Helmed by one of horror’s great masters and the man behind one of the greatest remakes of all-time, someone giving him the same treatment and level of respect with this somewhat outdated picture could be welcome. This is hardly one of Cronenberg’s best, but it’s amongst his most famous because of one specific, “mindblowing” scene and the make-up work involved. Keep the scene and the practical effects work and almost everything else could conceivably be upgraded for the better.
Not exactly up to par with Carpenter’s other work from the ’80s (most notably his own classic remake),t this Stephen King adaptation of a possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury is not the pristine classic that the car itself is. The story itself is somewhat ridiculous, but it can be done well. If nothing else it could be consolidated into a Fast and Furious sequel. Fast Seven: The Possession.
A prostitute gets pricked with a demonic artifact in a movie theater and proceeds to infect other patrons. If Zack Snyder can do a good job remaking a classic zombie movie that takes place in a shopping mall, someone else can have a ball doing something similar to a movie that isn’t quite as highly revered as Dawn of the Dead, yet is still one hell of an entertaining gore picture. As long as no rappers are cast, everything could turn out just fine and just as fun.
The first picture from Alejandro Amenabar (The Others and the Vanilla Sky original Abre Los Ojos) is very much the work of a recognizably talented storyteller with very little money. A university student is doing research on violence and comes across a snuff film of a girl being tortured to death. When she comes to find out the girl in the video was a former student at the university, she immerses herself into the investigation of the film’s history.
This is the picture that 8MM attempted to be. Given the right talent, a remake of this could be the picture that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (either of them) turned out to be.
THE BODY SNATCHER (1945)
This underseen classic starring Boris Karloff from the canon of Val Lewton, and directed by a younger Robert Wise, was one of the more difficult to consider being remade if only because of the powerhouse performance from Karloff as the conniving buggy driver and grave digger for hire. It’s seductively sinister with an air of sophistication, yet unpolished. However, the story of a surgeon going through illegal channels to obtain carcasses of test cases for his experiments and research has been told many times since. Cast yourself a Ben Kingsley or Jeremy Irons in Karloff’s role and you could really have something. Whichever one you don’t cast for Karloff’s role you should cast as the surgeon and really get a magical duel going.
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