Blockbuster Buster: Top 10 Radical Re-Makes

Sometimes Re-makes are remarkable. Join ERod as he recounts the ones that stand out from the rest.

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  1. 1. That was a very horror heavy list and
    2. doesn’t something have to be an actual remake to count as a remake? I mean, do films like LotR and The Thing count as remakes if they are different adaptations of the same source material as their predecessors? I mean, by that logic the Nolan Batman trilogy is a remake of the 90’s one – or, you know, you can treat both as separate adaptations based on a common source material.

    • Basically this.Readapting the book isnt really remaking the movie.Especially when one of those is a cartoon and the other is live action.

    • A remake is a movie that tells the same basic plot as a preceding movie, with the same characters (or at least archetypes). The Lord of the Rings and The Thing are telling the same story, regardless of minor changes of excluding/changing some elements, whereas the Dark Knight trilogy is telling original stories using established characters.

      • Nolan Batman and 90’s Batman dont tell the same story ……. okay so its not a story of a man whose parents get killed when he was a child and devotes his life to stopping crime fast forward several years and a mad man is trying to destroy the city with a gas

        story of batman 1989
        story of batman Nolan

  2. How come almost all of them are horror movies?

    • Horror movies are usually the easiest to remake, because to make a horror movie better you can use the same basic premise, but just take it to a more dramatic degree.

      There are very few remakes that aren’t horror that are good.

    • Horrors are simply most commonly remakes.

    • My assumption in regards to this list are:

      1. Some things were more restrictive in the originals, like censorship, technology, budget (although most horror movies still deal with a limited budget).
      2. Standards, like Erod said, some things in the original movies are too outdated and archaic. It’s not old school more like old fashioned.

    • My theory is that what scares or terrifies people changes a lot more than other aspects of movies, so there’s always something fresh to be done with a horror concept.

  3. I would say the Planet of the Apes remakes. Not counting the one with Tim Burton’s name on it, the current series of films that have been made as remakes I believe have really captured the true power of intimidation and strength that the apes taking control over the humans on the Earth would feel like which was never truly shown in the originals

    • Another good point.

    • Dredd’s not a remake. It was adapted from the Judge Dredd comics like the Stallone movie. It’s the same reason that Batman Begins isn’t a remake of Burton’s Batman, which isn’t a remake of the 60’s Batman, which isn’t a remake of old Batman serials. It’s why LotR has no real business on this list, let alone being number 1. Saying the Peter Jackson films are a remake of the old animated LotR films is ridiculous since I’m fairly certain at no point did anyone watch those and say, “Yeah, I totally think we should base a billion dollar franchise off of these rather than the books.” The Thing gets a pass because, although taking far more from the original novella, it’s far more likely that they remade the movie based on the old film rather than the story.

  4. Honest reviews and these kind of videos are my favorite BB content.

  5. You got The Blob footage from YouTube, didn’t you? I can tell because the entire movie clips are completely darkened to avoid copyright infringement. I know this because I heard about YouTube’s methods of taking down clips like these, especially when I tried watching The Great Mouse Detective.

    Otherwise, solid list. I will be watching out for The Blob.

  6. The Karate Kid remaked was a horrible Karate kid movie. If one to the complaints of your movie is that they don’t Do Karate, you have a horrible remake. I hate the like You are like Yoda and I am a Jedi. Yoda is a Jedi. JAden Smith can’t act.

    • Honestly, I think that neither movie is particularly good, but Karate Kid worked because it fit into the Zeitgeist. The Remake didn’t. Though its real crime is that it didn’t even had an original spin on the story (well, there was a spin, but it wasn’t original).

  7. MidnightScreeningsman2014

    Cool list. I rwally thought the judge dredd remake would be on this list since it was a thousand times better then the awful sylvester stallone version (but other then that pretty good list). I saw a lord of the rings animated film in elementary school (at that time i thought it was cool but now
    I think its just o.k. also dont know why people wanted youto bust the fright night remake but now I understand. Next is a loom back at the evil dead which your doing probably because ashvs the evil dead premieres next month (and i know how much of a fanboy you are for tud films so this should be fun).

  8. Sorry, but IMHO the original Dawn of the Dead is the greatest zombie movie of all time. Besides just being a great multi-layered story and suspense/horror film, its the one that actually codified the Zombie Apocalypse that so many other movies have tried t imitate.

    Also, if you’re ocunting LOTR, shouldn’t Nolan’s Batman trilogy also be counted as a remake of the Adam West and Tim Burton versions?

  9. Bout your number One: I don’t know if i would count that one as a remake. It’s based on a book. A classic one. I don’t call every new version of oft-adapted books like Christmas Carol or Treasure Island remakes. But I guess that it’s splitting hairs, and in the end I respect your opinion.

    Still, my two favourite remakes were missing from this list. And those are:

    1. Scarface!
    A lot of people don’t know that this is actually a remake of a classic gangster movie by the great Howard Hawks. It’s a cult classic for a reason.

    2. For a Fistful of Dollars
    One great director remaking another one. Re-Setting Akira Kurosawas Jidaigeki classic Yojimbo in the wild west starring problably one of few actors who could measure up to Toshiro Mifune in badassness: Clint Eastwood.
    A classic western that introduced the world to Sergio Leone who would later give us two of the greatest westerns, nay, two of the greatest films of all time: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West.
    And that soundtrack. People can praise John Williams all they want, and I admit that he is great, but for my money the greatest soundtrack composer of all time is named Ennio Morricone.

    • I wouldn’t put Fistful of Dollars on the list for two reasons:
      1. its less of a remake than it is a western re-imagining(and the creators refuse to admit it despite out of court settlements).

      2. Kurosawa is one of the most influential directors of all time. A LOT of his films have had the same treatment. Some of them are even getting remakes of their own (Magnificent 7). An entire list could be made of just them.

      Also, the noir classic, The Malice Falcon.

    • The Mysterious M

      If there was gonna be anything like that on the list, I would personally much prefer The Magnificent Seven (as a remake of Seven Samurai)

  10. THE MALTESE FALCON starring Humphrey Bogart is a remake. It’s the third film version, in fact. Check it out. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maltese_Falcon_(1941_film)

  11. But what about Village Of The Damned, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and Total Recall? I know I’m in the minority for liking them, but I think maybe at least a honorable mention or a top 20 would have done justice to the other overlooked remakes!

    • MidnightScreeningsman2014

      Total recalls remake was critically panned so he probably didn’t like it and thats why its not on the list.

    • These are meant to be GOOD remakes. Even you admit that the ones you mentioned are (rightly) almost universally despised: “I know I’m in the minority for liking them”

    • While I’ll agree that I like the Tim Burton Charlie And The Chocolate Factory far more than the original, I’ll also acknowledge that this list was meant to be remakes that were superior to the original movie. As much as I like the remake, I know full well that it’s more because of stylistic differences that appeal to me more, rather than it being just “better”, and that both movies have their good points and their bad. Most people just prefer the original because it was the first one they saw, and it was more geared towards a sense of “happy wonder” which appeals to a much wider audience, whereas the remake was a remake, (therefore is instantly met with trepidation), and was designed more around the idea of a “mad scientist” type setting which doesn’t have quite the same appeal. Plus, I the fact that remake has the Willy Wonka’s father issues subplot being wrapped up far too easily for most people’s liking, (though I’m fine with it because sometimes that’s how things work in real life; a seemingly major problem has a near instant solution that seems to simple), also turns away quite a few people that might have liked it otherwise……

  12. can I just say crazies annoyed me, it was a good movie, but I’m tired of the military being maligned in these movies for killing people that leave the quarantine zone, HELLO virus that can wipe out humqanity in matter of weeks or months, leaving the zone is equivalent to being a mass murderer. If there was a zombie plague they have every right to shoot your ass for trying to leave without being cleared. Or anything as dangerous.

  13. the only real issues I had with Karate kid was, did they need to pretty much c/p the last 5 minutes of the movie? they are practically interchangable other then a few minor things, other then that I loved it was a great movie.

  14. Sorry ERod, I have to disagree with you with Frightnight, The Karate Kid, Evil Dead. With all those three originals are clearly superior to remakes.

    • Same here. Fright Night may be cheesy, but it’s part homage to those late night movie horror shows and was just fun in a way the remake failed to be going the serious horror route.
      Same with Karate Kid, it’s goofy but kind of cool in it’s Rocky for kids premise.
      As for the Evil Dead remake, well let’s be happy for Ash vs The Evil Dead happening.

    • The whole point of the list was NOT to judge the remakes based on the quality of the originals. On their own merits, those movie can stand by themselves (even though the remake had no business being called Karate Kid and honestly I’m not a fan of either Fright Night).

  15. How about JJ Abrams Star Trek movies.

    • Those two movies had original stories so they aren’t remakes of anything. It’s just the Star Trek universe and characters in a different timeline. There are plenty of similarities but neither of the stories are direct remakes.

  16. While The Blob was technically spectacular, what bothered me was that it was a gore-fest movie. That is probably my biggest problem with the 80s, is that they knew how to make the most amazing detailed gore, but that is basically all it was. Really really detailed gore and people dying in over-the-top ways.

    I think The Thing had a good mix where the detailed Gore was in there because it was describing the monster: The alien is a mangled mix of who knows what; however, the actual scary element was the paranoia, not the gore itself.

    However, in The Blob, the blob isn’t what is scary, what is scary is just how gruesome it is

  17. Well, there is The Ring, a remake of the J-horror Ringu.

  18. Okay, dude, your new player sucks! Change it!

    • You missed what’s happening with Blip right? They’re shutting down this month, so when it comes to doing reviews, you gotta be careful on what sounds. clips and such are available to use on Dailymotion, Vimeo and more.

  19. Dude, have you seen the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers?

  20. Oh, yeah. I remember the Crazies. It’s one of the only horror movies that I’ve seen. I realize that it was a good movie but ugh, it REALLY confirmed my dislike for pretty much every horror movie. I haven’t finished the Karate Kid remake yet. I liked the King Kong remake. Also, I DID forget that Lord of the Rings was a remake.

    • No, you didn’t forget. E-Rod just forgot that it wasn’t a remake. If it was a remake it would have been at least 90% animated with almost no live action elements, if any at all.

      On a side note: I had to watch the original Crazies after I saw the new one and I have to agree that the new one is definitely better, whether you like horror movies or not . . . and I personally don’t care for them all that much.

  21. Yay. List Time:

    10 (Crazies) I’m not sure which film is actually better, mostly because I wasn’t all that impressed with either one. The original felt more poignant, and I think it worked better, but it didn’t leave much of an impression. The remake came off as more generic, not a good thing considering that this was about the time that zombie themes were make a comeback into the mainstream.

    9 (Fright Night) I like both films, but the original is pretty silly. The more serious (and at times meta) tone of the remake worked better. Maybe that didn’t work for many people. I thought it was fine.

    8 (Karate Kid) I thought the remake was okay, but the original remains the better one.

    7 (King Kong) I like both versions for different reasons.

    6 (Evil Dead) Having not watched the remake, I can’t comment… other than I think Evil Dead 2 is the best of the bunch (with Army of Darkness a close second).

    5 (Night of the Living Dead) The remake was trying too hard. It didn’t work as well.

    4 (The Blob) YES! A truly underrated flick. The remake gets under my skin every time. Move over, all you serial killers and giant reptiles. Here’s a true monster for you.

    3 (The Fly) One of David Cronenburg’s finest.

    2 (The Thing) One of John Carpenter’s finest. Just steer clear from the recent prequel. That one sucks.

    1 (LotR) I guess it technically counts, but I don’t think most people of it in those terms.

  22. How about the top 10 best rebooted television series?

  23. What? No SCARFACE?!?!

    • MidnightScreeningsman2014

      Are you really joey tedesco from the cartoon poolza (which can be found at mr.coat and friends the website) cause i love your work? Say did you also audition for this site and did mat brunet from animat reviews do too?

  24. So what you’re actually making is a list of the top 10 HORROR movie remakes, then. Might wanna’ put that in the title. What is that, like two movies which aren’t horror on the list?

  25. Seriously?
    8 horror movies; the Kung-Fu Kid which no-one would have accused of being a crappy remake if they had just changed the damned name of the film and LOTR which is not even a remake.
    Remakes remake earlier films; LOTR adapted the source material and ignored the existence of the crappy animated series, as should we all.
    You should have called this your Top 8 Horror Movie Remakes, plus a non-remake and a film whose biggest flaw is the name, and the fact that half the story revolves around the romantic life of two pre-pubescent children.

  26. I think The Thing should’ve been #1. Even though LotR isn’t very old, it really hasn’t held up well. Game of Thrones is my new LotR

  27. I agree with most of this list. Only one I disagree with is The Karate Kid. I still prefer the original to the remake. I agree Dredd should have been on this list.

  28. Eh… E-Rod, I’m not really so sure about the Evil Dead remake from recent years. The original trilogy of films was supposed to be a parody of those “cabin in the woods” type films so popular during the 1970s and 1980. The new Evil Dead just turns it into straight up horror. I’m not saying the movie is bad, I’m just saying it’s better as a stand-alone film rather than a re-imagining. Because come on, there’s no way you could be a fan of the original movies and think of them redoing the scene with the laughing furniture without laughing yourself.

    As for The Lord Of The Rings? Come on, the original animated movies series by Ralph Bakshi wasn’t even finished! You can’t really compare the two. A lot of the Bakshi movies were cut down, scenes that weren’t finished being animated were removed, and the animation itself wasn’t edited properly because of budget constraints. It can’t be a remake if the original product wasn’t even half-built!

    • I’m pretty sure no amount of polished animation could have fixed that fatally flawed script, nor would a second part have fixed it.

      Aside from the ghastly depiction of Sam, the confusing depiction of Saruman, the awkward presentation of major characters, and the stylistic/animation issues, the script had some giant problems. It was only really understandable to people who had already read the books, and utterly confusing to people who HADN’T. For instance, Sauron’s nature is BAFFLING in the Bakshi version. Without reading the book, you would NOT know that Sauron wasn’t just a guy in a cape, that elves were immortal, or what the dwarves Bilbo was traveling with were there for.

      Jackson presented the same material in a way that was accessible to everyone. You could tell what was going on even if you hadn’t read the books, because he cut out what didn’t need to be there, and included what DID. We don’t need to know where Isildur came from. We DO need to know where dwarves live. And he used visuals to convey what wasn’t spoken — non-book-readers may not actually know what Sauron is, but they can tell he isn’t just some guy.

      So even if Bakshi had been able to do everything he wanted (and let’s face it, none of his works are visual masterpieces), it would have still been a flop.

      • VulpesHilarianus

        Granted, Ralph Bakshi isn’t… Well, his work is always extremely rough-edged. And that just adds to the confusion in his version of Lord Of The Rings. With Sauron, Bakshi was going for “this is a visual representation of an evil you cannot imagine,” but the writing and animation standards of the time hadn’t been revolutionized yet like they would be in the mid to late 1980s. It’s like a videogame with a fog-of-war system: there’s a lot of ways you could go, but for now travel the path you know. If he had the writing tricks and visual representation tropes that Jackson did in the late 1990s the first half of the Bakshi movie would be entirely different. A lot of the scenes that were supposed to be plot important weren’t finished in the Bakshi version, either. The entire plot point of why Frodo is afraid to take the journey (he knows he’s simply being used) is missing, because they couldn’t animate it in time. So instead they put time and money into the arrival of the Dark Army because that seemed like the smartest idea at the time. Either way, the movie isn’t finished. It’s like comparing a Rembrant painting to an unshaded sketch found in the back of a notebook.

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