Movie remakes are everywhere these days. It seems like Hollywood is all out of ideas when it comes to good movies. But was the idea of a remake something that just happened recently? Nope! Turns out we’ve been doing it for quite some time.
While most remakes are usually empty husks of the original film, some of the remakes we’ve seen over the years blow the original right out the water. Let’s take a look at some remakes that were better than the original movie.
I doubt anyone remembers the original movie from 1960. That’s because the first one wasn’t really all that memorable. The 2001 movie with George, Brad and Matt really turned out much better. Thank God.
While the first “The Fly” from 1958 paved the way for “body horror,” there was nothing much memorable about it. The 1986 movie is just much, much better.
Doesn’t matter what movie you’re making, it’ll always be better if it has Jeff Bridges in it. While the 1969 original arrived when Western movies were hot and the 2010 remake arrived when they weren’t, it’s clear to see that the 2010 version is much, much better.
Yes, that was a remake. The original was a 1932 movie about alcohol, but the 1983 remake was a timeless classic about a mobster making his name as a cocaine dealer.
Almost remaking the 2002 movie “Internal Affairs” as a carbon copy, “The Departed” had some Scorsese magic added to an already great story. The only thing Scorsese added was a bit of common ground between the protagonists, which adds more tension to the story.
Another remade 1958 movie, this has the same issues “The Fly” had. While the original wasn’t bad, the 1988 version just had more “flesh” to it in terms of special effects and budget.
1982’s “The Thing” and the original film released in 1951 “The Thing From Another World” were both based on the 1938 novella “Who Goes There?” – although the first one did it very horribly. “The Thing” is now considered to be one of the best horror movies in history, and rightfully so.
Not saying the 2014 version is going to be remembered as a timeless classic in 20 years, but I know full well that the 1998 version won’t be remembered at all.
Dawn of the Dead
No matter how legendary George A. Romero might be for the zombie horror genre, Zack Snyder took his 1978 classic and brought it to 2004. And it was one of the best things to happen to zombie movies.
3:10 To Yuma
The original was released way back in 1957, so it’s fair to say this movie could use a bit of an upgrade. Christian Bale and Russell Crowe stole the show in the 2007 version, allowing us to leave the five decades older version behind – permanently.