Platinum Dunes is an American production company created in 2001 by filmmakers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form. The company specializes in horror films, particularly remakes. They are behind some of the decade’s biggest horror remakes, like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Remakes are a dime a dozen these days, and horror remakes have especially found a niche of being easily marketed to a built-in audience of die-hard fans. It’s a huge debate in the horror industry whether or not the classic should be remade. There are a few out there that work. And by work, I mean they improved on the original movie’s concept or story, and deliver a better version. On the other hand, there are a number of horror remakes that simply don’t work –
The field of practical effects is more essential to horror than it is to any other genre (with the possible exception of sci-fi). In today’s remake film world, CGI runs rampant. In the past CGI was used mostly to supplement practical effects, or was not even used at all. However now it is used for full effects, in almost every movie. As a special effects artist, one of the best homage’s to the originals is the use of practical makeup effects. There are amazing artists out there that can bring a whole new level of realism to the projects just like the classics with the use of makeup. If you’re going to do it, do it right!