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By James Whittington, Sunday 25th February 2018
Hollywood: a place of constant invention and where everything should be shiny and new. Well, sometimes for at the moment it seems to be looking to the past for inspiration. This is not always a bad thing as sometimes a remake (or re-imagining as they like to call it!) hits the spot so perfectly that it can be considered an equal to the original so here's our Top 5 remakes! Do you agree and which movies would make your own top 5?
5: Evil Dead (2013) Fans of the original movie, The Evil Dead had been waiting years for a cinematic sequel. Rumour after rumour followed but no one expected a remake of the story especially when rookie director Fede Alvarez was given the job to bring it back to life. It was backed by Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert and given a decent budget, but few fans expected it to be so good. Bloody, ultra-violent and incredibly fast paced, it's a movie begging for its own follow up. Groovy!
4: The Fly (1986) A straight horror film, based on a 1950s B-Movie and backed by Mel Brooks, surly this was going to be an awful movie? Well how wrong can people be? In the hands of David Cronenberg, The Fly remake is one of those "must see" gruefests that the 1980s VHS boom was made for. The story of a scientist whose body fuses with that of a housefly is deliciously brought up to date. The casting of then couple Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis adds much to the movie, as do the celebrated effects from Chris Walas whose "Brundlefly" creation is a thing of horror movie beauty and helped bag the movie an Oscar. A sequel was released three years later and is also worth checking out. "Be afraid. Be very afraid".
3: Dawn of the Dead (2004) Anyone attempting to reimagine the work of George Romero would be nervous, to be doing it as a newcomer director even more so but Zack Snyder did a magnificent job on Romero's classic story of zombies in a mall. Still packing in the social commentary, the film keeps to its roots but builds nicely on the claustrophobic elements whist also giving the audience some cool, gut-munching moments. "When there is no more room in Hell, the dead shall walk the Earth".
2: Maniac (2012) The most recent release on our list is also one of the most inventive. Based on the movie from 1980, this has Elijah Wood in the title role but it's all shot from his perspective. So, cue some incredibly inventive camera shots on POV treats. With only his face being seen in reflections adds a lot to the eerie experience and makes the slaughter even more disturbing. Wood is superb, bringing life to this killer using his vocal skills to the max with director Franck Khalfoun helping Wood to leave his usual image and good-guy image behind. William Lustig's original movie was raw but this one takes the scalp hunting to another level. This is one for the hardcore amongst you. "I warned you not to go out tonight."
1: John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) Famously derided when originally released, John Carpenter's The Thing is one of this movies that just gets better every time you see it. A remake of the 1951 classic The Thing from Another World, this was more serious version, which itself was based on John W. Campbell, Jr's novella Who Goes There? which was published in 1938. Carpenter along with Rob Bottin created some of the most eye-popping, jaw-dropping pieces of SFX ever. "Man is the warmest place to hide".
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