It’s official, we’ve run out of ideas.
It’s either that or the current generation of movie makers has absolutely no imagination or creative drive whatsoever. These are the only reasons that I can figure for the recent (and upcoming) glut of 80s era remakes coming to theaters everywhere.
Don’t believe me? Let’s count the recent and upcoming list of 80s remakes to the big screen:
- Transformers 2
- GI Joe
- Halloween (technically the 70s for the first movie, but most of the series was made in the 80s)
- Friday the 13th
- The Karate Kid (the new movie is titled The Kung Fu Kid)
- The A-Team
- Red Dawn
- Short Circuit
- Children of the Corn (released to television, not theaters, but same difference)
- V (see above)
- Red Sonja
- He-Man (titled Greyskull)
- Back to School
- Romancing the Stone
And I’m sure there are several that I missed. This doesn’t even count recent sequels to 80s film series like the Terminator films, the Indiana Jones films and the Star Trek films. I, however, don’t mind sequels to movies series near as much. Depending on the series, I actually encourage sequels. Nor does this list even begin to touch on the 80s music covers that I’ve been hearing lately. I don’t have a problem with bands doing covers of past songs, some songs are timeless and different compositions just adds to the enjoyment. But there have been a LOT of 80s covers recently.
I don’t get it. The 80s were okay; bad fashion, the Cold War, arcades and the Jamaican Bobsled Team were all fond memories, but I can’t think of any movies from that decade that need to be remade. In fact, I don’t think there is anything from that decade that needs to be brought into the present. And yet here we are filled to the brim with 80s remakes.
Whether it’s lack of creativity or the fact that those in power making these movies grew up in the 80s and want to envision their childhood with a big budget and computer generated graphics (as opposed to a back yard and sticks), I really wish the 80s had stayed in its own decade.