This Is Going To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

So, I know I’ve been on an anti-remake jag lately, I’ll try to make this the last I talk about it for a while. I just couldn’t help it, once I saw that MTV is remaking The Rocky Horror Picture Show. [imdb The Rocky Horror Picture Show]It’s not that I’m ravenously in love with the movie. The only time I ever watch it seems to be during a DVD marathon on New Year’s Eve. I don’t think the movie is sacred in terms of it’s cinematic importance or influence. My problem is that this movie has spawned a whole subculture unto itself. I mean, it’s still showing theatrically today, more than 30 years after it’s release. And the movie has transcended the screen and become an event, where costumes and participation are a bigger part of the experience than viewing the movie.

I just don’t understand it. Why remake it? The movie has saturated popular culture to the point that most people are aware of it and can easily find it on DVD, or possibly in the theater- it hasn’t been forgotten. It’s not a dead property that needs a reawakening. The open sexuality and indulgence in excess isn’t nearly as shocking today as it was in 1975. So why? If it’s just to make a movie featuring open sexuality and indulgence in excess, why not think of something new? Why not try to create something new for the world to adore, rather than reheating a dish we already love?

If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s well worth a watch. It’s a story about a young couple who, after getting a flat tire, end up in a castle inhabited by Dr. Frank-N-Furter and company. There’s catchy music, a wonderful performance by Tim Curry, and plenty of silliness. Here’s the Bunnies version.

2 comments to This Is Going To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

  • thats true, sometimes there are some movies that just don’t need to be remade, no if, and, or buts. I haven’t seen the movie, but I can see where you are coming from. There are many examples of this, which I won’t get into because I would be writing a post on your blog, but just saying great putting that point out there. Oh yeah, and don’t be afraid to show your anger towards bad remakes.

    pacer521 (the blog at the end of the universe, culture decoded)

  • Furious

    As much as I despise these remakes, the pragmatist in me can understand them, from a business perspective. Decreased development, reduced preproduction costs, a jumping off point for the cast and crew, built-in name recognition. I just find it artistically repugnant.

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