Tossin’ It Out There: What do YOU think is the Worst Remake ever?

This weekend’s release of “Total Remake” put the subject of remakes on my mind. Unfortunately, unlike Doug Quaid, I can’t go to Rekall and have my memory altered.

Because often times, remakes are stank wreckage washing up on the shores of the megaplex… sucking some dollars up out of audiences and then skulking back out to the sea of unoriginality. Occasionally remakes are good,for sure. Sometimes even great. But more often than not this past decade or so has brought soulless knockoff after soulless knockoff.

And it doesn’t matter if the original was a classic or not. Beyond “Total Recall”, Hollywood has given us “New” versions of “Arthur”, “Planet of the Apes”, “Fame”, “Guess who’s Coming to Dinner”, “Psycho”, “Straw Dogs”,”The Omen” and “The Pink Panther” just to name a few, with none of them holding a candle to the original.

I’m guessing that at some point there was some remake that bugged YOU, too. Which one was it? Which remake do YOU think is the worst? Does “The Day the Earth Stood Still” piss you off? Or maybe it’s Rob Zombie’s “Halloween”s. Does the “Stepford Wives” remake leave you feeling like you’re the one without a soul? LOL.

Whichever one it is, let us hear it! Which Remake do YOU think is the worst?

 

137 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What do YOU think is the Worst Remake ever?

  1. The Psycho remake was just utterly pointless, and I had the displeasure of seeing that FIRST. :(

    Most infuriating to me was The Day the Earth Stood Still. Just, no.

    • Ohhhhh man.

      No.

      You saw the remade Psycho BEFORE Hitchcock’s version? LOL

      I’m breaking the public service announcement back out. (Copied from page 1)

      [Cue Sarah Mclachlan]

      This tragic sight is one that most people dont see. Its a sight most people dont WANT to see. But out there in the world, everyday, theres people just like little Jimmy Eric here. And Susie. Who were born too late to know about Alfred Hitchcock. Who think Gus Van Sant directed Psycho.

      Who think Vince Vaughn is Norman Bates.

      But you can help. Through your blog ( http://fogsmoviereviews.com/2011/07/17/movies-that-everyone-should-see-psycho) and your comments, you can spread the word. You can reach these children. You CAN make a difference.

      Please, help this unfortunate generation find their way.

      [Fade…]

      • Hahaha. Yeah, I was young and grabbed the wrong video @ the rental store. Big mistake. I didn’t even sit down for the entire Hitchcock original until just last year.

        The good news: it still blew me away. Not even the nightmares of Vince Vaughn could ruin the original for me.

  2. I’m getting into the game late here, but I’m going to go with Planet of the Apes (2001)..with Psycho (1998) nipping at its heels.

    I’m going to do some pondering to see if I can come up with anything else, but those were the first 2 to pop in my head.

  3. Don’t sledge Pink Panther – the new version is more of a reimagining of Closeau. Of course, the second movie was a disaster and Aishwarya Rai brought shame to the whole of India with her shallow acting.

    The first movie worked much better, and Steve Martin, Jean Reno and Kevin Cline showed good chemistry and livened up their roles.

    • Sorry, ND. I cant even stomach the concept of remaking the Pink Panther, and I cant wrap my head around why Steve Martin would do it. As a fan of his from back in the day, it strikes me as a case of “How the mighty have fallen”.

      So, I wont be swayed on that one.

      Sorry to hear about Aishwarya Rai though, that’s a lot of shame! :D

  4. I grew up watching the T.V. show of Fame. I loved it. The movie was horrible. They tried to focus on so many people that half way through the movie I still didn’t know who was who, I didn’t care about any of them, and there seemed to be no real resolution. It seemed like they couldn’t decide what the main story was so they just rambled along until there was enough footage to toss it all together and called a wrap.

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