I used to feel that there was nothing wrong with remaking a film every once in a blue moon. Esoecially if it was an older film from the 40's, 50's and 60's like 3:10 to Yuma, Scarface and The Blob. Take an old classic and put a new spin on it. The new Scareface became a modern classic and The new Blob fit well within the style of 80's horror and SciFi.
In the last few years we have been plagued with a plethra of remakes. Why? I actually know the answer, but I can't help beating my head against a wall. It has to do with dollars and churning out product that "THEY" (Corporate assholes) think will sell.
There are a lot of people with good solid original ideas that can be taking us into the future and avoid the rehashing of the past. Lets not forget that film is an art form and art is supposed to be original. it can be inspired by other art, but still becomes original.
I'm not saying that all remakes are bad, but how about if they remake bad films instead of good ones. In fact two films I'd like to see remade are Damnation Alley (sci-fi adventure surviving a nuclear holocaust) and Squirm (killer worms terrorize a town in the deep south).
Below is a list of films I feel should have never been remade.
The Fog, The Omen, The Manchurian Candidate, The Getaway, Day of the Jackal, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, House on Haunted Hill, The Haunting,The Poseiden Adventure, When a Stranger Calls, Dawn of the Dead, The Hitcher, Halloween, Planet of the Apes and Black Christmas.
Here's a short list of new Remakes coming our way. The Warriors, Barbarella, Easy Rider and Evil Dead. Yes, that's right, Evil Dead and Sam Raimi is even producing it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but he already remade Evil Dead. It was called Evil Dead 2.
The only way this madness will end is if you don't support the remaking of good films. Don't spend your hard earned cash to see them. Lay yourself down in front of every studio gate in Hollywood and refuse to get up until the Studio Head comes out and tells you they will no longer remake good movies. Make them throw away their cookie cutters and make them shape their cookies with a knife.