Worst Genre Movie Remakes

movie remakes

Yesterday we listed some great movie remakes. Of course, a lot of remakes do suck. Some of them are outright atrocities. We’re looking only at movies with a sci-fi or supernatural bent to them. Here’s our list of the worst of the worst.

Godzilla (1998)

godzilla 1998

The filmmakers just didn’t get anything about Godzilla right. Godzilla is a force of nature, not just a large animal. Annoying characters, no real comment on anything. What a complete disaster.

Planet of the Apes (2001)

planet of the apes 2001

The original is mostly great for its twist ending, but it has some good adventure, a good performance by Charlton Heston, and an interesting look at society by switching apes and man. And obviously a good remake is possible since it happened in 2011, with a fresh idea. But the 2001 version is overly convoluted and Mark Wahlberg is NEVER convincing as a scientist (see Transformers 4 or The Happening for further evidence).

The Fog (2005)

The Fog 2005

Hey, let’s remake a John Carpenter movie but this time with CG fog and the kid from Smallville. That’s probably what a coked up movie exec said. Someone should’ve waited for him to sober up before moving forward.

The Invasion (2007)

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers has been made and remade. The 1978 remake was very good. So if you’re going to remake it AGAIN, you better have a good reason. And this one did not. It was flat. Dull. Nothing new to say about society. It mentions the war in Iraq a bunch but doesn’t seem to have a point. Yuck.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

the day the earth stood still 2008

The original is not only a classic but it still works today. It doesn’t matter that it’s in black and white and set in the past. It’s timeless and has something to say. The new one just changes things for the sake of being different and it makes it an overdone mess. Too much CGI, too.

Clash of the Titans (2010)

clash of the titans 2010

The original wasn’t GREAT but it had its charms. The remake was just garbage. Everyone involved should feel bad for working on it.

The Wolfman (2010)

the wolfman 2010

Hey, no question that it had a good cast. Benicio del Toro is great. But the remake was just kinda boring. No suspense. Who knows why it happened but it’s a dud.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

a nightmare on elm street 2010

This franchise had tons of sequels so it was far from sacred. But if you’re going to reboot things, that just means you have a lot of movies to show you what works best and what doesn’t. And the filmmakers here seemed to ignore those lessons. It just wasn’t that scary. It was so slow and unengaging. How do you do that with a fantastic premise (a killer can kill you in your dreams)? What a waste. What was up with 2010 giving us so many bad remakes?

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

conan the barbarian 2011

Conan would be a fine character to tell another adventure with. But the remake has a lackluster villain and it won’t surprise anyone that Jason Momoa doesn’t have the charisma of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Total Recall (2012)

total recall 2012

It had some okay action sequences but it just had a more simplistic plot and a lack of humor. I have little to say other than skip it.

  • Big Jim

    CLASH OF THE TITANS also has the distinction of having the worst post-production 3D ever

    THE WOLFMAN is a weird movie. All the elements were there but it never seemed to make any of them work. It’s a flat, lifeless, monotone movie. It’s not a bad movie, it’s more like the visual equivalent of “white noise”.

  • Skewed_View

    The Wolfman will always be a source of frustration for me because it is the reason we don’t have Emily Blunt playing Black Widow.

  • Chris Piers

    Oh yeah! I don’t think ScarJo is bad at all, though. I hope Emily Blunt joins the MCU someday in a big role like Capt. Marvel.

  • Chris Piers

    Totally agree on both points. Clash of the Titans set the bar for bad 3D.

  • Mark

    You should have a reserved spot for Ghostbusters. ;)

  • Chris Piers

    I think it’s too soon to think that. When has Feig made anything that isn’t really, really good?