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For the last few years, Hollywood has been on a reboot, re-imagine and remake binge. It seems that anything and everything is getting remade. Some films, such as Matt Reeves' phenomenal Let Me In are completely worthwhile and are arguably even better than their source material. Some flicks, however, should never be touched. These are five films that shouldn't ever be remade.

Back To The Future

When talking about the greatest movies of all time, it's hard to not out Back To The Future at the top of the list. The original film, as well as its sequels are practically perfect in every way (thanks, Mary), from the script to the acting, to the incredible-for-the-time visual effects. Go back and watch all three films now, some 31 years later, and they still hold up. If a Back To The Future remake ever came to be, who on earth would be cast as Doc Brown? How about Marty? And for the record, no, Zac Efron wouldn't be a good choice. When The Telegraph asked director Robert Zemeckis for his thoughts on a remake, he said:

"Oh God no. That can't happen until both Bob and I are dead. And then I’m sure they’ll do it, unless there’s a way our estates can stop it. I mean, to me, that’s outrageous. Especially since it’s a good movie. It’s like saying ‘Let’s remake Citizen Kane. Who are we going to get to play Kane?’ What folly, what insanity is that? Why would anyone do that?”

Seeing as between them, Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale own the rights to Back To The Future, I don't think we need to worry about this one for a while.

The Crow

The Crow is dark, it’s tense and the action is breathtaking. Brandon Lee is beyond superb as Eric Draven. In fact, it is lacking absolutely nothing. However, talk of a remake has been going on for a while now, and has hit the headlines recently because the director of the original, Alex Proyas, has come out dead against a remake. He went as far as to say

You know, I’ve moved on and I just feel like it’s… I personally feel like it’s kind of unnecessary. I’ve said this many times, I’ve completed the original movie to honor Brandon [Lee] and that’s the sole reason I did it. I’m happy I did it for that reason. I sort of feel like it’s his legacy and I personally don’t have a lot of time for people trying to reignite that movie in other ways. So you know, to me, this is one situation where it would be nice if Hollywood kind of left it alone and let it remain Brandon Lee’s legacy. I know every few years you hear about a remake and it never really comes to fruition.

They’ve already tried to improve on the wonderful original with City Of Angels, Salvation and Wicked Prayer and even with Canadian TV show, Stairway To Heaven. I’m not even kidding about that last one, check this out:


Se7en is an incredible film. It is by far one of the greatest psychological thrillers ever made, and quite possibly David Fincher's finest work to date. From start to head-in-a-box ending, Se7en does an incredible job of making the hairs on your neck stand on end, thanks in no small part to Howard Shore's haunting score.

Imagine being the writer given the job to rewrite a film as haunting and unforgettable as Se7en. Where would you start? And as for that ending, any director on the planet would find it hard to top.

Wayne's World

With Wayne’s World, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey inspired an entire generation. While it might not be the most beautifully cinematic film of all time, it is by far one of the funniest movies ever made. The problem with remaking Wayne's World today would be finding a duo with comedic chemistry as perfect as that of Myers & Carvey. The only possible option might be Seth Rogan and James Franco, but let's be honest - as funny as those guys are (and they're very funny), they wouldn't come close to the original. As for a replacement for Rob Lowe? I'd use Rob Lowe, because he could definitely still pull it off:

Pulp Fiction

While Reservoir Dogs was his first major movie, Pulp Fiction is what set Tarantino apart from the rest. If we're being totally honest, none of his films should be remade, so choosing just one of his flicks for this list was a bit of a challenge. I decided on Pulp Fiction because it is largely considered to be his best work, and while it isn't actually my personal favourite (that honour goes to Jackie Brown, sue me) in terms of storytelling, cinematography and every other aspect that goes towards turning a film into a work of art, Pulp Fiction takes the crown. I don't ever want to hear another voice telling me what a quarter pounder with cheese is called in France.

What films do you think should never be remade?


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