It was announced this past week that Michael Bay and his company Platinum Dunes want to remake the 1987 horror classic The Monster Squad. This has put the horror community into a whirlwind of hate filled forum posts and emails. So, being an up and comer in the horror community, I figured that I would throw in my two cents about the whole deal.
I am a huge fan of Monster Squad. I think that it is one of the best movies to come out of the eighties. There is really no reason to remake the movie, but there's really no reason to remake anything. The thing about this movie being remade is that Michael Bay and Co. will most likely turn it into a glossy action movie with a bunch of unneeded CGI and bland characters. This is a shame to those that have yet to see the original and to those that love the original.
Remaking a movie is not a bad idea in theory. Since the dawn of filmmaking, movies have been remade time and time again. We has seen countless Draculas and Werewolves and no one seems to be bothered by that. There is a theory that there are only seven original ideas and everything that has come since are retreads of one or more of those ideas. So, Monster Squad isn't an original idea, but it is how the movie presents itself that make it stand out from the pack.
This attention that Monster Squad is getting is a good thing. Maybe people will seek the original out and discover how great of a movie it really is. We also have to look at it this way: Platinum Dunes has been talking for years about remaking The Birds and they have yet to do it. Maybe Monster Squad will be one of the fortunate movies that doesn't get touched by the wasteful hands of Platinum Dunes.