Should ’ 80s Clasics Be Remade?
I think the remake of Ghostbusters is a bad idea for various reasons. Chiefly, it’s disrespectful to the fans who have waited years for a continuation of their favourite film series. It’s also a silly idea from a dramatic standpoint. It never had to be Ghostbusters 3, but a film set in the Ghostbusters universe. Imagine that Janine’s daughter, out to prove herself, starts her own Ghostbusting firm. Cast Emma Stone as Janine’s daughter. Job done. An all female cast is a great idea. The reboot idea is not.
Neil Larrisey, email There’s a reason these movies have stood the test of time. They were made with heart, passion and old school thinking out of the box. The characters were memorable and relatable. This need to reboot a classic, or create utterly unnecessary prequels is really starting to grate my carrot. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. However, when it comes to something with potential that staggeringly failed to deliver, that’s a different story. Remakes should be done if there’s a need to capture lost potential, not to make a buck.
Michael Van Kesteren, Facebook I had no problem with the ideas being thrown about for the new Ghostbusters until that fatal word, “reboot”, was mentioned. You can easily put a different cast in the present canon because Venkman’s whole plan in the original was to make money, this included franchising. This is explored in the recent( ish) videogame where you play a new kid who trains with the original Ghostbusters, testing new equipment. That’s set in 1991, so fast forward to now and it can still work.
Antony Blunt, Facebook
How many remakes of ’ 80s classics have actually been worth watching? I honestly can’t think of any. I’m on my way home right now after taking my five- year- old to see Ghostbusters at the cinema and we all enjoyed it thoroughly, so the “making it relevant to the next generation” argument is cobblers as well.
Rob Perry, Facebook Should ’ 80s classics be remade? Definitely, but not half- arsed, and it depends on the movie in question. Put a good spin on it, top special effects and lots of laughs.
Kelvin Croker, Facebook Depends on the film. If it was poor to start with, then yes. But otherwise there’s no point.
Richard Dixon, Facebook Remakes are like sequels: you should only make them if there’s something new to say about them. In the ’ 80s, they got this right with The Fly, The Thing and more. Nowadays, they’ve no idea what to do with the source material.
Nicholas Peat, Facebook An all- female Ghostbusters is a great idea. A reboot, I’m not so sure. I’ve always thought remakes should be limited to rubbish stuff with potential, like Hawk The Slayer ( Oi, watch it! – Dave B).
The Eyes Have It
While I agree with your old review of Oculus, which said that the movie’s events are left open to interpretation; I don’t feel it is that open- ended. Scenes of the supernatural outside the lead character’s point- of- view definitely skew it in one direction. It is a good movie, but not quite a psychological masterpiece. And I certainly disagree with Gary Rose’s letter from your last issue which claimed that “it’s quite clear Kaylie was mad in the first place.” What film were you watching, Gary? The whole point of the film was that we weren’t sure.
Timothy Williams, Richmond I love films that leave their events open to interpretation. Take Inception. I still find myself thinking about that blasted spinning top years later. If it had simply fallen over that ending would lose all its magic.
Going The Dista nce
I would like to say how grateful I am to once again be able to read your printed magazine. I used to read SFX all the time when I was
“You should only do a remake if there’s something new to say”
living in England but as soon as I moved to Japan I was unable to purchase it anywhere. I went without your magazine for years, missing updates on movies, games and the like. Now I am able to get a hold of your printed magazine and I can once again get all the information that I crave. As long as my outlet continues to sell me your magazine I’ll be your number one fan from Japan.
Simon Phillips, Amagasaki Happy to hear you’ve found us again Simon! I’m quite intrigued by this “outlet”. Is there a black market for irreverent UK sci- fi mags in the heart of Amagasaki?
Wincheste r Woes
In SFX 254 you tell us that – despite the fact Supernatural is not being broadcast – we should take some comfort that the season nine DVDs were being released on 20 October. Well cometh the day and not a single DVD has passed my letterbox for, as it turns out, the
The Thing ( 1982): a different kind of ’ 80s remake.
“Right guys. Look moody. Moodier. That’s not nearly moody enough for DVD.”
Is Oculus open or closed? It’s in the eye of the beholder...