Two blog hops in one day? What is this madness? Well, it's movie madness because this is the
Alex, Stephen, Livia and Al! But because I'm doubling up it's also monster madness because this is
Annie Walls, Little Gothic Horrors and Wicked Ways Productions. This was a 7 day blog hop and today is day 7. SO, today I'm going to be talking about the best and worst monster movie remakes. It's a good category because there's lots to choose from.
Lets start with the best: I couldn't choose just one because my monster list wouldn't be complete without the holy trilogy of slasher film stalkers. Who are they, you ask? Why it's Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger and Micheal Myers, of course.
Friday the 13th Jason was an awkward, unpopular boy who drowned as a result of staff negligence at Camp Crystal Lake. In the first movie it was Jason's mother who took vengeance on the camp counselors who she blamed for her son's death but at the end of the movie Jason himself emerges from the bottom of the lake and goes on to wreak havoc for several movies.
The 2009 version was less of a remake and more a reboot as it involves elements of four of the previous movies rather than relying on the plot of just the first one. But it was great, so I'm putting it at the top of this list. In addition to pulling in Jason's history with his mother the film also incorporates his iconic mask, settings from the previous films and the famous music to stellar effect. The kills are entertaining but not too schtick-y and all the things that made you love the original movies are there in plain sight. It was extremely well executed and a must see for any fan of the franchise.
Next up is the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street. Freddie is a classic monster- complete with morphing form, supernatural powers and a seriously creepy appearance and Robert Englund did such an amazing job portraying him that many thought it a sin to even consider casting anyone else. But in the 2010 remake that's what they did and thankfully Jackie Earle Haley (who I know and love as Rorschach from 2009's masterfully done Watchmen) did a fantastic job. The film maintains everything that was great about the first one and brings another element that never came through before: Freddie was a pedophile before he was a dream stalking monster and that is abundantly clear in Haley's portrayal. It was a great movie-going experience and fans of the original series will enjoy it.
And last is the remake of Halloween which serves as the origin story for Michael Myers. In the original movie Michael is seen very briefly killing his sister before the film jumps forward to the night of his escape from the mental hospital. I.E. it never really goes into or even lets you wonder why he's killing, he just does. The primary goal of the remake was to dive into the back-story of Michael: his abusive step-father, ill-quipped mother and bullying sibling all get a little bit of screen time before the child Michael kills them and you do get a feel for the budding psychosis in the character. But honestly, what really made this movie for me was the Laurie character played by the talented Scout Taylor-Compton. The way that she unravels as her big brother chases her is brilliant. It's a quality remake which earns its fans.
But what would the best without the worst? So with that, I give you: Godzilla.
Sure, by the 27th sequel almost all of the original message had been obliterated but that doesn't mean that you should forget what the franchise started as. Especially not if you're doing an American version 44 years after the fact. All-in-all this film was a convoluted mess and a lot of the terribly campy sequels which are just laughable are preferable to it. Just embarrassing. I can only hope that the upcoming 2014 reboot will learn from the failure of this earlier American version.
And now I once again invite you to hop along and visit others best and worst lists! Happy Friday all!