The Remake Pile: April

I’m thinking about making The Remake Pile a monthly edition, because it seems like every few weeks or so I hear about several new remakes coming down the pike. Some remakes are abominations, like Tim Burton’s remake of Planet of the Apes; and some remakes surpass the originals, like John Carpenter’s remake of the 1951 classic The Thing From Another World. I’ve found that I have somewhat of an interest in remakes, mostly, I think, because it is a good intellectual exercise in movie comparisons.

So, here we go with this month’s list.

Swamp Thing

Splice director Vincenzo Natali has a strong interest in remaking this 1980’s sludgy cult classic, says the SciFi Squad.

Horror maestro Wes Craven helmed the original Swamp Thing in which a scientist turned into the titular character when he jumped into the swamp after a fiery accident. I think a remake could be good if they go for a creepy atmosphere instead of a cheesy over-the-top quality. We’ll see what direction they go.

Let the Right One In

The remake will be called Let Me In and is due to be released in October of this year. The studio producing Let Me In is Hammer films. The same Hammer Films that made all those British Dracula movies from the 50’s but has not released anything in the last 30 years. So they’re basically hoping that this remake will relaunch the studio. (source: Cinematical)

They’ve hired on Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) to direct. I thought Cloverfield (the movie about a Godzilla-like monster wreaking havoc on New York) was handled well and I hope that he can bring the same kind of mysterious quality to Let Me In. I just hope they don’t water it down to a PG-13 movie.

Piranha

According to the MTV Movie Blog, Piranha remake director Alexandre Aja promises record breaking bloody violence. “I don’t remember the exact number,” he told MTV, “but we’ve passed Kill Bill. You’ve never seen something like that before.”

The MTV interview made it seem like the new Piranha will not take itself seriously, and really, how can a movie about killer fish take itself seriously? And also, it’s in 3D! So it’s got that going for it. Piranha is due out this year in August.

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One Response to “The Remake Pile: April”

  1. Kdub Says:

    Cant waitt o see Piranna!!!!!!!!!

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