The question in the title – asked by the fantastic website, MovieClips.com – was in reference to the new still shots that show Chloe Grace Moretz (the pint-sized and suddenly very grown-up female superstar from Hugo and Season 5 of 30 Rock) as Carrie in the 2013 remake of the Stephen King thriller from the 1970’s.
The original starred Sissy Spacek. We’re thinking Moretz should play Loretta Lynn next, just so we can pause at the irony of hearing her say, “I’ll never be a coal miner’s daughter.”
But, couldn’t the question apply to just about any horror film? Do you like remakes? And, if you don’t, will that ever change?
That whole uncomfortable fan reaction surrounding remakes isn’t much different from their reaction to movie adaptations of famous novels. Take On The Road, for instance. Some will love it, some will hate, and Kerouac’s most native supporters will definitely despise it, once they come down from their acid trip, that it.
But, with remakes, it’s almost like directors and writers are spinning off of a movie that existed solely as its own kind of parody. Only, they don’t get the joke, or that they are the joke.
Horror movies, by and large, are tongue-in-cheek. They won’t win Oscars (unless they’re thrillers masquerading as horror movies, like Silence of the Lambs or The Sixth Sense) and they’re food for popcorn-stuffed thought.
Freddy Krueger. Jason Vorhees. Michael Meyers.
Even those legendary characters and their much-loved or at least oft-watched horror franchises have always existed as a kind of light and fluffy escape from more serious dramas, or even dramedies.
Sure, you could watch Network, All the President’s Men, and Rocky, but Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Jason were out at the same time.
Now, with Carrie getting a re-up and a 5,045th Predators movie not far behind, it almost seems like Hollywood has chased itself so far down the rabbit hole, it’s no longer focused on its tail.