Some movie remakes ruin the original, some originals need modern effects and updated acting and culture to bring them to our time, and some movies just should not be remade. What category do you think these movies fall into?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The only reason this movie did not make the bottom 3 was that it wasn’t 100% a remake. It was a reinventing of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory which according to what I have read was somewhat darker and more loyal to the novel. Regardless, the original was a classic and was good enough!
101 Dalmations – A translation from animation to motion picture, this was a stinker and should not have been made.
#3. Psycho – Most critics agree that this movie brought nothing new, original, or better in any aspect compared to the original. This movie also fits into the category of those movies that should not be remade. The original was almost perfect.
#2. King Kong – This is the 1976 remake with Jeff Bridges. The major differences between the 1933 original and this one are: The original was shocking and imaginative while the 70’s remake was not; the original used ground breaking special effects while the 70’s remake used a man in a monkey suit; and the original contained excellent acting… You get the “picture”. I am glad Peter Jackson remade the remake.
#1. Planet of the Apes – SPOILER ALERT While the original did have men dressed in monkey suits, the concept is one of the aspects that really made the movie great. Earth sends astronauts to explore, they land on a planet where man does not speak and apes are intellegent. The ending which was totally removed in the remake revealed that the planet was earth and “they blew it up!”. The remake brought a little more action but none of the drama or shock of the original. The difference was so great that this movie earns #1.