What will be the next horror movie reboot?

DJ ResslerIndie Horror, Movie Reviews15 Comments

As a life-long connoisseur of the horror genre I have a true appreciation for everything from cult classic, low-budget movies to mainstream horror novels & movies. I have an appreciation for books, movies, comics and short stories.

So if I’m going to make this my first post I have to speak from the heart. There has been one topic that has been on my mind a bit lately… movie reboots.

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First of all, although I am a true sceptic for all things corporate, I realize that the work that comes out of hollywood not only goes through the usual corporate scrutiny to determine if a movie is going to make big money before it even gets to production but also gets re-edited and CGI’d to death so you end up getting a movie that looks something like WWZ. To which Brad Pitt even said the trailer looked atrocious – A true shame considering the Max Brooks’ novel was so well done (plus I’m a big fan of his ‘Zombie Survival Guide’).

But I do applaud Hollywood for taking a leap on the novel. What really bothers me lately is the lack of originality when it comes to movies (and even music for that matter, but that’s a whole other post). Surely, I cannot be the only one who recognizes that just about everything being piped down our throats is a reboot of something we’ve seen before. It really started to take shape when Michael Meyers & Freddy Kruger were redone. However, 2013 is proving to bring plenty of reboot material our way. For instance, I just went to see the ‘Superman’ reboot which looked an awful lot like ‘Star Trek’. While the movie wasn’t horrible by any means, it is amazing how ‘Superman’ has become a Sci-Fi flick. Apparently, movie execs believe we need non-stop CGI if we are going to pay 3-D prices. We also just had Paramount announce they are rebooting the original ‘Terminator’. I have to say, much like ‘Running Man’, they just need to leave a classic alone! How about that reboot of ‘Evil Dead’? Minus a couple of cool gore scenes, there’s no way you can out-do the captivating expressions of Bruce Campbell as he acts out some amazing scenes with minimal interruption for single-phrase words like “Chainsaw” as he dawns another brilliant idea (in this case severing his own hand). It just can’t be redone.

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Whether it is the lack of originality in Hollywood causing this disturbing trend or the need to create something that people already like but add a ton of CGI to it so we all want to see it in 3-D… the point is… this trend appears to be around to stay for a while.

With that said, my question is: WHAT HORROR MOVIE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE DONE AS A REBOOT? I, personally, would like to see something more of a cult-classic than a mainstream staple of the Horror’s great history. Here’s my recommendations.

My recommendations: 

1. Re-Animator (or even Bride of Re-Animator)

2. Return of the Living Dead 3 (it has to be #3) 

3. Phantasm

Do you like my selections? What would you like to see?

-Ressler