The Era of Great Horror Remakes
by Eli Henry
Every time a new remake of a classic horror film is announced, genre fans cringe and are immediately upset at the prospect of one of their favorite films being ruined by a re-imagining; I know that I used to. However, it's gotten to a point recently where I just get excited when one of these is announced. Why?
Contemporary horror film remakes are generally either very well-received, or very badly received. However, after enjoying Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead, Fede Alvarez's Evil Dead, Dennis Iliadis' The Last House on the Left, and Alexandre Aja's The Hills Have Eyes as much as I have, I've learned to look past all of the Carries and A Nightmare on Elm Streets of the remake world. All of these remakes were well-written and well-directed, and retained the brutality and horror of the originals, but at the same time expanded upon their source material, while generally updating the films extremely well for modern audiences and times.
On the horror horizon, we have remakes/reboots of Poltergeist, Predator, and The Town That Dreaded Sundown coming down the pipe, both of which I am insanely excited about. What about you?