I always hate when personal horror blogs like my own report on the news. Nobody comes to a site like mine to read news, so I've always felt that there's really no point in regurgitating content from the big news sites, which most people coming here have already read. That being said, there are several big news stories that break every month that I get asked for my thoughts on, and which I sometimes am eager to share my thoughts on. So I've decided that whenever a news story drops that I have something to say about, I'll whip up a quick little post about it, sharing my thoughts on the matter.
I've cleverly dubbed these segments "Thoughts On The News". Inspired, I know.
The focus tonight is on a piece of news which just broke yesterday, and which has quickly become enemy #1 of horror fan hatred across the interwebs ...
THE NEWS :
Originally announced nearly three years ago, David Gordon Green's remake of Suspiria is finally coming to fruition, set to begin filming in September (...providing a female lead is found by then). The remake was co-written by and will be directed by Green, the dude who brought us films like Pineapple Express, Your Highness and The Sitter.
MY THOUGHTS :
Now the main reason horror fans are already hard at work spewing hate about a film that hasn't even begun filming yet is not only because it's a remake of a beloved classic, which is always sure to garner immediate hate, but because it's being helmed by a man who is mostly known for making comedies. My Facebook feed has been inundated with comments like "Greaaaat, I bet the witches are gonna be potheads & Jonah Hill's gonna be in it", which are quite frankly pissing me right the hell off.
This is really much the same thing that's been going on with the Evil Dead remake, which I ranted at length about a couple months back. Much like how horror fans are hating on that remake because it was co-written by Diablo Cody, who's known for films like Juno & Jennifer's Body, the early hate for this one all stems from the fact that the person making it has previously made films that don't at all reflect the vibe of a film like Suspiria. If ya ask me, that's a pretty fuckin' ridiculous reason to be against a movie.
I don't know where people came up with this idea that filmmakers can only make films that are similar to films they have previously made, but it's totally idiotic. A good filmmaker is a good filmmaker, whether they're making a movie about a killer shark or about the plight of the Jews during the Holocaust. So just because David Gordon Green previously directed Pineapple Express does not mean his Suspiria remake will star Seth Rogen and be about smoking pot, nor does the fact that Diablo Cody punched up the Evil Dead remake script mean that it'll be a teen pregnancy movie with witty dialogue. Those were merely films they made in the past, which have little to no reflection on their films of the future. Again, did anybody get on Spielberg when he decided to make a World War 2 movie after doing movies about sharks and aliens? Thought not.
Now the ironic thing here, which totally kills the whole 'he can only do comedy' argument, is that David Gordon Green actually started off making very serious non-comedic films, one of which was a thriller called Undertow and another which was an acclaimed drama called George Washington, the latter of which is part of the Criterion Collection. I admit that I've never seen these movies or anything he did prior to Pineapple Express, but that's proof right there that Green is a diverse filmmaker, as all good filmmakers are. He obviously made the switch from drama to comedy pretty well, so well in fact that everyone now sees him as exclusively a director of comedies, so none of us have any reason to believe that he couldn't pull off a horror movie just as well. And yes, people got all over his case when it was announced he'd be making his first comedy, after coming off a slew of dramas. Since when did it become a bad thing to be a diverse filmmaker?!
Now regardless of who is making the movie, I don't see why so many fans are so quick to hate on it, as is generally the case with remakes. Though Suspiria is a damn fine film, a visually striking horror masterpiece, I personally feel that it could actually benefit from a modern day remake. The original is after all nearly 40 years old. Green is truly passionate about the material and has been working on bringing his vision for it to the screen for years now. I feel like all of us fans of the original are very lucky to have an incredibly talented filmmaker like him at the helm, who genuinely cares about the material, and thus, I see no reason whatsoever to hate on this project. At least not right now, before we even really know anything about it!
Here are a couple quotes from David which should soothe any worries you may have about this remake ...
"I don't want to make the low budget, schlocky version of it; I want it to be beautiful and interesting, and have an elegant quality to it. The original film is such a vivid, artistic creation that it'd be terrible to make a lo-fi, grunge version of it."
"We've got the rights to Goblin's original music, which is a crucial thing. I can't imagine any version of that movie not having that Goblin score."
I rest my case.
Now can we go back to being excited about the genre, rather than spending all of our time hating on it? Please?