The (Un)necessary Remake Dept: Krull

Let’s be clear:  Peter Yates’ Krull isn’t a particularly good movie, but it is an awesome one and easily deserving of a remake to correct the problems–which I will go to in a moment–that are there. How can one movie be two seemingly contradictory things?  Mediocre and awesome at the same time?  Quite easily.  Visually, Krull […]

‘Wishmaster’ and ‘Wishmaster 2’

As I repeat often enough, remakes are evil (except when they’re not).  Recently I watched “Wishmaster” and “Wishmaster 2” on Netflix, and got to thinking… I decided to deal with both movies at the same time because, despite one being a sequel, they’re essentially the same film.  Sure, you have differences in casting and the […]

Silent Running

Most of the films that are being remade these days don’t need to be, while those that could really use it, generally aren’t. For instance, Douglass Trumbull’s “Silent Running,” a film about a future Earth that exhausted its resources, is a prime candidate for rebooting because its ‘dying earth’ theme is even more relevant in […]

The Parallax View

I don’t actually think that Alan Pakula’s “The Parallax View” has stood the test of time very well.  The movie revolves around a reporter, Joseph Frady (Warren Beatty) who stumbles upon a plot by a mysterious corporation, The Parallax Corporation, to create assassins. I haven’t read the book by Loren Singer but it appears that virtually everything in […]


I don’t think that I have ever seen a film that demands a remake more than this one (and I know that I have written that remakes/reboots are generally a bad idea, but this film is crying out for it) “Casulties,” was made in 1997 by Alex Graves and revolves around Annie Summers (Caroline Goodall) and her […]


The original “Robocop,” directed by Paul Verhoeven, was a science fiction film that was not only a satire of corporate culture and consumerism but was ideally representative of the 1980’s, a period of time when ‘Greed was good,’ and blatant excess was the order of the day. Coupled with Verhoeven’s own filmic excesses (Why shoot […]

Jacob’s Ladder

Why?  Why?  Why? Is there some vocal majority out there clamoring for a remake of “Jacob’s Ladder” that I am unaware of? It’s not like Adrian’s Lyne’s film is the best psychological drama/horror film ever made (though admittedly it not the hugest sub-genre out there) though it is competent and atmospheric (and strangely downbeat, which fit […]


I wrote in October of last year that Sam Raimi was planning a remake – a term that’s always synonymous with*maximum suckage – of Tobe Hooper’s “Poltergeist.” That’s still happening, though Raimi is producing, not directing. That job will be handled by Gil Kenan.  Prior to this gig, he helmed “Monster House” and “City Of […]