The 1984 movie Red Dawn had an all-star cast that included Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell (Ponyboy!!) and Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing). I wasn’t around back then but I’m guessing it was pretty much the teen movie to go to.
I don’t always understand the necessity of remakes — especially if the plot isn’t changed all that much — but I just might go see the new Red Dawn just because they fast-forwarded the story to the present day. Instead of combating Soviet forces, a group of courageous teenagers are defending their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.
Granted, the likelihood of disorderly teenagers (who have probably only ever shot a gun in an iPhone game) saving a small town is slightly unbelievable. Still, I’m pretty sure if actor Chris Hemsworth is present North Korea would be like: “Damn, it’s Thor. Back out boys!”
The movie stars Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, who both have connections to The Hunger Games. The action flick hits theaters Nov. 21, 2012. Will you see it? Check out the original and new movie trailers below. I want to like the new version but I have to say, the original trailer is pretty enticing.
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I’ve never seen Tim Burton’s original 1984 short film Frankenweenie but it must be pretty good since Disney green lighted a remake. The film’s new trailer reminds me of the black and white stop motion animation he used in his classic films, spurring a lot of nostalgia for adults who watched it as kids.
Of course the “Franken” part of the name is an homage to the 1931 Frankenstein, which forms the basis of the story. But the “weenie” part is for the dog, Sparky. In Burton’s version, a boy named Victor loses his dog Sparky and uses the power of science to bring it back to life. Victor tries to hide his creation but the mischievous Sparky gets out and causes havoc in the town.
The movie looks like it has a lot of classic Tim Burton humour and it stars Winona Ryder and Martin Short. But we’ll have to wait until October 5 to see if it’s as good as the trailer.