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Remakes that were better than the Original!?

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22nd February 2006 2:05  #1

simply-haley Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: Canada Posts: 163
Remakes that were better than the Original!?
Hey, have you guys thought a remake was better than the original?? Mine are:

House Of Wax (i know their nothing alike but I like this better)
The Longest Yard
War of the Worlds

hmmm thats what I think. tell me yours!

22nd February 2006 2:19  #2

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Remakes that were better than the Original!?
simply-haley wrote: House Of WaxYou're joking right?

Probably the most decent was Dawn of the Dead remake, but that's not even close to what the original was.

22nd February 2006 3:13  #3

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,457 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
The problem is that most quality remakes are rather uncomparable to the original, like the Dawn remake, or Carpenter's The Thing, or any version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, due to dischords in era and techniques. These remakes are still decent films, they're just different.

Chuck Russell's The Blob and Cronenberg's The Fly are the only remakes I can think of that are much bettter than their originals.

22nd February 2006 4:11  #4

captmarvel Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 101
The John Carpenter version of The Thing was one remake that came to my mind, but it was made in a different era and could be much grittier and grislier than the original.  Then, upon further thought I realized that the Bogart version of The Maltese Falcon was the 3rd version of the Sam Spade story.  

22nd February 2006 14:14  #5

Donnie_Darko Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 352
Night Of The Living Dead Remake was pretty good but not better but close.
Insomnia was great

22nd February 2006 15:11  #6

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Remakes that were better than the Original!?
simply-haley wrote: Hey, have you guys thought a remake was better than the original?? Mine are:

House Of Wax (i know their nothing alike but I like this better)
The Longest Yard
War of the Worlds

hmmm thats what I think. tell me yours!


You gotta be kidding.  None of those even come close to the originals.  House of Wax (with Vincent Price) was actually a remake itself of Mysery of the Wax Museum from 1933.

The only ones I can think of off the top of my head are:

Maltese Falcon from 1941
Ocean's Eleven from 2001

Other remakes that were good, but aren't superior to their predecessors:  John Carpenter's The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978, House of Wax (1953), The Big Lebowski (yes, the Big Lebowski is basically a comedy remake of The Big Sleep).

I liked the remakes of Dawn of the Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but they are really too slickly produced overall.

22nd February 2006 20:59  #7

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
TI love the Gus Van Sants version of "PSYCHO" better.  Just kidding.

I have to admit The 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snachers however I saw that one first.  I like the original but since I saw the remake first

22nd February 2006 21:48  #8

Donnie_Darko Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 352
Ocean's 11 is proberly the best and one of my fav movies

22nd February 2006 23:12  #9

Jonathan Bennett Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: United States Posts: 600 Send a message via AIM to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via MSN to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Yahoo to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Google to Jonathan Bennett
The Fly
Maltese Falcon(1941)
Ocean's 11

23rd February 2006 3:03  #10

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
Cronenberg's "The Fly"
Carpenter's "The Thing"

23rd February 2006 19:49  #11

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
I don't really agree.  I like both versions of the Fly and the Thing, but I really love the originals, especially the Thing.  Incredible movie making for its time.

23rd February 2006 23:30  #12

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
I really enjoyed the remakes of The Fly, The Blob, The Thing, and Night of the Living Dead back in the 80s, but I have a soft spot for the originals as well. I think it's difficult to compare a lot of these films because of the times and climates they were made in, and as long as either version is good everybody wins.

Case in point, I really liked the government conspiracy angle that Chuck Russell's The Blob took and think that it greatly added to the oringal's story, but back when the original was made you would never see such a storyline explored for a number of reasons. Though based on the same basic elements, both are very different films on a number of levels and each have their own strengths and weaknesses accordingly.

Tom Savini's Night of the Living Dead is one remake that seems to never get any respect though--I thought it was a great little horror flick and made just the right changes to the story to keep it fresh for long time fans of Romero's original film.

25th February 2006 14:40  #13

Captain Pike Member Join Date: February 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 9
I recommend "Outland", a hugely underrated film. Sure, it's basically "High Noon" relocated to space but there's nothing new under the sun.

The Magnificent Seven another famous remake.
Not strictly film, but the recent Battlestar Galactica is better than the original (if lacking in the charisma of the 1979 one).

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