Ok I got a little better responce with the last movie up for reboot, The Last Starfighter, and it boiled down to mainly updating the CGI. So that's means give it the Geogre Lucas treatment, and add all the bells with whistles, while lgiving all the live action parts a good HD wash. I think in the end that would make for a great DvD release. Get to work on it Disney. lol
Ok next I offer up from the scifi movie box, galaxy of terror, a rated R horror film from 1981, but by todays standards it's sub-level, B grade, and needs a lot of work.
My first instinct is to NOT remake the movie at all and let it rot in the crumbling pantheon of terrible 80s sci-fi "horror" movies that only surface decades later as a late-night "what the frak, I may as well" option when I can't find *anything* else to watch and insist on watching TV anyway kind of mood. (Run-on sentence I know).
BUT ... at 50 million I'm going to need one A- actor from a relatively decent TV show for face recognition and a few no-names but was in "that" movie. Not B-grade people though.
Then I'd go to Sy-Fy channel and beg for mercy.
* Touch up some scripting
* Make creatures less "puppety" - CGI unless direct contact was made (you know the scene )
* Keep the rest intact
Ok I say double the budget, and bring in a top rated action star. Use fresh effects, and keep the basic plot of the story. Toss in a little more gore, and it could be a winner.
Well, there is only one scene I can recall (and my memory of this movie has mostly been purged of this movie) where serious nudity was shown. Otherwise, the violence in the movie is tame by today's standards ... if I recall correctly.
I know the one your taking about, and I was going to show the long trailer. But it had that part in it, and was showing way to much for a trailer. As I remember the actress was an ex-pornstart, trying her hand at real acting, so guess what the producers and director had her do? Get attacked by a giany magget, and you know the rest.
Sorry for not jumping in on the discussion here, but I've been trying to get over a cold, and it's seriously dampened both my writing and my following the forums. That said...
Galaxy of Terror was actually a very interesting movie once you got past the one fanservice scene already mentioned and the 'weird electronic sounds make great music' soundtrack (and the tendency to make the shock attributes stand out). The plot elements of a thrown-together team of troubleshooters sent to rescue a downed ship, together with the understanding that there is much more going on than they know, ties in well with the -reason- the characters have to face the terrors they do (and, for once, it's actually a very good reason!). While the special effects were the same as the other 'lower budget studio' sci fi films that often did things the big studios wouldn't spend time on, I found the scene of the troubleshooter's ship in the hangar to be a very well-done one (and even the model of the ship itself is actually interesting once you get past first impressions). All in all, one of those movies that many people can't see past the fanservice scenes to glimpse what is actually an above-average sci fi movie from a time when second-line studios were putting out such gems as Ice Pirates (campy, sure, but....), Starhunter, and Warriors of the Wastelands.
For a reboot, I'd do the following:
- Replace the electronic non-music soundtrack with something that actually conveys music for the scenes. If the movie is worth making, it's worth making a soundtrack for.
- Jettison the fanservice scene. If you are going to kill a character, do it and don't make it an exploitation scene....viewers can tell when you are doing that. Nudity has it's place, but not when it makes zero sense.
- Keep almost everything else, but make the character flaw in the Captain less obvious and stereotypical. The other characters were actually well done, and the scene where Robert Englund's character realizes what is going on is uniquely effective.
- Above all, keep the idea that not all the characters except the main in the show have to die for the show to be a success (yes, Galaxy was unique in that at least one secondary character survives the movie)!
- I'd actually tone -down- the gore in favor of content. The most effective fright movies are those that rely on the viewers understanding what they -don't- see, and the horror in this movie actually doesn't need gore to be scarey (and in fact, the few scenes that were centered on gore were the least gripping of the movie).
- Lastly, I'd insert a scene at the end dealing with the results of the movie's ending, showing what happens to the Empire at a time like this, and why the planet is so important to the Empire's continued existence (just in case people missed it).
Sorry I couldn't be more direct, but I don't want to give out spoilers for those who haven't seen it yet. Suffice it to say, with all it's technical and editting problems, Galaxy is actually better than the majority of STTNG Season One episodes in terms of story.
My two cents.
p.s.: If you want an old movie that could only be improved by a reboot, check out 'The Terrornaughts' if you can find a copy anywhere. About the worst FX, acting, and costume work you'll ever see in a 'serious' sci fi movie, but a story that almost screams 'reboot this!'. It could almost be considered a forerunner to The Last Starfighter (except for the above mentioned faults, which are considerable).
Last edited by danqueller; 06-07-2013 at 06:20 AM.