That remakes are not only about money and a shortage of ideas, but can also help relate to a different zeitgeist, is explained in Peet Gelderblom’s Remaking Fear. Two resounding examples of such remakes form the double bill of the annual Imagine edition of Cinema Egzotik, the monthly cult double bill in EYE.
To begin with, there is Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), which echoes the paranoia of the Watergate scandal and the narcissist ‘Me Decade’. Then it’s the turn of David Cronenberg’s body horror classic The Fly. Made in 1986, the film can be seen as a metaphor for the then devastating disease AIDS, which had only been identified as such a few years earlier.