So much for objective headlines. As you can tell by the title of this article, I begin with the assumption that modern remakes of the classic haunted house films are bad. The question I then ask is “how bad are they?” Maybe I am being a bit too harsh. Maybe I should put a leash around my bias and just explore the films for what they are worth, even if their worthiness amounts to very little (ah geez, there I go again with that “bias” thing!)
Welcome to October everyone! I heard through the grapevine that this is the season of scary celebrations. It has something to do with a day at the end of the month that’s we call “Halloween.” We here at Thebooksofdaniel.com are going to contribute to the “spookies” with three compare/contrast articles concerning the modernization of three classic haunted house films. In the days to come, prepare yourselves for a presentation of six films. These films would be:
The Haunting 1963/1999
The House on Haunted Hill 1959/1999
13 Ghosts 1960/ Thir13en Ghosts 2001
Up until now, I had considered the remake films unworthy of this blog. What a classic film snob I was! I have seen all six films and, truth be told, there are bits and pieces of the three modern incarnations that I enjoy. Do these enjoyable moments redeem the films overall? No, not necessarily. Or maybe. I don’t know. But I will know soon. See, I’m going to watch all six films again. It’s been nearly 20 years since I’ve seen the remakes. (Which I guess means they aren’t so “modern”. Oh well, they are modern enough for the purposes of the upcoming articles .) I need to refresh my opinions and I will do so with fresh viewings.
Get ready for an exploration of the key differences between each pair of films. From the story to the production value, I will note what has changed, for better or worse (probably for worse. Oh man, there I go again!). Why is one film better than the other? (Why is the classic film superior? Uh, I seem to have misplaced the bias leach). Finally, just what are those decent moments in the otherwise unfavorable films? (I won’t go there this time.)
So, when all is said and done, will I regret that very biased article title? Will I be forced to rename the article “Classic Haunted Houses Movies and Their Remakes – How Great Thou’ Art? Probably not. But I will keep an open mind and I’m sure I’ll learn something and have fun doing so. I hope this will be true for you the reader as well.