Remaking the Classics
If there is one thing that film snobs all around the world tend to agree on, it’s their stand on movie remakes. Don’t fuck with a classic! For decades, there have been cocky young directors who set out to put a fresh twist on our favorite gore fests, only to drown under a wave of comparisons. They replace our beloved red Karo syrup and simulated intestines with CGI and excessive vomit scenes. Sometimes we pay for the ticket anyway, either in hopes of a good adaptation, or even just out of morbid curiosity. But we usually walk out of the theatre the same way: shaking our heads in disbelief, and saying things like, “Wow, Romero must be pissed”.
Have there been any decent remakes in the past twenty or so years? Well, I have to admit something. I won’t beat around the bush any longer. Here goes…..
I don’t hate the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead. In fact, I quite like it. Now, I’m not saying it’s as good as the original, because it most certainly is not. The original Dawn is probably my favorite zombie movie of all time, for many reasons. But I do think that the remake held it’s own in certain ways. For one, the cast was way more decent that I expected. The gore scenes were beautifully executed and the zombies were sufficiently creepy. I really could have done without the zombie infant, though.
I only recently found out that a remake came out this year of Day of the Dead. I’ve yet to see it, but the cover art along with the inclusion of Mena Sevari doesn’t look promising to me.
Has anyone seen the new Day of the Dead? Is it okay, or does it make you want to claw your eyes out? Do the zombies puke as much as the cover art implies? Please say no.