And now for a look at the movies that make us wonder, “Can’t they come up with something original for a change?”
Remakes, reboots, relaunches… Call ‘em what you want, but these little bad boys don’t seem to be going anywhere.
Sometimes – if not always - all the regurgitation that happens at the box office becomes a bit overwhelming. Whether it’s a “re-envision” or a shot-for-shot remake, redoing a previously done idea is surely an intimidating task. And when that task is taken lightly and the end product is weak, as a viewer, it becomes all the more frustrating.
Now, let’s get something straight… I am hardly bashing the concept of remaking anything. In fact, in the right hands, some remakes can actually add to the franchise experience (Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, and 2012’s 21 Jump Streetto name a few.)
However, some attempts at homeruns with remakes don’t quite make it to the fences. In fact, they whiff altogether.
Here are 10 films that probably could have used another go-around in the drawing room…
(Percentages are out of 100% and are based on numbers published by Rotten Tomatoes)
Godzilla (1998) – 26%:
What do Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Hank Azaria, and Diddy all have in common? They were all involved in this lousy attempt at a motion picture. Even worse, according to IMDb, there’s another Godzilla scheduled for 2014… Just kill the beast already!
Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) - 15%:
Rule number one: Never remake a movie that Johnny Depp originally starred in. Rule number two: There are no other rules. With the grim and grit of ‘80s horror wiped clean, there just wasn’t much left to hold our attentions in the remake of Wes Craven’s classic.
The Haunting (1999) – 17%:
There’s a reason why Owen Wilson does comedies. Movies like this prove that that’s where he belongs. If you already didn’t know this movie exists, do yourself a favor and forget I mentioned it.
The Wicker Man (2006) – 15%:
With a budget of $40 million, you have to be mentally and emotionally disturbed in order to make a movie this bad. At first, it’s one of those movies that is so bad, it’s good. But it quickly becomes even worse to the point where you just feel bad for everyone in it.
The Italian Job (2003) – 72%:
This film isn’t as vomit-inducingly bad as some of the other titles on the list, but for an action movie, it’s about as thrilling as an episode of “Antique’s Roadshow” that you’ve already seen twice. Pass…
Psycho (1998) – 36%:
This is literally a shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s originally. Oh, Vince Vaughn is in it too. There, I just summarized the whole movie for you.
Taxi (2004) – 10%:
I was thrilled to learn that this was a remake of famed French director Gérard Pirès to convey how God-awful this movie really is. Despite any previous and future success, Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah completely miss the mark on this one.
The Mod Squad (1999) – 4%:
Good series. Shoddy movie. Just say no to this one.
The Fog (2005) – 5%:
John Carpenter needs to write a horror movie about all his classic films coming back to haunt him. Iconic, culty original. Weak all around in the remark. I hope at least this legendary film director got a big check out of the deal.
House of Wax (2005) – 25%:
Paris Hilton’s in this one… Enough said.