Remakes, why do we need them? The horror genre happens to have the most remakes out of the other genres. Why is that? I'm not necessarily a hater of remakes, however I feel there either needs to be a great need, or reason for the remake. I also feel the remakes with great need and reason are the best ones made to date. For example the remake of The Hills Have Eyes was great in my opinion because it was needed. The new makeup/special effects were a great improvement to the film. The remake of Evil Dead was also another outstanding remake. The reasoning for it was because Sam Raimi himself was not satisfied with the original one. He felt as if he needed to share his vision of what Evil Dead was really supposed to be.
Friday the 13th was already remade in 2009. Produced by Michael Bay there is a split opinion from the horror fan base when it comes to the likes of this film. Most felt that the film was entirely left field when it came to the original film. There were no campers or kids coming, and Jason was known of already. This film wasn't an exact remake of the first film which is a lot of the audiences' problem with the film. However there has been news shared about yes, another remake of this film. There is no official title or plot that has been released however the ideas of found footage and follow ups of the last Friday film are in the talks of discussion.
It the film has never been remade, however I don't see the reasoning and need for it. There were no major special effects within the film. And the final product of the original film still stands strong with other horror films in the genre. Tim Curry really excelled as an actor playing Pennywise himself. I can't see anyone else playing the character. I'm afraid the reaction to a new Pennywise might be similar to the reaction to the new Freddy Krueger. People started getting defensive with the horror icons claiming that characters with faces (no masks) cannot be replaced simply in films. However I know the producers are up for the challenge to take It to another level.
The Poltergeist is also in line for remakes. The hype and buzz around this particular film has been quite impressive. It's highly anticipated release is what everyone is waiting for. However I run into the same problem that I did with It. I don't see the particular need and reasoning for this film. The Poltergeist was originally released in 1982 and it still stands strong. However I am extremely excited to see if the line "They're Here" is in the remake. I also can't wait to experience the creepy clown doll all over again.
Now what's so different about the remake of Cabin Fever is that it will be exactly the same as the original film. Literally line by line the same, there are no major script changes or revisions. It's fascinating because even with the exact same script, the film can possibly be entirely different. Eli Roth has executive producer credit in the film. Will the new director Travis Zariwyn be able to up the level of scare in this film? We will have to wait and see with the Cabin Fever remake.
So what is it about remakes that leaves the audiences wanting more? What is it about knowing exactly how the film will end before even seeing the film? Especially in the horror genre, I feel there are less boundaries to be even more creative, scary, shocking,and disgusting when it comes to film content. I love a great remake with reason. And I love an original film with a great story line. And I think that should be the focal point in horror films, original content.