Cannibal Holocaust Gets A Remake!

Cannibal Holocaust Gets A Remake!

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First it was Faces of Death, and now it looks like the infamous Cannibal Holocaust will be the next gratuitous, exploitative horror flick to get in line for the remake treatment. A company called Relevant Entertainment has obtained the rights, and the movie will be produced by Steve Whitney (who also co-executive produced The Amityville Horror remake). Weve mentioned the original Cannibal Holocaust a bunch of times here on Film Junk, and it is probably the most disturbing film IÆve seen to date. Italian director Ruggero Deodato shot real animal deaths in the film, along with scenes that include a brutal rape, a human fetus being destroyed, and a penis being torn off. Deodata even spent time in jail because the documentary style was so realistic that people thought the actors involved had actually died. Sounds like it should fit in nicely alongside upcoming remakes like Day of the Dead and Near Dark, right? Uhhà yeah.

While IÆm sure thereÆs an interesting concept that can be pulled from the original somewhere, I donÆt really see the point of doing a movie like this without all the gruesome imagery and gritty low budget style. I mean, isnÆt that the only point it was made in the first place? IÆd hesitate to even call the original a horror movie since itÆs not really scaryà just repulsive. On the other hand, people still love cannibals just as much now as they did back in the 80Æs, so why not? Production on the remake is expected to start sometime this summer.

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destroyer3's picture

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Name one that's been done and is good.

The Dawn of the Dead remake was pretty damn good.

Twistedcherry's picture

Hmmm.. This im gonna have to see..

PaliAzzar's picture

Hollywood being out of ideas may be a small factor in remakes. If it was a bigger factor then that's all we'd get!

I still say it comes from a love for a particular film, or wanting to pay homage.

Someone mentioned "The Thing." Yes, that was a pretty good movie but wasn't really a remake of the 50's version in the strictest sense because the original didn't have the "who goes there" factor, which is what Carpenter wanted to stress.

I did not see the new "The Blob" so I can't comment on that. I did see the new "Dawn of the Dead" and it wasn't nearly as good as the original.

destroyer3's picture

If you always compare remakes to the originals you will almost never be satisfied with the movie. I know because I used to do that. As a movie lover I now just watch a film for what it is; a new movie. You will find them to be more enjoyable that way. If you are absolutely against remakes; hmm...how about just not watching them.

Remakes are good for bringing in new, young fans to the genre who may not be aware of the original. Living in the past is not good business. Imagine if Sony Pictures and Sam Raimi never did Spider-Man and we just had to live on those horrible Nicholas Hammond movies or Batman with Val Kilmer and George Clooney.

kell's picture

I'm an absolute chump when it comes to horror movies if I hear about a horror movie I'll set down and watch it eventually, for better or worse, cuz even a bad horror movie is more entertaining then a good most anything else

I don't think all remakes can be discarded just cuz of the remake label on their briefs, I like some of them quite a bit -The Hills have Eyes, The Blob, The Thing- I think each remake can only be judged after it's seen, but there are some I believe that have potential and others that I don't (I bring my prejudices to the theater), I don't believe a cannibal holocaust remake has not much if any potential, but if it makes money great, all the better for the genre, there's no relation between what's good and and what makes money in the short term, the good has a better chance of cultural survival in the long run (at least I hope that's how it works), if it draws attention back to the original even better

PaliAzzar- I see what your saying about The Thing, but the two movies are set in a virtually identical environmet, it's easy to argue that the differences are in emphasises on elements of the story itself, but this argument is a glasss half full half empty sort of thing. I'd recommend the new blob, it's good, it's a bit like Phantoms, but less complicated, and I agree with you that the original Dawn of the Dead was far better then the remake

My biggest problem with the flood of remakes is they make up too much of what's out there, everything is ok to a point, but to much of anything ain't so good, and horror is littered by too many remakes and sequels, even though some are quite good

destroyer3- I agree that it's better to not compare remakes and originals, but that's very hard to do. The whole remake thing and marketing of the movies invites comparison.

If an idea is inspired by something and everything is, I wish more writers would just write their speil and hang a different name on it, being derivative is more common a plague to horror then sequels or remakes, but it's a necessary evil cuz there's nothing new under the pale moonlight

you said that remakes are good for bringing new young fans into the horror fold...any good new horror movie is good for that remake or not...

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you said that remakes are good for bringing new young fans into the horror fold...any good new horror movie is good for that remake or not...

A remake will introduce a new viewer to the roots of the horror genre. Take The Hills Have Eyes as an example. If a teenager saw the remake and liked it, he/she would be inclined to see the original. That not only does it bring the old film back to life but it also puts money into the pockets for the original film makers via royalties.

kell's picture

Hmnn...

I hear your points, they're well thought out and well made. I'm not sure I agree though. First, I have to say something bad about the young, which I hate doing cuz aside from stereotyping it makes me sound old. Which makes the flecks of grey in beard seem ominous. But, the young are often far to obsessed with the new. I say this based on my wife's daughter and my sisters son who are 14 they'd gladly rent anything new before renting anything old. The have a prevasive belief that older things can't be intense, even though they've seen enough to know better. I think such prejudices are pervasive and hard to overcome. Also while what you're saying about a good remake making teenager inclined to track down the original, a bad remake would be inclined to do the opposite making the teenager more likely to ignore the source material. Also I think that we can't really talk about horror fans in this, because horror fans, people like you and me and anyone, who posts on this site or reads from it, or any site like it, is gonna track down whatever horror they can find because iot's that big a part of them. If remakes do disrupt the community in any way they do through marginal fans. People who watch horror movies, but only so much as they watch all movies. Amid such people I'm often and totally shocked by peoples lack of knowledge about what is and isn't a remake. I've talked to several younger people who don't know when they've watched a remake whether the liked it or not. Also younger more marginal fans can be discouraged when they see a remake they like, I liked The Toolbox Murders remake, but I loathe the original. When a young person reaches into the cookie box of horror's past and comes out with a handful of crumbs it reinforces the notion that all horror movies made before the were born are weak. This is componded when the remake has about nothing to do with the original, such was the case with The Toolbox Murders.

This argument is splitting hairs, I think your right some of the time and I'm right at other times. I think the people that your writting about grow into horror fans, while the ones I'm writing about stay marginal acquotances to the genre. In the end remakes are sometimes good, sometimes bad, their overall effect on the genre as a whole is too great to decipher. But, I still think there are just too many. Too many remakes and sequels.

I want all the marginal fans to grow in full fledged horror fiends, only good horror movies remake or otherwise encourage this, just as weak attempts discourage it

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????? I know that NOTHING can compare to the original, but if the remake is even close... I'M THERE! I think remakes are a good thing. If no one remade the classics, there would be MILLIONS of people that wouldnt even know that the originals even existed. I actually got into horror classics because of seeing the BAD remakes. I figured that there had to be some reason as to why anyone would remake a movie that sucked SOOOOOO bad. So I would find the original and watch it.Most of the time I was pleasantly surprised. I came away with a better appreciation of the remake. Not to mention a better understanding of where horror is now and where it came from...

By the way... they already remade/ RIPPED OFF C.H....anyone remeber that horrible movie The Blair Witch Project? Dont lie... you know your dumbass sat through it! Not the jungle cannibals, but Film students... in the woods...they all vanish, and the only thing anyone can find is a mysterious reel of film.... think about it...

BRING ON THE CANNIBALS!

destroyer3's picture

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Hmnn...

I hear your points, they're well thought out and well made. I'm not sure I agree though. First, I have to say something bad about the young, which I hate doing cuz aside from stereotyping it makes me sound old. Which makes the flecks of grey in beard seem ominous. But, the young are often far to obsessed with the new. I say this based on my wife's daughter and my sisters son who are 14 they'd gladly rent anything new before renting anything old. The have a prevasive belief that older things can't be intense, even though they've seen enough to know better. I think such prejudices are pervasive and hard to overcome. Also while what you're saying about a good remake making teenager inclined to track down the original, a bad remake would be inclined to do the opposite making the teenager more likely to ignore the source material. Also I think that we can't really talk about horror fans in this, because horror fans, people like you and me and anyone, who posts on this site or reads from it, or any site like it, is gonna track down whatever horror they can find because iot's that big a part of them. If remakes do disrupt the community in any way they do through marginal fans. People who watch horror movies, but only so much as they watch all movies. Amid such people I'm often and totally shocked by peoples lack of knowledge about what is and isn't a remake. I've talked to several younger people who don't know when they've watched a remake whether the liked it or not. Also younger more marginal fans can be discouraged when they see a remake they like, I liked The Toolbox Murders remake, but I loathe the original. When a young person reaches into the cookie box of horror's past and comes out with a handful of crumbs it reinforces the notion that all horror movies made before the were born are weak. This is componded when the remake has about nothing to do with the original, such was the case with The Toolbox Murders.

This argument is splitting hairs, I think your right some of the time and I'm right at other times. I think the people that your writting about grow into horror fans, while the ones I'm writing about stay marginal acquotances to the genre. In the end remakes are sometimes good, sometimes bad, their overall effect on the genre as a whole is too great to decipher. But, I still think there are just too many. Too many remakes and sequels.

I want all the marginal fans to grow in full fledged horror fiends, only good horror movies remake or otherwise encourage this, just as weak attempts discourage it

Good points. My final thoughts; it is impossible to please everyone. There will always be both sides to the remake and even sequel debate. For me, i'll take a remake over nothing at all any day.

kell's picture

I'm the worst side of all cuz I'm a fence sitter with a damn near split personality and an annoying tendencency to hip hop back and forth. In the case of Cannibal Holocaust, I'd rather see nothing then the remake. But, if they go through with it I'll keep my fingers crossed for all of us. But, I really do think they should remake the stuff.

Enjoyed talking to you destroyer.

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