I was reading a Cracked article today and it had the trailer to the original “Alien” movie linked in it (as an example of a well done and very scary trailer), so I watched it. Yep, it was indeed well done and scary, no doubt. But it also looked quite dated (no surprise, since the movie is from 1979).
Nonetheless, I thought, “Hey, that’s one of those archetypical movies that all geeks should really see, so maybe I should rent it sometime.” That thought was immediately followed by, “Hrm, I wonder if it’ll do anything for me after all these years. People talk about how scary and cool it was back in the day, but since I didn’t see it when it was new, will it just seem cheesy and dated to me now?”
Which of course led to thinking about which movies, while amazing in their day and full of nostalgia factor for those who saw them when they were fresh, would fall flat (in the sense of not impressing nearly the way they did when they were contemporary) if watched by modern-day mainstream audiences. My immediate thoughts:
Would seem cheesy and dated to the uninitiated
- Star Wars (the first one–Empire holds up a bit better)
- Superman (the original)
- E. T.
- Star Trek - The Motion Picture
Would still seem fresh to new viewers
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Back to the Future
- Star Trek - The Wrath of Khan
I can’t really speak to horror movies since I haven’t seen many of the older ones, but I wonder if things like Nightmare on Elm Street would hold up for today’s audiences.
Any thoughts? It seems to me that particular genres of movies lend themselves more to the cheese/dated factor (science fiction, horror, teen movies) than others (period pieces, adventure movies, dramas).
While we’re at it, what recent movies are likely to look cheesy to audiences 20+ years from now? Are big-budget blockbusters like *Iron Man *and *Avatar *going to hold up, or will technology be so advanced then that kids will looks at them and roll their eyes?