Seems like every week we hear about another classic horror movie being remade. Poltergeist, Gremlins, Friday the 13th, The Blob and the list can go on and on. We know we can’t fight Hollywood’s lack of originality, so lets go ahead and embrace it. In this series of blog posts I will go into detail about which “Classic” horror film should be remade next. Yes I put “Classic” in quotes. Most of the movies I pick won’t be considered “Good” but that’s even more reason to remake them.
The Movie- Scarecrows (1988)-directed by William Wesley
No this is not a sequel to Scarecrow or a spin-off of the Batman movies. In fact you’ve probably never even heard of this movie before. It was a straight to video movie from the late 80’s that’s sort of had a cult following over the years. It might be a small following but it is there. The make-up and gore effects were pretty good for such a small budget. I personally think it’s an under-rated gem of 80’s horror. It’s pretty amazing they did the whole thing for under half and million dollars too.
Check out some of the scarecrow designs in this movie. They were pretty darn creepy in my opinion.
WHAT’S THE PLOT OF THE MOVIE-
It’s a pretty simple premise. Five para-military mercenaries rob Camp Pendleton of 3 million dollars. They hijack a pilot and his daughter and escape on a plane with the money. One of their team-mates betray them, steals the money and escapes from the plane with a parachute. He lands in a creepy dark cornfield with mysterious scarecrows. The other mercenaries force the pilot to land the plane right away so they can chase their comrade. When they land they end up in a creepy haunted broken down house in the middle of nowhere. Seems like the owners were doing some demonic rituals here and the scarecrows just might be alive. They’re all soon picked off one by one by the undead monsters and some are even turned into new scarecrows as well. Their greed will all be their undoing and they just might become cursed to live as scarecrows forever unless they escape.
Now if you removed a couple of details you have the exact plot of “From Dusk Till Dawn,” which didn’t come out until years later. The movie starts off has a gritty 80’s action movie with macho hotheads with big guns doing horrible things who kidnap innocent family until they run into the demonic scarecrows. It’s like two movies in one. There are hints to Aliens. Only with cornfields instead of outer space. There’s also a bit of Predator in there as these muscle bound hotheads with machine guns are gunning down a unseen force.
WHY SHOULD IT BE REMADE?
The original movie was very limited by its budget. This movie could be pretty awesome with a larger budget and talented director. First of all, we could show more the heist that starts the film. When was the last time you ever saw a heist horror movie. A lot of the backstory about the scarecrows and the strange haunting farm were barely explained and while that was a little interesting in the movie, I wouldn’t mind more of the back-story told in a re-make. I probably wouldn’t make some of the mercenaries such easy cannon fodder either. Make it more like the first Predator movie. Make them real badasses taken down by a supernatural unkillable force. It’ll be a mix of action, heist and horror. It would be unlike anything out right now. Again, I have my doubts that anyone in Hollywood would ever remake this movie, but I think it has huge potential for a kick ass horror film. There are a couple of ideas for a sequel as well. They can have authorities following the mercenaries trail in a sequel only to fall victim to the scarecrows too. Or do a prequel about how all these crazy things happened there. This could be a cool untapped franchise. So get on it Hollywood. This is probably one of the few remakes I wouldn’t mind that Micheal Bay would produce. Seems right up his alley.
If you have any ideas for which horror movies should be remade, tell us below and I’ll try to fit it into an upcoming blog entry.