Attack of the movie remake


By Tressa Eckermann, Senior Staff Writer

We all have those guilty pleasure movies that we don’t particularly like to talk about although they remain our constant favorites.

I love John Carpenter, the master of 80s over-the-top horror, who directed films like “The Thing,” “Halloween” and “Escape from New York.” So when word started floating around a few years ago that New Line Cinema wanted to remake “Escape from New York,” the first thing that came to my mind was what a horrendous idea that was.

Then came word that they were ‘rebooting’ “The Thing” by making a prequel. How dare they? A remake of “The Thing” just seems so… wrong.

There are currently 75 movie and TV remakes either in the works or already done, according to an article on

I’ll admit, not all remakes are bad. I actually prefer the remake to “The Thomas Crown Affair.” And have you ever tried to watch the original “Ocean’s 11?” It’s about as boring as it gets. The Cohen brothers’ version of “True Grit” was a modern masterpiece. But what’s important to point out about these so-called remakes is that they have very little in common with their source material. “True Grit” is actually a dedicated adaptation of the novel.

But do we really need a remake of “Footloose,” the quintessential 80s classic that turned Kevin Bacon into a heartthrob for generations of girls? Well, guess what – we’re getting one. There’s also a remake of the 1985 cult classic “Fright Night” in the works, which might not suck too bad. “Dr. Who” fans will get to see their beloved 10th Doctor, David Tennant, since he’s left the show.

The pain goes past them remaking good movies. Now they’re talking about remaking bad movies. There was talk of remaking the 80s comedy – if that’s the right word – “Overboard.” I don’t know how many of you have seen the original, but it’s painful to sit through. How is it going to get any better 25 years later?

A remake of “Red Dawn” is already in post-production. Hollywood seems to think remaking movies many of us grew up with is a good idea. Movie executives need to realize that a remake of “Red Dawn” without Patrick Swayze just isn’t right.

So why all the remakes? Could it just be that Hollywood’s run out of ideas, or are they simply lazy?

I think it has more to do with the idea that it worked once and made them loads of money, so why not try it again?

I guess they’ve never heard the saying, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The remakes are going to keep coming at us like the alien from “The Thing.” But listen up, Hollywood – I’d rather see Kurt Russell’s 1980s mullet than some pretty-boy actor trying to play Snake Plissken.