Horror remakes haven’t been bogging down cinemas as much as they used to a few years back. Studios have been tightening up their wallets for budgeting R-rated remakes and have instead focused on cheaply made productions that guarantee profit. This sometimes works well, because it encourages filmmakers to use all of their talent and muscle to make a film on a shoestring budget, but this also means that directors that deserve the bigger budgets for the more expensive projects are left out in the cold.
Two remakes or re-imaginings that I’ve been keeping tabs on are Evil Dead and Carrie.
The first is being produced by original creators Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, but it’s working off of a script from Diablo Cody and directed by a no-name (Fede Alvarez). Most are up in arms about the lack of the iconic character Ash making an appearance, but I think it’s much smarter to rebuild the franchise instead of trying to directly remake it or sequelize it.
Campbell’s Ash will forever go down in horror history as one of the biggest bad-asses of all-time and there’s nothing this remake is going to do to lessen that fact.
The first pic seen above reveals a deadite that looks creepy and dead and…. what you’d expect. Can’t really comment too much without seeing it in context, but a trailer hasn’t arrived just yet.
Expect Evil Dead to hit theaters on April 12th, 2013.
The next remake to keep an eye on is Carrie. Chloe Moretz is leading what seems to be another remake that will hopefully play it close to the chest. She did a fantastic job in Let Me In, despite the film mostly being an exercise of the original only replaced with American actors. I remember enjoying bits and pieces from the original Carrie, but never considering it an untouchable classic, so I think Moretz’ take on the character could be something worth watching.
The new poster above reminds me a lot of Black Swan, which I enjoyed immensely.
Carrie hits theaters on March 15th, 2013.