September MONSTROUS QUESTION – Response # 1
THE MONSTROUS QUESTION OF THE MONTH – SEPTEMBER 2010
(Monstrous Questions provided by Michael Arruda)
As we discussed in our initial Monstrous Question back in May, remakes are all the rage these days. Heck, in 2010 alone we’ve seen PIRANHA 3D, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, CLASH OF THE TITANS, THE CRAZIES and THE WOLFMAN, and the year’s not even done yet.
When we hear about these remakes, most of the time we moan and groan because in most cases, the originals were really good movies that we really loved! Why mess with perfection, right?
Now, most of these original classics were so good they inspired sequels, and sometimes entire franchises. Often, it’s the sequel that failed to measure up.
I got to thinking that the filmmakers have got it all wrong. Why keep remaking these superior originals? Why not remake the inferior sequel?
So, I ask you, for the SEPTEMBER MONSTROUS QUESTION OF THE MONTH: If you could remake one sequel, what would it be? Why? And lastly, for some added fun, what are some of the changes/improvements you’d make?
RESPONSE # 1
I know I’ll be ostracized for this, but here goes:
If there’s one remake I wish they could do all over, it would be EVIL DEAD 2 (1987).
Before you newbies kick me out of the horror community, hear me out: EVIL DEAD (1983) was the first gore film that I found to be scary; the gore was off the wall, but the atmosphere and seriousness is what made it such a classic film. I remember leaving the theater on opening night thrilled that there was finally an all-out bloodbath that those who don’t care for gore films might actually like…and many did.
So when the sequel was released, I’ll never forget sitting in the theater thinking, “MAN—why are they doing this?” Sure, EVIL DEAD 2 has a lot of fun scenes and FX, but why they made it so humorous is beyond me—and this coming from someone who loves humorous horror. If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s SILLY remakes. EVIL DEAD 2 and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986) are the biggest culprits.
If I was at the helm of EVIL DEAD 2, I would have done everything possible to keep the serious tone of the original. For me, the humor desecrated what could have been a great, scary series. (Sorry folks—while I enjoyed ARMY OF DARKNESS (1993) for what it was, I was still fuming over EVIL DEAD 2, and to this day haven’t been able to give it a fair viewing).
Okay—heading back to the cabin to hang with the real horror fans…