May Monster Madness 2013 – Day 4

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Welcome to May Monster Madness 2013! Hosted by the totally awesome Annie Walls – author of The Famished Trilogy, Emma from Little Gothic Horrors, and Ked from Something Wicked this Way Comes.

Horror Movie Remakes

Remakes are the theme for this edition of May Monster Madness. Some movies need to be remade so they can evolve into something more relevant, others are perfect left to their classic style and shouldn’t be messed with. I generally favor the classic, but I do understand why old movies are remade — youngsters these days probably wouldn’t ever watch the original, or have even heard of it, without the remake. I’m obviously not going to post every horror movie ever remade, as the list is far too long. I have carefully selected a handful of movies that I believe to be true classic horror movies. If I’ve missed something that you feel should be matched up, please feel free to discuss in the comments.

For the following horror movie remakes, who do you think did it better?

Psycho

Original: 1960
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Joseph Stefano (screenplay), Robert Bloch (novel)
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Remake: 1998
Director: Gus Van Sant
Writers: Robert Bloch (novel), Joseph Stefano (screenplay)
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore

* My opinion: I prefer the classic. Something about it being filmed in black & white gives it a more haunting vibe. While I feel that Gus Van Sant did an impeccable job with this remake, and that Vince Vaughn delivered an amazing performance in this role, Anthony Perkins IS Norman Bates for me.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Original: 1974
Director: Tobe Hooper
Writers: Kim Henkel (story), Tobe Hooper (story)
Stars: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Remake: 2003
Director: Marcus Nispel
Writers: Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper, Scott Kosar
Stars: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leerhsen

* My opinion: The original film was slightly more disturbing in this case, but the remake scared the shit out of me too. I would be happy to watch either one. Any movie based on true events is especially creepy to me.

The Evil Dead

Original: 1981
Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Sam Raimi
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor

Remake: 2013
Director: Fede Alvarez
Writers: Fede Alvarez (screenplay), Rodo Sayagues (screenplay), Sam Raimi (based on the motion picture “The Evil Dead”, written by)
Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci

* My opinion: I have not yet seen the remake of The Evil Dead so I would love to hear opinions on this match up! I adore Bruce Campbell so I’m not certain how I feel about this one being remade, but I do feel compelled to check it out.

The Fly

Original: 1958
Director: Kurt Neumann
Writers: George Langelaan (story), James Clavell
Stars: David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price

Remake: 1986
Director: David Cronenberg
Writers: George Langelaan (short story), Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay)
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz

* My opinion: I have to go with the remake on this one. I love everything that Jeff Goldblum is in. He is such a remarkable, eccentric actor. Goldblum is the epitome of captivating.

The Omen

Original: 1976
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: David Seltzer
Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

Remake: 2006
Director: John Moore
Writer: David Seltzer
Stars: Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick

* My opinion: I LOVED The Omen movies when I was younger. In fact, my favorite was always the second one — most likely because I had a major crush on Jonathan Scott-Taylor, the actor that played Damien in the sequel. 🙂 I obviously had a thing for the bad boys. In this case, the son of satan.

Wasn’t he a cutie? Or, as we said back in the 80’s, a babe. lol. I was only five years old when the second movie came out, but by the time I saw the movie I was pretty close to the same age he was in the movie.

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So… which is better – the original or the remake?

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