Why remake a solid film? For money, of course, but not always for the love of film. A few remakes have come out great, but most remakes are bad…. very bad. We’ve compiled a list of the worst of the bad movie remakes that Hollywood spit out for profit. Here are the 10 worst remade movies of all time:
1 – War of the Worlds (2005) Steven Spielberg’s version of WotW starring Tom Cruise, was dreadful and depressing. The little girl screams every few seconds, they all yell at each other, and no one cares about the characters. It is one of the worst movies ever made. Ironically, it’s loosely based on one of the best movies ever made: the 1953 H.G. Wells War of the Worlds was a great top-10 movie.
2 – Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes (2001) Here’s an idea: take a classic 1968 movie that was perfect and needs no makeover, and remake it in the worst possible way. Change the story and make it the most ridiculous idea you can dream up. Then, use make-up and costumes from the 50’s, not nearly as good as the original make-up or sets, and sell it to Hollywood. This was the 2nd worst movie ever made. I love 75% of Tim Burton’s movies, but I hate this silly remake.
3 – Psycho, 1998 version, pales in comparison to the classic 1960 Hitchcock thriller.
4 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) While John Carpenter’s 1978 horror movie “Halloween” stands as one of the top 10 horror movies of all time, Rob Zombie’s ridiculous train-wreck is one of the worst movies ever made. Rob Zombie may be the worst director of all time.
5 – Titanic (1997) There have been more than 11 movies made about this ship disaster, but James Cameron’s version was the worst. Historically inaccurate, and badly directed.
6 – The Stepford Wives (2004) What? This no way resembles the 1974 classic movie about a disturbing community. It’s been remade as a campy comedy.
7 – The Mummy (1999) starring Brandon Fraser. Lacking all the horror and suspense of the original 1932 Mummy and subsequent versions in 1942 and 1964 (Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb), the new version was just a vehicle for Fraser to “try” to be a comedic adventure hero. It was more like a romantic comedy than a horror or action movie.
8 – Godzilla (1998) I actually like the creature and a lot of the story’s set-up, but the actors and every single line written for them is awful. This was immature story writing at its worst. Cut out all the actors, and you have a decent 40 minute film.
9 – The Omen (2006) The new Omen is stale and flat. The original 1976 Omen is still one of the best horror movies of all time. Even its sequels are fantastic, but the remake falls short.
10 – The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), starring Keanu Reeves, just doesn’t have the same heart that the 1951 original embodies. It lacks the sense of wonder that the classic gave us.
Other bad remakes: Night of the Living Dead (2006 and 1990, not as good as the original 1968), The Shining (1997/1980), Friday the 13th (2009/1980), The Fog (excellent 1980 movie, but dully remade in 2005), and Rollerball (2008/1975).
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