Buttons, boxes, and getting older…

I think I’m finally starting to “feel” my age. It seems that, as far as movies go, everything that’s *new* today is just a retread or remake of something that was originally created in the 80’s .  It’s like there is a recession of ideas and studio execs are saying, “hey, why spend money on new stuff when we still own rights to this property that was a popular in 84!”

Happens in every generation–a lot of the things that were new to me in the 80’s weren’t new to my parents. For example, that great hook from Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation turned out to be a sample from a Sly & The Family Stone’s Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin). It feels like I’ve crossed over into another layer of the “adult” zone.

Take, for example, The Box– a horror moving coming out in November-

The Box

The thing is, I remember when this same story was an episode of the Twilight Zone (80’s version). Back then it was called Button, Button.ButtonButton

In 1984, there was V, a cheesy tv series about aliens who befriended humans…but then turned out to be not so nice.  It’s 2009, and the aliens are back.

Maybe in another 20 or so years, there will be a Rob Zombie type who wants to do a re-interpretation of Saw.  Sigh.

Published by Tawanna

Sometimes writer, most times editor. Lover of mysteries and 70s/80s horror movies. Author of The Next Girl (short story collection) and The Closet Case (mystery).

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