New Movies Déjà View for Audience

Grant Webster, Opinion Editor

Endless horror movies, like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Nightmare on Elm Street, are being remade. Spider Man is being rebooted after just three movies less then ten years ago.

Dreamworks made three sequels to one movie to suck out all the enjoyment it might have had.

Pixar reissued Finding Nemo as the exact same movie, but this time in 3D.

It’s common knowledge that the movie industry is recycling the same old ideas over and over again, and not the good kind of recycling.

Hollywood is re gifting old movies in a shiny new package, giving fans more of the same.

Finding Nemo 3D, for example, was the exact same movie we saw in 2003, but with the added gimmick of putting on some goofy glasses to watch the film.

And yet, Pixar made another $43 million off the “new” movie, which cost under $5 million to convert to 3D.

The result: a cheaply-made, completely reused idea that the fans still couldn’t tell apart from a new movie.

But Finding Nemo 3D is by no means the only instance of Hollywood ripping off itself at the expense of fans who crave something new. It seems original scripts are becoming more and more scarce.

Movies like Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty, which are adapted from musicals and real events respectively, can still be vastly entertaining and successful.

But movies like Texas Chainsaw 3D, which are direct remakes of older movies, are not only hackneyed and devoid of suspense and surprises, but it seems they hardly ever rate better than their originals.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been remade twice now, and both remakes had harsher reviews from critics than the 1974 original.

The trend is the same with the Red Dawn and Total Recall remakes.

The trend here?

Fans go see the same movies incessantly, but aren’t happy with them.

In the end, it’s all about business.

Why would someone put the effort into writing an original script, characters, and plot when he can just remake another movie or book, or make a sequel to an already successful movie?

Not even fairy tales are safe, as they are being remade into “hardcore” action and horror movies like Red Riding Hood, Jack the Giant Slayer, and Hansel and Grettle: Witch Hunters.

All I need to do is say that title for you to know how ridiculously stupid it is.

The truth is, filmmakers as a whole are becoming progressively lazier.

Fans will still flock to familiar titles because there is little risk involved.

If they have already seen it and enjoyed it once, they are likely to enjoy it again, albeit not as much as the first time.

In the end, however, they are cheating themselves, because these movies have consistently proven to be shotty grabs for money.

Sure, it can be interesting to see some familiar faces on screen, and old stories with new twists can be equally entertaining.

Adapting old screenplays can allow directors to focus on perfecting the cinematography, editing, etc. But when movies are so frequently and shamelessly redone with a cheesy 3D gimmick, or once-good films are squealed to death, there comes a time when enough is enough.

Thankfully, we have not run out of new ideas yet.

The problem is that original scripts often go unnoticed. Remakes can usually coast on the success of their predecessors, guaranteeing them a space in major theaters.

Quality original scripts, both in major theatres and independent film events, are still plentiful enough. My advice to anyone looking for some new entertainment: check out some independent films, at least until Finding Nemo 4D comes out.