Hollywood Needs to Cut Back on the Remakes

Come on guys, quit being lazy and write some original screenplays. 

Hollywood has an obsession with remaking and rebooting various films, some being classics that no one wanted remade and others being movies that weren’t all that good to begin with. I will admit that certain films actually need to be remade. The Hills Have Eyes is a perfect example, with the remake in 2006 being surprisingly decent. Also, It getting rebooted from the 1990 mini-series proved to be a brilliant idea. But more times than not, the remakes Hollywood studios produce each year are bad.

Flatliners is the most recent victim of this frustrating remake obsession in Hollywood. Hated by fans and critics, the 2017 reboot of the 1990 sci-fi flick (which at the time of its release 20 years ago was pretty average) was pretty much dead on arrival; and as of today, the film has a 2% score on Rotten Tomatoes. It just puzzles me because no one was begging for a remake of Flatliners, yet we get one anyway. It is a prime example of such a waste of time and money for all of those involved.

The horror genre is the biggest culprit when it comes to remakes, showing Hollywood’s laziness just show they can make quick money off cheap scares. Horror movies like The Witch, It Follows, and The Babadook prove that horror films can still be terrifying, yet also be wholly original. Right now, there’s no reason to remake Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street again. The only horror reboot I give a pass to is the upcoming Halloween film, but only  because John Carpenter is heavily involved.

I’m hoping that Hollywood will eventually realize that audiences truly crave original content (and the occasional superhero movie, I guess) and not something that they’ve seen over and over again. Sure, there will always be remakes, but they need to be drastically cut back. BE ORIGINAL HOLLYWOOD.