Ok, so over a year ago I penned an article called ‘Top Five Horror Sequels We’re Still Waiting to See.’ Number two was 28 Months Later and number one was Candyman Four. Since the article was published, Danny Boyle and Alex Garland announced that they’re moving forward with a 28 Days Threequel and Jordan Peele has started production on a ‘spiritual sequel’ to Candyman.
I know what you’re thinking. How? Why?! Hitchcock? You watch that during Christmas?! Yes. Yes I do. In fact, I’ve watched it on Christmas Day for the past five years now. Why? Why not It’s A Wonderful Life? A Christmas Carol? Or even the Doctor Who special later on in the day?!
Following its 2009 release, Paranormal Activity caused a boom of found footage films, a boom that just now appears to be ceasing, a decade later. The majority of these films have been terrible, hence it’s easy to look back at Paranormal Activity and think of it as nothing more than another mediocre found footage horror.
With every studio building their own cinematic universe, it seems like every superhero film is getting a sequel nowadays. However, Hollywood is an unpredictable terrain where more projects are started than finished.
There are as many good remakes as there are many good films. Very few. A remake is the opportunity to take a story, a character or an idea that was expressed in one film and express it differently in another. Remakes such as De Palma's Scarface, The Cohen Brothers' True Grit, and John Carpenter's The Thing are good examples.
In film and TV, some series have very little struggle in attracting an audience. Franchises, such as Lost, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Breaking Bad, the Twilight Saga and the Pirates of the Caribbean series have all attracted large loyal followings and have been able to begin and end their stories.