Remakes are everywhere these days, they are like dominoes once one is set for remake the others start to follow. This has happened with some awesome 80’s movies which didn’t need to be touched. Because the movie industry couldn’t accept that, this had led to some god awful remakes.
The Karate kid:
2010 remake of the 80s classic The Karate Kid isn’t so much bad as it is totally different from the original. The original has Daniel move from his cozy life in New Jersey and finding trouble in the sun-drenched hills of Los Angeles. There, he meets Mr. Miyagi, his apartment building handyman and an expert karate master. Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing after he gets bullied and teaches him the secrets of karate so that he might stand up for himself.
In the remake, a young Jaden Smith plays Dre Parker, a kid who moves to China for his mother’s work. He is taken under the wing of Mr. Han, played by Jackie Chan, who teaches the boy kung fu. Fans of the original weren’t too happy to have the story be so different from the original, especially considering that Smith was considerably younger than (Ralph Macchio’s) Daniel in the original. It is also a huge error that the film is titled The Karate Kid, and Jaden Smith’s character goes through the steps of learning kung fu, not karate. This remake is a mostly drab affair that just doesn’t capture the heart of the original and it should of just been left alone as the awesome movie it once was, back in the 80’s.
I know that this is technically an apparent prequel, but I’m considering it a remake just the same. The plot is almost exactly the same as the original, and if it’s a prequel then why keep the exact same title? The original had 2 big things going for it: the mind-blowing practical effects, and the creeping sense of paranoia, which are both missing from the 2011 version. Worse than that, the film is missing any sense of tension.
With the original, the viewer was constantly kept on their toes because, like the characters, you didn’t know who was infected by the alien shapeshifter and who wasn’t. None of that mystery carries over into this 2011 remake, whose only shining moment is the final credits sequence, which sets up the original.
A Nightmare on Elm Street:
A Nightmare on Elm Street is an amazing hypnotic slasher that takes place within dreams. The original 1984 horror introduced the world to Freddy Krueger, a serial killer that is somehow able to attack children where they least expect it… their dreams. Talk about nightmares not being able to hurt you! Armed with his razor-sharp fingertips, and wearing his hideous striped shirt and fedora, Freddy was a horror icon in the making. The first film proved so popular that it produced several sequels over the years.
It also gained a remake in 2010, which is just a boring form of a film compared to Craven’s original vision. The remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street suffers from a dizzying number of problems, but most of the fingers should be pointed at screenwriters. They managed to take out all the fun dark humor that Freddy had, and instead made him a generic serial killer that blends in with every other forgettable horror film character. The only part I thought they did well was the body bag scene. Other than that it was an epic failure.
Why Oh why did they even bother with the 1982 horror The Poltergeist? It was one of the most epic horror movies of its time. By presenting the terrifying action through the relatable eyes of the family presented in the story. Yes, there are creepy clown toys (shudder), killer tree trunks, and skeletons that rise up from the ground, but we are invested in the events of the classic due to the fact that so much time had been spent fleshing out the characters in the movie.
Poltergeist 2015 takes one of the laziest and unoriginal methods of modern horror, the jump scare, and beats the audience over the head with it. The slow, eerie build up was removed and replaced with cheap shock tactics that are only thrown in to get a rise out of the audience.
The Evil Dead is a horror classic which should have been left alone. The movie is a straight up low-budget horror flick that embraced the gross out gags that popularized the genre. It also had its dark comedy side. (Remember the scene where a woman is raped by a tree?) Bruce Campbell is the ultimate B-movie action star as lazy degenerate Ash, who unwillingly becomes mankind’s last hope. His chainsaw wielding actions have such a cult following that the series made the leap over to TV with last year’s well received Ash vs. Evil Dead.
The 2013 update to Sam Raimi’s classic isn’t so much a bad movie as it doesn’t have much to do to add to the existing films. Campbell’s absence is felt, and the cast of Evil Dead is full of relatively unknown actors. The actors are okay in their own ways and a little of the dead-pan comedy still creeps its way in between scenes of over-the-top gore. But it is still miles away from the original. While I somewhat enjoyed the movie, it isn’t one that’s particularly memorable for me.
Which movies would you add to the list?