I chose to launch this blog on the lead up to Halloween because as long as I remember it’s been my favourite time of year, and the best films come from it as opposed to Christmas. Day One is THE REMAKES – remakes of classic horror films I haven’t seen the originals of, so by rewatching the remakes before the originals I give them a fair chance.
FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)
Up first is FRIGHT NIGHT, a Craig Gillespie remake of the 1985 vampire film. Way back in 2011 we saw this at Moviefest (RIP) and I can remember really enjoying it. It has Colin Farrell as a badass vampire with a bad accent hunting the main character, and David Tennant at his best as Peter Vincent magician and vampire lore master – a rip of real magician Criss Angel. Entertaining, cheesy and sometimes funny, the only let down is the AWFUL 3D CGI blood and gore that has NOT aged well and ruins some great scenes; but if you can get past that it’s well worth a watch.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Next is Zack Snyder and James Gunn’s remake of zombie master George A. Romero’s 1978 film. After an over-night zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors lock themselves in a shopping mall to keep safe from the things and to figure out how they’re going to escape to safety. Great characters, incredibly stressful scenes and blood and gore that still look good make this a fantastic remake – exactly how they should be done. Just make sure to stay for the credits, the film continues through them.