Remakes: Hooray or no way?

Remakes: Hooray or no way?

AnotherBrother AnotherBrother
There are a lot of remakes, relaunches, reimaginings and other things with re in them happening as of late. Has Hollywood run out of ideas, or are they trying to introduce old favorites to a new audience? What's your take on things?
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I like remakes
gypsymama , Squeaky , BlooJay , ginnyluvspotter , Marie Hanna , gsfanatic , table38792 , travelnurse
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I don't mind remakes if it has been at least 5 years since the original
GONE! , TheirPet
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I don't mind remakes if it has been at least 10 years since the original
AnotherBrother , OhMy! , TrenchcoatHunters , Geogeo , Bleu
5
I don't mind remakes when they update the film to match the times
AnotherBrother , Scorpionwally , guard083 , Squeaky , married with children , snarknemesis , Raymaker , Bleu , LavenderSkies , Allstars316 , SecondStory , pcv , chicmichiw , eri86
14
I don't mind remakes when they just update the special effects only
I don't like remakes
AnotherBrother , OhMy! , Anne , wwwww , haley730 , dv8 , Lildrummrgurl7 , snarknemesis , Andrey2052 , Rory , ThunderThighs , Alyona , Hummingbird
13
I boycot remakes unless they meet my criteria
AnotherBrother , ThunderThighs
2
Other (please post!)
Master DarkWolf , DreamWolf , Zombirella , HippieFeet , Billie Bones , deltalima , lainebug , mpfm , ARPKasso , Bleu , Martiniman , Incendiaire , ththpup , XxFallenAngelxX , eri86 , sktb0007
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Total votes: 60 (50 voters)
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Master DarkWolf Master DarkWolf
Other, it really depends on the movie, some are good, some aren't, and I don't care when they are made.
07/11/2012
DreamWolf DreamWolf
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Originally posted by Master DarkWolf
Other, it really depends on the movie, some are good, some aren't, and I don't care when they are made.
Agreed!
07/11/2012
Anne Anne
I've always felt sentimental about the original production.
07/12/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
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Originally posted by Master DarkWolf
Other, it really depends on the movie, some are good, some aren't, and I don't care when they are made.
I agree with this. Sometimes remakes are great, sometimes they aren't. Some remakes are better than the original and some aren't.
07/12/2012
wwwww wwwww
Remakes are really hit and miss for me. Some of them are real gems but other times they can be pure garbage. My only pet peeve is when Hollywood remakes a film from another country and then tries to "one up" it by slapping as much special effects into a remake as humanly possible (Eg: The Grudge, Let The Right One In, etc). I've never seen it work and it just makes the American film industry seem childish.
07/12/2012
GONE! GONE!
They don't always suck. I usually end up watching them unless they look blatantly horrible.
07/12/2012
FHeemz FHeemz
It depends how well they do it. IF they remake a classic, that's dumb, it will never live up to the original. But if they take a good idea that was done poorly in the past, it could be great. Just depends.
07/12/2012
Scorpionwally Scorpionwally
I like some of the new remakes. I didn't like the planet of the apes remake that was nasty
07/12/2012
Claire-Bear Claire-Bear
Remakes can be good and bad. It's on an individual basis. With one show that I love, it's wonderful when it gets remade every decade or so because I get to see another side to it. I enjoy seeing special effects and sets get better as well.
07/12/2012
guard083 guard083
If they handle it correctly and try not to improve and make it they're own then it can be good
07/12/2012
namelesschaos namelesschaos
it depends on how it done, some are really good a lot suck just like anything else.
07/14/2012
AnotherBrother AnotherBrother
I agree that it really varies by how the remakes are done. I also believe when they were done to be important. If it's been less than ten years, you're pushing it! Why not just watch the original?

Sometimes remakes can improve on the first. This takes an understanding of what was good, really honestly good, about the first and what was bad, then working around the good to edge out the bad. I once saw a non-musical version of Sweeny Todd. Sounds like blasphemy, right? Wrong! It actually focused heavily on story and used great acting to drive a surprisingly intense film. It knew what worked in the musical (theme, intensity, and being unflinching about content) and removed the intentional distractions the musical added in (like the whistle jump scares) for a good effect.

Remakes that take a totally different slant can also be good if a lot of heart and care to make it stand on it's own is put in. The remake of Little Shop of Horrors is a good example. The first was a barebones horror flick that wasn't funny (unless you count narm). It was fast paced, gritty and often unpleasant. The remake recognized the original was ridiculous and decided to latch onto the siliness and run by making it a musical. The result? Even better than the first!
07/19/2012
HippieFeet HippieFeet
It really really depends. Sometimes the remakes look horrible and other times they catch my attention
07/19/2012
Billie Bones Billie Bones
As a horror movie fan I have seen some AWESOME remakes...but, in general, its gone too far. I don't think that every classic horror movie needs to be remade. Be creative, people!
07/19/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I generally don't like remakes. There are a few good horror remakes, but outside of that genre, they usually suck.
08/14/2012
snarknemesis snarknemesis
Generally I think that remakes of TV shows are okay. Like BBC's Sherlock and Doctor Who.
08/15/2012
deltalima deltalima
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Originally posted by AnotherBrother
There are a lot of remakes, relaunches, reimaginings and other things with re in them happening as of late. Has Hollywood run out of ideas, or are they trying to introduce old favorites to a new audience? What's your take on things?
It really depends on the film. Most are kind of boring.
12/29/2012
BlooJay BlooJay
Most of the time I like remakes.
12/29/2012
roskat roskat
I usually find remakes just unnecessary.
12/29/2012
lainebug lainebug
Quote:
Originally posted by AnotherBrother
There are a lot of remakes, relaunches, reimaginings and other things with re in them happening as of late. Has Hollywood run out of ideas, or are they trying to introduce old favorites to a new audience? What's your take on things?
Not really sure I like some of the remakes but more often prefer the original
12/29/2012
TrenchcoatHunters TrenchcoatHunters
Quote:
Originally posted by AnotherBrother
There are a lot of remakes, relaunches, reimaginings and other things with re in them happening as of late. Has Hollywood run out of ideas, or are they trying to introduce old favorites to a new audience? What's your take on things?
I don't mind if it's past its 10 yr mark
12/30/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
Quote:
Originally posted by AnotherBrother
There are a lot of remakes, relaunches, reimaginings and other things with re in them happening as of late. Has Hollywood run out of ideas, or are they trying to introduce old favorites to a new audience? What's your take on things?
if i didnt watch the old one then i like it, but if i watched the old one, i hate remakes. like degrassi, the original was a million times better
12/30/2012
ARPKasso ARPKasso
Most remakes have seemed unnecessary, or are just done poorly.
12/30/2012
Andrey2052 Andrey2052
I don't like remakes.
12/30/2012
Bleu Bleu
Not the biggest fan of remakes but I can put up with them if they are good ones and they just don't fuck up the entire vision of what the movie or book were supposed to be. Now, they do end up messing everything up even in books turned movies.
12/31/2012
ginnyluvspotter ginnyluvspotter
I do like a lot of the new remakes but there are a few movies they should have just left alone.
12/31/2012
Martiniman Martiniman
I don't mind remakes as long as its in the spirit of the original and done very well.
01/01/2013
Allstars316 Allstars316
It depends on the movie and how it is done
01/02/2013
Rory Rory
I say I don't like remakes but there have been a few I have liked. I watch a lot of old movies (on TCM) and it is amazing how many movie remakes there are.
01/02/2013
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