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It's the Booze Talkin': Hey Platinum Dunes, leave the Halloween franchise alone!

Apr. 10, 2012by: Ammon Gilbert

Platinum Dunes have made a name for themselves in the horror community as the Remake Kings a name not given because theyre the king of producing top quality remakes, but one given because thats literally all they do: the remake horror films. And not just crappy horror films, but the best of the best, taking it upon themselves to take classics such as FRIDAY THE 13TH, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, THE HITCHER, and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and remake them, in hopes to what? Better them? No in hopes to bank off the names and make a bunch of money off of them (it is show business, afterall). And while their films always look amazing, the end result is usually a fine-looking piece of rubbish, making them mostly hated the world over. And yet they keep making movies and taking long-standing classics and putting them to shame in remake form. And whats next on the chopping block? HALLOWEEN.

Thats right folks, the news broke last week that Platinum Dunes is currently in talks to take over as producers of the HALLOWEEN franchise from Dimension Films, the studio responsible for the Rob Zombie reboot and sequel. On the one hand, having Platinum Dunes take over the Michael Myers franchise makes sensetheyve already taken control of Leatherface, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees, why not take over the original godfather of slasher cinema? Oh wait, thats right because they completely butchered FRIDAY THE 13TH and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, thats why not. Ill give them props for doing a solid job on THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, but lets not forget TCM: THE BEGINNING, which (while original) was more or less a complete dud. And now they want to do the same thing to HALLOWEEN??? F*ck that!

Whats unsettling about the prospect of Platinum Dunes owning yet another movie maniac is that their track record proves that theyll pretty much do a piss-poor job. And after said job is done, theyll still own the rights and will likely sit on it until they feel like making another one, or until they feel like selling it off to the highest bidder. Which means after they totally botch HALLOWEEN, we can kiss any possible sequels away in the immediate future or longer. Just like Freddy, just like Jason, just like Leatherface, unless unless they actually do a rocking good job and the demand is there for another one, which I dont see happening at all. Itll look fantastic for sure, but itll be good only on that superficial surface level.

Then theres the fact that the HALLOWEEN franchise has already been rebooted by Rob Zombie. And say what you will, the guy had a vision, he carried it through, he remade the first one, then did a completely original and totally kick-ass sequel with H2. Why try and reinvent the wheel here? Zombie rocked that shit, let him make another one! And if he doesnt want to, find someone who wants to take that storyline further and bust out a HALLOWEEN 3. MY BLOODY VALENTINE duo Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer have had a script for HALLOWEEN 3D in the works for awhile but have had the damnedest time getting it greenlit why? Those two can rock out a solid horror flick with the best of them (in 3D, no less), and I have to believe that theyd continue the story that was dropped at the end of H2 and not reboot the franchise completely. I mean, Id love to see what those guys would do with Michael Myers, and if Platinum Dunes is involved, that pretty much will never happen (they like to use their own scripts and music video directors on their projects).

But the biggest argument I can muster up with this whole thing is why reboot HALLOWEEN at all? Seriously, Zombie took a one-two punch at it and knocked it out of the park, and there were 7 or 8 movies before that which mostly blew except for a select handful. But isnt time to give HALLOWEEN a rest? Just throw in the towel on Michael Myers completely, let him leave on the high note of H2, and say adios for the foreseeable future until a really awesome concept or a great script actually shows up that will do the franchise and the character of Myers some justice? If the Dunes takes over, theyre crank out a script and find a director as fast as humanly possible, and likely shoot for a release next Halloween season but theyre not motivated in telling the story of Myers. Theyre motivated by money, and for a franchise like HALLOWEEN (at this point, anyway), it has to be about the continuation of the story, or at least exploring new aspects of the characters that we havent seen before. Between John Carpenter and Rob Zombies versions, what else could they possibly do to tell a new story or shed extra light on Laurie and Michaels f*cked up relationship?

Maybe its the booze talking, but the idea of Platinum Dunes taking over the HALLOWEEN series has me sick to my f*cking stomach. While they make beautiful movies, those movies also suck a ton of balls. No one is a fan of their work, and they should in no way be allowed to take over yet another classic franchise like HALLOWEEN only to absolutely murder it beyond recognition. Give Lussier and Farmer a chance with a HALLOWEEN 3D if theres a demand for another entry in the series, or better yet yet sleeping dogs lie and just stop making HALLOWEEN movies completely. Or at least wait long enough for people to forget about Zombies version, otherwise itll be as lame as the upcoming reboot of SPIDER-MAN. And when that time comes, please please please dont let Platinum Dunes be at the wheel, cause if they are, itll be a train wreck just waiting to happen.

Extra Tidbit: Would you rather see Platinum Dunes take on another Halloween, see what Lussier and Farmer do with Halloween 3D, or piss the franchise away completely without a sequel in the foreseeable future?

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8:45AM on 04/10/2012
Too late. Column needed to be written in the run-up to Zombie's initial bodge job. And then reposted with updated comments in the run up to Zombie's bodge job of a sequel.
Platinum Dunes will no doubt make a shit 'Halloween', but it will still be better than the nigh on four hours of childish nonsense from Mr. Shitpants.
Too late. Column needed to be written in the run-up to Zombie's initial bodge job. And then reposted with updated comments in the run up to Zombie's bodge job of a sequel.
Platinum Dunes will no doubt make a shit 'Halloween', but it will still be better than the nigh on four hours of childish nonsense from Mr. Shitpants.
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9:16AM on 04/10/2012
I pretty much agree. I'd rather see this done by the MBV3D team than who ever Platinum Dunes hires. Also, nice to see at least one other person who doesn't absolutely fucking LOATHE Rob Zombie's H2. I thought I was alone...unless you were being sarcastic. ha!
I pretty much agree. I'd rather see this done by the MBV3D team than who ever Platinum Dunes hires. Also, nice to see at least one other person who doesn't absolutely fucking LOATHE Rob Zombie's H2. I thought I was alone...unless you were being sarcastic. ha!
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9:31AM on 04/10/2012
With new writers behind the wheel, at least Michael won't be white trash. Surely some of us can at least take solace in that...
With new writers behind the wheel, at least Michael won't be white trash. Surely some of us can at least take solace in that...
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10:44AM on 04/10/2012
I was never a fan of Zombie's version(s). Never liked that Myers needed to have this horrible upbringing to be this psychopath. He's like a great white shark; it's instinct is to hunt. I didn't need to see a poor upbringing as the reasoning for his insanity. Didn't even bother with H2. Leave the franchise alone.
I was never a fan of Zombie's version(s). Never liked that Myers needed to have this horrible upbringing to be this psychopath. He's like a great white shark; it's instinct is to hunt. I didn't need to see a poor upbringing as the reasoning for his insanity. Didn't even bother with H2. Leave the franchise alone.
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12:54PM on 04/10/2012
ZOMBIE put it out of the park ?? Which park is that ?? Useless , fuck up Park ?? TCM : THE BEGINNING kinda rocked , I thought . That being said , I'll take Farmer and Lussier's vision , or none at all , thanks .
ZOMBIE put it out of the park ?? Which park is that ?? Useless , fuck up Park ?? TCM : THE BEGINNING kinda rocked , I thought . That being said , I'll take Farmer and Lussier's vision , or none at all , thanks .
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3:46PM on 04/10/2012
Yeah I'm sorry if I'm not picking up on sarcasm but I dont particularly think Zombie knocked anything out of any park. Not even the trailer park. As I said in my previous post in the Halloween poll page stop dreaming - they'll be making Halloween movies long after we're gone. Remakes or sequels they'll keep making them. I have no problem with PD making one either, I know I seem to be the minority here but at least they'll make a Halloween movie that feels like a Halloween movie.
Yeah I'm sorry if I'm not picking up on sarcasm but I dont particularly think Zombie knocked anything out of any park. Not even the trailer park. As I said in my previous post in the Halloween poll page stop dreaming - they'll be making Halloween movies long after we're gone. Remakes or sequels they'll keep making them. I have no problem with PD making one either, I know I seem to be the minority here but at least they'll make a Halloween movie that feels like a Halloween movie.
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4:55PM on 04/10/2012
I'd much rather have Michael Bay over Rob Zombie, that's for sure.
I'd much rather have Michael Bay over Rob Zombie, that's for sure.
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6:51PM on 04/10/2012
I'm iffy with the RZ Halloween films. I thought the first one was OKAY (not bad, not good). I was in the middle. But I actually REALLY like his Halloween 2...

Personally I'd rather see the MBV3D duo take on Halloween 3.
I'm iffy with the RZ Halloween films. I thought the first one was OKAY (not bad, not good). I was in the middle. But I actually REALLY like his Halloween 2...

Personally I'd rather see the MBV3D duo take on Halloween 3.
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6:56PM on 04/10/2012
Platinum Dunes did good with the TCM films IMO, F13 was "okay" (gets better for me via repeat viewings though) and NOES was shite. So I'd like to see Plats take a shot at it...I just hope it's not ANOTHER reboot of the original and it's more like a stand alone sequel or something...
Platinum Dunes did good with the TCM films IMO, F13 was "okay" (gets better for me via repeat viewings though) and NOES was shite. So I'd like to see Plats take a shot at it...I just hope it's not ANOTHER reboot of the original and it's more like a stand alone sequel or something...
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7:23PM on 04/10/2012
They could make it an anthology series liked Carpenter always intended it to be....Unless that would be too confusing for people going in thinking they're going to see a "Michael Myers movie"
They could make it an anthology series liked Carpenter always intended it to be....Unless that would be too confusing for people going in thinking they're going to see a "Michael Myers movie"
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9:34PM on 04/10/2012
Personally, I feel that anything Todd Farmer writes ranges from pure shit to barely tolerable... so I'm okay with him not having a hand in this anymore. As for PD's remaking or rebooting or whatever the hell they're doing... I couldn't care less. RZ's Halloween completely missed the point of Myers' character, but after the "origin" was a pretty decent slasher (I love how brutal RZ's films are... you should feel uncomfortable when people are getting butchered)... but I completely hated
Personally, I feel that anything Todd Farmer writes ranges from pure shit to barely tolerable... so I'm okay with him not having a hand in this anymore. As for PD's remaking or rebooting or whatever the hell they're doing... I couldn't care less. RZ's Halloween completely missed the point of Myers' character, but after the "origin" was a pretty decent slasher (I love how brutal RZ's films are... you should feel uncomfortable when people are getting butchered)... but I completely hated Halloween 2. My girlfriend loves it though and holds it as one of her all time favorites, so what do I know? I just want to see an honest-to-God, faithful, GOOD adaptation or sequel... or a sequel to the original series that can take the shit taste of Resurrection out of everyone's mouths...
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9:43PM on 04/10/2012

You lost me at Kick Ass Sequel

H2 is in the same box as TCM The Next Generation and Jaws the Revenge. All hilariously bad. The mom...the white horse. I couldn't believe they released such a huge turd.
H2 is in the same box as TCM The Next Generation and Jaws the Revenge. All hilariously bad. The mom...the white horse. I couldn't believe they released such a huge turd.
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11:21PM on 04/10/2012

PLEASE...

No tunnels underneath the Myers' house. Seriously, what is it with Platinum Dunes and underground tunnels? Lol. They gave Leatherface one, Jason one, even Freddy had his cave in the remake. No Tunnels! Oh, and Bring back Danielle Harris!
No tunnels underneath the Myers' house. Seriously, what is it with Platinum Dunes and underground tunnels? Lol. They gave Leatherface one, Jason one, even Freddy had his cave in the remake. No Tunnels! Oh, and Bring back Danielle Harris!
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10:23AM on 04/11/2012
Zombie's Halloween films good? Um.........no. I hated his Halloween. Completely destroyed the character of Michael Myers. What made him SCARY was that he came from a GOOD family in a normal enviornment, he was just evil. The whole bullet point generic serial killer background was horrid! As for H2, I quit reading this as soon as you said he knocked that out of the park. Seriously? Anyhoo, I liked the TCM films, the 1st one was great. Made Leatherface scary again, and let's face it, he was a
Zombie's Halloween films good? Um.........no. I hated his Halloween. Completely destroyed the character of Michael Myers. What made him SCARY was that he came from a GOOD family in a normal enviornment, he was just evil. The whole bullet point generic serial killer background was horrid! As for H2, I quit reading this as soon as you said he knocked that out of the park. Seriously? Anyhoo, I liked the TCM films, the 1st one was great. Made Leatherface scary again, and let's face it, he was a cartoon character in the last couple of films, totally pathetic. And the F13 film FELT like an F13 film. As for NOES......yes, it was pure shit. They probably know that too since the BO was terrible on it. I am fine with them giving this a go. It'll feel like a Halloween film, that's for sure. No more white trash crap. There is no way they can make a worse film than Zombie did.
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1:52PM on 04/11/2012
I think this actually is a good thing. If universal decides to do another halloween horror nights event with good movie slashers than they can just do a deal with PD. Here is another crazy concept. Disney is looking to make a horror event some day. If they were to have freddy, jason, micheal meyers, and leatherface than you got a seriously good event in the making. As for movies, there is always the versus concept. Who wouldn't want to see a battle of micheal meyers vs jason. There is so much
I think this actually is a good thing. If universal decides to do another halloween horror nights event with good movie slashers than they can just do a deal with PD. Here is another crazy concept. Disney is looking to make a horror event some day. If they were to have freddy, jason, micheal meyers, and leatherface than you got a seriously good event in the making. As for movies, there is always the versus concept. Who wouldn't want to see a battle of micheal meyers vs jason. There is so much that could still be done but it has yet to really be given a chance to be fully explored until now.
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9:33PM on 04/11/2012
Zombie's Halloween shat on any point of suttilty the original had. As for Halloween 2, the only positive thing I can say about it was that it wasn't a second longer. Seriously, Halloween 2 is in my top 15 worst films I've ever seen.
Zombie's Halloween shat on any point of suttilty the original had. As for Halloween 2, the only positive thing I can say about it was that it wasn't a second longer. Seriously, Halloween 2 is in my top 15 worst films I've ever seen.
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11:43PM on 04/11/2012

WTF

I seriously had to post here to LOL at the notion that Zombie's second Halloween movie was anything close to a "totally kick ass sequel". Give me a fucking break...that movie was straight up dildos.
I seriously had to post here to LOL at the notion that Zombie's second Halloween movie was anything close to a "totally kick ass sequel". Give me a fucking break...that movie was straight up dildos.
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2:28AM on 04/12/2012
Go ahead and sue me, but I actually liked the NOES and F13 remakes, they weren't masterpieces but they were decent entertainment. I didn't Zombie's Halloween films either, but I wasn't looking forward to Halloween 3D, and I am intrigued as to what Platinum Dunes has planned for the franchise. I hope it's not another reboot as that would be overkill, I think it should be a standalone film set in the present day, and possibly without Laruie Strode or Dr. Loomis.
Go ahead and sue me, but I actually liked the NOES and F13 remakes, they weren't masterpieces but they were decent entertainment. I didn't Zombie's Halloween films either, but I wasn't looking forward to Halloween 3D, and I am intrigued as to what Platinum Dunes has planned for the franchise. I hope it's not another reboot as that would be overkill, I think it should be a standalone film set in the present day, and possibly without Laruie Strode or Dr. Loomis.
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2:23AM on 05/24/2012

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dunno what type of booze but i think its the drugs youre taking talking saying that Zombie hit Halloween out of the park. The first one was tolerable. The second garbage. As much garbage as the usual sequel if not worse. He ruined what could have been a great reboot and now it needs to be fixed yet again.
dunno what type of booze but i think its the drugs youre taking talking saying that Zombie hit Halloween out of the park. The first one was tolerable. The second garbage. As much garbage as the usual sequel if not worse. He ruined what could have been a great reboot and now it needs to be fixed yet again.
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