My name's Nia and I'm a horror fan.
There. Easy bit out of the way.
I'm no horror expert. I'm fairly new to my love for the genre. There are a hell of a lot of essential horror films that I've still not seen. I can talk like I know exactly what I'm on about, when really, I'm not always so sure.
One thing I do know I'm certain of. Horror remakes really, really, really, really piss me off. Let me be clear: John Carpenter's The Thing is a great film. Hell, I'd even dare say I'm looking forward to Joe Johnston's The Wolf Man (so shoot me). Not all horror remakes are terrible.
Since 1998, when Gus Van Sant remade Psycho, the floodgates have opened. Along came The Haunting (Jan de Bont) and House on Haunted Hill (William Malone) in 1999, and then two biggies: The Ring (Gore Verbinski) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Marcus Nispel) in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Neither's an awful film, by any stretch of the imagination, but there's something terribly unnecessary about both. Their worst crime is opening the floodgates for the remake upon remake upon remake that followed. Poor, brilliant Asian cinema watered down into The Ring Two, The Grudge, The Grudge 2, Dark Water, The Eye, One Missed Call, Shutter...and American classics losing their point entirely: The Hills Have Eyes, The Amityville Horror, The Stepford Wives, Dawn of the Dead (okay fine, there was an exception), Halloween, The Omen, The Hitcher, Prom Night, Black Christmas...*breathe* And the less said about The Wicker Man, the better.
Like I say, these films aren't always necessarily bad, in their own right. Some are pretty good, or at least, entertaining pap. But in some cases, even the good ones are just all a bit pointless. And, as we all know, evil never dies. Rumoured, in production or soon to be released remakes include Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, Child's Play, Suspiria, The Birds, The Last House on the Left, Poltergeist...! We might as well be saying that Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia and Ben-Hur are being remade.
Will it ever stop? Will Hollywood not only run out of original ideas and rip-offs, but of material to remake too? Will original horror writers and filmmakers ever get a foot in the door again? Only time will tell the answer to that, but meanwhile, I'm going to be sitting here getting more and more pissed off by every new remake that's announced, and I hope you'll join me too.