Remakes. Itâ€™s a dreaded word in the horror community. Why, you ask? Because most horror remakes suck. â€œThe Amityville Horrorâ€, â€œA Nightmare on Elm Streetâ€, â€œThe Fogâ€, â€œFriday the 13thâ€ , even the best of these horror remakes have been lackluster to say the least. On this weekâ€™s webcast of Slasher Studios, we talked about horror movies that we think SHOULD be remake. Whether it was a problem with the script, the direction, the acting, or something else wrong with the production, the following are movies that have the potential to be great. They just didnâ€™t quite work the first time around. For those of you who missed the show, click on the link below to listen to Kevin Sommerfield and special guest Joshua Schuh discuss their list.
The Official Slasher Studios Top Five:
5. â€œThe Slumber Party Massacreâ€
Probably the best known of the popular â€œgirls have a sleepover and get murdered one-by-oneâ€ subgenre of horror movies. â€œSlumber Party Massacreâ€ is fun, a little bit cheesy, and quite outdated. The film moves at a snailâ€™s pace throughout the first half and when the killer is reveled, he isnâ€™t exactly frightening. This is a prime example of ripe 80â€™s cheese. It is fun for what it is but imagine a â€œMassacreâ€ that was actually scary!?!
4. â€œThe Burningâ€
A fun â€œFriday the 13thâ€ rip-off that has some great death scenes and a memorable villain (Crospey has been and will always be freaky as hell. The problem with â€œThe Burningâ€? Too many damn characters. So many characters in fact that none of them really leave an impression so that you donâ€™t care who lives and who dies. This is a fun movie, donâ€™t get me wrong, but I always thought that it could be a better movie than what it is.
3. â€œSleepaway Campâ€
Everyone remembers the ending of the film. Nearly no one remembers just how bad the rest of the film is. Like the other movies on this list, this is a great example of 80â€™s camp. It is so over-the-top, so loony, so terribly acted (the Aunt is a hoot), that it is seen more as a comedy than as a compelling horror movie. The ending is creepy as hell but imagine if something more was done with it. It gives me chills just thinking about it and if the rest of the film had been as compelling, it would probably be remembered as one of the best horror movies ever made.
2. â€œHappy Birthday to Meâ€
Another slasher in the string of holiday 80â€™s horror movies, â€œHappy Birthday to Meâ€ is better than the majority of the pack. The acting is actually quite good, the murders are incredibly well staged, and the twist ending is pretty damn clever. Still at 110 minutes, the film is grossly overlong. At least 15 minutes could have been cut (especially the boring flashback sequences that add little to the story) and no one would have cared. The is probably the best made movie on the list and I think that a remake would be/could be fantastic.
1. â€œSlaughter Highâ€
Probably the goofiest movie on the list. This movie takes the revenge aspect to a whole new level but adding on some of the worst acting youâ€™ve ever seen, a lead â€œteenâ€ who is at least two decades too old for her part, and a twist ending that makes no sense whatsoever. Still, the central story is quite strong and the deaths are well handled. â€œSlaughter Highâ€ will never be a â€œgoodâ€ movie but a remake could be a hell of a lot of fun.