Friday, June 8, 2012
Remakes And The Like
Don't get me wrong, I like some remakes. I still think the Last House On The Left Remake is better than the original and I'll have civil (but poo flinging) words with anyone that thinks otherwise. And the Dawn of the Dead (2004) is one of my favorite modern horror films as it explored different concepts than the original. It truly did some unique and original things.
And I understand why they continue to happen. With remakes, there is an established property. Studios don't have to try very hard and there is instant name recognition. By mere title alone it's guaranteed to put butts in the seat, regardless of how well it does or the quality of the film itself. The risk factor is very low and the reward potential is very high. Plus you have suckers like me: loyal fans that will check it out because curiosity is a real bitch. I always love asking filmmakers and actors that I interview this very question: 'To remake or not to remake, that is the question.' By and large, they loathe them and it incites such an impassioned response. I digress.
What I really wanted to comment on with this post is a potential trend that I hope never happens: the proliferation of the remake on the small screen. Just a few weeks ago, multiple sites reported that Martha Marcy May Marlene (AKA the greatest film tongue tie of all-time) writer and helmer, Sean Durkin, is set to write and direct a TV mini-series entitled The Exorcist. This mini-series would focus on the lead-up to the events within the story as well as the aftermath. Some sites reported that there will also be a focus on the back stories of both Fathers Merrin and Karras. 'But Cortez', you say. 'They already remade Carrie for the small screen, and it didn't spawn a slew of remakes for the boob tube!' Indeed, that is true. But we are talking about the mother of all horror films. A film that has singlehandedly defined a sub genre of horror, hell even the genre itself in some people's eyes. The film that EVERYONE uses a reference point when talking about other films that focus on the dealings of the man downstairs.
And why does it have to be called The Exorcist? Why can't it be entitled Before The Exorcism or something to that effect? I like the idea of exploring the priest's back stories but wasn't that already done with Exorcist: The Beginning? I honestly don't think that that film is as bad as everyone says it is. I digress yet again. There is just so much weight behind that name. If it's terrible, it will do more harm than good. But such is the case with remakes and the aforementioned name recognition.
It took me awhile to be at peace with remakes being on a steady stream within theaters. But what about the thought of them being a constant on the small screen? Well intelligent and original TV shows are pretty much non-existent anyways so would it really be that much of a surprise? Ah, but just like the sucker I am, I'll most likely check it out.
So what say you loyal readers? What are your thoughts on this announcement and the idea to remake yet another 'sacred' classic? Would you mind if remakes became regular on the small screen?
Cortez the Killer