Archive for February 13, 2015

Part 1 can be found here. It’s a bit long and it’s not entirely necessary to read it in order to read Part 2, but there are things I discussed about remakes and reboots in general that I’ll reference here. You should still be able to get what I’m saying without reading Part 1 first, but be aware in advance that references will be made.

And now there shall be blood.

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A couple of things landed in the geek culture social media landscape this last week that kicked off a lot of discussion. Some of it was just a rehash of older discussions, the ever more and more silly reboot/remake hate threads, while some of it was new(ish) with regards to the two of the three bits of news. These bits would be (1) the announced casting for the all female Ghostbusters reboot, (2) Peter Davidson commenting on why he feels that for him The Doctor should remain solidly male in gender, and (3) a remake of the classic horror film Poltergeist.

I’ll start with the whole reboot/remake hate first. Why? Because it covers a lot of ground and it’s less likely to start a full-on flame war than the second half of the deal. That’ll be saved for Part 2.

Plus, there are points that I will establish here that will be referenced in Part 2. Here’s a short list of the reasons given for hating reboots and remakes.

1) It’s a sign that Hollywood has lost/run out of the originality and imagination it had in “the Golden Years” of filmmaking.

2) Remakes and reboots suck because they’re always automatically inferior to the originals.

3) “They” are raping/destroying our childhood and the original source materials.

And when the subject of American adaptations of foreign films is brought up-

4) Remakes of a foreign film are unnecessary since the original should be shown and Americans need to stop being lazy and/or stupid about reading subtitles in films.

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