Fast-forward The 80s & 90s! — Derek Barton


Thought I would have a little fun today and I would blog about the recent trend of horror film remakes. Usually I don’t like most remakes or even “prequels” which often are poor retelling of the same crappy story as before.  But since Hollywood will still make them, here is a small list of three films from the 80s and 90s that I would like to see. These three have yet to attract enough attention for a remake or reboot.

I’ll be honest with you, the inspiration for this post is due to a recent viewing of the first of three films:


Arach 90


STORY:   A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.


While I do like Jeff Daniels, I felt this was an unusual choice for the lead actor. This film is very confused on whether it wanted to be a horror or a comedy film. There are great horror comedies like Shaun of the Dead or Dale & Tucker vs Evil but this film didn’t handle either element well. While the film didn’t resort to heavy CGI (which wasn’t as available as it is today), the special effects still didn’t age well. Really would love to see a great rendition of it, even though I, myself, am an arachnophobic.  🙂

CUBE (1997)


cube 90
STORY:  6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.
Again this is another intriguing story that just didn’t quite live up to its potential.  I think that with a strong cast of actors like with James McAvoy, Jake Gyllenhaal, or Maisie Williams this story could be an exciting and suspenseful film.  While this film is similar to the Saw movies, they could re-imagine the story, revamp more plot and fully develop the characters.



hell 1
STORY:  An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.
This film has one of the more iconic characters from the horror genre known as Pinhead of the Cenobites. This film was based upon a Clive Barker novel, but it’s story takes too long to come together and the special effects are extremely outdated.  They even used animated lightning!  There have been a ton of Hellraiser sequels but nothing with a decent story or a talented cast. Someday I really hope they can do this tale justice.
Movies I hope they never ever touch again!  These are the type of films that just ruin people on the horror genre.
  • The Gremlins
  • The Leprechaun
  • Tremors
  • Human Centipede
  • House of a 1000 Corpses
The horror film industry has always had a stigma and a tough rap as either way too gory or too many bad films, but it doesn’t have to be that way!  There are plenty of good film ideas and tons of great material in horror novels. Hopefully, like the resurgence of comic book hero films, it is time that Hollywood make a concerted effort to develop new classic horror films.
What movies have you seen and would love to see redone with modern technology and computer generated imagery?

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