Long gone are the days when horror fans could peruse the aisles of the local video store and make a selection based solely on a sweet VHS cover. Sometimes a hidden gem was discovered, and, sometimes the old adage about not judging covers held true; the art on the box was often the best thing about the flicks that haunted the rental racks. Spookies has a nice poster/cover and has garnered somewhat of a cult following over the last thirty years, but is that following warranted?
With the seemingly constant onslaught of horror remakes in recent years, it’s sometimes easy to forget that remakes have been a part of cinema since the inception of the medium. Dracula has been remade countless times. John Carpenter’s The Thing - one of the all-time classics - was a redeux of 1951’s The Thing from Another World.
Stephen King’s It terrified readers upon its release in 1986 and went on to be the best-selling book of that year. The inevitable filmed adaptation hit TV screens in the form of a miniseries in 1990. With the first trailer dropping this week for the 2017 big screen, big budget adaptation of the Master of Horror’s work, now seemed like a good time to revisit Pennywise and the Losers’ Club as they were more than a quarter century ago: is It still the frightfest that kids of the ‘80s and ‘90s remember It being?
Every year the BGH crew selects their picks for best and worst horror films of that year. Stay tuned toward the end of the year for our infallible consensus for the best and worst of the year, compiled by our very own genre mega-scholar Jonathan Schnaars.
Much like no one has been able to match the brilliance of Jaws when it comes to shark movies, there have been countless attempts at recapturing the lightning in a bottle impact of The Exorcist when it hit theaters the day after Christmas in 1973, with none coming anywhere close to the 40 year-old classic. Incarnate is another attempt.
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