5 Movies We Wish Would Be Rereleased
With the 3D rerelease of Disney's "The Lion King" making mad-dollar-dollar-bills-y'all for everyone involved, it makes sense that other studios will hop onboard the rereleasing money train. They'll probably hew close to safe "classics" from the last 20 years or so, and kids' movies. But there are other films out there that are begging for the spiffy big screen treatment. Here are 6 movies we wish would be rereleased.
George A. Romero's horror classic about a sex-crazed loner vampire would make a perfect fit in movie theaters today, what with "Twilight"-mania sweeping the nation. Sure, since this is a Romero movie, none of the actors are as attractive as the ones in "Twilight," but that just makes it more romantic. "Aww," America's teenaged girls will say, "he wants to slice open her vein and drink her blood even though she's not a 10." Inspirational and positive!
This movie from 1953 would make a good rerelease for a couple of reasons. For one, it's an awesomely suspenseful story about a serial killer who gets picked up by well-meaning motorists only to murder them and steal their money in order to escape the authorities. As if that weren't enough, it's also one of the only film noirs to be directed by a woman - Ida Lupino. A good movie AND of historical value? Why shouldn't this be rereleased?
"Kiss Me, Stupid"
Billy Wilder is one of the most beloved directors of all time, with is name attached to several popular classics like "The Apartment," "Some Like It Hot," and "Double Indemnity." But he could also be downright nasty at times, as a release of "Kiss Me, Stupid" would prove. In it, Dean Martin plays a womanizing, arrogant, condescending, almost evil version of himself, a popular singer who ends up stranded in a small town, the inhabitants of which soon reveal themselves as sex-crazed maniacs. A rerelease of this would show today's bawdy humorists how real sleazy humor is done.
Here's a movie that, for whatever reason, just didn't get the attention it deserved when it came out the first time. This makes it a prime candidate for a rerelease, at least in a perfect world. Take a look at this cast: Jeff Bridges, Richard Boone, John Huston, Sterling Hayden, Toshiro Mifune, Elizabeth Taylor, Anthony Perkins. The fact that those people were ever in the same room with each other, much less the same movie, is cause for celebration. And the plot, which deals with and insidious global conspiracy responsible for a JFK-assassination-like-event would be as gripping and unexpectedly funny now as it was in the 70s.
Now that "Drive" is making all the critics flush with joy, why not bring back one of the chief inspirations for it? "The Driver" is top-flight action director Walter Hill's masterpiece, full of great car chases and exciting action. And as his "director's cut" of "The Warriors" proved, he's not above souping up his movies for a modern audience. This movie doesn't need any alterations, though, it's perfect as it is.