If there’s one thing Hollywood loves more than anything else, it’s a remake – whether it be a Japanese horror classic or a French love story, Hollywood is bound to remake it in it’s own special way – that doesn’t make it the right decision though.
With films being shipped out like a never ending conveyor belt, there seems to be a growing number of horrific remakes hell-bent on ruining their original counterparts. Check out Film Review UK‘s 10 Hollywood remakes that should never have happened.
The Women (2008)
Plot: A wealthy New Yorker wrestles with the decision to leave her cheating husband, as she and her friends discover that women really can have it all.
Starring: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith
Original: The Women (1939)
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Plot: A vengeful barbarian warrior sets off to get his revenge on the evil warlord who attacked his village and murdered his father when he was a boy.
Starring: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang
Original: Conan the Barbarian (1982) – starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Stepford Wives (2004)
Plot: What does it take to become a Stepford wife, a woman perfect beyond belief? Ask the Stepford husbands, who’ve created this high-tech terrifying little town, in a very modern comedy-thriller.
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, Glenn Close, Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken
Original: The Stepford Wives (1975)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Plot: An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan
Original: Planet of the Apes (1968)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Plot: A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world’s most unusual candy maker.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter
Original: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Plot: On New Year’s Eve, the luxury ocean liner, Poseidon, capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for survival as they attempt to escape the sinking ship.
Starring: Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, Richard Dreyfuss, Emmy Rossum
Original: The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
Plot: A remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith
Original: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Wicker Man (2006)
Plot: A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there’s a larger mystery to solve among the island’s secretive, neo-pagan community.
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Leelee Sobieski, Ellen Burstyn
Original: The Wicker Man (1973)
Plot: A young female embezzeler arrives at the Bates Motel which has terrible secrets of its own.
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen
Original: Psycho (1960) – Hitchcock classic
The Thing (2011)
Plot: At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Tomson
Original: The Thing (1982)