I will be clear from the get-go that I am not a supporter of movie remakes, and considering that most remakes that have been made were awful, I stand by my opinion.
Below is a list of 5 remakes that were, in my opinion, so bad that I wonder that people invested money to produce them. The list is in no particular order.
Whilst there are many many more that I could have added to this list, I will leave you with these 5 for the moment.
Note: All pictures are from the original movies.
The Original (1986): C. Thomas Howell is terrorized by the terrifying Rutger Hauer. A tense movie with a great cat and mouse atmosphere and a shocking conclusion. This movie made me put off french-fries for a while.
The Remake (2007): Although I really like Sean Bean, what we have here is a travesty and a complete failure to live up to the atmosphere of the original, with much weaker performances by the actors, with Sean Bean not being as menacing as Hauer's John Ryder character. In the end, this movie sadly lacked the tension of the first.
The Original (1963): Peter Sellers stars in his most iconic role as the bumbling but loveable Inspector Clouseau. This movie, and indeed the original series of movies, still make me laugh whenever I watch them.
The Remake (2006): A completely unfunny remake in which Steve Marting is speaking in a weird French accent, which is apparently supposed to make us laugh, when in fact nothing in this movie is funny at all.
The Original (1968): Charlton Heston does very well in his role and the rest of the actors play their parts very well, and there is plenty of action, political subtext for the time it was made, and a genuinely surprising ending, it’s a classic. Not to mention that Linda Harrison was smoking hot as Nova.
The Remake (2001): Tim Burton strips away the all the elements that made the original a classic and focuses on making the apes look cool. The acting in this movie leaves a lot to be desired, with Estella Warren looking zonked out all the time, and Mark Wahlberg phoning it in.
The Original (1960): Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is perfectly tense throughout. Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates is subtle, creepy, and unsettling. Though there are not many deaths, the tension in this film is palpable.
The Remake (1998): Gus Van Sant’s pointless remake is a virtual shot-for-shot recreation of Hitchcock’s original, with the performances being noticeably inferior, which makes me wonder why they bothered with a remake if they had nothing new to add.
The Original (1982): If I publicly confessed how many times I have seen the original, I would probably be locked away in a loony bin. Arnold Schwarzenegger absolutely nails the role, with the rest of the cast playing their parts to perfection, and James Earl Jones being an absolute bad ass. Not an intellectual film to be sure, however the action is intense and some lines in this movie are unforgettable.
The Remake (2011): This film that stars Jason Momoa is a far cry from the original and Momoa was a drastically inferior Conan compared to Schwarzenegger. The action scenes were not filmed well at all, the plot was a mess and the acting was completely horrendous from everyone involved. All this movie did was make me wish they had made Conan the King with Schwarzenegger instead, but The Legend of Conan is rumoured to be coming out sometime in the future, and I can only hope it will be good.
I hope you enjoyed this list. I will publish more as time permits.
Let me know if you disagree with this list, as everyone has their own opinions and where I see a travesty someone else may see a masterpiece.