Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Steps of the Teen Slasher: The Reboot

This takes us to our final step in the process, the remake or reboot.  After the Scream trilogy helped to revitalize the teen slasher, it seemed like remaking successful franchises of the past was an obvious path to go down.  It only seems fitting to go back to the Scream franchise to introduce the new rules that these reboots would have to follow to reach success.  Sadly, Randy was not able to look over a decade into the future to make a list of rules for this situation.  Instead these rules were developed by the cinema club in Scream 4 (2011).  “The unexpected is the new cliché. You have to have an opening sequence that blows the doors off…and the kills have to be way more extreme.  Modern audience become savvy to the rules of the originals.  In fact, the reversal becomes the standard.”  The reboot is often used as a strategy to make more money.  There is less risk with the known than then unknown. 
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
The IFTA International Schedule of Definitions, define a remake as, “a new Motion Picture derived from an existing Motion Picture or its Underlying Material in which substantially the same characters and events as shown in the existing Motion Picture are depicted.”   An example of this is Halloween (2007).  While the film does make changes to Michael’s childhood, most of the character and the story are the same as the original film.  The kills are also much more extreme, as was suggested by the “rules” given in Scream 4.  The reboot can be defined as “a remake of an existing work that is substantially different from previous incarnations and when applied to franchises.”  Friday the Thirteenth (2009) is a perfect example of a reboot.  As discussed earlier both the remake and reboot hold the same purpose.  That is to take the risk out of the filmmaking business.  There is an understanding that the fan of franchises are more like to go see these films than an original film.  
Halloween (2007)