Argh, I was agreeing w/ you wholeheartedly until you nixed the remake idea. I think it's ripe for a remake primarily due to the amazing things modern movie tech can unleash onto the silver screen. Admittedly, as you've explained, there's a lot going on and I wouldn't mind them trimming some fat, I'm sure there are some superfluous stuff. However, the main plot is a pretty clever one and I especially remember those glowing red eyes in the pitch dark. Many ppl probabiy haven't even heard of this film, so there won't be too much pressure to match up w/ the original.PlainDealer wrote: ↑Sep 18th, 2018 1:49 amGrowing up in the GTA, I remember watching this on CityTV's Great Movies (now I'm dating myself). I quite enjoyed it and thought it was one of the better B-movies I had seen even without any kind of familiarity with the Hammer Films that Lee and Cushing made famous.
Looking back, the plot was actually pretty darned ambitious: a frozen missing link on board a Trans-Siberian train with rival anthropologists, spies, Cossacks, a monk who seems less enamoured with Christian philosophy than the powers of dark forces, and a formless killer with surprising abilities and a far-out agenda. It's a wonder that so much was crammed into this movie and that it worked even a little, never mind going on to become a cult classic.
I'm very wary of remakes because the modern versions of much-loved films usually miss the point of the original and are simply unable to capture the charm and appeal that made the source material so enjoyable. With this film in particular, there is just so much going on that if you were to include all the key details, it'd be really easy to screw up without some seriously talent to guide the ship (or train in this case). Also, we're talking about Lee, Cushing, Savalas, and Alberto de Mendoza's Rasputin-wannabe 'holy man' in the same film: how is a remake possibly going to come close to that?
Anyway, I'm pretty sure that I saw it on CityTV too, so we're probably w/i the same age group.