When a movie is good, it’s often hard to meet the standards of the original with a remake. Sometimes, new twists, star power and cinematography are able to save a movie at the box office. Yet, many remakes simply fall flat. While there is a lot of debate, here are five of the worst movie remakes of all time.
This movie follows a woman who has stolen money. On the way to meet up with her boyfriend, she stays the night at the Bates motel. There, we meet Norman Bates and a creepy tale begins. While I’m not a horror fan, Alfred Hitchcock is a genius. The 1960 version of Psycho has excellent up close shots and great actors. The new version is a flop because it doesn’t bring anything new to the movie. By trying to replicate the original exactly, it becomes too easy to compare these films side by side. For some reason, this film is more effective in black and white. Finally, Anne Heche can’t fill the shoes of Janet Leigh. Leigh is famous for her screaming shower scene for a reason. It’s chilling and unforgettable.
Planet of the Apes
While I typically enjoy Tim Burton’s remakes, the new version of Planet of the Apes is simply boring. The plot revolves around astronaut, Mark Wahlberg, who crashes on a planet where apes rule over humans. From then on, there is a struggle between man and ape. Charleton Heston is a legendary actor who played in the original. The ending of the original is shocking and a good social commentary. The ending in the remake is also shocking but relies too heavily on the idea of time travel to be taken seriously.
French Inspector Jacques Clouseau is supposed to be funny as he tries to solve the murder of a soccer coach and find a diamond. However, this movie is simply too cheesy for my liking. If you like completely ridiculous comedy, you might feel differently. The original 1963 features Peter Sellers as the inept inspector Clouseau. Additionally, there is a better romantic angle in the original.
When a Stranger Calls
The 1970 version is suspenseful right from the beginning. There’s someone in the house calling the babysitter, played by Carol Kane, and asking if she has “checked the children.” The remake spends too much time talking to the “stranger” on the phone and walking through the house. There are some scary parts in the middle but then it simply ends. Except for on the phone, the serial killer never talks and is not really scary.
The Out of Towners
The original 1970 movie is delightful. It follows a couple heading to New York City for the husband’s job interview. Along the way everything goes wrong. From problems with luggage to getting mugged, there are lot of funny parts in this everything goes wrong type of movie. While I really like both Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, there’s just too much slapstick comedy for it to be good. They add in scenes like attempting to have sex in the park to modernize the movie.
And no, I haven’t seen the new Karate Kid remake; I’m a little worried about that one.