The other day I came across a Facebook post mentioning the 3D remake of Poltergeist. Granted, my first reaction was very similar to my son’s when Transformers was made into a live-action CG movie, “Are they trying to ruin my childhood?” Being an adult – age wise - I decided to find something good about remaking the movie. There are all the great effects they have at their fingertips now that they didn’t have then. The cast members are great, and I loved what the director, Sam Raimi, did for Spiderman 3, but why are they making it again? Are there no original scripts out there? Hello, I’ve got a lot of ideas…
What about Ghostbusters? I love the idea of an all-female cast. The comedic actresses that they have in mind are the cream of the crop, but… Can the writers compete with lines like these: “Where these stairs go?” “They go up!” “…Dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!” Am I worrying needlessly? Probably.
I like a good scare. I’m not much into gore so when The Woman in Black, with Daniel Radcliffe arrived at our local theater, I was first in line. I loved it. My daughter says I’m easily impressed, but I wasn’t alone hiding under my coat, curled up in the movie seat. (It’s important not to touch the floor when you’re in a scary movie.) The Woman in Black 2 is at my local theater now. Why am I hesitating? The trailer looks scary? It could be that the things I loved in the first movie may not be there this time: the mystery of the ghost’s back story, Daniel Radcliffe, the creepiness of being on the island for the first time, Daniel Radcliffe, the great supporting actors… Did I mention Daniel Radcliffe?
What about you, how do you feel about remakes and sequels? Do they diminish the original? In some cases, sequels can be better than the original. What do you think?