Film critics and fans both celebrate the 1980s as a great time for the horror genre. What is sometimes lost in the mix is that a few of the era’s best horror movies were actually remakes, specifically of movies from the 1950s. We’re thinking here of John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982/1951), Chuck Russell’s The Blob (1988/1958), Tobe Hooper’s Invaders from Mars (1986/1953) (regardless of its Tomatometer), and David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986/1958). Part of the reason why filmmakers wanted to remake movies from the 1950s was that they had access to new SFX and filmmaking techniques that weren’t available 30 years earlier. Likewise, the same argument is no doubt used when justifying remakes today, and it all really came full circle when Carpenter’s The Thing was revisited through a prequel in 2011, also called The Thing. Well, this week, we learned that 20th Century Fox is in talks with director J.D. Dillard (of next month’s Sleight) to direct a new remake of The Fly, about a scientist whose experiments with teleportation lead to him being genetically fused with a housefly. It’s not yet known what direction Dillard is planning to take with the concept of The Fly, but this writer hopes that it is more original than the 2011 The Thing. In addition to The Fly, Dillard is also developing a horror film (starring Kiersey Clemons of Dope) called Sweetheart for Blumhouse (Get Out, The Purge, Insidious).
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