4 RKO Classic Horror films Getting a Facelift

by Joey Paur

That's right folks Hollywood is continuing on the road to talking old classic movies and remaking them for a new breed or audience. Most people these days won't take the time to go back and watch these great black and white classic movies. So leave to someone like Andy Fickman to come in and start the process of re-making them. It drives me nuts that there are people out in the world that won't watch an old movie because it is old.Andy Fickman has made a deal with Roseblood Movie Company and Twisted Pictures to bring four RKO classic horror films to life. Variety reports:

The remake properties are the Jacques Tourneur-directed "I Walked With a Zombie" (1943); the Robert Wise-directed Bela Lugosi-Boris Karloff starrer "The Body Snatcher" (1945); the Mark Robson-directed Karloff starrer "Bedlam" (1946); and the John Farrow-directed Lucille Ball-John Carradine starrer "Five Came Back" (1939).


The first three pics were produced by Lewton when he ran the horror division of the original RKO. Lewton co-wrote both "Bedlam" and "The Body Snatcher" under the pseudonym Carlos Keith.

If you have not seen any of these films then shame on you. Repent, rent them, watch them, love them. These films are great and worth your time.

It's the second recent multipicture deal for Fickman, who recently made a first-look deal with Disney, where he directed "The Game Plan" and is currently wrapping "Race to Witch Mountain." Fickman became steeped in monster lore while working as a Universal tour guide and was intrigued with the way Lewton scared up fright hits on relatively small budgets.

See even a Universal tour guild can break out into the industry! If you want to make movies then this should give all of your filmmaking dreams a boost of hope. I didn't know that about Fickman, that's pretty cool. Fickman goes on to say:

"After Frankenstein and the Wolfman came Lewton and RKO, and what they lacked in budgets they made up for with atmosphere, imagination and great directors making horror with psychological flair, It was on the heels of WWII, when Nazi Germany showed that the scariest enemy might be the person who looked like your next door neighbor. It didn't have to be some creature."

Said RKO's Ted Hartley:

"I have never met a filmmaker who has the level of appreciation and passion for films that Andy has for Lewton's incredible creations."

I hate that people feel they need to re-make these classic films. It will never stop. I just hope they don't kill off the spirit of the original films. It would be nice if they do these stories justice and turn them into really good films. If Fickman is as big a fan as he say's he is then he better do an amazing job.

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