The world is rife with remakes, remakes of remakes and more remakes. We can’t escape the remake so we might as well embrace the good ones. Historically, it is a real pain in the butt trying to remake something successfully. You have zero chance of recreating the personality of the original so you just have to make things in a shinier way, or market the heck out of a shirtless Ryan Reynolds.
The folks over at Movies, Films and Flix just broke down tons of box office, critical and audience data in an effort to figure out what the best remakes are. The results are interesting and show which remakes are statistically better than their originals.
Here are the top 10 remakes (statistically speaking). Six of the remakes had higher MFFM scores than their originals. The other four still appear in the list because they made a ton of money or are critical/audience favorites.
10. The Crazies (2010)
MFFM Score - Remake (54) > Original (39.35)
I am a big fan Breck Eisner’s Crazies remake. It was done on the cheap and features very good performances from Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell What made me like the movie even more is the fantastic DVD commentary that Eisner does. He breaks down the film intelligently and proves there was talent behind the camera.
9. Fright Night (2011)
MFFM Score - Remake (54.2) < Original (65.17)
I loved David Tennant in the Fright Night remake and Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots have chemistry for days. It is a breezy little thing that is more fun than it has any right to be. Did I mention that David Tennant is awesome?
8. Evil Dead (2013)
MFFM Score - Remake (54.6) < Original (70)
The Evil Dead remake made more money than the original Evil Dead (which is rare for remakes) and managed to have its own personality. I love the hero swap and it how brutal the film was.
7. The Ring (2002)
MFFM Score - Remake (54.9) < Original (57.6)
The Ring is the best remake of any Japanese horror film. It made a ton of money and started a J-horror remake revolution.
6. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
MFFM Score - Remake (60) < Original (72.27)
It isn’t a surprise but I’m glad the Dawn of the Dead remake is still going strong. It is the rare film that keeps the original idea and turns everything up to 11. Gone is the social commentary and what we get is a devilishly soundtracked film that moves fast and kills many. I don’t mind style over substance when the style is confidently made.
5. Let Me In (2010)
MFFM Score - Remake (64.3) > Original (62)
Let Me In is a faithful remake that sticks (somewhat) to the source material but has its own personality. It is one of the highest critical/audience rated remakes ever made.
4. Cape Fear (1991)
MFFM Score - Remake (65.455) > Original (61.2)
Martin Scorsese is the man and his remake made a ton of money and proved remakes could have an A-list cast.
3. The Thing (1982)
MFFM Score - Remake (68.685) > Original (59.37)
The Thing is a critical and audience favorite that didn't make much money when it was initially released. However, it has a massive cult audience and I think it is a perfect horror film.
2. The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
MFFM Score - Remake (70) > Original (67)
The Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake made a ton of money and is critically/audience beloved. Donald Sutherland is pretty much the best.
1. The Fly (1986)
MFFM Score - Remake (70.156) > Original (66.8)
What got The Fly to #1 is its solid audience/critical statistics and the fact that it made a lot of money ($80,456,000). You gotta love Jeff Goldblum.