Friday, April 16, 2010

The top five worst remakes of all time.

Friday April 16 is the debut of the remake to the 2007 comedy "Death At A Funeral".   I  can understand why there are remakes of foreign langauage movies into english even though I don't always agree with the results.  Yet I can't understand why "Death At A Funeral"  was remade since the orginal was in english.

Here is a list of the other top five worst remakes of all time.

Point Of No Return.

(1993 U.S. Theatrical Poster)

(1990 France Theatrical Poster)

Luc Besson's "La Femme Nikita" is a character drama disguised as an action movie. Anne Parillaud's portrayal of a street junkie who is transformed into a paid assassin works because of the believability she brings to the character. In John Badham's version I never once believed Bridget Fonda as a junkie. Therefore her transformation did not have the same effect. Nor did any of her problems trying to hide her job from the man she loves. This version wanted to focus on the action rather than the story.

**Note** For those readers who don't like to read subtittles there is an english language dub of "La Femme Nikita" and even that is better than  "Point Of No Return".




# 4
The Stepford Wives.

(2004 Theatrical Poster)

(1975 Theatrical Poster)

The original film was a very good intense thriller about a woman who slowly discovers that the perfect women in her new town are just robots.  The men in town are having their own wives murdered for one of these perfect dolls. It's just damn creepy and brilliant. The remake takes the same premise but turns it into a comedy. Therefore removing any of the social commentary that made the original so important when it was released. The new ending also reveals that the stepford women only had a chip installed in the brain and once removed they would go back to being human. This is of course after we see one woman dispense cash out of her mouth like an ATM and others run around and behave like robots. Frank Oz,the director of the remake and most of the cast  even called the project a bad mistake.  Now that says a lot.

The Shining.

(1997 Miniseries DVD Cover)

                                                        (1980 Theatrical Poster)

Stephen King was apparently so upset at Stanley Kubrick for his version of the famed novel that he wrote his own screenplay to be made into a miniseries. This series was more identical to the book and that is where a lot of the problems lied. Many of the things that were terrifying in the book looked hokey and cheap when actually seen. Things like the hedge animals coming to life and being chased by a water hose are only scary in our imagination. Kubrick's images of the hedge maze and the “All work and no play…” text have continued to haunt movie goers for a long time.  I have read the book and seen both versions and I can safely say that the book is better than the movie, but the movie is way better than the miniseries.


The Vanishing.


        (1993 U.S. Theatrical Poster)


    (1988 Dutch Theatrical Poster)

This is the story of a young woman who disappears suddenly while on vacation with her boyfriend. Three years have passed and the boyfriend never gives up on his search for her. A man approaches and tells him that he is the one who killed his girl and he will tell him everything if he follows him. This is sort of where the similarities between the original and the remake end. The Americanized version changes the original ending to a more upbeat happy ending, in the hopes the film would have a bigger box office draw. The failure of doing this was that it never made sense in the context of the plot. It really looks like it was changed at the last possible second.



   (1998 Theatrical Poster)

    (1960 Theatrical Poster)

Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece that has influenced countless other horror movies already was made into a shot by shot remake in 1998 by indie director Gus Van Sant. I could tell from the look of the movie that he has a love of the original source material with the camera movements and the music. I just had a real problem with the casting choices and the way the movie was marketed. In the original you had no idea on who the killer was, but in the first trailer of the remake you know right away. Vince Vaughn was also a bad choice as Norman Bates; because he left out the innocent qualities that Anthony Perkins originally brought to the role. If this movie was made by true independents with a limited budget I could forgive it and even slightly praise the efforts. But this version was made by a big studio with tons of money behind it. I only hope that the next remake will be an animated version.






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