Another year, another age of horror film remakes. 2016 will not be any different, as the trailer for the brand new remake of Eli Roth's Cabin Fever emerged and horror fans gave an angry response as the trailer showed the remake may just have the same exact plot as the original. This begs the question, why would you remake a film if you are going to make it exactly like the original? Below, you will find two trailers. One is a trailer of the original film and the other is the trailer for the remake. Check them out.
Notice any differences? No? Me either, besides the final shot of the remake's trailer being a dog and there being a female deputy. Other than that, you can almost watch both trailers at the same time and have them be identical.
Films that follow this "identical remake" curse are 1998's Psycho, 2008's Quarantine (the remake of 2007's REC), and 2010's Let Me In (remake of 2008's Let the Right One In).
So, why are there remakes?
Thankfully, not all horror film remakes are exactly the same as the original. We have films that play on the original film's plot but add something new to the franchise, giving the element of surprise to the audience yet keeping the original concept. Films that are examples of this are:
- Halloween (same character names but different deaths, added extra element of Michael's childhood, etc.)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (added the fact that Freddy Krueger was a child molester rather than just a killer)
- Dawn of the Dead (same setting, different characters and different ending)
- Carrie (same overall concept, just different deaths and scenes)
- I Spit On Your Grave (same concept, just different death scenes)
Next, we have films that are so different from the original film's plot that it is basically a brand new movie:
- Prom Night (happens on prom night yet different character names, different killer, different motive, and other many different elements)
- House of Wax (completely different film, turned the original classic horror film into a teen slasher flick)
- April Fool's Day (different setting, characters, and motives)
- Black Christmas (same concept of sorority girls being murdered but adds different killers, different characters, and the overall plot was different)
Finally, we have films that are a little bit of both. These are films that model themselves after old films but incorporate different elements. These films include:
- Friday the 13th (Jason is the killer, yet does not follow the original's concept. Many fans argue this is a reboot or just another sequel for the franchise)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Has Leatherface but adds more family members and different motives for the victims being there and changes some elements such as adding a butcher shop scene)
Overall, a remake is a remake. It's a way for movie studios to conjure up money from horror fans when the companies have no more original ideas. Based on my personal opinion, I will enjoy the remake if it is a good film. Many fans may disagree by condemning remakes before even seeing them because they are ruining the originals. Whether you like them or not, remakes will never stop coming out and this is not just contained to the horror film genre; they are even remaking Ghostbusters and Jumanji. Yes, I said Jumanji! Yikes!