Two incredibly disturbing bits of news came through this week that will leave '80s film fans disgusted and fans of modern cinema discouraged. Rather than coming up with new ideas for movies, studios have decided to greenlight two remakes of beloved '80s classics: the Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn comedy Overboard and the kids-vs.-monsters actioner The Monster Squad. While any day when a perfectly good movie is remade is a sad one, there are a lot of extenuating circumstances at play here that make these two remakes particularly troublesome.
Eight-year-olds prone to nightmares, beware: The Monster Squad -- the 1987 cult classic featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the Mummy that just got a second life on DVD -- is set for a remake. Being that in 1987 I was eight years old and prone to nightmares, I never saw it, but the story follows a group of kids who hunt down Dracula and his team of other monsters who are trying to take over the world. Rob Cohen, the producer behind XXX and Stealth, is negotiating with Paramount over the rights. [Maybe this time, they can get Universal in the mix and use actual Universal Monsters like the Creature, rather than generic placeholders like "Gill-Man." - Zach]