“Friday the 13th (2009)” May Be Fun For Some, But Is Largely A Waste Of Time

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When it comes to horror, there’s usually nothing worse than the remake. Sequels are bad in their own special ways, but at least with those, particularly those that have aged a few decades (a lot of them, if not most), they seem to now revel in how bad they are. For those sequels and remakes coming out now, of which many are beyond unnecessary, the same can’t be said of them. They’re just bad and never seem to be more than that, particularly when the studios, writers and directors behind them, among so many others, never try to learn from the many mistakes made in the films that came before.

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‘Halloween (2007)’ Lacks Scares And Shows Why It Still Sucks 10 Years Later

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Note: This piece was originally published on Creators.co.

Remakes alone have a bad reputation, most with good reason, but when the film in question is a remake of a notable, classic, and still highly praised film, it’s even harder to accept. What could possibly be done that’ll not only show that it was worth it, but truly allow for the new film to stand out on its own? I feel we’re all still seeking out an answer to that question. And as far as horror is concerned, it’s one that won’t be able to be answered any time soon, if ever.

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‘Becoming Jane’ Is The Right Amount Of Beautiful And Romantic 10 Years Later

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I love a good biographical film. I also love a good period drama, but it sometimes seems hard to bring the two together. Sometimes one element is there and works well, and other times the other element is just flat and uninteresting, which ultimately makes it hard to like all aspects of the final film. And sometimes, they come together in just the right way. Enough for any audience member, with an open mind, to enjoy the story that’s before them.

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‘The Nanny Diaries’ Is Still Charming And Cute 10 Years Later

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Who doesn’t love a good book adaptation? That answer is obvious. While it can pretty much always be agreed upon, that when it comes to adaptations of our favorite books or more obscure ones, audiences want something that looks like what they spent hours reading. However, that’s not always possible. Sometimes it’s just too complicated to get it all in or to simply get it right. Sometimes, there’s too many expectations and comparisons to other adaptations. And sometimes, it could very well be the people in charge of bringing the book to the big screen, who ultimately doom the finished film.

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‘George Wallace’ Still Offers Up A Fascinating Portrait Of A Polarizing Political Figure 20 Years Later

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Note: This piece was originally published on Creators.co.

When it comes to biographical movies it’s never predictable what you’ll get. What might look interesting and engaging in a trailer or TV spot, might be less than that when seen as a whole. There’s also the general fact that with biopics it’s tough to balance the need and/or desire for a factual portrayal, and the drama that must come from telling an interesting narrative. Some can manage all this pretty well, and others can’t weather the storm that comes from taking too much creative license.

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‘Body Snatchers’ Is The Worst Remake Of The Bunch

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Note: This piece was originally published on Creators.co.

Remakes. I hate remakes because they end up like this film. Dreadful, uninteresting, not scary in the slightest, and so many other things I’m not thinking of at the moment. I truly thought it would be a good idea to revisit this particular remake, but I was wrong. Live and learn, and sometimes regret.

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‘The Invasion’ Is Still Fun 10 Years Later, Even If It’s Not Fully Effective

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When it comes to remakes there’s always a certain expectation level. They’re notoriously, especially in the past 10 to 15 years, terrible ideas. Mere cash grabs that serve no other purpose, no matter how fun they may or may not be for audience members. But when it comes to a remake of a story that’s been done numerous times before, particularly with good results on occasion, it’s even harder. How do you take an incredibly well known story and do something new with it? Changing characters and locations only gets you so far. There needs to be more or it’ll crash and burn, and be yet another wasted effort that only looks like a quick cash grab for the studio.

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