Remaking horror classics in the past decade has been a business all its own. The subversive form was to take an aged piece of horrific celluloid and freshen it up with a hip cast and darker approach to the mythos. Of course, not all of the remake attempts have been home runs. Typically the idea of “reimagining” an original concept turns out to just be a gender swap of characters or tweaks to the same outcomes as before. While these decisions do not ruin the film, they ultimately leave a giant stamp across the screen stating: unnecessary.
The third iteration of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise attempted to give it's lead slasher a standalone film in the same vain as Freddy, Jason and Michael. When that ideas success fell through, it seemed that approaching the other popular slasher trope of the 90's was its best bet. Explaining the origins of a killer or what drives them to kill was the cap to the major franchises during the mid to late 90's and in 1994 Leatherface was given the same treatment.
What a lovely day for such a lovely film. Mad Max: Fury Road is the revamp of George Miller's Mad Max world he created over thirty years ago. Such a wide gap between releases poses issues for Miller's creation; mainly in the fact that most general audiences have either not seen the original films or don't remember them. His approach with Fury Road was to harness the spirit of the original films and concoct a new telling of the life of Max Rockatansky.
The first two films in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise gave a fresh approach to the slasher genre by having the antagonist as a family unit rather than a singular killer. As their presence in the horror universe began to compete with the likes of Freddy and Jason, the cannibalistic clan had to find a new way to market their brand of horror. What made the other popular slashers of the decade stand out was having a face and icon to give audiences something to run to theaters to see.
The original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre from 1974 is a classic and required viewing to horror street cred. Leatherface and his equally leathery family created the foundation to the slasher icon that would later produce Michael Myers, Freddy Kreuger, and Jason Voorhees. While Leatherface may not have always received the same level of clout that the other baddies did over the years, there's no means for messing with the granddaddy of slashing.
When it comes to the famous horror franchises, it's rare that a sequel or later iteration outshines the original. The true arguable exception to the rule being A Nightmare on Elm Street: Part 3 - Dream Warriors.
Scream rolled into the horror genre as a form of commentary on all that had come before it. The tropes, trappings, and clichés that had turned modern audiences away from the horror genre, and the slasher subgenre more specifically, were turned on their head in the slyly written script by Kevin Williamson. The next step for the Scream world was to comment on what makes the horror sequel successful or utterly useless. Enter 1997's Scream 2 with Williamson back as writer and Wes Craven as the director.
The new era of horror is here and it is not afraid to show its age. The lovers of the online world will feel right at home in the world that Unfriended builds around Facebook, Spotify and Google. Director Levan Gabriadze and writer Nelson Greaves dissected that spirit of the online world and infused it into a horror film for a new generation. Unfriended is a fresh approach to the genre as it isn't exactly a found footage or possession movie of recent years.
Love it or hate it, Scream was a movie that made waves. It has been referred to as the film that revived the horror genre during its release in the 90's. Horror veteran director Wes Craven teamed with the then unknown screenwriter Kevin Williamson to bring a postmodern view to the horror genre and, more specifically, the slasher subgenre. At the time of Scream's release, Jason was hopping bodies via mutated fetus, Michael was chasing babies with bloody runes, and Freddy was dead.
A movie revolving around a small, secluded town where Stephen King hides away from the world sounds promising. The focus around King and his influence on the town could bring about some interesting commentary or parallels to some of his best works like "Misery", "Under the Dome" or "It".