Wes Craven Talks More Remakes, Including Shocker
A few outlets caught up with Wes Craven recently at a showcase for the his upcoming remake of The Last House on the Left. Craven directed the original back in 1972 and opted for a redo after the studio's 30-year license expired. A similar situation arose with 2006's Hills Have Eyes, which was a solid trip back the 1977 original. It's yet to be seen if the latest remake of a Craven original - Dennis Iliadis is directing this time around - will perform at the same level of Hills, but the father of Freddy Krueger did talk with JoBlo's AITH about other horror remakes in the works, including Shocker and People Under the Stairs.
Craven's Shocker, a 1989 story about a serial killer who turns into electricity upon being put to death in prison, and People Under the Stairs, and a 1991 film surrounding nefarious parents who collect "perfect children" and stash them away in the basement, are up next. As Craven mentions, the idea to bring these stories to life once again is part based on contracts, but also a "why not" mentality. I can't say I disagree with him, but it's important to keep in mind that Craven most likely won't be directing any of these. So his related comment about finding "a talented director and people and see what happens" is critical.
Craven's last seat in the director's chair was with Red Eye in 2005 - an awesome film, by the way - and next will be with the original 25/8 due out later this year. As we mentioned before, 25/8 is more of a thriller than slasher wherein a new "signature villain" turns up 15 years after his execution to murder seven children born on that same night. I'm definitely looking forward to that one, and always enjoy hearing about projects in which Craven is involved, even if they are remakes. The Last House on the Left will be pretty telling, especially in terms of the ability to assemble a solid team for such second-attempts. Will they be good?