Review Awful Remakes?

Janine The Barefoot

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My fav would be the remake of Fright Night. Written and I believe directed by Marti Noxon (an old writing buddy of Joss Whedon) it starred Anton Yeltchin, Imogene Poots, David Tennant (in a great turn as a wild-ass magician), Colin Farrel as the vampire and with a cameo by Chris Sarandon as a motorist who runs "afoul" of the vampire he played in the camp original... which is great fun but not, in my mind, as fab as the remake which I still keep watching and watching and watching!

:emoji_kiss::emoji_dancer: And for great remakes we're "not supposed" to love: :emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers:
 

chainsaw_metal1

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Rob Zombie's Halloween
I know I'm in the minority, but I really did not care for what Zombie did with that movie. The whole first act, in my opinion, just drags the film down. I had no interest in Michael's backstory. And changing his family from what appeared to be a middle class family to a white trash abusive household just ruined it for me. It seemed more of an interesting twist that a kid from a "normal" background would end up a psychopathic killer.

But then, of the slasher remakes, the only one I really liked was Friday the 13th.
 

TheSowIsMine

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I know I'm in the minority, but I really did not care for what Zombie did with that movie. The whole first act, in my opinion, just drags the film down. I had no interest in Michael's backstory. And changing his family from what appeared to be a middle class family to a white trash abusive household just ruined it for me. It seemed more of an interesting twist that a kid from a "normal" background would end up a psychopathic killer.

But then, of the slasher remakes, the only one I really liked was Friday the 13th.
You are defiantly not in the minority. Most people hate this film.

Speaking of horror remakes, Maniac is a wonderful remake. The first person perspective really works in this.
 

MovieKnut

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I had no interest in Michael's backstory. And changing his family from what appeared to be a middle class family to a white trash abusive household just ruined it for me.

The beauty of the original is that we have no connection to Myers other than as a killer. He is an unknown quantity, savage. Capable of anything. The remake demystifies Myers, this removes much of the tension and uncertainty. Adding the abusive, trailer trash family back ground adds a quality that suggests Myer's path was all but inevitable.
 

Doctor Omega

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King Kong 1976


https://www.imdforums.com/threads/king-kong-1976.1095/


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I just love it. And I can't explain why.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is my favourite film of all time, just nudging Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Beneath the Planet of the Apes and the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers out of the way.

I think that the script is more fun, it introduced the notion of a relationship between Kong and "Dwan" and the music score by John Barry is sweeping, romantic, majestic and beautiful.



Andy Williams even released a version of the love theme from the movie, called "Are You in There?"




I love the 1933 original, but was cold on the i.m.o. overlong Peter Jackson version.

But the one I am most likely to watch is the 1976 version.

And I still don't know why!

Nostalgia perhaps. Blinding me to it's faults.
 
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TheSowIsMine

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I had no interest in Michael's backstory. And changing his family from what appeared to be a middle class family to a white trash abusive household just ruined it for me.

The beauty of the original is that we have no connection to Myers other than as a killer. He is an unknown quantity, savage. Capable of anything. The remake demystifies Myers, this removes much of the tension and uncertainty. Adding the abusive, trailer trash family back ground adds a quality that suggests Myer's path was all but inevitable.
For me its the reason why I like the remake so much(the original is still my favourite though). Probably because Halloween, as a franchise, was really going down the supernatural path, so seeing a more grim and reality based version was, for me, a breath of fresh air.
I also have to mention that the best version of the remake is the work-print. Its a shame the studio wanted more horror cliches added, like jump scares. The worst version is the american theatrical release.
 

Doctor Omega

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My fav would be the remake of Fright Night. Written and I believe directed by Marti Noxon (an old writing buddy of Joss Whedon) it starred Anton Yeltchin, Imogene Poots, David Tennant (in a great turn as a wild-ass magician), Colin Farrel as the vampire and with a cameo by Chris Sarandon as a motorist who runs "afoul" of the vampire he played in the camp original... which is great fun but not, in my mind, as fab as the remake which I still keep watching and watching and watching!



 

Doctor Omega

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I prefer the newer version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" over the older one.


Tragically they have now gone and made a pretty much shot for shot animated remake of the 1971 version - but gone and stuck Tom and Jerry into the thing, somehow.






 
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Doctor Omega

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I actually thought that the 2014 updated version of Annie was pretty good. I grew up on the 1999 version, and later saw the 1982 version, which I also enjoyed, and I was sceptical when I saw the trailer for the 2014 version, because Annie is my favorite musical. But then I saw the movie, and I actually really enjoyed it.



 
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