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11th April 2005 23:27  #1

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Original or Remake Movies??
I hate the original Dawn of the Dead, but love the remake
I love the original Assault on precinct 13 but hate the remake
I hate Ringu but love the Ring
I love Ju-On but hate The Grudge

what's yours??

12th April 2005 0:05  #2

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,467 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I disagree with you on the Dawn of the Dead movies. I didn't hate the remake, but it'll never be the classic the original is.

The 80's Blob and Thing films are better than the originals, but the originals are still pretty good.

The original Fly is campy fun, but the remake is classic.

I love Rio Bravo and Assault on Precint 13, and saw no point in remaking it again.

I love Old Boy and Suspiria and think an American remake of either is a horrid idea.

12th April 2005 0:28  #3

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
I have to agree with everything you just said, Gabe...I'm a huge fan of the '80s The Fly, The Blob and The Thing remakes...and I guess I'm a sucker for Tom Savini's remake of Night of the Living Dead too. But I would never discard the originals, they are great in their own rights as well. I liked the '04 Dawn of the Dead, but no way does it replace the original; other than the mall and zombies they are entirely different movies in tone and structure and you don't necessarily have to like one or the other better because they are  such different experiences. If I had to choose one over the other, it'd be the original for its sardonic sense of humor.

12th April 2005 1:54  #4

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,467 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I forgot about savani's remake. I like that one too.

14th April 2005 1:52  #5

Milla Freak Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 64
I'll be sure to let you know what i think of the new Amityville Horror

14th April 2005 3:16  #6

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Quote: Originally posted by Milla Freak
I'll be sure to let you know what i think of the new Amityville Horror

I can't imagine that it could be any worse than the original film...

14th April 2005 15:14  #7

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Not counting some of the classic movie of Hollywood's golden era that could be considered remakes of silent films (Wizard of Oz, Robin Hood, etc..)

I think remakes are usually nothing more then an excuse for lack of creativity and a dire warning from Hollywood that they are out of ideas.

Once in a while they turn out good (like the fly or the adaption of The Fugitive from the TV show) but it's certainly the exception.

In almost all cases I find the original far superior in just about all aspects.

14th April 2005 18:22  #8

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,467 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
Quote: Originally posted by Matt Joseph
I can't imagine that it could be any worse than the original film...


You know, I consider my self rather fanatical about my classic horror movies, but I've always thought Amnityville was garbage. The sequel was ten times better...but still forgettable.

14th April 2005 19:57  #9

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Quote: Originally posted by Gabriel Powers
You know, I consider my self rather fanatical about my classic horror movies, but I've always thought Amnityville was garbage. The sequel was ten times better...but still forgettable.

Yeah, whenever it is mentioned in the same breath as classic horror of the late '70s and early '80s I always roll my eyes...it's just an overrated film, there are several better haunted house films that came out in the same era yet get overshadowed by it, Burnt Offerings and The Changeling just to name two.

14th April 2005 19:58  #10

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Quote: Originally posted by Gabriel Powers

You know, I consider my self rather fanatical about my classic horror movies, but I've always thought Amnityville was garbage. The sequel was ten times better...but still forgettable.


I still havent seen the original. I've been meaning to get around to it for years. Embarrassed

14th April 2005 22:00  #11

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Loved the original "Italian Job"....liked the remake

Loved both "Manchurian Candidate"s (though the original is vastly superior)

Liked "Charade" a lot....liked "The Truth About Charlie"

"Planet of the Apes" '68...Best movie of the genre from that time (second is "2001: A Space Odyssey" )....Remake: Good, but not as good...ending was clever IMHO, it makes you think.

14th April 2005 23:21  #12

Eva Unit02 Member Join Date: June 2004 Location: New Zealand Posts: 634 Send a message via ICQ to Eva Unit02
A Fistful of Dollars is slightly superior to Yojimbo since it has better action.

Seven Samurai craps from great heights on Magnificent Seven.

Ringu is far better than the Hollywood remake.

The Grudge is slightly better than Ju-on, since it has a more cohesive narrative structure. But both movies are still fucking terrible.

15th April 2005 0:17  #13

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,467 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I think Yojimbo still wins in my book.
Cheddar, I think I'm the only guy in the world who's gonna back you up on the ending of Burton's Planet of the Apes. I thought it was clever too, and enjoyed the film the first time I saw it in the theater...didn't work quite so well that second time I rented it...

15th April 2005 2:12  #14

Eva Unit02 Member Join Date: June 2004 Location: New Zealand Posts: 634 Send a message via ICQ to Eva Unit02
Quote: Originally posted by Gabriel Powers
I think Yojimbo still wins in my book.
Cheddar, I think I'm the only guy in the world who's gonna back you up on the ending of Burton's Planet of the Apes. I thought it was clever too, and enjoyed the film the first time I saw it in the theater...didn't work quite so well that second time I rented it...
I saw the Burton remake at theatres long before I saw the original. I enjoyed the remake, but then saw the '68 original on telly which made the remake seem like rubbish in comparison. Still, the remake is a fun film that stands up to replays IMO.

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