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Remakes: good or evil?

The Red Dawn thread got me thinking. What are your thoughts on remakes? Can a remake ruin the original? Maybe you can't have too much of a good thing?

Here are a couple good posts that sum up the 2 sides of the argument...

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The new one can suck, and all it does is make you appreciate the original that much more.
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You must be drunk! The old movie is subject to suckiness by association alone. Movies today are pure shit!
I personally am conflicted. You can surely point to multiple examples where the remake totally sucks, but does that taint the original? Maybe the remake rocks, does that make the potential for failure worth the risk?

Here are some to debate:

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Bad News Bears
Psycho
Willy Wonka/Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
Planet of the Apes
Gone in 60 Seconds
Halloween
I Am Legend (Omega Man)
The Italian Job
War of the Worlds
Ocean's Eleven

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-12-2009, 04:20 PM
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As a general rule of thumb, remakes aren't usually as good as the original. There are a few exceptions though...

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As a general rule of thumb, remakes aren't usually as good as the original. There are a few exceptions though...
Out of that list (the one's I saw anyway), I really like the remakes of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Italian Job, and Ocean's Eleven.

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i think alot of it depends on the caliber of actors cast to do the remake


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Most remakes suck. A few are cool.

But for the ones that suck, does it really have a negative effect on the original? I think it makes it seem even better.

Win win.
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Out of that list (the one's I saw anyway), I really like the remakes of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Italian Job, and Ocean's Eleven.
I liked the Italian Job as well, but I didn't see the original until after I saw the remake.

Sometimes it's hard to put it in perspective, because of the special effects and CGI that is implemented in movies today. I have noticed that if I saw the original before the remake, I tend to like the original more, mostly because at the time the movie was special and ground breaking. Today, most remakes are not that, they may be good, but they are just retelling the same story with different actors and better special effects. Most movies that I find "great" are movies that tell a new story, using new techniques, and make you stop and think. Remakes, while good, usually can't accomplish this.

I also liked I Am Legend, but I think the reason I find it better than the original was due to the special effects used in the movie.

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You don't take the Mona Lisa and smear shit all over it. It's as simple as that. When you remake a movie you take that risk.

It's like Planet of the Apes.

When I say: "Oh my, Planet of the Apes is a great film"...
And some dimwit says: "Oh yea, that Mark Walberg sure is good.."
Me: "Oh sweet merciful Jesus"

That is the taint of shit. They've taken a film that has God-like stature and smeared a turd all over it. They aren't making any more Charlton Hestons last I checked. Mark Walburg is ok but god damn it he was in "Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch". A fact which even HE won't discuss (true, look it up). He's no god damned Charlton Heston, that's for sure. Tim Burton can make some decent movies, Planet of the Apes is not one of them. Piss poor story.

On a related note, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is correctly named, I felt like I was shit on after watching that. Johnny Depp is very capable, I'm not sure why he signed on for that steaming pile of monkey shit.
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I'll let you know after I check out the new Death Race finally.
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I'll let you know after I check out the new Death Race finally.
its ok but i never saw the original. far from a blockbuster in my opinion.


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I'll let you know after I check out the new Death Race finally.
Good Lord, please don't.
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Bad News Bears
Psycho
Willy Wonka/Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
Planet of the Apes
Gone in 60 Seconds
Halloween
I Am Legend (Omega Man)
The Italian Job
War of the Worlds
Ocean's Eleven
I really liked the remake for Texas Chainsaw, Halloween and Amityville Horror. Death Race 2000 is a classic, I can't imagine a remake... but we do have the new Death Race on the counter from Netflix to watch.

Bad News Bears was on recently. I thought Tatum O'Neal was so gorgeous back in the day....

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The only ones I have seen both of out of that list was the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Bad News Bears.

The new Bad News Bears wasnt better, or worse, but just as good.

The new Texas Chainsaw Massacre was 103029423904x better than the original.

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