Well there's a good and a bad to this, so I'm trying to keep a positive spin. The good news is that Platinum Dunes movies aren't really all that bad. In fact, they're pretty enjoyable. Out of the 4 big franchises they've remade, three of them were really fun movies.
To start, the Texas Chainsaw remake was a blast. For me it still stands as their best moment. Sure, it's Hollywood's glossy, over-produced take on what was originally a minimalistic, documentary style classic, but if it was anything it was fun.
Then came Amityville Horror. Lord knows I have mixed feeling on this movie. When I first saw it I was disgusted by how much liberty they took with the story. It bares little resemblance to the book. They had originally announced that they intended to stick as close to the original story as they could, but it ended up being about 90% re-imagined. I walked out of the theatre completely let down. It wasn't until I saw it on DVD that I could no longer ignore how much fun it is. I honestly watch it at least once a year. Once I accepted that it wasn't the same story I actually liked it a lot. It's still a lost opportunity, but not totally worthless.
Next it was A Nightmare On Elm Street, which I loved. I thought that they got the right actor, the right script, and they made Freddy scary again. Thank God. I loved how they went further into him being a child molester.
Finally, I thought they had their one true disaster with Friday the 13th. I could write a novel about how much I despise this remake. It is trash. The token black kid jerking off to an LL Bean catalogue in the middle of the living room. The cookie-cutter bully, the set that looked like an attraction in Universal Studios, the needless, in-genuine pot references, the lack of camp counselors. This wasn't really a remake of Friday the 13th part 1, or even part 2. This was a remake of everything that was inferior about Friday the 13th parts 5-8. This was the ultimate squandered opportunity. The very people who were hired to return this series to its roots caved and accepted the idea that a Friday the 13th movie can't actually have suspense and style and actually be scary. It was just yet another corny monster movie with a hockey mask. A Friday the 13th remake could have been great.
But all in all, 3 out of 4 is a pretty decent track record. They make fun popcorn movies. TCM, AH, and NOES were pretty good remakes that did the job without threatening the legacy of the original.
But now comes the bad part. Even though (almost) nothing that they do is really all that terrible, it's also true that nothing they do is all that great either. They are the go-to studio for dependable, marketable mediocrity. It's clear that after Zombie's universally panned Halloween II, Akkad isn't looking to take a big risk. He's probably just looking to get the series on any sort of sure footing with a movie that at the very least won't have any white horses and Weird Al. And if that's the case, he made a fine choice. Platinum Dunes is a safe bet that the movie will at the very least be coherent and pretty. It will be good enough to sell tickets, even if that comes without being creative enough to ever actually be a great movie. And not to be shitty, but history shows that's sort of how the Akkads like it.
In fact, the thing that bothers me the most about this announcement isn't their work or how I feel Halloween 3 will turn out, it's the monopoly they seem to have. Why should Platinum Dunes get everything? They get to remake all four of the best slashers now? It's just shitty to see one company gobble up so many franchise rights. I'd much rather see another company take a stab at it.
[There was also the Hitcher. This movie was beyond bad, but the original wasn't a classic by any means either so I just choose to forget it ever happened. No one cares that The Hitcher was bad.]