Remakes

I'm interested to see who prefers the remakes of which films, who thinks certain remakes were a pointless waste of time and money and which remakes were just as good in their own right.
Here's my tuppence worth
Better
Dawn of the Dead
The Parent trap
Worse
The Vanishing (Tho i still like it probably because it has two of my favourite actors in)
Planet of the Apes
The Ladykillers (shame on you Coen Bros)
The Hitcher
The Grudge
Psycho
Charlie and the Chocolate factory
Just as good
The Karate Kid
There are also some remakes and originals which i keep meaning to get round to watching
Funny Games (remake)
The Ring (remake)
Let Me In (remake)
True Grit (original)
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  • Planet of the Apes

    I'd agree, but not counting the Rise of the Planet of the Apes film due in August. Trailers for that have looked awesome.

  • I'd agree, but not counting the Rise of the Planet of the Apes film due in August. Trailers for that have looked awesome.

    The trailer for the first Planet of the Apes remake looked awesome too if I remember rightly...
  • AdyAdy Staff
    At least to me it seems, is that horror movies don't translate well when remade. See for example: The House of Wax, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th & Halloween to name a few.
    I would also add: Time Machine, Italian Job, Gone in 60 Seconds, Godzilla, The Fog & Get Carter to the list of Worse remakes..... *shudders*
    I also thought the Karate Kid remake was rubbish @-) :-?
  • Better:
    Casino Royale (if that counts)
    Batman Begins (if that counts)
    King Kong
    The A-Team
    True Grit

    Not the same, but still awesome:
    Star Trek

  • At least to me it seems, is that horror movies don't translate well when remade. See for example: The House of Wax, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th & Halloween to name a few.
    I would also add: Time Machine, Italian Job, Gone in 60 Seconds, Godzilla, The Fog & Get Carter to the list of Worse remakes..... *shudders*

    You mean you didn't enjoy Paris Hilton's wonderful acting in House of Wax? Agreed on the others, apart from Gone in 60 Seconds. Vinnie Jones headbutts a fist in that film. A FIST.


    Casino Royale
    Batman Begins
    The A-Team
    Star Trek

    Hell yes.

  • At least to me it seems, is that horror movies don't translate well when remade. See for example: The House of Wax, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th & Halloween to name a few.
    I would also add: Time Machine, Italian Job, Gone in 60 Seconds, Godzilla, The Fog & Get Carter to the list of Worse remakes..... *shudders*
    I also thought the Karate Kid remake was rubbish @-) :-?

    I think a lot of films don't translate when remade because it's hard to detach yourself from the nostalgic value of the original. Karate Kid remake was awesome for a kid who'd never seen the original. And i loved it having been a fan of the original.
  • I too really liked the new Karate Kid. :)
  • As a remake, "The Thing" by John Carpenter was very well done while the original was a typical 50's B movie.
    Going back a ways, "Ben Hur" was better as a remake (thanks mainly to Charlton Heston).
    And never forget "The Last Remake of Beau Jeste"
    And don't forget the Hammer Film versions of Dracula and Frankenstein.
  • The new Karate Kid is great! Although I've never seen the original.....
    Other good remakes (also horror!):
    The Thing
    The Fly
    Speed Racer (does this count?)
    Star Trek 2009
    Worst remake:
    Transformers (Michael Bay version)
  • AdyAdy Staff

    I too really liked the new Karate Kid. :)

    For me, it didn't have a soul. It lacked Cohesion & Chemistry on top of the fact Jaden cannot act.
  • IMO
    good remakes:
    A Fistful of Dollars
    La Femme Nikita -> Point of No Return
    Batman: Begins
    King Kong
    very bad remakes:
    Taxi -> American Taxi
    Let me in
    Solaris
    Red Dwarf (Americans canceled it. Thank God!)
  • edited July 2011
    GOOD:
    The Lord of the Rings - you can hardly compare the original cartoon version to the fantastic live action remake.
    The Magnificent Seven - I know some people like the original (The Seven Samurai) better, and it is very good, but I enjoy watching the Magnificent Seven more.
    Get Smart - Remake of a TV show, but smart and funny.
    The Fugitive
    Thumbtanic
    - do parodies count?
    Josie and the Pussycats
    The Mummy

    BAD:
    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    Robin Hood (the Ridley Scott one) - There are two key elements in the Robin Hood legend: he robbed from the rich to feed the poor (not in this version), and he was the world's best archer. Here, Russell Crowe shoots a bow twice in the entire film, and misses 50% of the time. They even changed his name to ensure any resemblance to the actual Robin Hood legend was eliminated. There's loads of earlier versions of Robin Hood, and they are all better than this.
    The Karate Kid - nothing in this remake worked for me, and the romance between 10 year olds was ridiculous and embarrassing.
    Around the World in 80 Days (Jackie Chan)
    Poseidon
    The Pink Panther
    - perhaps the most unnecessary remake ever.
  • edited July 2011
    Excellent topic, Rebecca!
    I've only liked 3 remakes. The rest seemed like they had the heart and souls ripped out of them.
    The three I really liked were Star Trek 2009 because it was such a clever way to start fresh with an old set of characters. It's still Captain Kirk, Bones and Spock but not really but really. @-)
    The second is I Am Legend which was a remake of The Last Man on Earth.
    The other was King Kong. While I was watching it all I could think was 'If they would have had the technology back then THIS is exactly how it would have turned out'.....although I thought the bug sequence went on just a little too long.

    Axel- "The Pink Panther - perhaps the most unnecessary remake ever."
    AMEN! I refuse to even glance at it. No one could EVER top Peter Sellers.
  • "The karate kid", even though he was taught kung fu @-) It was ok, and probably Chan's best acting role, but the film was just a carbon copy of the original but without the soul of the original. And carpenters the thing wasn't a remake technically, just another version of the short story imho.
    I really enjoyed I am legend, until the ending. THE FILM IS CALLED "I AM LEGEND", not "THIS WILL BE HIS LEGEND" or whatever the french bird at the end says, ARGH!!!
    Pink panther was dire, kong was amazing. war of the worlds had too much cheese for me. It's about time they did day of the triffids B-)
    Just watched jourmey to the centre of the earth, James Mason version - classic. I love all the old sinbads/jason and the argonauts/mysterious island/captain nemo etc.
  • mikeQ76- Did you ever see the alternate ending to I am Legend? If you get the chance.....don't. ;)
  • SimonKJonesSimonKJones Moderator
    edited July 2011
    I've not dared to watch I Am Legend. I'm a MASSIVE fan of Matheson's original book, which is startling and absolutely essential reading. There's nothing else like it. The ending of the book is, of course, THE ENTIRE POINT OF THE BOOK - I've heard the film screws with that, which immediately invalidates it for me. Any other changes I can live with, but changing the ending basically means the filmmakers didn't understand the source material.

  • I've not dated to watch I Am Legend. I'm a MASSIVE fan of Matheson's original book, which is startling and absolutely essential reading. There's nothing else like it. The ending of the book is, of course, THE ENTIRE POINT OF THE BOOK - I've heard the film screws with that, which immediately invalidates it for me. Any other changes I can live with, but changing the ending basically means the filmmakers didn't understand the source material.

    Love that book, which is why I'm so annoyed with the ending of this version, and yes I've seen the altenate ending, even worse, doesn't even try to address the title. The Vincent price version, "Last man on earth" pretty much nails it though.
  • edited July 2011
    THE GOOD
    The Thing (Carpenter's)
    Assault on Precinct 13
    Heat
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
    Fistful of Dollars
    Batman Begins
    Ocean's Eleven
    Scarface

    THE MEH
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Point of No Return
    Vanilla Sky

    THE BAD
    War of the Worlds (Tom Cruise)
    Friday the 13th
    Nightmare on Elm Street
    Clash of the Titans
    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    Last Man Standing
    Planet of the Apes (Burton)

  • The new Karate Kid is great! Although I've never seen the original.....

    What?!??! The Karate Kid is THE quintessential feel-good eighties movie. Daniel-San! Wax on Wax off! Redeem yourself and get the DVD (or VHS or Betamax for the ultimate experience) now! ;-)
  • edited July 2011

    I've not dated to watch I Am Legend. I'm a MASSIVE fan of Matheson's original book, which is startling and absolutely essential reading. There's nothing else like it. The ending of the book is, of course, THE ENTIRE POINT OF THE BOOK - I've heard the film screws with that, which immediately invalidates it for me. Any other changes I can live with, but changing the ending basically means the filmmakers didn't understand the source material.

    This was the same reason I absolutely hated the remake of Count of Monte Cristo from a few years back. Forgot to put it on my list earlier, but it ranks among my most hated remakes, due to the fact that they completely changed the end, which negates the entire point that the story was meant to make.

  • The new Karate Kid is great! Although I've never seen the original.....

    I'm sure that's a crime in some parts of the world.
  • edited July 2011
    Totally agree- the new Karate Kid was such a surprisingly excellent film- I'd even go as far as saying it's better (or at least deeper) than the original, which I also enjoyed.
    To me The Departed, an Americanized version if the Asian film Infernal Affairs, is the best remake I've seen. Second to that, I'd say in recent years Casino Royale, The Fugitive, Batman Begins, and Star Trek are both strong remakes in my opinion.
    Also, shame on whoever said Rise of the Planet of The Apes looks good, or that the atrocious, laugh-at-the-overly-seriousness trailers are great. Literally some of the worst, most painful-to-watch ad campaigning I've seen for a blockbuster in years.
  • edited July 2011

    mikeQ76- Did you ever see the alternate ending to I am Legend? If you get the chance.....don't. ;)
    Are you KIDDING me?? The ending they ended up going with ruined the entire movie and is one of the best examples of studios completely missing the point.
    In the original ending, he realizes that the vampires saw HIM as the bad guy, and that HE was the legendary creature that lurked in the dark and killed innocents (and not the other way around). The entire movie builds up to this, for instance when he realizes they built a trap, and this ending was the culmination and the entire point of everything before it.
    In the ending they went with, it's a cheesy scene where he kills himself to kill the evil baddies and save the world through the antidote.

  • Better:
    Casino Royale (if that counts)
    Batman Begins (if that counts)
    King Kong
    The A-Team
    True Grit

    Not the same, but still awesome:
    Star Trek

    Well there goes my entire answer word-for-word. Though I would have King Kong at the top. In bold (see what I did there?). Not because 1933 sucked but because no matter what King Kong 2005 was a remake of it would have blasted its predecessor out of the water.
  • Awesome replies everyone and some good ideas for new films for me to watch too.
    Only thing i'd strongly disagree with is that King Kong was a good remake, it was like a poor car chase movie with dinosaurs instead of cars, and it went on and on and on!
    :P

  • The new Karate Kid is great! Although I've never seen the original.....

    @-)

  • Are you KIDDING me?? The ending they ended up going with ruined the entire movie and is one of the best examples of studios completely missing the point.
    In the original ending, he realizes that the vampires saw HIM as the bad guy, and that HE was the legendary creature that lurked in the dark and killed innocents (and not the other way around). The entire movie builds up to this, for instance when he realizes they built a trap, and this ending was the culmination and the entire point of everything before it.

    In that case, you will probably prefer the alternate ending. It's right along those lines.

  • In that case, you will probably prefer the alternate ending. It's right along those lines.

    From what I remember it isn't. Doesn't he just recognise that the man/vampire wants his woman back, so he re-infects her, opens the door and lets her free. That's about it, isn't it? They still don't try to address the title,
  • Only thing i'd strongly disagree with is that King Kong was a good remake, it was like a poor car chase movie with dinosaurs instead of cars, and it went on and on and on!

    Whaaaaaaaa-? I don't even..
    Tell me you like The Lord of the Rings. Please?
  • The Lord of the Rings is vastly superior to the King Kong remake. King Kong feels very much like a film by a filmmaker who has become slightly too powerful. If it had been a 2 hour movie it would have been great, but it rambled on for far too long and I seem to recall it used its supporting cast in really odd ways, particularly upon the return to New York when half of them disappeared.

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