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Terrible Movie Remakes You Should Avoid Watching

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Respected filmmaker Tim Burton, known for his great movies, unfortunately, made a major misstep with the 2001 remake of ‘Planet of the Apes.

Despite modern makeup and effects, Burton’s remake failed to capture the essence of the original. The infamous “twist” ending didn’t help matters.

The Fog (2005)

The 2005 remake of ‘The Fog’ featured Tom Welling, known from ‘Smallville,’ offering some eye candy for viewers. However, director Rupert Wainwright’s attempt to recreate John Carpenter’s 1980 cult classic fell short.

Despite modern effects, the remake lacked the original’s eerie atmosphere.

The Stepford Wives (2004)

The 2004 remake of ‘The Stepford Wives’ fell short compared to the original. Although boasting a star-studded cast, including Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, and Nicole Kidman, the film’s over-the-top approach missed the mark.

While the film had a stellar cast, the remake went too far into kitsch territory, making it best to skip.

Fame (2009)

The 2009 remake of ‘Fame’ failed to capture the energy and rawness of the original 80s film about art students. The overly polished and watered-down remake missed the mark.

Critic Roger Ebert described the remake as a sanitized and dumbed-down version catering to a teen market that deserved better.

Poseidon (2006)

The loud and overwhelming 2006 remake of ‘Poseidon’ failed to recapture the charm of the original 1972 disaster film ‘The Poseidon Adventure.’ The CGI effects and casting choices did not resonate with audiences.

The cluttered storyline and unimpressive CGI effects, topped with questionable casting choices, made this remake a disappointing watch.

House of Wax (2005)

The 2005 version of ‘House of Wax’ provided a teen-oriented slasher take on the original film from 1953. The remake relied heavily on jump scares and infamously introduced Paris Hilton as an actress

This remake leaned heavily on shallow scares and questionable casting choices, making it a forgettable experience.

The Wolfman (2010)

Universal Studios had a strong fixation on recreating one of their beloved box office hits, without paying much attention to the direction it was taking. As long as it had the title and some loose connection to the 1941 classic, it seemed to satisfy them.

“The Wolfman” (2010) turned out to be an unrecognizable mess of a movie that even Anthony Hopkins couldn’t salvage.

In “Arthur” (2011), enduring Russell Brand’s obnoxious role was bad enough, but witnessing the transformation of the beloved Dudley Moore classic into a cheesy modern film was even worse. The involvement of Helen Mirren in this project remains a mystery, though it did provide Greta Gerwig with a platform to kickstart her mainstream career.

“Around The World In 80 Days” (2004) saw Steve Coogan and Jackie Chan attempt to bring humor to a lackluster remake of the original classic. The movie deviated significantly from the charm of the original, resulting in poor box office performance and failing to propel Coogan into Hollywood success.

The reboot of “A Nightmare On Elm Street” (2010) with Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger failed to capture the essence of the original. The tone of the remake felt melancholic rather than terrifying, missing the mark with audiences.

In “City Of Angels” (1998), the recreation of Wim Wenders’ “Wings Of Desire” with Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan fell flat. Despite the Hollywood budget, the film’s attempt at heavenly imagery came off as more cheesy than ethereal, failing to resonate with viewers.

“The Italian Job” (2003) centered around Mini Coopers and Charlize Theron but lacked the substance of the original masterpiece. The absence of Michael Caine from the production hinted at its shortcomings and the stalled progress of a potential sequel.

“It’s Alive” (2008) got negative feedback even from Larry Cohen, the original film’s creator involved in the remake. The storyline focusing on a newborn serial killer came across as ridiculous and poorly executed.Alamy Stock Photo

Cohen reportedly expressed his disdain for the film, stating that it was extremely terrible and recommending fans to steer clear of watching the new version. His opinion should be taken into consideration.

Halloween (2007)

The slightly updated Michael Myers mask in the 2007 remake fell short. Rob Zombie transformed John Carpenter’s iconic horror movie into a dull experience, removing the mystery surrounding the infamous killer. He introduced an unnecessary backstory, which detracted from the fear factor.

Rob Zombie attempted to infuse his unique style into the film, but failed to elevate its level of fright.

Taxi (2004)

After her standout performance in “Chicago” as Mama Morton, Queen Latifah’s career took a hit when she assumed the role of the quirky taxi driver in the American adaptation of Taxi. Surprisingly, the original was a series of renowned French comedy films directed by Luc Besson.

Even the post-SNL Jimmy Fallon couldn’t salvage the film. Despite its commercial success, the movie failed to impress critics.

Get Carter (2000)

No one could match the charisma of Michael Caine in the original British crime drama “Get Carter.” Sylvester Stallone also couldn’t replicate Caine’s performance and brought a different dynamic to the remake.

While Stallone may look convincing in action roles, he couldn’t capture the depth and essence of Caine’s portrayal of a London gangster.

Guess Who (2005)

The original film “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” was a groundbreaking comedy-drama that offered insightful commentary on racial issues, featuring legendary actors like Sidney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy.

The 2005 remake turned the film into a generic romantic comedy, avoiding the crucial racial themes it originally addressed.

One Missed Call (2008)

Cellphone-centered horror films were typically well-received by audiences seeking thrills. However, the scares fell flat in this remake, based on the 2004 Japanese movie “Chakushin Ari,” which was far superior.

Critics and viewers criticized the film heavily, labeling it as one of the worst J-horror remakes ever made. It’s best to ignore that call.

Prom Night (2008)

Although the original with Jamie Lee Curtis may seem outdated, it surpasses the remake with Brittany Snow. The remake failed to capture the essence of the original 80s scream queen.

Opting for the outdated disco ball and pink dresses from the original would be preferable to watching Brittany Snow in that predictable slasher film. The remake was entirely unnecessary.

Rollerball (2002)

The attempt to enhance this remake with modern lighting and the 2000s charm of Chris Klein missed the mark entirely. This confusing and aggressive film is best forgotten.

Perhaps they believed that updating it with some modern elements and casting Chris Klein would make it better. They were mistaken, and this remake turned out to be a disappointment.

Straw Dogs (2011)

Rod Lurie’s remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 film ‘Straw Dogs’ fell short of recreating the original’s intensity and impact. The added gore provided little compensation, and one can only wonder about the conversations behind this disappointing reboot.

The remake missed the mark by stripping away the original’s depth and opting for a gratuitous approach, which failed to resonate with audiences.

Bewitched (2005)

Nora Ephron’s ‘Bewitched’ took a different path by incorporating a meta twist and modernizing the classic sitcom. However, the overly ambitious script may have deviated too much from the simplicity of the original idea.

While the attempt to modernize the series was commendable, the film’s narrative complexity may have overshadowed the essence of the original show.

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