That's right, we all know the first rule of remakes is not to fuck with the original, but maybe cinema can take a leaf out of Dawn of the Dead, Let Me In and Hills Have Eyes' book and make a remake worth shouting about. Yes, we have seen our fair share of rehash travesties, the kind that has tainted the other good apples in the box.
Let's not completely right off Hollywood's addiction to modernising and taking another stab at beloved classics. Must we never forget the likes of 2009's A Nightmare on Elm Street, or the pointlessness of 2013's Carrie, but perhaps the films on this list deserve the sort of remake to wash out that nasty taste left in our mouth's like most of the remake fodder of the genre.
Now, let's dig in...
Coming fresh of the news of a confirmed remake/reboot in the works, Urban Legend is a certified cult classic from the late 90's that captures that quintessential late 90's vibe. It's one that fell short upon its release, due to its post-Scream approach, calling back to the new sub-genre rules Craven's classic re-lay the grown work for. Therefore, films like Urban Legend, Cherry Falls, etc. were never going to receive the recognition it deserves. Release a film like Urban Legend now, and the results will be much more effective. Now in 2020 is a perfect opportunity for a new Urban Legend to reboot the franchise into a post-tech age, borrowing off modern-day urban legends to craft a fear-induced experience that would put the likes of Countdown and Truth or Dare to shame. The potential will be wasted if viral urban legends aren't savored here and if the modern fears of the tech-savvy generation aren't being toyed with. As long as this new reboot plays more like a slasher and less like Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, I think we could live with that.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
In the late 90's, aside from the first two entries of the Scream (sorry Scream 3 you'll never make the cut), this next entry on the list is arguably the best slasher of the 90's, honing back into the savvy and well-constructed talents of Kevin Williamson, to deliver a taught murder-mystery with a killer sting. I Know What You Did Last Summer may be an acquired taste to some, but to many fans of the genre, it took a good swing at releasing a memorable slasher, with mostly successful results. It deserves its cult status and undeniably delivers one of the most nostalgic casts of the decade. It deserves a second go and deserves a modern re-telling for this problematic generation and their tech-addiction. The story can be interpreted in many ways, with a new killer tormenting them with receipts and evidence over the crimes our teens committed. Yes, it already sounds like a knock-off of 2009's Sorority Row, which in itself wasn't a terrible film, but I Know's build-up of tension and torment is something the slasher genre has lacked for years. Also, a new and improved Helen Shivers chase scene, anyone? Count me in!
HERE ME OUT! Wes Craven's meta classic is arguably one of the best horror movies of the last 30 years, and it goes without saying that people care too dearly about the Scream franchise to allow Hollywood to butcher it with a pointless remake. However, there is a way to do this to keep in line with the meta-approach Scream has always upheld, without compromising everything that made Scream so infamous. The remake would need to be more meta than ever, completely turning our idea of what Scream is upside down. The best way for the studio to do this would be for the narrative to be based around a Scream copycat killer, following as we witnessed a group of teens and being hunted and killed off based on the first Scream movie. The killer would target his victims based on their similar archetypes to the characters in the movie (i.e. the girl who's mum has died is the killer's chosen final girl, the geeky film guy is Randy, News reporter is Gale etc.). To top it all off, to have Neve Campbell return to play herself in the opening scene and get brutally murdered like Drew Barrymore from the original would be the cherry on top; I mean, how meta can you get?! We can forgive the woefully inept MTV Series if we get the remake we so desperately deserve. In the wise words of RuPaul "Goodluck, and don't fuck it up"
This may perhaps be the most obvious choice on the list, given how recent news spilled on TV Series being handled by Netflix. Despite the blatant remake heading straight to our small screens, I still want to take the time to go over why a cinematic remake is still a quality idea. What we already know so far is that the Tv series is going to take the RE universe and expand it, playing as a soul sister to the game's narrative we (mostly) know and love. However, there is still a golden opportunity here to re-adapt the games into a new polished movie franchise, something Anderson's franchise never fully capitalised on. Sure, there are game interpretations that made it into the franchise, none of which felt seamless or necessary. Thus creating the perfect opportunity to almost literally adapt the games to film. Think how unsettling and haunting RE1 would resonate on screen, think how brilliantly intense RE2 & RE3 Nemesis would translate as a movie (taking more inspiration from the modern game remakes over original), and let's not get started on RE4. We have seen Anderson take a stab and bringing the likes of Nemesis to life, however it always felt like he never understood their characters and personalities. A new big-screen reboot could rejuvenate this, and potentially deliver the anxiety-riddling effect RE has had on us for decades.
Somewhat of a forgotten movie, most likely seen my none; Husk was a film that presented such a disturbingly exciting premise with a below-average execution. The movie itself is nothing more than limp fodder that never truly capitalises on its intriguing premise, which if you've seen Husk you know is a basket full of bonkers. Killer scarecrows that turn its victims into other killer scarecrows who hammer nails through their fingers and use as weapons? If that doesn't sound like a story worth delving back into then we can't be friends. Whilst this isn't anything groundbreaking, nor anything worth remaking on paper. The plot here has enough disturbing menace to warrant a second chance for the big screens, with all the potential to create a frightening antagonist worth imitating for years. A reinvention of Husk will most likely never see the light of day, but it's worth the mention.