Friday, May 11, 2012


Don't get me wrong - I know most of 'em suck balls, but occasionally remakes are great and worthy - occasionally they're better.

What about this list for brilliant films that just happen to be remakes?

  • The Thing(1982) - Quite possibly my favorite film - really just depends on the day, but it's superior to the original - FACT.
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers(1978) - Exceptional. One of the best films of the '70s ...hands down. Unique for the fact that it functions as a sequel and a remake, expanding upon the original brilliantly.
  • The Fly(1986) - Speaking of Jeff Goldblum in amazing movies - again, a superior interpretation of that story, and a film many critics put on their Top 10 of the '80s.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(2003) - What it lacks in the dirty gruesome elements of Tobe Hooper's one true film accomplishment, it more than makes up for in honest style and true love of the original. Surprising remake.
  • The Blob(1988) - Excellent '80s redo, and more fun than the '50s version.
  • Dawn of the Dead(2004) - I like 'em both, but many consider this one to be better.
  • Last House on the Left(2009) - Ten times more entertaining than it's first version, which I find difficult to watch. 
  • I Am Legend(2007) - Third version of the story, and possibly the best film, though each of Vincent Price's and Charlton Heston's versions do have great elements.
  • The Maltese Falcon(1941) - Yup, Bogey's version is a remake.
  • The Wizard of Oz(1939) - Another classic un-original.
  • Dracula(1931) - Considered to be the original, but nope. Everybody has a different favorite Dracula movie.

I'll stop here, and get some good suggestions from film friends..
..but I think the complaint that there's nothing original coming out of Hollywood is exactly the same as saying our Government doesn't listen. It's up to us out here to change those people who serve us, and how they do it.



Patrick said...

Three points:
1 - our government doesn't listen.
2 - Dawn of the dead, I have trouble keeping these straight, but I'm not sure I agree.
3 - we've had kittens like that.
The rest - I'll have to watch or watch again...

ArthurMacArthur said...

Watch both "Dawns" then decide - original is awesome but the remake might surprise you, Bro..

I remember kittens like that..

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