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Old 08-19-2011, 04:53 AM   #1
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8 Films That Are Remakes That You Probably Didn’t Know Were Remakes

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If you happen to peruse the films opening this weekend, you may momentarily wonder if you stepped back in time, but rest assured the laws of the space-time continuum are still intact. I think. Two cult classics from the 80s, Fright Night and Conan the Barbarian, are hitting theaters this weekend in their rebooted, shiny 2011 form, marking yet another weekend at the box office when everything that is old is new again. And just think, we still have the newest Superman and Spiderman reboots to look forward to in 2012. One can only hope that in our lifetimes, we will only have to suffer through one Footloose remake.

With this newest wave of remakes reaching what feels like a fever pitch and film-goers falling prey to a certain level of reboot fatigue, it may be a bit comforting (or frightening) to realize that Hollywood remakes are as old as Hollywood itself and the art of filmmaking hasn’t imploded in on itself from a drought of original ideas…yet. When film studios can bank on a “sure thing” with already successfully material, odds are good that they will. Does this mean in ten years time we’ll be talking about a Transformer remake? Oh dear, I hope I didn’t just give anyone any ideas.

While we can debate forever about the legitimacy of a Dirty Dancing remake, I think we can all agree the best remakes are the ones that we didn’t even know were remakes to begin with. For better and for worse, the following eight films have been done before and you probably didn’t know it.
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:34 AM   #2
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Not to be rude, as I assume you posted this article simply to share it with fellow nerds. But any self respecting film buff (or even novice I would say) knew that all of these films were remakes. I was under the impression that this article would tell me something I didn't know. Seems more at home on a Facebook page, then amongst film snob forums...
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:55 AM   #3
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This is just ridiculous. All of those films were completley reinventions. To companre something as radically different from the original Scarface as the Pacino version to the regurgitation of Fright Night is insane.
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I didn't know vanilla sky was a remake, and although i did know 12 monkeys was a remake i didn't know it was from a short film. I hope the ties are more then that article makes it sound as heros from the future traveling back to save their world are in no way original to these two movies.
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:14 AM   #5
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This is just ridiculous. All of those films were completley reinventions. To companre something as radically different from the original Scarface as the Pacino version to the regurgitation of Fright Night is insane.
I think the point is that a remake is not always an evil horrifying atrocious act of laziness or ineptitude. Lots of people condemn a remake before it even gets off the ground. While I will admit the majority of remakes are worthless, I am open to somebody improving an idea. Same goes for sequels and prequels.

I do think reboots of comic book movies are in a different category though. I love Burton's expressionist take on Batman and Nolan's crime/drama take. Comic book characters have gone through decades of multiple writers and stories.
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:19 AM   #6
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Not to be rude, as I assume you posted this article simply to share it with fellow nerds. But any self respecting film buff (or even novice I would say) knew that all of these films were remakes. I was under the impression that this article would tell me something I didn't know. Seems more at home on a Facebook page, then amongst film snob forums...
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Not to be rude, as I assume you posted this article simply to share it with fellow nerds. But any self respecting film buff (or even novice I would say) knew that all of these films were remakes. I was under the impression that this article would tell me something I didn't know. Seems more at home on a Facebook page, then amongst film snob forums...
I wouldn't say a novice would know all of them are remakes, but I agree a novice would know some of them were.
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The only ones I knew about from that article were "The Thing" and "You've Got Mail".
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I had no idea Heat was a remake let alone a remake of an earlier Mann project.

That's okay, though. I didn't really respect myself all that much to begin with.
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This is just ridiculous. All of those films were completley reinventions. To companre something as radically different from the original Scarface as the Pacino version to the regurgitation of Fright Night is insane.
Gosh, you mean The Thing wasn't original?
(ISTR, at the time, the studio took pains to point out that it wasn't really the 40's remake, since the old version never did the original story source to begin with...)

As for others, I don't think I would've looked up Ray Milland and Charles Laughton in "The Big Clock" on TCM if it hadn't been for Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman in "No Way Out".
Strangest remake: Chris O'Donnell in "The Bachelor" standing in for....Buster Keaton?

(And then, of course, there's a whole separate category of Americanized remakes of Japanese films, like The Ring, Shall We Dance, The Grudge, One Missed Call, and...ahem...
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Not to be rude, as I assume you posted this article simply to share it with fellow nerds. But any self respecting film buff (or even novice I would say) knew that all of these films were remakes. I was under the impression that this article would tell me something I didn't know. Seems more at home on a Facebook page, then amongst film snob forums...
wow, someone's a little high on themselves!!

the guy obviously posted it b/c he thought it was an interesting article.

i know u said "not to be rude"....but u came off as a total douche!!
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The only one from that list that list that I knew was a remake is The Thing. I'll crawl away no to search for some self respect.
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The only one from that list that list that I knew was a remake is The Thing. I'll crawl away no to search for some self respect.
it's ok, i only knew about the thing and scarface.
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it's ok, i only knew about the thing and scarface.
One question Benny:Has Michael Bay ever done a remake?Too lazy to do the research,and besides: only idle curiosity.
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One question Benny:Has Michael Bay ever done a remake?Too lazy to do the research,and besides: only idle curiosity.
no remakes that i can think of....the island is compared to another movie w/a similar idea though.
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The only one from that list that list that I knew was a remake is The Thing. I'll crawl away no to search for some self respect.
No need to - The thread is ironic in that the fact that hardly anyone knows they are remakes is enough reason that doing the remake in the first place was a great idea. Obviously the orignals were either very old, very obscure, or just simply lousy movies. Some meet all those criteria. The Island is based on the same concept as Logans Run, but Logans Run is a mega-cheesey 70's flick that has a good story but desperately needed freshening up. The Island craps all over it.

The difference between those remakes/reinventions listed here and most of the current remakes is that the films they are remaking are either fairly new(Spidey), classics & good as is(Superman, Fright Night), or just plain dont need remaking/rebooting.

Dont forget that the Wizard of Oz is also supposedly a remake, based on books or short stories...whatever. Alls anyone cares about is the Judy Garland version so thats all that matters.
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(And then, of course, there's a whole separate category of Americanized remakes of Japanese films, like The Ring, Shall We Dance, The Grudge, One Missed Call, and...ahem...
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I already knew that each of these were remakes - but that said, the premise of the discussion is sound - Hollywood doing remakes is nothing new. Sometimes to great results, sometimes to groans and moans.
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I knew that four of these were remakes, I have not seen two of the films listed, and I was surprised to learn that about Heat/His Girl Friday.

La Jetee is freaking amazing, btw. Anyone who hasn't seen it should go look it up on YouTube or something. It's only 26 minutes long, but there is nothing else like it.
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-Didn't 12 Monkeys DVD include La jetée on the disc? I knew about that one just because either it was on the DVD, or something in the DVD at least referenced it. (I never actually watched La jetee, I'm just going on memory of what was on the DVD). 12 Monkeys was the 1st DVD I ever purchased and one of my favorites of all time.
-I knew Scarface was a remake, but not up until a few years ago when I saw it on TCM. I felt ashamed I didn't know.

I didn't know about the others, but these aren't exactly some of my favorites anyway. I'll probably forget these about what these "remakes" were based on in about 15 minutes

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