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10 Movies…That Are Remakes of Classic Horror Films

Horror movies derive most of their power and enjoyment (you sicko) from a combination of novelty and surprise.The novelty: how the filmmakers will have this particular bad guy stalk and kill the good guys. The surprise: OHMYGODLOOKOUTBEHINDYOUDREWBARRYMORE! Nevertheless, because horror movies are eternally popular, Hollywood remakes the biggest ones, as they would any genre of film. However, horror movies also boast extremely devoted and defensive cult bases, so time will tell if this weekend’s Evil Dead reboot is as good as Sam Raimi’s original 1981 classic, despite Sam Raimi’s seal of approval and active involvement. Here then are 10 more notable horror remakes. Friday the 13th (2009) There was once a rumor that they were going to eventually make 13 Friday the 13th movies. But after sending camp drowning victim/supernatural hockey mask-wearing murderer Jason Vorhees to space, hell, and Freddy Krueger, the franchise ran out of steam at 11 movies. So in 2009 they rebooted the franchise by remaking the original 1980 film, set at the proven horror setting of a summer camp full of …

Soul Serenade: The Four Tops, “Ask the Lonely”

Levi Stubbs never left. While Diana Ross split from the Supremes, Smokey Robinson migrated from his Miracles, and David Ruffin took off from the Temptations (ok, technically he was fired, but only after clearly demonstrating by his actions that he wanted out), Levi Stubbs never went solo. The offers must have been extensive, the opportunities endless. Still, Levi stayed. It could only have been out of love for his fellow Four Tops, at least I would like to think so. It was nearly 50 years before he left the group, and then only because his health was failing him. It’s one of the greatest stories in rock and roll. Stubbs, together with friends Lawrence Payton, Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir, and Ronaldo ‘Obie’ Benson, formed a group called the Four Aims in 1954. They signed with Chess Records in 1956, and changed their name to the Four Tops. It was in 1963 that they signed with Motown Records, where they recorded numerous hits over the course of the decade. Stubbs was a natural baritone, but the Tops …

Levi Stubbs Tears

She takes off the Four Tops tape and puts it back in its case When the world falls apart some things stay in place Levi Stubbs’ tears run down his face – Billy Bragg So now what are we supposed to do? The world is falling apart, and Levi Stubbs is gone. One of the few things we could count on is lost forever, and the tears are running down our faces. Levi never went solo. Who knows why. He certainly could have easily had a great solo career just like Smokey Robinson did after he left the Miracles, or like Jerry Butler did after the Impressions, or Ben E. King after the Drifters. But Levi stayed with the Tops, and if I had to guess, I’d guess that it was because for him, some things were more important than fame and fortune. Things like friendship and commitment. I wonder how many people realize that the Four Tops, who formed in 1953, performed for more than four decades with the same lineup. It makes bands …