Here are the worst movie remakes of all-time, I am including big screen remakes of classic Television shows, some are pointless attempts to make some quick cash while others are failed experiments. All are just god awful wastes of time that show just how creatively bankrupt Hollywood has become.
20. Down to Earth (2001)
Actually a remake of a remake!..Chris Rock is flying high now with the critically lauded "Top Five" but back in 2001 he landed to earth with a thud when someone came up with the bright idea of remaking Warren Beatty's 1978 "Heaven Can Wait" which was a beloved remake of "Here Comes Mr. Jordon", the whole cast mugs it way through 1:27 minutes of unfunny dated comedy, the only one that comes out with a single chuckle is Wanda Sykes as a maid that loves her "Gin and Juice", Jennifer Coolidge is notably wasted in the same role that Dyan Cannon recieved an Oscar nomination for.
19. Bewitched (2005)
Nicole Kidman is a lot of things but she is no Elizabeth Montgomery! this is a charmless dimwitted big screen remake of the 60's classic, everyone from Michael Caine to Shirley Maclaine to Steve Carrell are totally wasted, and the less said about Will Ferrell's performance the better!
18. The Out of Towners (1999)
I love Goldie Hawn and I love Steve Martin so I wanted to love this remake of the 1970 Jack Lemmon/Sandy Dennis comedy of the same name, every thing that was great about the original Neil Simon film was steam rolled out of the remake, the 1970 version was edgy and dark it almost could be mistaken for a horror flick where as the remake is just a standard issue generic family comedy, John Cleese as a cross dressing hotel manager was it's only saving grace!
17. Just Go With It (2011)
Speaking of Goldie Hawn the film that won her an Academy Award "Cactus Flower" was awfully remade into this charmless turd of a movie, starring the sometime king of the turds Adam Sandler.
16. The Omen (2006)
The original was actually scary. This remake took everything scary OUT of their cheesy film and made it completely laughable. I hope it ended some careers is all I can say. Julia Stiles was woefully miscast in the Lee Remick role she was at least 10 years too young for the part!
15. 101 Dalmatians (1996)
Sure it was a big box office hit spawning a less successful sequel, and yes it looks like Glenn Close is having a grand time hamming it up as puppy killing fur loving Cruella De Ville , but the movie is a bland, toothless retread of the beloved animated 1961 classic.
14. Poseidon (2006)
Boring remake of the 1972 camp disaster classic, took all the fun out of the original and stocked the cast with dull characters that no one really cares about, and one point I could not tell which character was which, the only exception being Richard Dreyfuss haming it up as a suicidal gay man that decides to live when faced with death!
13. The Mod Squad (1999)
Way too much a product of it's time, the original show is very much a fabric of the 60's so who thought that a late 90's update would interest anyone, the dialogue was laughable and talented actors like Claire Danes were wasted!
12. The Pink Panther (2006)
Steve Martin again, channeling Peter Sellers poorly, some characters should only be played one actor Inspector Clouseau is one of them!
11. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Academy Award® winners Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep, along with Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber flounder in roles created by Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury and Laurence Harvey in the pointless remake of the 1962 classic.
10. The Stepford Wives (2004)
Frank Oz made a meandering mess of a movie and that's a shame, because the cast including Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Roger Bart, Faith Hill, Jon Lovitz, Glenn Close and Christopher Walken seemed to be having the time of their lives, but the movie had plot holes big enough to drive a tractor trailer through, were the wives robots? brainwashed? who knows obviously not the filmmakers, so why should we care?
9. Prom Night (2008)
BORING is not something you want from a horror movie, the original was not great by any means but at least it was fun and campy, that is not something that can be said of this remake!
8. The Karate Kid (2010)
It would have been better if the filmmakers would have butchered an unknown story, but to mar the original in so wretched a way – it’s hardly worth the price of a small Coke and popcorn let alone the price of admission.
It seems like the Smiths wanted any vehicle they could get their hands on to launch their kid into Hollywood, but he simply doesn’t hold a candle to the Ralph Macchio’s original performance.
Moreover, casting Jackie Chan as the updated Mr. Miyagi that was so brilliantly played by Pat Morita didn’t give this film the credibility it was so desperately in need of. Certainly one of the worst remakes, it would be better if this film was never made at all.
7. Bad News Bears (2005)
The original team of Walter Matthau and Tatum O’Neal is pretty tough to beat. Unfortunately, even Billy Bob Thornton just isn’t right for the role of coach.
One thing that the 1970s had on the updated version is a certain level of societal irreverence.
The original captures this perfectly while the updated version is too careful about what it should or should not portray.
The original just told a great story filled with realistic poignancy while the updated version just seems like an executive’s exercise in casting
6. Arthur (2011)
Why anyone would attempt to remake Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli’s roles in the hit comedy “Arthur” is subject to question.
It’s a bit like trying to remake “Gone with the Wind” or “The Wizard of Oz.”
Sure, you can roll tape – but why bother? Russell Brand plays the boozing and rich Arthur Bach while Jennifer Garner plays his love interest.
Helen Mirren (what is she doing in this film?) plays Bach’s nanny and does her utmost to salvage the film, but flat jokes just can’t revive this unfortunate remake. One can’t help thinking about how unworthy it is of the original when one watches.
5. The Equalizer (2014)
Other than sharing the same title this standard issue action film has nothing whatsoever to do with the 80's TV show so why bother to even to call this The Equalizer.
4. The Planet of the Apes (2001)
Helena Bonham Carter is riveting in many performances, but she doesn’t make a very convincing ape woman.
Moreover, Mark Wahlberg isn’t at all convincing as an astronaut either. Directed by Tim Burton, the remake of Planet of the Apes isn’t anywhere near the quality of the original that starred Charlton Heston.
How does one compare to Charlton Heston in any case? Why bother?
The original is so revered and continues to inspire movie watchers that it is too bad Burton set his directorial eye on this particular remake. The Burton stamp – and many people either love him or revile him – simply doesn’t raise this remake beyond the status of mediocre.
3. The Wolfman (2010)
While the original Wolf Man dates back to the 1920s, there is also a great film of the same title from the 1940s.
This one simply doesn’t hold a candle to those earlier versions even though it has Anthony Hopkins.
Moreover, the remake also stars Benicio del Toro and Emily Blunt so it certainly had enough talent to pull off the atmospheric thriller.
Somehow it stalled and all the howling in the world couldn’t get it back on track.
The earlier films were also atmospheric and had that unmistakable thrill factor, but the remake only has some interesting cinematic moments without that rich undercurrent of suspense.
The critics also agreed that the updated “Wolfman” lacked the intensity of earlier films and suffered for this reason. While the remake looks grand and seems to set the stage appropriately for a monstrous event, it simply doesn’t offer the chilling moments that theater-goers expect from such genre pieces.
2. Psycho (1998)
Gus Van Sant directs Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore and William H. Macy in this shot-by-shot color recreation of Alfred Hitchcock's horror masterpiece set at the Bates Motel. But Why?... A pointless self indulgent mess
1. The Fog (2005)
This remake of the 1980 John Carpenter film, is not only the worst remake, it is one of the worst big budget horror films ever made, sadly it is not so bad it's good it is just bad!, a incoherent mess, no scares no fun, just a big waste of time and money!