Last week, I compiled my list of some of the best horror movie remakes/reboots of all time. I thought of this because of the new Chucky trailer that hit the web. I gave you some true gems last week, and I’m happy to say that I can add another movie to that list. I recently watched the reboot of the Evil Dead franchise, and it was truly wonderful. Though the movie wasn’t as funny as the original, it was genuinely scary. Check it out!
Alas, here is my list for some of the worst remakes/reboots of all time, because they all can’t be good.
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – I’m not just going to throw this movie under the bus. There hasn’t been a good Leatherface movie since the original. There were some crappy ones in 1986 and 1990, and an absolutely horrible starring Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger. (If you want a laugh, check that out!) So they were pretty bad, but in 2003 I was hopeful that they’d be able to reboot the franchise. If you put Jessica Biel and a chainsaw wielding madman in a movie together, I imagined big things. Instead, we got cheap thrills and predictable characters. The only bright spot of this film is R. Lee Ermey as Sheriff Hoyt. Ermey is perfect for the crooked cop role, and who doesn’t love to hear him yell? This movie was supposed to be a start of a franchise, but if you put emotionless Eric Balfour as one of the leads then we’re in some big trouble. They’ve made a few other Texas Chainsaw movies since 2003, and they’ve all been terrible. Sometimes, nothing beats an original.
- The Amityville Horror – Usually I’m a Ryan Reynolds fan, but he was incredibly miscast in 2005’s remake of The Amityville Horror. Reynolds trying to play a father becoming possessed by demons to kill his family just doesn’t resinate with me or much of the critics. What made the 1979 original so scary was the performance by James Brolin as George Lutz. We don’t see many things pop up and scare us, we see a father being possessed to murder his family, just like the previous family. We have to believe Reynolds, and I just have trouble believing him. This movie falls flat, and I wonder in 10 years if this movie will be rebooted again.
- Prom Night – Normally I won’t go out of my way to watch a PG-13 horror, but this movie came out during my high school career and was popular among our friends. I think this might be one of the worst horror movies of all time. Prom Night was supposed to scare the hell out of not just high schoolers. It doesn’t even come close to the original Prom Night with scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis as the lead and funny man Leslie Nielsen as Curtis’s father. Lets sub these legends with John Tucker Must Die’s Brittany Snow (who looks a lot better than she acts) and Twilight’s and soon to be Hercules Kellen Lutz. This movie is a yawn fest, with unlikable characters and predictable plot lines. Maybe this movie could be better with an R-Rating, but it’s truly a yawn fest. I would have had rather skipped my own prom, if I could have skipped this movie. It’s just bad. Awful. Even Idris Elba couldn’t save this movie.
Honorable Mentions: The Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), Psycho (1998), The Wicker Man (2006). Though I’ll cut Wicker Man some slac, because it is truly hilarious.
So that’s my list for the worst horror remakes of all time. Is there any that I forgot? Do you think I hit the nail on the coffin with these three films?
Watch The Terrifying Final ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Trailer
Universal Pictures just released the final trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, which is set to stampede into theaters on June 22nd, 2017.
It’s been 4 years since Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment, and Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. But when the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire must rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.
But that’s not all. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition discovers that a shadowy arms company has created a genetically-engineered dinosaur called the Indoraptor, described as “the most dangerous creature that ever walked the earth,” that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times!
Naturally, it’s up to Owen and Claire to save the world, because as Dr. Malcolm wisely reflects, “those creatures were here before us and if we’re not careful they’re going to be here after us.”
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for this!
Watch The Official Trailer For ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
Disney has released the official trailer for their upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, giving us fans a peek at the next standalone installment of the Star Wars franchise. Like many of you, I was a little hesitant about a Han Solo origin story.
But after watching this trailer, I’m all in!
The trailer for Solo opens with young Han being recruited for a job. He tells Tobias Beckett that he’s a driver and that he’s waited a long time for a shot like this. Becket warns him that once he joins, he’s part of this life forever. And so it begins.
Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars sagas most unlikely heroes.
We wish we could just make the jump to May 25th already when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters, but this trailer will have to tide us over until then.
A Brand New ‘Star Wars’ Universe Film Trilogy Is Headed Our Way
Here is some good news for all the Star Wars fan out there who are upset because their favorite franchise is soon coming to an end – Get excited people, because it’s not over yet!
Disney & Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson has been tapped to write and direct a trilogy of films that will fall under the Star Wars brand, but this will be a completely new story, with original characters, set in a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”
While many purists are calling this a simple money grab, as a Star Wars fan myself, I’m excited to see what else lies outside of the Skywalker saga, as there is a whole colorful universe out there that we have only got glimpses of up until this point.
Of course, we’re going to have to wait awhile to see how this new trilogy pans out, as Episode IX isn’t slated to be released until December 2019.
Are you excited for a brand-new Star Wars trilogy?