Fred Dekker‘s 1987 movie The Monster Squad, written by Dekker and Shane Black, is a film that couldn’t be made today. Not because it was groundbreaking, but because it has a blend of enthusiastic naivite, fun effects, and young actors that don’t look like they were cloned from the same attractive DNA and grown in a vat hidden in Santa Monica.
Which means, of course, that a remake is happening. Almost two years ago Rob Cohen, who produced the original, mentioned that the rights to the film were back at Paramount and that he was working on a deal with the studio to produce a remake. We haven’t heard anything since then, but now a company is indeed working with Cohen on the remake: Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. Read More »
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Final Destination just hit DVD, and bundled on the disc is a short behind the scenes preview of the upcoming remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, from Platinum Dunes. The clip shows off some new footage, including the creation of Freddy Krueger’s knives, and has a few quick interview clips with Jackie Earle Haley, who plays this incarnation of the horror icon.
I’m still on the fence about this one; so much of what we’ve seen from Sam Bayer’s version of the story looks too much like a beat-by-beat regurgitation of the original, with a scant few new touches. But I love Haley, and I’d be thrilled if this turned out to be as much fun as the first and third films in the original series.
Check out the clip after the break. The quality is low, and we’ll update when a better one is available. For the time being, however, the fuzzy quality almost helps the clip; it feels like the original films did when I watched them on VHS 20 years ago. Read More »
You want the rights to some of the classic horror franchises to escape the clutches of Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes? Be careful what you wish for.
A lot of people really don’t like the Platinum Dunes horror remakes. Easy enough to understand; hell, as far as I’m concerned there are only two real Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, and they both have Tobe Hooper‘s name on the director’s card. But people who will see and complain about the Dunes films won’t even touch the Saw franchise. (Which leads me to wonder just who is seeing the Saw movies to make them successful. Damn kids!) Where does that leave fans of a series like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which is now passing from Platinum Dunes into the hands of Saw‘s Twisted Pictures? More to the point, will we ever have to suffer through the marketing for a Texas ChainSAW Massacre? Read More »
Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes has worked with a few different distributors over the years, including Warner Bros. and Rogue Pictures, but the company has just signed a first-look deal with Paramount. The attraction for Paramount is that the label has produced low-budget films that do quite well financially. The attraction for us is that with this deal Platinum Dunes seems interested in breaking out of the horror remake game and into the realm of low-budget action and thriller pictures. Read More »
The teaser trailer for the new version of A Nightmare on Elm Street has finally been released, and it shows off Jackie Earle Haley in all his pre- and post-burn glory as the new Freddy Krueger. Read More »
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The notion of remaking Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Birds was absurd from day one, and now the Platinum Dunes guys are suggesting they’ve started to see the light. “We lay ourselves out there and get annihilated out there online all day long,” said producer Brad Fuller during a chat with journos on the set of A Nightmare on Elm St., “and [The Birds] just opens us up to a whole different level of annihilation.” What’s the conclusion? “…it doesn’t feel like that’s up next for us.” More pecking around the corpse of The Birds and the (still?) planned Rosemary’s Baby re-do after the jump. Read More »