Sony pictures is due to be rebooting teen horror flick 'I Know What You Did Last Summer', and I'm a bit peeved off about it. The 1997 flick grossed a huge $125,000,000 at the box office worldwide, so why not remake it - more money for the film producers right? Well here's why.
Skip to twenty years in the future, and take a look at the film industry. What do you see? I see 50% of movies coming out at the cinema to be either remakes, reboots or the 10th sequel in a franchise. I have quite a problem with remakes, simply because I feel that they have destroyed so many classic films - look at Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Wicker Man, The Stepford Wives, Planet of the Apes - it happens in all genres of film, but I feel that horror gets the worst of it.
'I Know What You Did Last Summer' is by no means an amazing must-see horror classic, but it's a decent enough teen slasher flick. So does it need a remake? Hell no! Perhaps in 15 - 20 years, but not now. The film was originally released in 1997, so it's by no means super dated or unwatchable by today's standards, and I think that's what really angers me. There are plenty of other older 60's,70's, possibly even 80's films that could be getting remade, so why focus on a 17 year old film? Sigh.
With that said, there are some 90's flicks that really could benefit from a remake, so to brighten things up a little, I've made a list of them. So film makers - if you feel the need to remake 90's films, go for something like these that actually need a bit of a modern touch.
Ahh Misery. What a drainer. Based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name, Misery became an instant classic. Starring Kathy Bates and James Caan, this flick scared audiences around the world, and is still pretty damn unnerving today. What I like so much about Misery is that there is total lack of gore, and that you can relate to poor Paul Sheldon so much, in his attempt to escape the mad woman. Although I think that this film is certainly still watchable, I feel that it could really benefit from a remake because it does feel rather dated. It's hard to imagine anyone other than Kathy Bates playing the infamous character of Annie Wilkes, but I'm sure that someone could pull it off. Perhaps Julianne Moore? She proved that she was able to play insane in the 2013 Carrie remake, so I think she could be a great fit.
This film is the definition of why shot for shot remakes shouldn't happen. Like, ever. Oh and the casting choice of Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates? Don't even get me started. Awful acting, and an embarrassment to the original film, I think a lot of us pretend this one doesn't even exist. So my thought is this - why not get to pretend that this film never (ever) happened, and just remake the original classic. I wouldn't suggest deviating too far from the original script, but DEFINITELY don't do a shot for shot remake, it just fails.
One of the best horror comedies ever made? I think yes. So why do I think it needs a remake? Surely no one can top that classic lawnmower scene right? Well no, probably not - but you have got to admit that some of the effects in this movie really don't hold up too well, so some modern day CGI (along with practical effects of course) could really do a film like this justice.
This film kinda sucks, but in all honesty it's a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. The snake looks decent enough for a 90's CGI job, but I think it could be done better with the modern day effects. Also - having well known actors (opposed to singers) as the lead characters would be a smart idea.
I am yet to fully understand just why this film has a 6.9/10 rating on IMDB, because I personally think it's pretty damn awful. I watched it for the first time some years ago and really didn't understand the hype back then, so I thought I'd give it another shot recently - and I still don't understand the hype. Sure, Tim Curry plays a pretty menacing evil clown, and delivers some wicked lines, but that's just about it really. The acting from the rest of the cast was pretty mediocre, if not bad, and there was really nothing scary about this flick at all - I found myself laughing at times. A modern take on this film could really do a great deal for this story - as the film wasn't much like the book in my opinion, and perhaps Tim Curry could even come back to play Pennywise again.
Wolf was kind of like an updated version of the original 'Wolf Man', and I personally really enjoyed it, despite its average rating. There aren't enough werewolf movies being made nowadays, so a remake of this lesser known flick could be really great - because let's be honest, werewolves are awesome, right?
Simply put, this is not a good film. Why someone thought it would be a good idea to base a horror movie around the mythical Irish creature is beyond me, but what the heck, I actually enjoyed it. Saying this, I feel like Warwick Davis' scenes are the best part about that movie, and scenes which do not include the Leprechaun can become slightly lacking or even boring. I think a remake could work really well for a flick like this, simply because nowadays the original is a little bit.... dare I say it, lame. Maybe a remake/reboot could be set somewhere more populated, like a big city for example - so there are lots of possibilities as to what might happen with the story line.
Are you looking forward to the 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' reboot? Which other 90's horror flicks seriously need a bit of a modern touch? Tell me in the comments section below!