Posts filed under ‘remake’

3-D zombies? I’m in.

logo224For those of you who are loyal Movie Chutzpah readers — at this point, I’m night_of_the_living_dead_1pretty sure there’s only one of you :] — you already know my affinity for zombie movies, especially anything and everything by George A. Romero. Yes, that includes “Diary of the Dead”; it’s got its faults, but it’s still pretty badass.

Anyways, Romero’s first foray into the zombie epidemic, the black-and-white classic “Night of the Living Dead,” is being updated — it’s already been colorized in a previous update — to include 3-D. As if zombies weren’t scary enough, now they’ll be reaching out a the screen at you, your brains and your popcorn buckets. Ahh! This, according to an interview that MarketSaw conducted with Greg Passmore, who masters in converting 2-D movies to 3-D. Here’s part of the interview:

MarketSaw: Hi Greg – wow! NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is one of my all time favorites! How did you come to the decision to convert NOLD to 3D?
GP:
I really love the film Jim. When I started talking about it around the office, much to my surprise, I found lots of other people here who also love the film. It just seemed like a natural. Legend has, by far, the best copy and colorization of the film. I pestered Legend for months to get them to agree to let us do it.

MarketSaw: What sort of distribution have you come up with for the movie?
GP: Originally it was slated for VOD and 3D DVD. We have found some strong interest in European distribution and maybe even limited theatrical in the US. Ultimately however, the film is destined primarily for home entertainment

Now, I’ve already come out once before against making classic movies 3-D — when I found out George Lucas was planning on making the original “Star Wars” trilogy 3-D I nearly lost it — but this, to me, feels different. I think, based on Lucas’s history with inexplicably altering his films, we can all agree that the short-stuff responsible for one of the greatest trilogies in American cinema history is hooked on banking on his past work. The useless updates to the old trilogy, the trainwreck that is the second trilogy, the bastardization of “Indiana Jones” — Lucas has made a lot of money by recycling his old, incredibly popular, work.

There are two distinct differences between all of the Lucas bullshit and rebooting “Living Dead” with 3-D

One — There’s no doubt that “Star Wars” 3-D would make a lot of money. It would be released wide to sold-out theaters and, even though I’m sure many trilogy loyalists would complain, they would all go see it. On the other hand, “Living Dead” 3-D clearly isn’t about making tons and tons of money. If — by some chance the project actually is released in theaters in the U.S., which doesn’t sound likely — it’s going to be a very limited release, with most sales coming from DVD and, probably, Blu-Ray. Therefore…

Two — “Living Dead” 3-D is about the fans. “Star Wars” 3-D clearly isn’t. Romero’s zombie fans, while they’re grossly outnumbered by “Star Wars” fans, are probably some of the most loyal enthusiast of any movie franchise. They deserve a shout-out every once in a while, you know, something like SUPER AWESOME 3-D ZOMBIES! Yeah, the project may not make a lot of money for anyone involved, but that’s not what it’s about. It’s about pleasing one of the the most loyal and lost-standing (I mean, this franchise started in the 60s and is still going strong) fanbases in the realm of movies with a new idea (3-D zombies) that is a tip-of-the-cap of sorts to their standing by Romero these last four decades.

3-D zombies? Hell yes!

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December 23, 2008 at 3:31 am 1 comment

Yet another slasher film. Enough already…

I’ve completely given up on the slasher genre as a whole. And I’m sure I’m not the only one — I mean, how many times can a movie about horny teenagers getting stabbed, mauled and diced up be original? And that’s the chief problem with the new, ridiculously bad slasher movies getting pumped out today. Here, let me explain.

Back in its golden age, when the genre was still new and exciting, people were drawn to it because of its realism. When “Halloween” came out, it terrified people, because it was so realistic. Why couldn’t a deranged maniac bring terror to Suburbia by way of a kitchen knife? Serial murder, unlike zombies, mad scientists and the like, was a brand-new concept to horror films, and it was different because it could actually happen.

People were scared of it, something Horror films generally try to do, and thus the flick made shit-tons of money. So, of course the logical next step Hollywood took that, exploited it and put out a whole lot more slash ’em up movies. And for a time, it worked. “Friday the 13th” was another simple and realistic plot that had kids terrified of summer camp for reasons other than the usual bad food and creepy counselors. Hell, even an unrealistic plot like “Nightmare on Elm St.” was a fun and interesting take on the slasher film genre.

“Child’s Play” and that bullcrap was ridiculous, but I can even stomach that.

It’s when you start digging for story lines so vigorously that you decide to jettison Jason into space, well, then you’ve completely ruined the entire genre. I wanted it to die, right then and there. When you take away that realism, then you’ve essentially taken away the element of the movie that made it so popular in the first place. No one respects “Jason X” or “Freddy vs. Jason,” because they make a mockery of the slasher genre, which, despite its recent brush with steady decline, is a very popular genre.

With the Rob Zombie “Halloween” remake and the reboot of “Friday the 13th” on the way, maybe the slasher film is making a comeback, cutting the fat that has made it so ridiculous in order to get back to its roots. Or maybe it’s just the remake is just an excuse to make more money. Either way, the movie’s on its way. Here’s the first look at the new-and-improved Jason:

over at Shock Til You Drop, they enhanced the photo to give us a better look at the villain:

I really don’t have much hope for this flick, nor do I have any reason to want to. I gave up on the genre a long time ago, which is sad because “Halloween” is such a classic. But sometimes, a genre reaches a logical conclusion, like when you feel the need to shed the themes and ideas that made the first movies so great, and you should just cease to make them, if you truly respect the originals.

July 19, 2008 at 3:25 pm 1 comment

WOLVERINES! Red Dawn remake on the way

Are you kidding me? First MGM announces a “Robocop” remake and then a “Hellraiser” remakes.

Now “Red Dawn”? Is nothing sacred? The movie, about a group of American teenagers that call themselves The Wolverines taking down the Communist Soviet Army, has become a huge cult classic.

Of course it’s wholly unbelievable that some kids from Iowa, led my Charlie Sheen, can pick up a few M-16s and landmines and take down one of the most powerful armies in the world.

So?

It’s still a great movie, and the fact that throughout the movie, the kids yell “WOLVERINES!” only makes me like it even more (I happen to be a University of Michigan student).

Remakes are a very touchy subject with me. Ok, if you have a great idea, you know that you can make this a great movie and you make it for the movie’s sake, not the money’s sake, then yes; go for it.

After all, “Scarface” is a remake. Some of these really live up, and sometimes surpass the original.

But this flick doesn’t give the air of one of those “for the movie’s sake” remakes. I think this will be strictly about bank. They greenlit the project and then shopped around for a screenwriter (Carl Ellsworth of “Red Eye” and “Disturbia” fame). They hired Dan Bradley to direct, this being his first feature film.

Over at First Showing, they have a quote from Elsworth that pretty much confirms my bleak outlook for this remake:

Ellsworth explains his plans: “The tone is going to be very intense, very much keeping in mind the post-9/11 world that we’re in. As Red Dawn scared the heck out of people in 1984, we feel that the world is kind of already filled with a lot of paranoia and unease, so why not scare the hell out of people again?”

Great. So not only are the pissing on the original, but they’re modernizing it as well, which will probably entail North Korea, Al Qaeda or some equally ridiculous enemy. Part of the reason “Red Dawn” made such and impact was the fact that it was totally believable in 1984 (when the movie was released) that Soviet troops could land in Colorado and proceed to reek havoc on America with a massive military attack.

Something tells me North Korea or Al Qaeda wouldn’t be able to pull that off as effectively.

Chalk this one in the “Planet of the Apes,” “Poseidon,” etc. Awful Remake Pile.

WOLVERINES!:

July 9, 2008 at 5:22 pm 1 comment