Five 80′s movie remakes coming to a cinema near you
The 80′s are back! In the upcoming months, cinema screens are going to be awash with films that have their roots in films that first came out in the 1980′s. Some of these 80′s influenced movies are out and out remakes of 80′s movies while others are follow-ups or just taken their inspiration from something made famous during the decade.
Here are five of the movies coming out this year that are remakes or reworkings of 80′s ideas.
Clash of the Titans
If you are a child of 80′s cinema then there is a chance that your knowledge of the Greek myths started with the 1981 version of Clash of the Titans. I know that my mental image of what makes a Medusa comes completely from the film. Back in the days before most homes had cable, it was one of those 80′s films that would show up on tv in the mid-afternoon weekend slot. Which made sure that it was watched frequently by those of us that were too lazy to turn the TV off after the cartoons had finished.
Even those of us that have fond memories of the original Clash of the Titans, must admit that the effects in the film have not stood up well over time. No doubt, that is something that will be corrected in the the new version of Clash of the Titans. The 1981 Clash of the Titans, has been remade and will have a general release in the United States on March 26th, but a 3-D version is on its way out in time for the April 2nd general release. Those pegasus are going to be flying right out of the screen at you this time around!
The original Clash of the Titans may have featured an LA Law bound Harry Hamlin but the rest of the cast was pretty weighty and included such names as Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith, Burgess Meredith and even Laurence Olivier. This time around, the cast of bringing the Greek myth of Perseus to the big screen will include Sam Worthington, Alexa Davalos, Danny Huston and Pete Postlethwaite.
Take a look at these two trailers, one for the original 80′s Clash of a Titans and another for the 2010 version.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
When you closed your eyes as a child and thought of the boogie man did he look something like Freddy Krueger? Even if we were far too young to officially be allowed to watch A Nightmare on Elm Street when it came out in 1984, there weren’t many kids of that era that didn’t know a great deal about the character.
Robert Englund, portrayal of the the razor fingered bad guy that gets you in your sleep, plays directly into all the insecurities that kids have about being alone in their rooms at night. So much so, that many of us have carried the image of Freddy Krueger with us into adulthood as the ultimate bad guy.
Apparently, the original A Nightmare on Elm Street isn’t scary enough for today’s kids though because it is being remade. Due out on April, 30, 2010, the new A Nightmare on Elm Street slightly alters the premise by having the kids that are getting attacked by Freddy Krueger connecting with each other over the internet. Nothing like a modern twist to be able to claim you are a whole new film, eh?
If you watch the original trailer and the trailer for the new version of A Nightmare on Elm Street, they have actually done a pretty good job with making the new trailer scary. How the actual film pans out is something different.
The Karate Kid
It has to be said, that when news that The Karate Kid was being remade came out my heart sank. There are just some things you don’t touch. The wounds from The Next Karate Kid with Hillary Swank were barely healed and now they were planning on pouring even more salt into them? Then, it got even worse when it came out that the actor playing the Ralph Macchio role was going to be Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith.
Yet, somehow I managed to push the impending doom to the back of my head and forgot that it was being made. Then suddenly a trailer for the 2010 The Karate Kid hit the internet. Check out the trailer for the original The Karate Kid and then compare it to the new one.
The first thing that stands out for me is that they have gone for a much younger feel to the film. The second thing that stands out that he is doing kung fu not karate! Why on earth didn’t they just call it The Kung Fu Kid and saved us all having to freak out about them remaking a film we loved so much from the 80′s.
Now, this one is setting my geeky sense tingling. Tron, the film which fuelled the mind of so many budding geeks back in 1982, is getting another outing. However, unlike the other films mentioned so far, the new Tron isn’t a remake as such. Nope, instead it is called Tron Legacy and is a follow on from the original film. So, much of a follow on that all the right people from the first Tron are back and in their proper roles!
Tron Legacy won’t be hitting the big screen until December 2010 but their trailers are doing a lot to make many of us hope that this might be the one 80′s film reworking this year that proves to be properly good. The graphics are looking amazing for starters and it will, of course, be available in 3D.
Both Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner (using his best John Sheridan voice in the trailer) are back and Michael Sheen is it it too so they are going to have to really mess this one up for it not to be super exciting for the 80′s geek kids who are now all grown up (well, mostly!).
Both the original Tron trailer and the Tron Legacy trailer are here for you to compare the two and see how our idea of what makes great special effects have changed sine 1982.
Not all of the 80′s remake films are getting their inspiration form the films of the era. Some of them are reaching back to the glory days of 80′s TV instead. That is the case with the new A-Team movie. There is so much to be unsure of about this film.
Most important of these, has to be the casting. Normally, seeing Liam Neeson in a line up would be a good thing but I am just not sure I buy him as Hannibal. Not to mention that it is mighty hard to separate Mr. T from the role of B.A. Baracus.
Though, you never know, the plan might just come together and it could be some good popcorn munching fun.
Obviously, there is no trailer for a first A-Team movie. So, I have put in the intro to the original show just to show the differences between the casts. If nothing else, that is still a great theme song!