80’s and 90’s Childhood Movies Get a Makeover

Current technology makes incredible things possible, including life-like special effects or the creation of magical worlds on movie screens. This isn’t new, of course, but arguably it is better executed now than it ever has been in the past. Building franchises has become important to generating profits for blockbuster movies. Tomb Raider, Jurassic Park and other big-name titles that have enjoyed many reboots over the years have made their way to the online casino sector are just some examples of this, and fans of these franchises flock to sites where they can play the associated slots games. Game of Thrones is a very successful television show in its own right, but the adult colouring books, clothing, other merchandise and yes, slots games, have definitely helped it to prosper.

Are All Remakes a Good Idea?

Interestingly, Game of Thrones would simply not have been possible in the past due to the scope of the production and special effects that are required. This is true of other franchises too; Star Wars comes to mind. George Lucas famously filmed Episodes 4 to 6 before Episodes 1 to 3 because the technology for bringing the first 3 movies to life did not yet exist when he started filming. In the case of Star Wars things worked out well; Episodes 1 to 3 came out when the technology was right for them, and Episodes 7 and 8 have been very visually impressive for the sophisticated audiences of 2015 and 2017. Episode 9 will also, no doubt, deliver. But no one has ever thought about remaking the original films, and they are such an important part of popular culture that it seems unlikely that anyone ever would. With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the remake was welcome but has not taken away from the original movies of the 1990s. While most definitely not a children’s story the same could be said of IT; Pennywise was just as terrifying in the 2-part miniseries of 1990 as in the 2017 reboot. On the other hand, the remakes of Ghostbusters, the Karate Kid and many other beloved classics failed dismally. So which other gems from the 1980s and 1990s deserve a second look, and in which cases should we leave well enough alone? And, most interestingly of all, in both cases, is it possible to tell why?

Lightning in a Bottle

Masters of the Universe, a remake of the 1987 movie about He-Man, apparently underway after a bumpy start and is scheduled for release on 18 December 2019, though this may change so as not to be overshadowed by, funnily enough, Star Wars Episode 9. The impact that the toys had and the failure of the first film have meant that a lot of people are awaiting the reboot with interest. Rather than a remake, a sequel to Mary Poppins is also on the way, and the feelings about this are very mixed. Can the magic that Julie Andrews delivered be recreated? Should it be? Isn’t the classic enough? What about a sequel or a remake of ET? The Sound of Music? Where does it end, and where should it end? Ultimately, it seems to be an individual matter of taste; some dedicated Star Wars fans find fault with Episodes 7 and 8 because they feel there is not much new material in the storylines, but they still enjoy them because they love the franchise so much. The success of remakes, sequels and prequels seems to come down to the right mix of nostalgia, innovative twists, clever cinematography and special effects, and timing; the hearts and imaginations of old and new fans need to be captured and held. This is a pretty tall order, but getting it right is hugely satisfying and profitable. Past failures and successes give credence to both parts of this statement.


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