Friday, December 12, 2008 at 2:36PM
Pillager Dunes...I mean Platinum Dunes has been buying up horror movie properties for the past five years and re-tooling them for a new generation. The success rate is alarmingly low when you consider that at least half the work is already done for them, since they don't have to come up with the concept.
Here's the company's entire output: Texas Chainsaw
and its prequel, Amityville, The Hitcher, the upcoming
Friday the 13th, a new
Nightmare on Elm Street, David Goyer's
The Unborn, as well as the unreleased The
Horsemen and Fiasco Heights. Of the nine movies, only three aren't
previously released franchises. And of the four we've seen, none of them are any
For the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, which will not star Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, Dunes reserved parking space holder Brad Fuller is taking a brave new approach. It's going to be like the first one, he tells Shock Till You Drop, but bloodier. No...really?
"It's like what we're doing to Friday the 13th. We want to make a horrifying movie. The concept is so scary, don't fall asleep or you'll die. This guy gets you when you're most vulnerable, in your sleep. We love that. That's the basis of the movie. It'll be most similar to the first one but in terms of kills and dreams we'll borrow from the entire series."
I'm on record as saying a remake of the first movie in this series is exactly the wrong thing to do. Make the prequel. They talk about what happened to Freddy Krueger in the original, and it's a hell of a lot better story than just putting a fresh coat of paint on the first movie. Of course, making the prequel would require more effort than watching all the movies and bookmarking all the cool killshots, and Platinum Dunes, by its own track record, has no interest in that.