Every given weekend, a slew of movies debut on the big screen. The number of new movies seems to rise each and every year. Unfortunately, the number of original ideas for movie hasn’t risen with it. A plethora of sequels and remakes dominate the popular movie releases. More often than not, they’re no where near the original in quality. Here’s a look at the 5 worst remakes in movie history
1. Psycho (1998)
Touted as a ‘shot for shot’ remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror classic, it’s pretty amazing just how bad Gus Van Sant’s version really was. Aside from there being no reason whatsoever other than money to make a shot for shot remake of a film that’s readily available on DVD and on cable television, there are plenty of other issues with this movie. Exhibit A is the casting, which is all around terrible. Vince Vaughn was horrible as Norman Bates, and doesn’t come close to re-imagining what Anthony Perkins gave us. Anne Heche, who’s not that great of an actress to begin with, took over for Janet Leigh, and gave the poor rendition I expected. Even more talented actors like William H Macy, Julianne Moore and Viggo Mortensen were lost in this mess. To make matters worse, there were enough new pop culture references to sufficiently annoy anyone who loved the original.
2. Godzilla (1998)
Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were riding the huge momentum they had from Independence Day 2 years earlier. Advertisements for their Godzilla remake were popping up all over the place more than a year before the release date. Remember those ads? A side of a bus would be painted with ‘His foot is this big.’ In the end though, the movie offered nothing. Hank Azaria and Matthew Broderick might be decent actors, but they’re awfully misplaced in a summer popcorn movie. After an underachieving opening weekend, the movie quickly faded, and plans for 2 sequels died with it. The effects were really cheesy, and the movie was too long. The look of Godzilla was laughably bad as well. A true flop if you’ve ever seen one.
3. Poseidon (2006)
I was excited at the prospect of Wolfgang Peterson returning to water movies with this remake of the Gene Hackman classic. But after seeing it on the big screen, I had to wonder if they meant it to be funny. I can’t imagine anyone behind the movie taking this seriously. The dialogue was so awful that it is still often made fun of by my friends and me. I don’t know how so many talented people like Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfus found themselves in this movie. On the bright side, it could be a good selection to to watch with a bunch of friends if only to make fun of how ludicrous it really is.
4. House of Wax (2005)
The 2000s have seen virtually every horror movie you can think of remade. None of them have come close to the original. It’s a special credit this this remake of Vincent Price’s fun B horror movie manages to edge out the rest of the recent horror remakes as the worst of them. There’s one big reason, and that’s Paris Hilton. I guess it was stunt casting, because I can’t think of any reason you would put Paris Hilton in a movie. She’s about as awful as you could have guessed. The rest of the teen idol cast isn’t much better. On top of that the plot is thin, and all charm and mystery of the original is missing from this one.
5. The Pink Panther (2006)
Peter Sellers was a genius of an actor. Steve Martin is as well. But he can’t come close to Peter Sellers in this highly unfunny remake of the classic series about the haphazard Inspector Clouseau. The plot is incredibly thin, the laughs are virtually non-existent, and the performances are very scene-chewing. This is an astonishing waste of talent on display here. Somehow, there was also a sequel made to this remake. Save yourself the time and watch one in the original series, especially A Shot in the Dark.