Pop Rocks: After Evil Dead, Are Any Horror Movies Safe from Remake Mania?
Maybe the movie just wouldn't make sense taken out of the context of the era in which it was released. Granted, that didn't stop Gus Van Sant from his ill-conceived redo of Psycho, or Zack Snyder from making a new Dawn of the Dead stripped of the consumerist commentary (which, to be fair, was pretty damn good in its own right). Movies about the terrors of outer space, for example, will only ever go out of style when we have explored all the known universe and exterminated all other life, which could take awhile. It's also why we still get the odd Event Horizon or Sunshine. But what about Testament or those giant-bug movies of the 1950s? We don't envision full-scale nuclear holocaust as much as we do isolated incidents post-Cold War, so the nightmares of atomic fallout or allegories about the danger of nuclear escalation are probably less likely nowadays.
Of course, they're remaking Godzilla again, so what the hell do I know?
It's also possible the movie in question is just too gross/disturbing to revisit. While there's an American version of Martyrs on the way (I'd like to see how they pull that off without an NC-17) and Michael Haneke remade his own Funny Games for U.S. audiences (all pre-Amour, of course), there's a looong list of movies I don't believe anyone would touch with a ten-meter cattle prod, including Irréversible, pseudo snuff like the Guinea Pig films, or even flicks that more or less defy categorization like Eraserhead or Salò, not that I don't think we're due for a 21st century interpretation of poo eating.
Finally, there are those movies whose reinvention would cause me to commit physical violence. I'm usually pretty realistic about the odds the fond recollections of my youth will get vivisected by Brett Ratner or Michael Bay, but if someone actually went ahead and remade Gremlins or Monster Squad, I might have to make a dirty bomb.