Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Worst Five Wednesday: Remakes

I am a person who is not against remakes. We have seen countless interpretations of Dracula and Frankenstein, so what is so bad about remakes? The original hasn't been touched so I don't see what the big deal is. I, however, hate when a movie is remade and it turns out worse than the original or has nothing to do with the original other than the name. So here are what I think are the worst remakes.

5. Day of the Dead (2007) This movie had all the right things going for it. It had a good cast, a good director, and a good budget, so what went wrong? The movie was made for a fraction of it's original budget and the movie suffered from it. Day of the Dead looks and feels cheap and everything that was once good about it turned against the movie and we are left with a pale imitation of a movie that was that great in the first place.

4. The Fog (2005) The great thing about John Carpenter's original version is the atmosphere. There is a great sense of dread aand that keeps us on the edge of our seats. The remake, however, gives us none of that dread, instead relying on cheap scares and boring characters that drive us mad.

3. Last House on the Left (2009) The original was a, what I call, "right now" movie. A movie where you believe you are witnessing the events of the movie unfold as they are happening. There is a voyeur feel to the original that makes the movie feel creepier. The remake has none of that. This movie is just another high gloss remake that takes nothing from the original other than the name and key plot points.

2. Friday the 13th (2009) We were promised a remake and what we got was a sequel. The first minute is the remake part and the rest is a sequel sprinkled with iconic moments from the series. It is apparent that the screen writers know nothing about the Friday the 13th series other than what they were told.

1. Psycho (1998) This should come as no surprise to anyone, but there has yet to be a remake that is as offensive as this one. It's not the fact that they remade the movie, but how they remade the movie. By doing a shot-by-shot remake, the filmmakers showed why movie shouldn't be remade, but also served as a guide as to how NOT to remake a movie.

As I said before, I have no problem with movies being remade but when the movie is inferior to the original or offers nothing new then that's when remakes make no sense.

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