Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Remaking John Carpenter Films

Opening shortly (no doubt, to capitalize on the upcoming Halloween season) is the remake of John Carpenter's 1980 film The Fog. This is the second John Carpenter film to be remade and released this year. The summer of 2005 saw the release of the remake of Carpenter's second feature Assault on Precinct 13, which he made in 1976. So why the sudden interest in remaking Carpenter films? Well, for one, his films fall into specific genres (horror, action) so audiences, even audiences too young to fully appreciate Carpenter's work, know what they're getting. Secondly, Carpenter is a brand, so those of us old enough to remember the original films, might be interested in seeing the remakes. Thirdly, other contemporaries of Carpenter (also considered, by many, to be master horror film directors) George A. Romero and Tobe Hooper have recently enjoyed a rebirth as well with the remakes of Dawn of the Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Carpenter, himself, has directed a couple of remakes (The Thing and Village of the Damned). Can a remake of Carpenter's masterpiece, Halloween (despite seven sequels) be far behind?

No! They can't remake Halloween. Why would they? It's one of the best horror films of all time.

They should make a great, scary-ass Halloween sequel and release it on October 30th.
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