Believe it or not, some people actually get excited when they hear that a movie or television show that they loved as a child is getting a multimillion dollar reboot. While it is tough to recapture the same spirit of the source material that the reboot is based on, there are plenty of examples of how a huge budget and modern technology can actually enhance the original story. That being said, a classic is a classic, and there are certain movies that should simply be left alone for future generations to enjoy. Today, one of those classics is being left alone, and we are all better off for it.
During an interview with Collider, Platinum Dunes (the studio that was committing this blasphemy) producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller were asked about the progress that was being made with respect to remake of the ultimate monster mash movie, The Monster Squad. According to Form:
“The Monster Squad, we’re not developing anymore.”
Fuller put the final nail in the coffin by making it clear:
Platinum Dunes, the Michael Bay led production studio, has been responsible for some rather…questionable remakes of beloved franchises, including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot that will be unleashed on the public this weekend. Whether you are a fan of Dunes’ treatment of these classics or not, it is certain that you can agree that any Platinum Dunes reboot takes a bit away from the memories you have of the originals. Remember how they turned Jason Voorhees into a simple psychopathic pot farmer in their Friday the 13th remake? This is a great example of how Bay can change things for the worse.
The original Monster Squad hit theaters back in the 80’s, during a time that cheesy horror was king. The mashup of Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, and Frankenstein’s Monster was perfectly timed and advertised to kids that were much less feint of heart than they are now. No one would argue that the movie deserved any sort of awards (other than for pure awesomeness) but that doesn’t mean that a remake was needed. In fact, considering how much would have to be toned down for today’s audiences, chances are the reboot would be nothing like the original and could not create the same memories for today’s youth.
When all is said and done, audiences want to see a great movie, whether it is a remake or not. Taking a beloved franchise and reworking it is a great way to bring in the box office numbers based on nostalgia and recognition but is it a way to garner new fans? Generally speaking, no. I applaud Platinum Dunes for walking away from this wreck before too much damage was done. Now, if someone would just take away Transformers from Bay, we would know that things were getting better in Hollywood.