I stopped stressing myself out over remakes with Dawn of the Dead '04. I had the realization that if they were going to remake my all-time favorite movie then NOTHING is sacred.
I don't like the idea of Suspiria being remade, but, nothing we can do to stop it. The best we can do is just not watch it.
This debate is indeed at least a decade old. I remember well the heated discussions we had over the TCM & DOTD remakes back in the Zombie-Keeper forums. I'm not completely against remakes at all. I believe the TCM, DOTD, and The Hills Have Eyes were all good remakes/reimaginings of favorites that can't hope to exist on the same levels as the originals, while Carpenter's The Thing and Cronenberg's The Fly far surpassed the originals. Then you got F13, ANOES, Psycho, My Bloody Valentine, and all that which were better left unmade, as they didn't strike a chord with the public, which is why they didn't even get a DTV sequel. The less said about RZ'S Halloween movies the better.
I also would rather Suspiria not be remade, as I don't see how anyone can surpass Argento's masterpiece. However, I feel that if you're not willing to do something new with the source material and at least TRY and surpass the original on some level, then it should not be attempted. I can understand popular American franchises like F13, Halloween , TCM, and ANOES being rebooted, as they are familiar titles that have proven to draw money time and time again in the past. It's hard to imagine the reasoning behind remaking a classic foreign title for mainstream audiences who have likely never heard of it, except fooling audiences into thinking that is indeed the hottest, scariest, NEW ORIGINAL horror movie they've got to see.
So, why is Savini remaking Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things? Those of who know our history, know why Savini & Romero remade NOTLD, but CSPWDT is one of those cult classics that likely CAN be improved upon and who better to do it than the second man whose name is synonymous with zombies (and did a good job on the NOTLD remake, I might add).
Like Lon said, all you can do is not watch it. The fact that a remake of a favorite classic horror film exists does not ruin the original nor mar its legacy, as it will always be sitting there on my shelf for me to watch anytime I need to wash the taste of modern mainstream horror out of my mouth. Now, about that Evil Dead remake...
Last edited by Maxwell (2012-07-28 14:49:16)