Alright so, horror is going through the first major revolution of change in it’s history… A revolution of change that some people are trying to stall or stop or impede, or change…
That change being the retirement of some of Hollywood’s most prolific horror movie actors from playing the roles that not only made them famous, but made their franchises, royalty in the world of horror movies! Great examples of this:
- Robert Englund (Eaten Alive), having retired his participation as horror movie villain, ‘Freddy Krueger’ from the, ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ series!
2. Doug Bradley (Night Breed) no longer playing the role of, ‘Pinhead’ from the classic Clive Barker (Candyman) series, ‘Hellraiser’!
Now that is one side, and then here is another side that is also trying to see that these horror movie royalty films are able to continue to entertain audiences… It is the effort of studios to try and reinvent a horror movie staple, whose story has lost most if not all of it’s steam.
Here are a couple of great examples of these classic franchises being remade!
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Now this series is a great series! But let’s be honest… After the disaster that was Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)… This series story wise had lost all of it’s momentum!
2. Friday The 13th… This Sean S. Cunningham (The Last House On the Left). Was going pretty strong as an epic B-Horror movie franchise under the Paramount banner… But when New Line bought it… They almost immediately bankrupted the franchise story wise! And now the franchise is under legal confusion!
With that said, most of have been put under remake… And some of those remakes were actually pretty good, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake series was actually pretty awesome… While, the Friday The 13th franchise not so much…
But you know what? Something interesting started to happen when it came to these royalty series… Where as the remakes more often than not frequently and often sucked horribly… The studios started to become wise to it all!
They finally came up with the reboots to the original series!
Now the ones I have seen so far I have to say are pretty good… Not all of them… But some of them…
Before I start saying what is great about the reboots… Atleast for the ones that I have seen… I want to go over the one inherent problem with most of these reboots… They skip over some of the better sequels from the original series!
For example… It was great to see Laurie Strode (Played by: Jamie Lee Curtis) come back for the Halloween reboot… But, they basically disconnected great characters and actors like, Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) who played, ‘ Tommy Doyle’ in Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers (1996). Almost everything that legendary actor Donald Pleaseance (The Great Escape) did for the series and the legacy that he left! And finally, they replace vetern scream queen, ‘Danielle Harris’ (The Last Boy Scout) with Judy Greer (Jurassic World)!
And that is just a few of the aspects of the reasons why if done wrong, a reboot can truly suck!
Now for the good side of it! Alright… Now up above I talked about the problems that had plagued the original, ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ series… Well the remake series did pretty well for itself… But when you do a preqeul I find alot of times that the idea factory has begun to run out of steam… And when the remake series did a prequel after the first remake movie… Well that pretty much ended it with that!
With that said though… they rebooted the original franchise, and decided to change the outcome of the first one, to do away with the rest of the series… Well where as the story fit and fit well… And definitely breathed new life in to a dying franchise… It did suck that they got rid of the story for parts 2 and 3!
But overall that franchise came back! I haven’t seen any of the series since the first reboot movie… But if it went as well as the first reboot, then that series has officially come back!