Do your part to stop Hollywood remakes, demand originality

Sean Flack

As a weird, high school theater geek, of course I was enamored with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” It was campy, hilarious, catchy and fun. Before each performance of a show, we would go in the back and do a dance to the song “Time Warp.” There was always so much energy involved with it and we loved doing it.

When we got a new director at our school, she aggressively tried to stop us from doing the dance. But a few of us really stood up and did everything we could to protect it. At this point in our lives, “Time Warp” was a part of us, like a heart or a kidney.

It’s been years since I’ve done the dance in an empty high school hallway, but I still consider it one of my defining high school moments for me. It’s important.

And then “Glee” got a hold of it.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a column about me bashing “Glee,” but with the massive buzz surrounding the “Rocky Horror” episode that premiered on Oct. 26, the show’s creator has already been approached to do a feature film remake.

I’ll spare all of you the emotional, selfish, bratty feelings that this news stirs up in me, but instead talk about Hollywood taking popular or cult items and repackaging them in some overproduced mess.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a cult film in every sense of the word. To this day, crowds of people still pack midnight showings to dress up, throw rice and toast at each other, and yell lines in unison. If you’ve ever attended a midnight showing, you know that it’s sacred.

Fox must actually think it’s going to stick the film, the culture and the attitude in its little money-making machine and pop out something that will be gobbled up by the masses. MTV is doing the exact same thing with beloved British show “Skins.”

It’s like nothing is safe or original anymore. And studios are literally banking on the idiocy of the general public. Yes, it’s not their fault. It’s ours. I’m looking at you, guy who got excited for the remake of “The A-Team.”

There are some exceptions, but for the most part, remakes are hollow shells of the original. They really have no purpose at all except to make money. I mean, do you like watered-down versions of your favorite stories?

In my opinion, it devalues the original product. Studios will try to tell you that they’re just trying to expose the franchise to a new generation, but that’s crap. Instead of modernizing it, studios could re-release these films with new features. This idea is ideal because no matter what happens, the original is still there.

So I’m asking all of you to unite against Hollywood remakes. If you hear of a new remake coming out that looks interesting, go to Family Video or Netflix and rent the original instead. Hollywood does these things because we allow them to. We keep feeding them ticket sales for terrible horror film remakes.

There will always be new stories to tell. Demand originality. Demand new experiences.

Everyone thinks they can recapture a certain magic or chemistry, but they simply can’t because it’s not organic. It’s hard to duplicate success, so let’s just please leave these pieces of entertainment alone.