Horror Movie Remakes, why most of them suck

Truer Words Have Never Been Spoken

For the past decade, a majority of the horror films presented to the American public have been remakes of old horror movies. It is rather disappointing that the 2000’s doesn’t have a real horror movie icon besides Jigsaw. I have seen different horror movie remakes and out of those 50, 39 of those movies sucked.

Good Bad
The Crazies The Amityville Horror
Carrie Black Christmas
Dracula The Blob
Red Dragon 13 Ghosts
The Fly Children of the Corn
Fright Night Dark Water
The Ring Dawn of the Dead
Let Me In The Echo
Phantom of the Opera The Fog
Cape Fear Friday the 13th
Piranha The Grudge
Halloween II
The Haunting
The Hills Have Eyes
The Hitcher
House of Wax
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
I Spit on Your Grave
Last House on the Left
Mother’s Day
My Bloody Valentine
Night of the Living Dead
Nightmare on Elm Street
The Omen
Prom Night
Satan’s School for Girls
The Shining
The Stepfather
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Thing
When a Stranger Calls
The Wicker Man
The Wolf Man

A majority of the problem with most of these remakes is the added amount of gore and violence in these movies, along with the lack of tension. What made movies such as The Thing, Friday the 13th, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre scary was the tension the movie brought to the viewer. One example is the Halloween remake (There aren’t any real spoilers but I recommend watching the original movie first). The original movie had violence, but it didn’t show a ton of blood. The movie also barley showed Michael. Most of Michael’s scenes were at a distance, and very inconspicuous. He looked like something you would notice only at the corner of your eye, but vanish in a second. The movie replicated the feeling of being followed, and that showed true fear. The Halloween remake was a gore fest. Any tension was replaced by violence, and rather than make Michael into a physical representation of evil, they made him sympathetic character, thus removing the fear by removing the monster, removing any detachment from humanity, and giving him the humanity. By giving Michael humanity, it makes it possible for us to identify and reason with Michael, thus making him less scary. Not only has the modern hollywood system ruined Michael, they have ruined Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, the Haunting, The Wolf Man, Prom Night, Psycho, Dawn of the Dead, Black Christmas, and even as we speak, Hollywood is destroying The Thing and has even destroyed video game horror adaptations like Silent Hill and Resident Evil. Remakes of  the Re-Animator, Return of the Living Dead, The Gate and a film adaptation of Bioshock are reportedly being made, so hopefully hollywood can learn from it’s past mistakes, and give these horror icons the respect they deserve.


Occupy Wall Street: The Movement Against Bad Things


Before I begin, I want to make perfectly clear I am not naive about the current issues on Wall Street and in our current economic status and laws. Yes, the way the economic system is currently run in this country is incredibly messed up and change is needed. Also, I do understand that many of the people protesting are fully within their right to protest, and are rightfully angry about the current economic climate. That being said, my main issue with the movement is the way the movement is run.

The first main problem is that their is no clear stance that this movement is expressing. While it is clear that the main reason for the protest is the uneven distribution of wealth, many people in the rally still have their own individual agendas. Reasons for protesting include tax laws, housing, the homeless, gay right, corporate accountability, and even feminism. With all of these interests crushed into one message, it cause any true stance to become jumbled, and thus uninterpretable. For me to support this rally, I need specific problems that these people want changed. Are you against the way offshore accounts are used to hold back on taxes? The way corporations can give unlimited campaign funds to candidates? The way the lobbying system is handled? The tax subsidies towards certain companies? PICK SOMETHING!!!! It’s like they are trying to write an essay. They have a broad idea: unfair distribution of wealth, and now they need to narrow the topic down.

The second problem is the lack of leadership. Supposedly what makes this movement special and unique is that it doesn’t have a leader. This is a terrible idea because it doesn’t give the movement the ability to organize and develop a stance in the issue they want to protest. Leaders allow guidance, which is something this movement really needs.

The final problem is that the movement is not offering an alternative solution to the problem. Yes, these people are angry about the way our economic system is handled, but they are not offering a solution in terms of what to do. How can I support a movement if I don’t know what they stance is on the cause they are fighting for? This is a very dangerous concept for a movement not to have a solution to the problem they are addressing.

Overall, I commend the movement for getting media attention (something done mostly by conservative movements) but their are too many organization problems that prevent me from supporting it. With the lack of specific detail towards addressing their problems, they come across more like “WE HATE CORRUPTION” (no one’s ever been for corruption) or “WE HATE BAD THINGS” (so does everyone else). If anything, I’m worried that a charismatic demagogue will step up, and try to take advantage of this large group of angry people. and turn them into a hate group. Our planet has a history of individuals morphing thousands of unorganized angry people into hate groups. For the sake of all of us, I hope that never happens. I do want to support this movement, but given it’s current disorganized and leaderless status, I can’t bring myself to support this protest.

My First Blog

In this blog I will write every week (or at least a few times a month) about anything that is on my mind. It can be anything from politics, social issues, movies, music, comics, anime, etc. This blog is entirely my opinion and based on my observations as a citizen of the planet earth. If you have a problem with anything I write, feel free to comment as much as you want. Just don’t be completely immature and simply call me names stuff like that. It is very annoying. I am perfectly happy having a mature debate on any issue. Overall, this is my first blog, and I’m excited to see what I will come up with.