Remakes

This week we review the latest theatrical horror release, Summit's "Sorority Row".

"The Thing" is an iconic film, and like many genre fans it's a pretty important one for me (the John Carpenter take, anyhow). I was dismayed to hear of a remake being greenlit, but I had a little more faith when I head Ronald D. Moore (creator of the excellent "Battlestar Galactica" reimagined series) was writing it as a prequel instead of a remake.

Because we did it so well the first time, it looks like Legendary Pictures are in talks to bring back an Americanized version of “Godzilla”. While this news is quite maddening, what's really aggravating is how every movie news outlet that has picked up the story has used the headline “GODZILLA ROARS AGAIN!”. Seriously, guys? Maybe I expect too much for a guy with the moniker of “Mr. Disgusting”.

So, if the “Godzilla” news didn't screw up your morning, well, here you go: MGM has put the remake of “Poltergeist” on the fast track. Here's to hoping that the new Carol Anne lives to be 13!

Even though the movie won't be ready for another 37 years, Universal has released some new stills for The Wolfman. Is it just me or does Benicio Del Toro look like a cross between an almost transformed werewolf and Jet Li?

Is it weird that I've jerked-off to this video twice now?

As far as horror fans are concerned, remakes are generally looked down upon these days. We're all aware of this. From time to time though they do manage to be justified. "2001 Maniacs" is no doubt a huge cult classic, but in being so it also suffers from a lot low-budget side effects. Little known to the casual movie watcher, beloved by many hardcore fans, Herschell Gordon Lewis's "2000 Maniacs" was cheap, grainy and disgusting; which is why it was so well loved.

The trailer for the remake of "The Stepfather" is now online! While it looks like fairly standard thriller fare, Dylan Walsh looks to make good use of his crazy step-dad role! What do you guys think?

"The Stepfather" is expected in theater's October 16th, 2009.

The crew finally throws down on Rob Zombie's Halloween. Let the deluge of hate mail begin!

Everyone disagrees with Eric on "The Crazies", but at least we all loved "Star Trek". That counts for something, right?

If you can get over the MTV induced douche-chills this video may give you, it's actually a pretty decent BTS look at "The Crazies" remake, which wrapped filming about a month ago. This is the first real look we've had of the film.

Next week's podcast will feature a review of the original, George Romero classic "The Crazies" from 1973. Stay tuned!

Brace yourself. David Slade, director of "30 Days of Night", will be directing the third film in the "Twilight" franchise, subtitled "Eclipse". Uh... what? Slade has not made a statement yet, but I'm sure someone is tracking him down right now to ask him what the hell he's thinking.

Rumors are that Rooney Mara is in final negotiations to play "Nancy" in the remake of "A Nightmare on Elm St." No confirmation yet, but the source seems reliable from what I read at the link.

The director of "S. Darko" says he's in the process of remaking the 1978 film "The Eyes of Laura Mars". That may be the most obscure sentence I've ever written.

"Chaos Experiment" is about a scientist working on a theory that humanity will devolve into violence by 2012 due to global warming, and attempting to prove that by locking a bunch of half-naked people in a sauna. Not exactly the most scientific experiment, but it is a really good way for filmmakers to force their stars to be in their underwear for 90 minutes.

A body cast of Arnold Schwarzenegger, taken at the time of the first "Terminator" film, is being used to create a fully functional CGI character of Arnie for "Terminator Salvation". THAT, should be interesting.

"Wolverine" producer looking for a writer so she can make a "Constantine" sequel. Huh, I'm one of the few that enjoyed the first "Constantine", and that sentence STILL makes my head hurt.