The topic today is the dreaded remake. Purists love to hate them. Teenie boopers with no concept of the past love them. Me, I'm in the middle. There are some that are good, some that are as good as, and some that are better than the original. I have to agree with the purists in some cases. Some movies just have no need to be remade. But some, could use it for sure. What makes a good remake? There really isn't one thing I can put my finger on. But it is clear when the film makers just didn't get it.
Top Ten Remakes(in no real order):
2. Batman Begins 2005 - Ok, so not really a remake but a reboot. Regardless, it is so many times better than Tim Burton's disaster that Batman 1989 should be make illegal. And Tim Burton should be forced to read the Batman Begins script 100 times as punishment for his crime against comic books.
Honestly, people love to hate this movie. But the thing is, say what you will about it, there is no arguement that it is better than any of the later Halloweens. I don't understand how people can talk trash about Zombie's Halloween but defend Halloween H20.
6. Dawn of the Dead 2004 - This movie had A LOT going against it. First, it was a remake of my all time favorite movie. Second, it had an annoying, militant gangsta type in the main cast. Third, it was flashy and had those stupid running zombies ala 30 Days Later. But even with all those things, the movie still ended up being a good watch. Why I think it worked was because it was so different than the original, it was really only a remake in title and the mall setting. None of the same characters, totally different plot, and no attempts to recreate old scenes. So it was like a whole new zombie movie. A decent one at that.
8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 - When I first heard about this movie I was pissed off. I felt there was NO need to remake it. And after the disaster that was TCM 4, I just knew it was gonna be total crap. I went to the cheap theater with a total bias against the movie and walked out disgusted and hating the film completely. Yeah, I let bias get the better of me. Not sure why, but later I gave the movie another shot and really enjoyed it. It was true enough to the original with a few new twists. Though I missed the Nubbins, the sheriff was really fun and the lack of annoying Franklin was even better. Plus, Jessica Biel in a cowboy hat....mmmhmmm. I won't even put on a front, I like eye candy and expect most horror films to have it. Any straight dude that says he doesn't want hot girls in his movies is lieing, trying to sound sophisticated, or trying to impress a girl.
Some honorable mentions include: House of Wax, The Shining, Psycho, The Wolfman
To be continued with my top ten list of BAD remakes!