I don’t subscribe to the school of condemning a remake just because it’s a remake, especially if it’s horror. Directors have taken to the remake because it’s easier than coming up with an original concept, yes, but the notion work the other way, too, which people seem to neglect.
There are some horror remakes that stand to this day as balls-out classics of the genre…
David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1984)
John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)
Phillip Kaufman’s Invasion of The Body Snatchers (1978)
Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
while others stand as minor entertaining pieces of work
Zach Snyder’s Dawn of The Dead (2004)
Alexandre Aja’s The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Fede Alvarez’ Evil Dead (2013)
I get the fact that Hollywood’s insistence to keep releasing re-tread after re-tread every single year is a sign of Hollywood’s lack of direction, and I don’t appreciate that not only is that all that Hollywood is doing, but it seems to be all that consumers want. I understand the concern that the vast majority of moviegoers are perfectly willing to line up for so much processed cheese. I share those concerns.
That said, in my eyes this doesn’t give anyone the right to simply condemn a film just because of its affiliation with a previous IP.
As lovers of cinema, we’re entitled to latch onto the movies of our youth or the movies of yesteryear as shining examples of the medium, but it is also our duty to wade through the cheese and find the movies that are worth watching.
The new Evil Dead is a great example. It’s a more modern re-imagining of Sam Rami’s original accidental classic that treats its characters the same way yet throws in modern horror splatter sensibilities. Take it for what it’s worth, but it’s a fun and entertaining gore-filled ride that lovers of the original and new-age gore hounds alike can enjoy, if you adjust your expectations.
Never lose your appreciation for the originators, but don’t let those stars blind you to the potential beauty that surrounds you.
P.S. There is a difference between the terms “remake”, “reboot”, “re-imagining”, and just plain different take on a particular novel, play, or television show. IPs work that way.
P.P.S. “Evil Dead” write-up coming soon.