 16 December 2005

For some reason, the 1990s and (so far) the 2000s have seen a nauseating number of remakes of movies that were good the first time. Off the top of my head, I came up with a pretty big list: Night of the Living Dead, Psycho, Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Walking Tall, The Fog, King Kong, The Poseidon Adventure...and then some TV shows or miniseries that got remade, such as Battlestar Galactica, The Shining, and Salem's Lot...not to mention all of the TV shows that are getting the movie treatment these days, like Lost in Space, The Wild Wild West, Starsky and Hutch, Dukes of Hazzard, and possibly The Six Million Dollar Man.

While I'll be the first to admit that SOME of these remakes were worthy (and in a few cases, better than the original material) the fact is that the majority of them sucked or were something completely different than the original, or both.

I shudder to think where this is going. In the year 2013, will we be seeing a "remake" of Star Wars? Or a "modernization" of The Godfather? Or a "re-imagining" of Halloween? People, it could happen. If Hollywood smells money, they will do anything.