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2013-06-16 11:31:25 AM
First time I've agreed to all the items in a list.
 
2013-06-16 11:48:09 AM
Pretty much every remake?

/unless you want to get pedantic and include movies like The Wizard Of Oz and The Ten Commandments
 
2013-06-16 11:59:04 AM
Pretty much. Meet Joe Black being the exception.
 
2013-06-16 12:00:35 PM
List fails without Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and that new Wizard of Oz remake.
 
2013-06-16 12:01:30 PM

Mugato: Pretty much every remake?

/unless you want to get pedantic and include movies like The Wizard Of Oz and The Ten Commandments


12 Monkeys (1995), Cape Fear(1991), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Scarface (1983), and The Thing (1982) all come to mind as remakes that at least live up to, if not exceed, the originals.  (IMO- de gustibus non est disputandum.)
 
2013-06-16 12:15:24 PM

FloydA: Mugato: Pretty much every remake?

/unless you want to get pedantic and include movies like The Wizard Of Oz and The Ten Commandments

12 Monkeys (1995), Cape Fear(1991), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Scarface (1983), and The Thing (1982) all come to mind as remakes that at least live up to, if not exceed, the originals.  (IMO- de gustibus non est disputandum.)


The Fly
 
2013-06-16 12:42:16 PM
Isn't time for Disney to do yet another remake of "Freaky Friday" and "The Parent Trap"?

/or did Lohan poison that well too much
 
2013-06-16 12:44:55 PM
Wouldn't it be easier to do a list of worthwhile remakes?
 
2013-06-16 12:45:16 PM
List fails without David Soul as Rick in a mid-1980's Casablanca.
 
2013-06-16 12:47:14 PM
I would've added Adam Sandler's 'The Longest Yard', but overall I didn't think the list was too bad.
 
2013-06-16 12:50:56 PM

I Ate Shergar: Wouldn't it be easier to do a list of worthwhile remakes?


Turning Wicker Man from sinister suspense tale into the best comedy of the decade was great.
 
2013-06-16 12:57:51 PM

basemetal: List fails without Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and that new Wizard of Oz remake.


The most recent Oz movie isn't a remake.
 
2013-06-16 01:01:55 PM
Damn shame this one got made too. An insult to the original.

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2013-06-16 01:02:53 PM
I'm more bothered by the fantastic budgets that some of these remakes received, when original stories only get a fraction of the funding.

Take Total Recall as an example. It contained some of the most beautiful "used future" sets and digital effects that I've seen from Hollywood. Why did it have to be wasted on a completely unnecessary remake? Given the change from Mars to dystopian Earth, they could have simply changed the character names, switched the Recall brain machine to actual brainwashing and psychological conditioning, and probably had a decent, and mostly original, sci-fi flick.
 
2013-06-16 01:04:14 PM
 
2013-06-16 01:05:56 PM
All of them. The answer is all of them.
 
2013-06-16 01:06:03 PM
 
2013-06-16 01:07:09 PM
The only real hesitation I have about that list is that in the latter half, the originals tended to suck too.  The remakes may have been even worse, but let's not pretend that the originals were some sort of classics in every case.

/Also, would the Star Wars rereleases qualify as "remakes?"
 
2013-06-16 01:09:07 PM
OrionXVI, you are too fast for me. I bow to your greatness.

Here's my toss for an unnecessary remake missed by the list:

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/images hot like Weena
 
2013-06-16 01:09:25 PM
mr deeds was a remake?  wh knew
 
2013-06-16 01:09:41 PM

jmr61: Damn shame this one got made too. An insult to the original.


Re-adaptation /= Remake
 
2013-06-16 01:13:16 PM
www.theartofmovieposters.com
 
2013-06-16 01:13:45 PM
Many years ago, and I forget which movie they were discussing at the time, Siskel and Ebert did one of their many pleas to Hollywood: stop remaking good movies. You're only setting yourself up for failure. The key is to take a movie that should have been good, but for whatever reason (low budget, poor actors, studio meddling) turned out bad. Remake *that*, and do it right. Examples already listed are The Fly and The Thing -- cheap throwaway 1950s scifi made awesome by budget, direction, and acting. There are problem 100s of movies that should have been good, but weren't. Try remaking those.
 
2013-06-16 01:15:53 PM
Mugato:
The Fly

I almost included that, but the 1958 version was James Clavell's first screenplay, so it got a couple of points for historical significance.  Plus it had Vincent Price in it, which automatically makes it 10 times creepier.

Plus I remember having nightmares about this:
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The Goldblum remake was great, but it was more of a gore and gross-out picture than the original.
 
2013-06-16 01:18:01 PM
I want to be the guy who reboots the Big Lebowski franchise. Repeatedly. Trilogy after trilogy. Each one a reboot of the last with a different cast and each one a darker, more gothic re-imagining of the first one. Like clockwork. Every three years a movie and every ten a new trilogy rising from the grave.
 
2013-06-16 01:19:22 PM

clkeagle: Given the change from Mars to dystopian Earth, they could have simply changed the character names, switched the Recall brain machine to actual brainwashing and psychological conditioning, and probably had a decent, and mostly original, sci-fi flick.


And re-written Kate Beckinsale's groan-worthy one-liners.

But, yeah, with a few tweaks to the plot to sever it from the original and a few re-writes, it would have been very solid.
 
2013-06-16 01:21:11 PM
I am surprised they didn't mention The Day the Earth Stood Still, War of the Worlds, and the other several dozen bad scifi remakes they keep throwing out over the past decade.
 
2013-06-16 01:21:15 PM
I actually liked the Godzilla, Halloween and Mr. Deeds remakes, but then again, I'm not a movie snob.
 
2013-06-16 01:21:54 PM

flaminio:  The key is to take a movie that should have been good, but for whatever reason (low budget, poor actors, studio meddling) turned out bad. Remake *that*, and do it right. Examples already listed are The Fly and The Thing -- cheap throwaway 1950s scifi made awesome by budget, direction, and acting.


The sequel, Return of the Fly (1959) was a cheap, throw-away B-movie that could have been far better.  The Fly (1958) was both a critical and commercial success; it's a very good suspense/thriller movie that doesn't deserve the reputation it got saddled with by the mediocre sequel.
 
2013-06-16 01:23:09 PM
The newer Godzilla, Get Carter and Total Recall were all decent movies.

basemetal: new Wizard of Oz remake.



It has very little in common with the original other than the overall setting. The story is almost completely different.
 
2013-06-16 01:23:57 PM
I liked the third version of Last House on the Left the best.
 
2013-06-16 01:24:43 PM

limeyfellow: I am surprised they didn't mention

[REDACTED], [REDACTED] , and the other several dozen bad scifi remakes they keep throwing out over the past decade.

I thought we had all agreed to never speak of these.
 
2013-06-16 01:28:22 PM

limeyfellow: I am surprised they didn't mention The Day the Earth Stood Still, War of the Worlds, and the other several dozen bad scifi remakes they keep throwing out over the past decade.


I didn't think there was anything wrong with War of the Worlds other than Tom Cruise was completely unbelievable as a blue collar schlub and the little girl couldn't act. It worked pretty well as a horror movie. The original just has the scene where they are trapped in the house, which is an amazing scene and probably one of the scariest/most tense in sci fi cinema history but that's it.
 
2013-06-16 01:28:25 PM
Looking over that list I disagree with the remakes being called unnecessary. Most if not all of those movies were ripe for remakes if only they had been done well.  The major issue with most of them is they throw money at the effects and the stars and don't care about the script and/or direction.
 
2013-06-16 01:31:20 PM
How about most remade films? I nominate A Star is Born.1937, 1954, 1976 and currently under development.
 
2013-06-16 01:34:03 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: I want to be the guy who reboots the Big Lebowski franchise. Repeatedly. Trilogy after trilogy. Each one a reboot of the last with a different cast and each one a darker, more gothic re-imagining of the first one. Like clockwork. Every three years a movie and every ten a new trilogy rising from the grave.


Yeah, I'd pay good money to see Maude cave in Jesus' skull with Donny's urn.
 
2013-06-16 01:36:22 PM
a lot of those movies weren't very good to begin with.
 
2013-06-16 01:39:13 PM

crab66: The newer Godzilla, Get Carter and Total Recall were all decent movies.

basemetal: new Wizard of Oz remake.


It has very little in common with the original other than the overall setting. The story is almost completely different.


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2013-06-16 01:41:02 PM
Vanishing Point:
1972 Rated 7.2
1997 Rated 5.5
 
2013-06-16 01:41:31 PM
crab66:
basemetal: new Wizard of Oz remake.

It has very little in common with the original other than the overall setting. The story is almost completely different.


The 1910 original, the 1925 version, the 1933 version, or  the 1939 version?

Or the 14 books Baum wrote?
 
2013-06-16 01:43:48 PM

flaminio: Many years ago, and I forget which movie they were discussing at the time, Siskel and Ebert did one of their many pleas to Hollywood: stop remaking good movies. You're only setting yourself up for failure. The key is to take a movie that should have been good, but for whatever reason (low budget, poor actors, studio meddling) turned out bad. Remake *that*, and do it right. Examples already listed are The Fly and The Thing -- cheap throwaway 1950s scifi made awesome by budget, direction, and acting. There are problem 100s of movies that should have been good, but weren't. Try remaking those.


I can think of two. Millennium, a sci fi film starring Kris Kristoferson and Cheryl Ladd (who was really hot in it) and a TV movie about a nuclear submarine captained by David Soul that was used by the Navy to test how a crew would react if they ever got the launch signal.
I'd love to see big budget remakes of the David Soul film and a remake of Millennium with better effects and without the goofy robot sidekick.
 
2013-06-16 01:45:40 PM

Seth'n'Spectrum: clkeagle: Given the change from Mars to dystopian Earth, they could have simply changed the character names, switched the Recall brain machine to actual brainwashing and psychological conditioning, and probably had a decent, and mostly original, sci-fi flick.

And re-written Kate Beckinsale's groan-worthy one-liners.

But, yeah, with a few tweaks to the plot to sever it from the original and a few re-writes, it would have been very solid.


When the original had lines like "Consider this a divorce" you can't really complain about the sequel.
 
2013-06-16 01:46:57 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: limeyfellow: I am surprised they didn't mention The Day the Earth Stood Still, War of the Worlds, and the other several dozen bad scifi remakes they keep throwing out over the past decade.

I didn't think there was anything wrong with War of the Worlds other than Tom Cruise was completely unbelievable as a blue collar schlub and the little girl couldn't act. It worked pretty well as a horror movie. The original just has the scene where they are trapped in the house, which is an amazing scene and probably one of the scariest/most tense in sci fi cinema history but that's it.


What a horrible movie. It should have been great but you are right on about Cruise and Fanning. Dang I was hoping she would get killed just so she would stop screaming.
 
2013-06-16 01:52:41 PM
No hate for the Straw Dogs remake?
 
2013-06-16 01:55:41 PM
I'd say a lot of the instant English-language remakes of foreign movies are unnecessary, like The Grudge, The Departed, Let Me In, Happy Games, etc.
 
2013-06-16 01:56:51 PM

nmrsnr: Happy Funny Games, etc.


FTFM
 
2013-06-16 02:02:22 PM
I liked Clash of the Titans. Medusa was pretty cool looking.
 
2013-06-16 02:04:16 PM

nmrsnr: nmrsnr: Happy Funny Games, etc.

FTFM


Funny Games doesn't count.  It's a shot-for-shot English language remake of his own German film.  Also, it's awesome.
 
2013-06-16 02:07:43 PM
FYI, if anyone in Hollywood ever remakes The Third Man I will hunt you down.....
 
2013-06-16 02:11:48 PM

Flint Ironstag: FYI, if anyone in Hollywood ever remakes The Third Man I will hunt you down.....


I think we're safe until 2045.
 
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