Hollywood Offer Reboots, Lacks Originality

Hollywood Trend with Remakes and Reboots, An Overview

Ken Artuz and I had a conversation earlier this week on the current state of American based horror films. The topic was about the U.S. remakes and reboots of foreign horror films. As we all know many U.S. based directors and producers are remaking/rebooting horror films. It poses an important question and thought.

  • 1. Time and effort the U.S. puts into re-creating and re-imagining foreign films is undeniable. We could direct that creative energy into original creations.
  • 2.  Why can’t the U.S. make good use of creativity and talent? Why can’t the U.S.  create its own original horror-tailored arena?

The US has some exceptional talent. We have some of the best directors in the industry. The following is a list of notable great directors:

Yet, this doesn’t include the vast talent in the indie circuit. There are many movies that did not work, but there are also a wealth of movies that did work. This goes without saying. Every country has it’s share of wins and losses in Horror cinema.

Hollywood, as good as they do with recent superhero movies, do not fare so well with horror movies. This especially holds true with horror, thrillers released lately. The 70’s, 80’s, and even the 90’s had to be the most prominent time in horror cinema. The 2000’s is when things started taking a turn for the worst. It’s unfortunate, the horror industry never found its way back.

Even by recreating other horror films, the U.S. still hasn’t found that spark to get back on track. One of the problems are, and I have always said this, that the U.S. is sensitive when it comes to horror. Our horror is more PG-13 specific than anything. We don’t want to break the barriers and step out of the boundaries or think outside the box. We are too structured and not spontaneous enough.

Horror, it’s designed to create all kinds of emotions. Some of the best horror films makes audiences feel one or combination of emotions. Many instances these type of horror films are from foreign based markets. Directors and producers in foreign horror markets are open to pushing boundaries. Unfortunately, many of these horror films find distribution via indie platforms. These films release straight-to-dvd or streaming mediums instead of theatrical releases. If these films do become fortunate enough to have theatrical releases, they’re limited release.

Hollywood is on the path to re-imagine a lot of foreign horror films. I can definitely understand this. Most foreign films have with it all the necessities of a memorable horror experience. Some of the best horror films I’ve watched were from foreign markets.

  • “Nosferatu”
  • “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”
  • “Martyrs”
  • “A Serbian Film”
  • “The Human Centipede”
  • “Tusk”
  • “Cannibal Holocaust”
  • “Baskin”

Foreign horror is much different from American horror. Foreign countries can explore a little more in horror and can widen their possibilities. Their boundaries for what’s accepted and what’s not seems much more relaxed than in the US.

Not all films may get theatrical releases, but they’ll get recognition in film festivals. American directors try so hard to re-imagine foreign horror, and end up doing a horrible job.

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