Friday, April 8, 2011

Day 17 "favorite remake" of the 30 day horror challenge

Favorite horror remake? Yet another tough sub-genre to pick a film from cause you're going to have a ton of people saying there is no such thing as a good horror film remake. I beg to differ with those people. You have films like Invasion of the Body Snatchers or the 90's remake entitled Body Snatchers, which were highly effective films that created a palpable amount of tension. Then you have films like The Fly, The Blob and The Thing. So what did those films get right? They stayed true to the essence of the original, but updated it for the times and offered up a fresh new spin. That's why I think so many of the horror remakes are disappointing these days is cause they stick so closely to the original and in the process they can't compare to the films that fans fell in love with. How many people have groaned over the Halloween remake or Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street or The Omen or The Stepfather or....well you get the point? So for my pick, I went with a film that stays true to the original's story, but gives it a fresh spin and updates it for the times. So without further hesitation, I give you........

House on Haunted Hill - Let me just say from a technical level, House on Haunted Hill is simply amazing! The sets, the lighting, the visuals, the makeup, even the costuming are all top of the line. House on Haunted Hill is a visually stunning film! The performances are good right down the line. Even when you get past the technical profency of House on Haunted Hill, you still have a truly terrifying film! Seeing this in the theater, there was just one scary scene after another. The film's combination of the horrors associated with the past in regards to medical experimentation and cruelty combined against the aesthetic of a modern haunted house story takes the overall level of tension and unease that the film is able to achieve to another level. A lot of people are familiar with the stories associated with the dark chapter of America in regards to the medical profession and seeing these terrors unfold on screen is a chilling experience since it taps into such a basic fear people have - a fear of hospitals. ....And House on Haunted Hill milks this for all that its worth. House on Haunted Hill isn't just a damn good remake, it's a damn good film period!

So which film would you have picked? ....to take part, the rules are below, or you can check out the Facebook fan page and interact with everyone else that's taking part by visiting: 

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Or feel free to start your own blog posts on your site! (You can start on day one or you can feel free to join me on day we are currently at). Or just feel free to leave us a little comment so we know which film made the cut for you! The rules are simple, just pick your favorite horror film for each day! However, you can't pick the same horror film more then once. So once you pick say The Exorcist for your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell, you can't repick it again for any other day what so ever including favorite horror film. And for once, I am opening up the comments section so that, yes, you can comment each day along with me on your favorite picks! So let's get to it! This is the 30 Day Horror Film Challenge!

Day 01 - A horror film that no one would expect you to love, but you do
Day 02 - The horror film that you relate most to
Day 03 - Your favorite slasher
Day 04 - Your favorite werewolf film
Day 05 - Your favorite monster movie
Day 06 - Your favorite vampire movie
Day 07 - Your favorite supernatural horror film
Day 08 - Your favorite anthology
Day 09 - Your favorite exploitation / grind house type film
Day 10 - Your favorite psychological horror film
Day 11 - Your favorite science fiction horror film
Day 12 - Your favorite horror film involving the occult
Day 13 - Your favorite horror comedy
Day 14 - Your favorite zombie film
Day 15 - Your favorite horror film involving serial killers
Day 16 - Your favorite childhood themed horror film
Day 17 - Your favorite horror film remake
Day 18 - Your favorite foreign horror film (outside of your country of origin) Day 19 - Your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell or Satanism
Day 20 - Your favorite horror film involving a killer animal
Day 21 - Your favorite medical horror film
Day 22 - Your favorite horror themed TV show
Day 23 - Your favorite made for TV horror film
Day 24 - Horror film in which you prefer the edited version over the director's cut
Day 25 - A horror film that you used to hate, but now like
Day 26 - Your favorite horror film to watch as a child
Day 27 - Your favorite guilty pleasure
Day 28 - Your favorite horror film that no one's ever heard of
Day 29 - Your least favorite horror film of all time
Day 30 - Your favorite horror film of all time

3 comments:

fromhell13 said...

I dug this movie as well. Since so many people hated it and it gets such a bad rap, I used it for my Day 1: A horror movie people wouldn't expect you to love. You can check it out here if you're interested. http://sonofcelluloid1.blogspot.com/2011/03/30-day-horror-challenge-day-1-horror.html By the way, thanks for bringing the 30 day horror challenge to my attention. I'm having a blast playing along.

Andrew Green said...

Excellent choice....
Now that I think of it, I do believe that I may have chosen the same film.

Well, either this one, or Rob Zombie's version of Halloween.

Mr. Johnny Sandman said...

I love the dream sequences. Especially when Price is in the Saturation Chamber... it feels like I'm watching a David Lynch short.