Let me start off by saying that, even though it happened a few years back, I absolutely HATE the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street. When I watch a Freddy movie, I am wanting to see a wise cracking killer that comes to the victim in odd-ball dreams. To make the character so serious takes away from the character of Freddy Krueger. I know, I know, the first film was serious. But, Freddy still had a joking tone about him. Not to mention that no one but Robert Englund should wear the iconic glove.
But, as the title of this article states, I feel that remakes are killing the horror genre. It's a sign that there is no originality left in Hollywood, mostly in the Slasher sort. Now, I am not saying all remakes are bad. I enjoyed Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th, I just enjoyed the old ones better. Every generation has their Horror flicks. Those of us in our 30s and above had Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, Leatherface, Pinhead, Chucky and so on... Our parents had Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman and so on. Modern kids have rehashes of icons from the 80s. Saw and Scream are the only real "new" slashers of the new generation.
I think its a scramble to make more money. It's like the powers that be want to relive the cash cows of the 80s by doing it again and again and again. But, as film goers, we know that stories end and home video has been around for over 30 years. We can watch our favorite villains in different formats over and over again. We don't need modern, 'gritty' remakes/rehashes of already achieved classics. In short, come up with some new ideas and leave the classics as they are.