Goon, I'm not talking about myself. I don't like the remakes, and have only seen one in the theaters. The others, I catch on HBO if I catch them at all. It would be nice if HBO would present them in the OAR. I haven't even seen the Hills Have Eyes remake, just yet, despite hearing good things about it from my fellow horror fans. I'm talking about the masses that wouldn't touch a 20 year old movie with a 10 foot pole. Which appear to me, to be the majority of film goers. I'm talking about the studios. I'm just trying to be objective.
We're in a definite minority. I do vote with my pocketbook, but the studios don't really care about my $10.00. I predict, however that a shot for shot remake of Poltergeist will flop, just like the Psycho remake.
I agree with you, Goon. It'll take a series of flops to stop this trend. It's too bad these remakes are generally cheap to film, because a movie would have to flop pretty badly not to make any money. Plus, of course, we have DVD sales. And while these remakes make even a small profit, the studios will continue to keep churning them out. They're easier, cheaper and in some cases have a built in audience, even if some of them are viewing it out of curiousity. The don't care, they still got your $10.00.
So, I'm not the reason these remakes get made, since I can't bother myself to see them anyway. I simply don't believe that the sky is falling when they are. I don't get myself worked up over it. Life's too short for that. It's a trend that's not going to go away anytime soon, so I've accepted them as a necessary evil. And in some cases beneficial. I choose my battles. For example; the Weinstein/Blockbuster arrangement. I dislike it when my choices as a consumer are taken away from me. It's strange to me that there is such outrage concerning this issue and much less apparently, concerning the Blockbuster monopoly on Weinstein movies. At least on this particular issue, we can still make our own choices.
This is a list of all the remakes I have seen.
In theaters: Dawn Of The Dead
HBO, Showtime, etc.: The Fog, 13 Ghosts, House of Wax
Blind Buy Purchase DVD(Best Buy): House On Haunted Hill, The Grudge
Blind Buy Previously viewed DVD(Movie Gallery): Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Blind Buy Previously viewed VHS(Half Price Books): Psycho
Cautiously optimistic: The Blob, Halloween
Will view at some point: The Hills Have Eyes
Loved: The Fly, The Thing
Edit: I have yet to see The Departed, but I've heard it's really good.
Last edited by sMart (2006-11-28 21:54:02)