film study: classic film[s] VS their remake counterparts

As a self-proclaimed ‘movie nerd’, It’s no surprise that I get [even a little bit] offended when a movie I love ends up getting itself a remake. the word “remake” when it comes to film generally translates as “a newer version of an older film”. and while I have been known to like some remakes, [more on this later] a lot of the time – they’re just plain terrible; and not in a “so bad, it’s good” kind of way. Things like this just bother me. I often talk about how Hollywood is out of ideas, and things like this just further prove my point [there really is no originality anymore: so they “borrow” old films and put a small change in it, so they can call it “a new imagining” ugh..] The worst offenders in this are foreign films. From the classic revenge film Oldboy getting an “American-ized” reboot last year [when the original was only 10 years old too!] to the latest talks of Audition getting it’s own “American version”. [I know, I don’t like it either..]

[couldn’t have said it better myself, Mr. Englund!]

As I mentioned above, sometimes the remake is considered ‘better’ than the original film – as rare as this may sound, it does happen. An excellent example of this is the recent Evil Dead remake. For those that don’t know, The Evil Dead [1981] is one of my favorite films ever. When I first heard of a remake being made of it, I got scared.. and a little angry – I mean, the original is a cult classic! The trailers looked [at most] ‘somewhat adequate’ in my eyes, but decided to give it a chance; the selling point to me was when even Bruce Campbell said that he was helping produce this remake, and that he is proud of the final product. I left that cinema in awe of what I just saw; the visuals just blew my mind, and knowing that they avoided using CGI as much as possible – I gotta say, it was not at all what I expected [I praise the hell out of this remake: not to mention my love for Jane Levy] not like the atrocious 2010 Nightmare On Elm Street reboot: I won’t even begin to describe my dislike for that ‘film’. that remake deserves an entire post dedicated to how bad it was. seriously. I understand the ‘darker tone’ they were going for, and I love Jackie Earle Haley [in no way was this bomb of a film his fault], but let’s face the facts: 2010 Freddy looked like a fucking wet fish gasping for air. [see the comparison between the two below!]

I can’t be the only one who prefers Englund‘s Freddy..right?

Ultimately, I can’t stop film makers from making remakes/reboots/whatever you want me to call them – as Hollywood seems to stand right now, it’s not easy to come up with something original anymore [until someone right out claims the writers stole their idea: just look at what happened with Men In Black 3!] So now I turn to you – the reader[s] – how do you feel about movie remakes? are they worthwhile, or just an originality killer? Leave me a comment below with your favorite [and least favorite] movie remake. Just because I used horror films as my choices does not mean you have to as well. In the end, a remake is a remake – whether or not it’s good, is left to the audience.




  1. The only valid reason for remakes is if a good property didn’t work out before, because of things like miscasting, inadequate budget, wrong choices in fx technology etc. It took three tries at The Maltese Falcon within 10 years to get it right, with Bogart, written and directed by John Huston. But remaking a classic is just, plain stupid, not to mention lazy. The best you can hope to achieve is “almost as good as the original”.

    Every version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers since 1956 has gotten a bit worse. Same goes for any “Living Dead” variation not made by George Romero. Same problem with the new Spiderman and Superman movies There’s probably some wiggle room for re-BOOTS, where you alter the origin story, the tone, the main character’s motivations. The best example is Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Giving the X-Men prequel (First Class) a different cast is another example that worked. But Days of Future Past was an overcrowded, bloated beached whale despite making money. Marvel also had to “rescue” their X-Men flagship hero, Wolverine, through re-booting in a second solo vehicle.

    I’ll make an exception for remakes that are new adaptations from well-established classic literature. They’ll never run out of new ways to do Romeo and Juliet, Sherlock Holmes or Dracula. Greek mythology and the Bible are similarly inexhaustible sources.


    1. man, I’m gonna come right out and say it; you really have a way with words 🙂 [you said in words what my brain said, but ended up coming out as this mumbojumbo crap] I agree total with your points, especially calling a classic’s remake lazy work. thanks for the input, and again — REALLY well worded 😀


      1. Aw, shucks. Thanks. I’ve practiced writing as a hobby for a few decades, and everything gets easier with practice, You and I are certainly on the same level, as far as taste goes.


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