Originally Posted by RaveyDaveyGravy
I used to share this opinion, but now Im more philosophical about remakes.
What you're talking about could be apathy and acceptance disguised as philosophy.
You can't see how it can taint the original? If you want to be pedantic, it doesn't touch the original. But a shitty remake can cloud the way we view the original because forever after we have to clarify: "I mean the original...not the crappy remake". Whereas before you could talk about a classic movie by its name and everyone would know what you were talking about.
I don't see the need for remakes to cater to teen audiences any more than I see the need to remake a perfectly good foreign film because the American market is too lazy to read subtitles. These remakes exist, it doesn't mean we have to like them.
Does the new Halloween make the old one a worse film somehow. If anything it makes it even better for me.
It's nice you can look at it that way, but some of us don't need a shit version for comparison to remind us how good the original was.
Quite often its a moot point, because what we think of as the original is often a remake itself, or a similar take of an older film. (The Thing From Outer Space
inspired Carpenter's The Thing.)
It's not remakes themselves that are the problem. It's the way so many of them are thoughtlessly made, badly cast and scripted and churned out for a quick safe buck. The effect, if it happens enough times, causes people to lower their standards and this is happening all over.