Every time some big studio announces that they are reviving a movie from my childhood with some sure-to-be inferior remake, a little piece of me dies. It’s not the end of the world, of course, but it does ruin the potential fun of introducing a classic, original film that was a big part of my generation to another member of a newer generation. It’s like introducing beer to someone just as they come of age, but the first beer they drink is O’Douls.
Now Warner Brothers wants to ruin yet another classic film from my young memories with a remake of Joe Dante’s classic “Gremlins,” according to Bloody Disgusting.
Originally, the studio planned on doing a third sequel to the classic holiday horror film but it seems they’ve changed their minds and would rather just to rehash the first film instead. They’ve also tapped Seth Grahame-Smith, the writer behind books like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” to produce the film.
Just about every bit of news behind this announcement just screams “Bad idea.” Even if it’s good, it’s hard to top the original “Gremlins” that has become required viewing for just about every horror fan and child of the 80s. It’s also bound to use computer effects rather than real puppets and figurines like the original movie since that’s the cheaper way to do it because studios believe audiences won’t buy seeing a creature or monster that’s right in front of them. Am I the only person who doesn’t get the feeling that some actual Gremlins have been set loose on the Warner Brothers lot and that they are the chaos causing creatures who approved this?