What do you think of movie remakes?

zodiac66

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What do you think of movie remakes?

As I was blissfully watching TV last night, a commercial came on for the new, and improved, 2004 edition of Dawn of the Dead. This is the first time I heard of anyone remaking this classic zombie movie.

I have seen a few remake movies and to be honest, I hated them. The Haunting, Lost in Space and TCM come to mind.

Dawn of the Dead is one of my all time favorite movies. I just hate the idea of a remake being released.

Have you seen any remakes that were as good or better than the original?
 

cougar

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for some reason i just really like zombie movies. I've been wanting a really good scary movie to come out for awhile... The Ring was alright... but not piss your pants scary.. and after the first time you watch it.. eh, no biggy. This one looks to have good potential. A person can't really go by previews TOO much, but the look and feel of this one seems good. I've never seen the first so.. it'll be hard to ruin it for me. Generally the remakes are worse.. but personally, i liked the 2nd TCM better than the 1st... but maybe that's cause they had Jessica Biel in lowrides and a white t-shirt the whole movie :drools:
 

Smelly

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Old movies shouldn't be touched, in my opinion. People take big steps even with sequels, and few movies ever make good sequels (Lethal Weapon comes to mind). Remakes are the devil, and usually are fairly low budget with a crappy director on the set. People would be hard pressed to find a remake I've liked, because I sure as hell can't think of one.

Semi OT: Oh and I saw Seven (or at least the end of it) a few days ago. Holy crap, Brad Pitt is a damn good actor, and the near end scenes have to be some of the most powerful I've ever seen in my life.
 

SteveMartinfan

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Most of the time I've never even seen the original (like "Gone in 60 Seconds" which I do like the Nic Cage one a lot, fyi, and then "The Italian Job", which was ok, but I'd like to see the original). However, the thing about remakes (even song remakes) that annoy me is can't people come up with their own ideas? I mean, can someone explain the point of remaking a song/movie to me, other then they may think it's free easy money?
 

Raft Boy

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SteveMartinfan said:
I mean, can someone explain the point of remaking a song/movie to me, other then they may think it's free easy money?
I know with a lot of directors, they remake movies to 'update' them for the present day. Sometimes it's to show respect too, like with that remake of Hitchcock's Psycho from a few years ago.

zodiac: I'm with you. Dawn of the Dead has too much history behind it, which can be fatal at the box office, not to mention the memory of the original. Overall, most remakes are terrible. Although I did like the 80's version of The Blob.

Smelly: Se7en (which is the 'official' title) is really good movie to watch the whole way through. You should rent it. The version they air on TV is a bit too sanitized for my tastes.

-Rafty
 

maccool

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When you see twaddle like, "Get Carter" and "The Blob" (sorry, Rafty) it does tend to make you lose your faith in the remake market. That being said, as much as I delike remakes of good films, two that I enjoyed come to mind. The first, "The Magnificiant Seven" is an obvious choice. The second, "Ocean's Eleven" was a pleasant surprise; I expected crap but got something that wasn't half-bad.

Of course, I've read they're making, "Ocean's Twelve", a sequel of a remake. That has asstastic written all over it.
 

TheOgreMan

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maccool said:
When you see twaddle like, "Get Carter" and "The Blob" (sorry, Rafty) it does tend to make you lose your faith in the remake market. That being said, as much as I delike remakes of good films, two that I enjoyed come to mind. The first, "The Magnificiant Seven" is an obvious choice. The second, "Ocean's Eleven" was a pleasant surprise; I expected crap but got something that wasn't half-bad.

Of course, I've read they're making, "Ocean's Twelve", a sequel of a remake. That has asstastic written all over it.
Now now; I hate George Clooney but even I liked Ocean's Eleven. Ocean's Twelve can't be as bad as half of the movies coming out now (Gigli, Daredevil, Cabin Fever).
 

Necrolestes

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Apes a-poppin'

I thought the Planet of the Apes remake was just awful. I saw four of the five original movies and liked them a lot (no ridiculously long fight scenes, no CGI, a real plot).

Tim Burton called his version "a revisiting" rather than a remake. I say, it's a bad place to revisit and I don't want to live there.
 

Raft Boy

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maccool said:
When you see twaddle like, "Get Carter" and "The Blob" (sorry, Rafty) it does tend to make you lose your faith in the remake market.
Hey, I never said The Blob was Oscar quality stuff. ;) I came in with low expectations, and came out pleasantly surprised. Now if I was a huge fan of the original, then I would be disappointed. That's why I'm kind of dreading the Dawn of the Dead remake.

I totally forgot that Ocean's Eleven was a remake. That's one of my favorite movies. Ocean's Twelve doesn't seem like it's going to do well, in my opinion. Although they do have Catherine Zeta Jones in it, so who knows.

-Rafty
 

zodiac66

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cougar said:
I've never seen the first so.. it'll be hard to ruin it for me.
You have to see the first one. Actually, see the first one in a mall..at midnight. Please see the orginal first. The special effects are corny by today's standards, but way ahead of its time in the 70's.

The whole aura of horror movies has been totally ruined. Most of what we have today is hack and slash. Those are fine, but don't do a remake of a cult classic. I would like to see a true scarey movie ala The Changeling, Dawn of the Dead and (please don't shoot me) Tourist Trap. Tourist Trap scared the pants off me.

What would be a real hoot is to see the orginal Dawn of the Dead at midnight at the Monroeville Mall. Yes, I did make a trek to that mall to see where the movie was shot.
 

cougar

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i think people have forgotten what makes a truly scary movie. It's not gore and guts, or people dying.. it's the overall feel. Personally the movies that make you feel really isolated and alone are the ones that i think feel the scariest. I enjoyed 28 days later.. just simply cause the feel of that guy being in London w/ no one else around. It felt so empty and eerie.

Im sick of the "shock value" scary movies, where every once in awhile they'll scare you with a loud noise. I want just an overall creepy movie... just makes you want to leave you feel so bad about sitting there... and not because the movie sucks.
 

Jonas

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Worst movie remake: E.T.

That movie freaked me out (in a good way) every time I watch it. Now that they have released the new "E.T. 'Special Edition,'" I have to watch the original movie on VHS in order to enjoy it.

E.T. looks so incredibly unrealistic in the newer version. You could take a look at a five second clip and say, "Yep, that's computer generated."
 
Some movie remakes are good some are bad. One that was horrible though was house on haunted hill. The original was 100000x better than the remake.
 

Pierrot le Fou

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Shakespeare does really well with the remakes.

Kenneth Brannaugh kicked unholy arse with his remakes of Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet.
 

LunarSolaris

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ScanMan said:
"The Thing"

The remake was MUCH better than the original '50's movie.
I gotta agree, John Carpenter's "The Thing" with Kurt Russel is a classic (albeit remake of the 50's original). For a movie made in 1982 it had state of the art special effects for the time and still creeps me out to this day.

I also agree with Mac on Ocean's 11. It wasn't one of the best movies I've ever seen, but it was worth merit... and a good remake.

Most remakes however, suck turpentine soaked doggy bisquits.
 
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