The Best and Worst Remakes Blogfest
Alex J. Cavanaugh http://alexjcavanaugh.blogfest.com/
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Livia Peterson http://leaveittolivia.blogspot.com/
And the last day of The May Monster Madness.
So here are some "monster" movie remakes.
Back in 2011 for my horror movie blogathon I covered the Swedish Horror film Let The Right One In (2008) and it's remake Let Me In (2010). It is rare when a remake can capture the same feel of the original and still have something new to say. Let Me In does that. Many will claim that Let the Right One In is superior, and it is in some ways (Eli's backstory is very disturbing), but Let Me In is also very, very good.
Another one that is better than the original is The Omen. The 2006 remake of The Omen is much better acted and better looking, just not sure if the story is any better (though I like Richard Donner as a director better). The remake of the classic Amityville Horror is scarier, even if the movie itself isn't as good as the original.
Among my non-horror faves hats of to Yojimbo (1961) and Fistful of Dollars (1964) and Last Man Standing (1996). Both added something new to the classic Yojimbo. It should be remade again today with gang lands or drug cartels (maybe it has).
Halloween is notable. I like Rob Zombie and I think he has some great ideas, but his Halloween movies really do suck. Same with the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street. Nothing was as scary as the first time you saw Freddy in the theatres. The Ring was not as good as Ringu.
Though I keep a special loathing for Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot remake of Psycho. Sorry, but there is nothing here and even Psycho 4 was better.
I'll go as far as saying that most horror remakes come up short of the original.
ETA: forgot about the song! Anyway, here is a cheat. One song, two remakes. The Smith's "How Soon is Now". The original was teen-agnsty sitting in your bedroom crying because you are so deep sort of song. Love Spit Love did it better in The Craft and it became the theme song to Charmed. Here it sounded more adult. tATu redid it again for the worse version I have ever heard.
More Blogfest posting fun later today!