What kinds of movies come to mind when you think of classic horror films? Nosferatu, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Night of the Living Dead…? Yes, you would think that… well let me ask you this: when considering “classic horror,” do you lump She’s the Man (that Amanda-Bynes-starring abomination of Shakespeare’s master comedy Twelfth Night) or The Game Plan (that turd of a movie in which an adorable illegitimate child is dropped off on The Rock’s doorstep) into said genre? No? Well good for you, and shame on Twisted Pictures. According to Variety, Twisted Pictures and Roseblood Movie Company have struck a deal with She’s the Game Plan helmer Andy Fickman to remake four films from RKO Pictures’ horror heyday, all of which Roseblood and Twisted Pics will co-finance.
The remake properties that fall under the deal include three of Val Lewton’s RKO classics—the 1943 Jacques Tourneur-directed I Walked With a Zombie, 1945's Robert Wise-directed Bela Lugosi-Boris Karloff starrer The Body Snatcher, the 1946 Mark Robson-directed Karloff starrer Bedlam, and 1939's John Farrow-directed, Lucille Ball-John Carradine starrer Five Came Back. What sad, sad days for horror history. Not only is most of the genre getting packed into an antiseptic string of tweeny flicks with pink blood and love ballad-laden soundtracks, but now they’re trying to turn back the hands of time and do it to the very movies that started this whole horror thing we love so much. If you ask me, Fickman isn’t the right man for the job. What do you think?