View Full Version : Franchise Revival You Want the Least

08-27-2010, 05:45 PM
As of late, many of the old legends have gone back to the pot to warm up old, long dead franchises. Most have been met with mixed results. Which theoretical franchise revival do you want to see the least?

08-27-2010, 05:51 PM

08-27-2010, 05:53 PM
All of them no more!

08-27-2010, 06:35 PM
I'm dreading a revival of the Back to the Future series. You know it's coming too. The first film was a classic, but I saw it so many times, I can't watch it anymore. I could never dig the other two. Anyway, the remakes will be dreadful. :)

08-27-2010, 06:38 PM
Hrm, I would welcome all of these, really. Would I be super pumped for all of them? No. So I guess if I were to answer which one I would expect the least from, it would be Argento.

08-27-2010, 08:05 PM
Are they really priming the Exorcist for another go-round? Come on... the first one is a classic and the third was a good entry (though mostly unrelated to the prior films) but here we are 1 dud and 2 crappy prequels later.

08-27-2010, 08:21 PM
I voted for Texas Chainsaw, because didn't we already have a 'reboot' of that just a few years ago? Actually, aside from Alien, I have pretty much zero interest in any of those listed. Are some of them really being rebooted, like Childs Play and Exorcist?

08-27-2010, 08:48 PM
We've had enough Exorcism related films in recent memory...
I don't think there is too much more to be done on that topic in this era.
As such, my obvious vote is obvious.

Iron Jaiden
08-27-2010, 09:07 PM
Argento's pretty much lost it this decade. The third film in the series didn't work as it is. I really don't wanna see Suspiria and Inferno shit on with remakes.

08-27-2010, 09:17 PM
Have very little in seeing any more of Romero's Dead films.

Also couldn't care less about new Hellraiser or Phantasm films ... The revival of Alien also makes me want to cry.

On the flip side, I'd LOVE to see Carpenter do more apocalyptic stuff. And if Argento does another Mother film, I'm totally there even though I loathed Mother of Tears ...

08-27-2010, 09:35 PM
We've had enough Exorcism related films in recent memory...
I don't think there is too much more to be done on that topic in this era.
As such, my obvious vote is obvious.


08-27-2010, 10:24 PM
Put the Chain Saw down, please, and leave that Massacre alone.

The Chaostar
08-27-2010, 10:30 PM
Voted for Argento. Couldn't care less for Scream - the remakes will be as crappy as the original anyway....

08-27-2010, 10:37 PM
Although I have a fond attachment to most of these franchises, I can't say I'm thrilled about a reboot/sequel to any of them. And voting on this is really futile, Hollywood will get their hands most, if not all, of these sooner or later.

08-27-2010, 11:19 PM
I think you could easily argue for a moratorium for ANY of these franchises (except Polanski's). But I'd kill Romero's dead series. I just don't connect with what he's doing these days. I'd be happy to see him mine other subjects. But I'm not interested in future zombie offerings.

08-28-2010, 01:07 AM
Scream! Fuck Scream in the ass!

08-28-2010, 01:37 AM
As I went down the list, the responses always fell into one of two buckets. For some, it was "the best is clearly already past, and the legacy has already been shit on, so I don't much care since the damage has already been done". For others, it was "wasn't really a tightly connected franchise anyway, so don't much care if someone thinks something new belongs".

And so the thought process went, with me not much caring enough about any of them over the others. Until I came to one title and my hand jerked out on its own to hit the radio button like I was the ex-astronaut in Stephen King's story "I Am the Doorway". That title was Scream. That rancid, steaming, eye watering stench laden, dripping of permanently staining caustic fluids, Satan shat pile of irredeemable celluloid. I picked that, because the clear choice for franchise that needs revived the least is always the one that needed its original birth to have been an abortion the most.

08-28-2010, 02:00 AM
Scream! Fuck Scream in the ass!

I second that. Are they really doing another one?

08-28-2010, 02:34 AM
I'm gonna say Hellraiser becuase ever since I heard Doug is not returning to play Pinhead it just made me sad. You might as well just do the remake instead.

08-28-2010, 10:15 AM
Scream! Fuck Scream in the ass!


While I'm not thrilled about any of them, there's at least a glimmer of hope for all but one and that would be Scream. The gimmick got old before the final reel was threaded and needed to stop there.

08-29-2010, 06:40 PM
The one I do welcome is the Phantasm series.

08-29-2010, 08:11 PM
The Exorcist films are always stillborn because the producers keep insisting upon having an exorcism scene even when the script doesn't warrant it. If they would have just accepted the director's original goals and let them have more creative license rather them forcing them to stick to a formula it would probably have been one of the most successful franchises.

08-29-2010, 08:17 PM
Went with Romero's Dead series. Couldn't care less about Scream since I wouldn't watch them anyway.

Hollywood should self-impose a moratorium on zombie and vampire and torture movies for the next ten years. Get those creative juices flowing and come up with some new frights.

08-30-2010, 12:40 AM
I chose Exorcist as I am a fan of all sans Harlin's, but enough is enough. The story has been told. The only place to possibly go with it is to continue Regan's story as an adult, and I doubt they'd be able to come up with anything interesting.

Alien I have a lot of hope for. While Scott is one of my favorites, I'd rather see another director get a shot at it. Aronofsky, Proyas, Nolan. What's great about the Alien series is each installment has such a remarkably different feel, and though it worked against itself with Juenet's version, the series has always benefitted from being a breeding ground for up and coming visionaries.

08-31-2010, 09:02 PM
Went with Romero and the Dead series. Diary was one of the worst horror movies I've seen in a long time, and Survival doesn't look much better. I have pretty much given up on him now.

I would love for Coscarelli to finish the Phantasm story though, and a new Carpenter Apocalypse film could be awesome! Scott's Alien prequel will probably be worth a watch as well, and a new Polanski film is always something to get excited about.

As for Argento, I am one of the few that didn't hate Mother of Tears, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Maybe it was the sweet sweet gore, but I didn't hate it like I did Romero's return to the zombie genre. I do wish he would go back and do a movie with the fantastic lighting and cinematography, but that will probably never happen.

I could care less about the rest.

Harry Warden
09-01-2010, 02:01 AM
I also went with Romero's dead series. I just wish he would stop already. It's the same boring ass commentary, shitty effects and bad acting/directing.

09-01-2010, 02:26 AM
Exorcist. That was a film that never needed a sequel to begin with. I'd be cool with another Scream movie if it was actually good like the first one, but then I fear it may spawn another 5-10 years of shitty One Tree Hill slasher whodunits. I was looking forward to the Hellraiser redo when Barker was writing and the dude who did Martyrs was involved. Not so much now. Bradley not being involved never bothered me. He was never the focal point of the first two films (I really only acknowledge the first three) so I wouldn't mind seeing him replaced. I'd actually opt for a more accurate representation of the Cenobites as they were written in the book.

09-08-2010, 04:03 PM
I voted for Romero's Dead series.I am so bored with them! and Scream is and will always be shite.I only saw the first one and that was more than enough 4 me...

09-09-2010, 09:08 AM
It wasn't a choice in the poll but I'm not looking forward to the "Poltergeist" re-boot (if it's still happening.) I know the sequels sucked but the original is still one of my favorites of all-time. I just don't think there's any way to improve on the original. It would just end up a CGI mess.

09-10-2010, 05:50 PM
If we are talking about remakes, I'd say Argento. Argento films are too weird to be remade by anyone than Dario himself. If we are talking about sequels to the franchises that already exist, my answer would be Scream. Honestly, I wouldn't really mind any of these franchises continuing. Of course, Romero and Argento aren't churning out classics any more, but at least the masters are still working. I would much rather see crappy sub-par sequels any day than dumbed-down Hollywood remakes of movies I love.

09-13-2010, 02:12 PM
After my post in The Last Exorcism, I'm duty-bound to vote Exorcist. But I'm equally anti Alien to continue.

Scream could work - but I'm against Craven doing the next version. I don't want a Scream 4, a remake is a much better idea. I don't want Sidney, Gale, or Dewey coming back. Gale was just about the only great character in Scream 3 (my opinion has definitely begun to change on that film, and I'm starting to see what everyone else couldn't stand about it). And she married Dewey. Great. Whatever. They're gone. It's over. Start over new. And make the focus about what's wrong the horror genre today. There's sure a lot they can savage. A lot of points that need to be covered. Remakes, torture films, the parodies, Twilight. Scream was good at taking topics relevant to the genre and weaving them into a story. Scream, seen as a parody (which it was never) never gets any credit for not going the Wayans brothers route of just sticking in gags and doing some brainless rapid-fire slapstick routine. It was a highly intelligent film about the genre, the people who watch the films, the people who say they watch the films and don't, the people who criticize it, the media- etc. There's a lot making a new Scream film valid. The problem they need to avoid is just casting the good looking kids and making it pretty and vacuous to attract stupid kids (which the original film series NEVER did).

After that, I think there's hope in most of these franchises. IF they avoid using fans of the sequels (at least, after parts 2 or 3- in the case of Romero's Dead films at least) and people who thought the remakes were okay to revive them. If the amazing popularity of Takashi Miike's films and themes of bondage and sexuality present in some of these torture films are any indication, there's substance to go along with a Hellraiser revive, so long as they don't try to just make it a monster-slasher (anyone here think a Nightmare remake would have been better with less focus on Freddy altogether??). I have little hope for Argento's Mother series or Phantasm... but would very much be interested to see a remake instead of something like Tenebre. The futuristic themes could now perhaps be put into some kind of brand new context, perhaps. Not to mention that was a film partially about someone who directed violent films and, look at the fact that this genre has been written off for so long with labels like "tortureporn," etc.

Texas Chainsaw...interests me. If they can take the focus off the fucking chainsaw and Leatherface and maybe put it more into the family and what they do. Like...maybe more like Devil's Rejects without the action and the stupid jokes. More about the horror of dark characterization. More focus on the cannibal angle (in a film that isn't another Silence of the Lambs sequel/prequel/post-quel). And the economic state of the world that drove Hooper's masterpiece. As for Child's Play... Liked the original and loved Bride of Chucky. I think there's a little potential in a remake, but I'd be lying if I said I think they can't match the look of Child's Play 2, so colorful yet so unbelievably grotesque and ugly (still a terrible movie with awful acting, characters, almost zero payoff, and a shitty story). The approach of someone now would probably be... well, exactly like the original. To the last detail. I can't think of one aspect of the first movie that wouldn't work in a movie today (although- they'll probably get lazy and do CGI instead of mechanical puppeteering).

If the Polanski mention is for the series that people feel includes Repulsion and The Tenant... I can't think of a single director who I feel can tap into psychology (and who doesn't mind directing a horror film, and saying it's a horror film) well enough and could continue or pick this up again... What's Bernard Rose been doing recently? I'd love to see what he would do with something like The Tenant (which I still fucking hate with every fiber of my being). I hear people really have been loving Stuart Gordon's thrillers (King of the Ants and Stuck- which I haven't seen), so maybe he would do well moving into psychological horror.

And lastly, Carpenter's apocalypse... Well, they're still doing that Thing remake- right?