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the original was better
Actually, I disagree.  Remakes aren't always about a void of ideas.  There have been a few decent remakes, most noteably recently Ocean's Eleven which was much better than the original.  King Kong stands as another great remake, though I wouldn't say it exceeds the original.

Remember, even movies like The Maltese Falcon were remakes.
Matt's points are dead-on. I agree. Remakes are an indication of an industry void of ideas. Halloween is as perfect a horror film as I have ever seen. Re-release the original in theaters rather than remaking it you idiots.
remake.......
Hollywood is getting tired and lazy.


Worst Nightmare wrote: I have a crazy idea - how about they make movies with an ORIGINAL story line???

No way that would ever make any money!  Very Happy
I have a crazy idea - how about they make movies with an ORIGINAL story line???
Darren Russell wrote: There's been talk of a remake of the first Halloween and Friday the 13th movies.
Sure worked for Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
MMP wrote:
i know it's being edited, but still... when a rough cut gets an NC-17 you know it's scary as hell!  and this only has a PG-13 so it could be suspenseful.


Actually, I wouldn't read too much into the NC17.  Typically, stuff that gets an NC17 neither adds or subtracts from the scare factor.  It is just gore or nudity, often added in to the rough cuts to see what they can slip past the ratings board.  Quite often they will add these parts that they know will have to be cut so that they can get other things into the movie that might have called more attention to the ratings board if the more titillating bits weren't there.

After all, the distributor could actually decide to release it NC17.  There have been a few movies released that way.
MMP
Tony DeFrancisco wrote: MMP wrote: i don't think the original was all that great either, but the premise is very good.  I think the remake could make it very scary, especially with this NC-17 slapped onto it!It was edited for an are rated, but I don't see what's the point of editing when you have the are rating for stong gruesome violence and terror throughout and for language.


i know it's being edited, but still... when a rough cut gets an NC-17 you know it's scary as hell!  and this only has a PG-13 so it could be suspenseful.
Worst Nightmare wrote: thinks "I wonder if they will remake 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'"
:shudders:

I would hope not, but it would also be interesting to see what they could do with it, with today's technology added to it.  I looked at the first one just last week, and I could see so many "mistakes" regarding some of the effects.
Ex. Heather running up the stairs and her feet falling into the holes, the fake face mask when Freddy pokes his head through the door hole, etc.  
I still love the movie, but as I've gotten older I find myself picking my favorite movies apart now. LOL
Anyone else do that?
thinks "I wonder if they will remake 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'"
:shudders:
Gabe Powers wrote: Craven did make Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, two of the most influential horror films in history, so his talents have never really been in question.
Like I said, only two good or above average films in 30+ years, with some real turkeys thrown in for good measure-- Deadly Friend, THHE 2, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Deadly Blessing (Oooo...the Amish are so scary!), and more recently Cursed, which now that I am reminded of it, supplants Stealth in getting my vote as the worst film I was suckered into seeing theatrically this year. I could rattle on some more, but in the end the fact that you, of all people, own none of his movies on DVD really proves my point, Gabe.
Wink
Now Matt, Hills Have Eyes is really all about IDEAS rather than execution, just like Last House on the Left. This is why I have no problem with the remake. Craven did make Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, two of the most influential horror films in history, so his talents have never really been in question. Seems like just about the brightest guy in the world. That said, I don't have a single one of his films in my horror heavy collection, so obviously I admire him more than I actually like him.
Darren Russell wrote: What are you going to do when and if they remake the Halloween and Friday the 13th franchises?!
Not watch them, or at least not pay good money to see them out of curiosity.

Halloween is perfect the way it is and still holds up today, remaking it is as bad an idea as Gus Van Sant's idea to remake Psycho as few years back.

The Friday The 13th movies on the other hand have never been high on my list since I graduated to an age where I could easily tell the bad movies from the good ones, and the movies now stand as guilty pleasures of mine with a bit of nostalgia thrown in more than anything else. Each progressive sequel in the series was just more of the same anyway, so I don't see the point in calling any new Friday The 13th a remake anyways.
MMP wrote: i don't think the original was all that great either, but the premise is very good.  I think the remake could make it very scary, especially with this NC-17 slapped onto it!It was edited for an R rated, but I don't see what's the point of editing when you have the R rating for stong gruesome violence and terror throughout and for language.
MMP
i don't think the original was all that great either, but the premise is very good.  I think the remake could make it very scary, especially with this NC-17 slapped onto it!
Matt wrote: I just wish they'd stop remaking all of these movies, horror films in particular, and come up with something original.

On a side note, I've never understood the appeal of The Hills Have Eyes, or Wes Craven as a director for that matter. The Hills Have Eyes is a terrible movie that just seems to have the reputation of being a good one attached to it for some reason, and Craven has directed only two films that I would call good or above average over the past 30+ years.


OUCH!!  Tell us how you really feel!  LOL
Waht are you going to do when and if they remake the Halloween and Friday the 13th franchises?!  There's been talk of a remake of the first Halloween and Friday the 13th movies.
I just wish they'd stop remaking all of these movies, horror films in particular, and come up with something original.

On a side note, I've never understood the appeal of The Hills Have Eyes, or Wes Craven as a director for that matter. The Hills Have Eyes is a terrible movie that just seems to have the reputation of being a good one attached to it for some reason, and Craven has directed only two films that I would call good or above average over the past 30+ years.
MMP
both WHen A STranger Calls and The Hills Have EYes are on my most anticipated of next year list.  those 2 and Poseidon are my top 3.

i know some in the Hills Have EYes remake and after I saw the trailer I was BEGGING her to tell me what happens in the film but she said she's under contract not to say a word.  She assured me the script was phenominal though, so I'll trust her... CAN'T WAIT!
Total.  It came from the original, sorry.  Thats what I meant Embarrassed
I don't like when telemarketing agents calls at my house.
GRZA wrote: Total.  That's where the whole 'the call is coming from inside the house' thing started.

That didn't come from the sequel.
Fernando G. wrote: Gabe Powers wrote: yep, there was a sequel. I didn't see it, the original was boring enough after the initial "phone" sequence.

Yeah I think it was called "When A Stranger Calls Back"/


Total.  That's where the whole 'the call is coming from inside the house' thing started.
The Hills Have Eyes looks great, too bad that this one looks poor.
Gabe Powers wrote: yep, there was a sequel. I didn't see it, the original was boring enough after the initial "phone" sequence.

Yeah I think it was called "When A Stranger Calls Back"/
yep, there was a sequel. I didn't see it, the original was boring enough after the initial "phone" sequence.
The Hills Have Eyes has gotten slapped with the NC-17 for the attack of the family in their trailer.  CAN'T WAIT!  But, on topic, this movie seems like it may just be the beginning of the original.  The original went on to when she grows up and leaves her own children with the babysitter.  And if I remember correctly, didn't they make a When A Stranger Returns, or was it When A Stranger Calls Back?  I dunno, but I'm sure there was a sequel.
The original had an outstanding opening reel, but the rest wasn't really too good. This is just another in the long line of horror movie remakes nobody asked for. Though I will say I'm excited about Alexander Aja's remake of The Hills Have Eyes, but that's only because I think he's a fine director and Wes Craven is activly producing.
Well, it should be packed full of tension. Look at the rating: "INTENSE TERROR" Anyways, I can't wait to see it. However, it's PG-13...should be R in my opinion, but you know studios these days. GRR

When A Stranger Calls
PG-13 for intense terror, violence, and brief language
Releases February 3, 2006
Directed By Simon West
Stars Camilla Belle
This is actually a remake from a movie from the 70/80's.  I never saw the original, but this looks like it might have potential.  
When a Stranger Calls
Omg! This Movie looks scary!Heres the trailer what do you think?\
http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/whenastrangerca...

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