This year is shaping up to be a big one for Godzilla as Hollywood preps a big budget remake of the 1954 original, which itself is getting a limited re-release in theaters (uncut, uncensored, and undubbed!). Earlier this week, a poster for the Godzilla remake was also making the rounds on the Internet. Feast eyes:
If the new film does well, we can just sense a spate of monster movies that will be lumbering their way to frightened moviegoers in the immediate future. And since Hollywood pretty much only does remakes and sequels these days, we figured this was as good of a time as any to unleash our monster movie wish list — the beasts that we believe deserve a reboot. Our picks:
Pumpkinhead would be closer to No. 1 had the trilogy of flaming-dog-poop sequels not found their way to our front porch. The 1988 original is a moody, atmospheric horror with plenty of scares, a unique looking creature, and the good sense to keep its villain concealed until the third act — as every great monster movie should. Would love to see it happen again as long as it had some decent talent attached. (No, Syfy, you don’t count.)
10. Rawhead Rex
Clive Barker’s written work is always a mesmerizing and horrific experience. On the big screen? Not so much. Yet somehow, I can’t seem to get the 1986 interpretation of Rawhead Rex out of my mind. It would be great to see a new version of this little-seen classic, done by a director who could put some bite into it. We recommend Ryûhei Kitamura, director of Midnight Meat Train — one of the only good Barker-inspired films.
9. Q: The Winged Serpent
It’s easy to appreciate the FX for what they were in writer-director Larry Cohen’s 1982 monster flick. Today, they’re obviously dated but you still can’t help but appreciate. Nevertheless, Cohen made the wise move of saving the out-of-control mayhem until the end of the film. A reboot that kept the spirit of the original intact would be welcome.
8. The Unnameable
An underrated film adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft short story, The Unnameable has a lot going for it. Likable characters, an old dark house, bloody deaths, and a monster that’ll haunt your dreams. The Unnameable II was the last attempt to bring this beastie back, but that just wasn’t the same, and it was 22 years ago. Update, please!
“The monsters from the toilet bowl” was how I referred to this flick when I was a kid. (Good job, Mom and Dad, showing me this just two years after I was fully potty-trained.) Imagine how great it would be to scar a new generation of youngsters.
Ah, imagine the fun Hollywood could have with a giant flying prehistoric reptile. While Rodan was certainly cashing in on the Godzilla craze that began a couple of years earlier, it’s no less an entertaining film with tons of “update potential.”
Daikaijû Gamera (1965) introduced lovers of Japanese monster movies to a gigantic flying, fire-breathing turtle a full decade after Godzilla. He would appear in 11 more films throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, with his last appearance being Gamera the Brave from 2006. That doesn’t count. We want Hollywood to spend Lone Ranger money on this thing.
4. The Beast Within
The Beast Within (1982) was one of the best and most underrated horror films from the ‘80s. A genuinely disturbing opening sequence leads to a dark, brooding family drama 17 years later in which dad Ronny Cox finds out his son is the offspring of a monster. Young Michael has something wrong with him. The doctors think he may be dying. What’s actually happening, is disgusting, violent, and a whole lot of fun. A remake would be fun, but rather than make the same flick twice, we recommend going back to the source material of Edward Levy’s novel. From what we hear, the movie and book bear little resemblance.
3. The Boogens
Giant turtles. Sharp, nasty teeth. What’s not to love? Of course, on second thought, we’ve already got Gamera down. Maybe we could call it: Gamera and the Boogens Take Over The World? If not, great name for a rock band.
With a name like Mothra, you really don’t have to guess what creature she’s designed to resemble. Mothra followed Godzilla by only two years on the big screen, and then did battle with him in the 1964 film. Godzilla won (kind of) in the sense that he killed Mothra; but not before her eggs were able to hatch, sending two new Mothra after Big Daddy. They ended up using their webs to trap him, and the film ended in the fire-breathing lizard’s defeat. (Until the next movie, of course.) Could Hollywood do this right? Well, whatever they came up with couldn’t be as bad as the 1998 Godzilla remake, could it?
1. Creature From The Black Lagoon
The same year Godzilla hit theaters in Japan, one of the US’ best-loved monster movies also arrived in the form of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The Gill Man, as he would come to be known in Revenge of the Creature (1955) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956), has made a few meaningless appearances on television and in animation over the years. The last time a somewhat serious attempt was made to breathe life into him was in the 1987 comedy-horror film The Monster Squad. In the ‘90s, there was talk that John Carpenter might remake the film, but that never came to fruition. Then in 2005 and 2007, rumors surfaced that Breck Eisner had redesigned the creature with a “similar, but updated” look. The film was dropped for unknown reasons in 2009, and there it’s sat ever since in Development Hell. As a huge fan of the original, I would love to see a remake done in the spirit of John Carpenter’s The Thing — similar, but full-blooded and vicious.