Much has been made of Scream 4's opening weekend. The results were weak and opinions were decidedly split on the movie's merits leading some film writers to decree that horror is dead. The two people I saw Scream 4 with decidedly did not enjoy it, while I thought it was fun. It actually made me curious to see where the franchise could go. But with it's inaugural box office returns it appears Scream 4 will remain an anomaly.
E! Online recently responded to Scream 4 box office take saying that reboots were obviously not as bankable as remakes. Now, the argument can be made for both forms of film. Aliens vs The Fly. Dawn of the Dead vs Evil Dead 2. Halloween (2007) vs Halloween 2 (2009). Which would you rather?
There is of course room for both but Hollywood loves broad sweeping statements that help finance movies. Proclaim the sequel dead, long live the remake. Personally I'd rather have my fingernails removed with rusty tweezers than to have ever seen last year's Nightmare on Elm Street remake or the paint-by-numbers Friday the 13th or Rob Zombie's circle-jerk of the Halloween series.
Platinum Dunes has made some people very rich by re-branding the already successful iconic horror films and marketing them to fans old and new. While I've hated many recent remakes I'm still inclined to see them. They are interesting if you looks at them as a sign of the times. As the filmmakers are given less control and producers are seeing an increased profit margin from their beloved remakes we will be watching this gravy train unfold for like a perverse, boring, almost unwatchable Möbius strip.