Here’s the second in my “Films That Need Remakes,” series, something that I started because no film has to be a bad one, yet way too many are exactly that.
But, I don’t only want to point out what makes a film mediocre–it’s too easy to do, and fairly obvious–but also offer some advice could, potentially, improve the film markedly if it were going to be remade.
Today I am writing about Mike Marvin’s “The Wraith,” a film that, underneath its extreme mediocreness, hides a taut horror film just waiting to get out. The plot of the film–someone seemingly comes back from the dead to seek revenge upon those that did them wrong–is a common one, and has been the engine that’s powered many successful films, like “The Crow,” for instance.
“The Wraith” stars Charlie Sheen, Randy Quaid and Nick Cassavetes, son of John Cassavetes.
You would think that with such a basic and well-tested premise that you could just sit back and let the film direct itself. While it’s never that simple, director Mike Marvin for some reason felt the need to write as well, and his awful execution snatches defeat from the jaws of what could have been an intense, glorious victory. It should have played like a version of John Carpenter’s “Christine,” but instead ended up a dumber version of “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
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