Question About Movies

@worldwise1 (14888)
United States
October 7, 2007 1:28pm CST
While sitting here watching Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Igot to thinking about which version it is. I concluded that it is not the original, so it must be the 2nd version. I am at a loss as to whether there is a newer version, but I believe I remember there having been one made around seven or eight years ago. All of this thinking caused me to wonder if there are ever any remakes of movies that improve upon the original. I couldn't think of a single one. I have to admit that the remake of The Thing was very good, though. How do you feel about remakes? Do you ever find them better than the originals?
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
7 Oct 07
Well there are 3 different Invasion movies that I know of...the original which is from the 1950's, then a remake from the 1970s and another remake from the 1990s..I've only ever seen the the two remakes and liked them both actually LOL as for other remakes..I like some of them and didnt like others... King Kong - original 1933 - LOVE IT King Kong - remake 1976 remake I also enjoyed King Kong - remake 2005 I LOVED... Texas Chainsaw - 1974 - HATED IT WITH AN INTENSE PASSION! Who would ahve thought one woman could hold a scream THAT bloody long?! Texas Chainsaw - 2003? - I really loved it!! Willy Wonka - of course I use to love the original but the novelty of it wore off when my kids were little and they watched it repeatedly....LOL Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - LOVED IT..but again, it was overplayed in our house and now its not fun anymore AND I HATE the fact that the Oompa Loompas were all one person! that totally sucked... Cape Fear - 1962, not bad Cape Fear - 1991 was DAMN GOOD! Psycho - 1960 - BRILLIANT Psycho - remake 1998? - pretty good but NEVER made it to the standards of the original IMO... Dracula - 1931 w/Bela Lugosi - LOVE IT. Dracula - 1992 w/Gary Oldman - ALSO LOVED IT Pink Panther - orignal 1963 - LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT Pink Panther - remake 2005/6? - HATED IT!! I was SO disappointed in Steve Martin its not even funny! He totally destroyed the role of inspector..MIND YOU filling Peter Sellers shoes would NOT have been easy by any means... the Thing - 1951 - Omg that movie scared the ever loving out of me as a kid LOL I love that movie The Thing - remake 1982/3?? I loved even more! Then there are movies such as The Omen, Amytiville Horror, The Hills Have Eyes, Black Christmas, When a Stranger Calls and so on....I liked the originals and the remakes.. THEN LOL you have some movies which just CAN'T be remade successfully....such as Hitchcock movies..some of the remakes are really good but even with all the special effects and digital crap they do now they'll still never top the originals... I could go on and on LOL I watch tons of movies and have seen many originals and remakes but I'll stop here :-D
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@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
7 Oct 07
I can see you are quite the film buff, Raven, and you really know your stuff. You mentioned a couple of movies that I had forgotten they had remade. Peter Sellers was a very fine actor. I think he "owned" that role in The Pink Panther. I can remember going to the drive-in to see it when it first came out. As for The Thing, it would rank high on my list of the scariest movies that I have seen. I used to watch them all, but I've become a bit squeamish as I get older. Dinero really brought something great to the Cape Fear remake. As you said though, some movies just cannot be improved upon. I do like many of the old black and white movies.
@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
8 Oct 07
Wow I must say you are a film buff..I had to remark here..I loved the newer version of the Dracula movie as it sticks a lot closer to the book--the original Dracula wasn't bad but to view it now looks very campy
@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
8 Oct 07
Sometimes I think nothing can really compare to the original versions of movies...but of course, now you have more special effects to really make them better.. I happen to love the old Invasion of The Body Snatchers..Just as I love the first and older version of Psycho..the newer version isn't bad...and is almost a complete duplicate of the old one..it's a bit more graphic too...I only watched it as it had my favorite actor in it, Viggo Mortensen (Aragon of Lord of The Rings)..and uh...hehehe...you got to see his bare butt...LOL--NOW THAT was a plus I must say!!..hehheee--aren't I a naughty girl..
@kiobug (2250)
• United States
8 Oct 07
The funny thing about remakes is that it seems like you have to do research to find out if the movie has been made before. That seems like all there is in music and movies is remakes of old songs and movies. But a lot of people think they are originals. I think the originals are called originals for a reason. You cant make it better.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
8 Oct 07
I like some remakes. I'm a movie nerd and I am really picky about things in movies that most people don't pay any attention to. I appreciate movies, even if they are bad, for something. With that said, remakes usually always have some good quality about them. I can't stand the movie "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"... The story bugs me and I hate that they claim it's "based on true events" when it's not. However, I think the most recent remake was good because they definitely improved the visual quality of the film. It wasn't necessarily better than the original, but visually it was. The biggest problem I have with remakes is usually with the choosing of actors. If the original is in your head and the new actors are nothing like the original then that can be a problem for me. They don't have to look or act like it...it's just a quality they may lack. Cape Fear, for instance. I actually LOVE the remake more than the original. I think that Robert De Niro was a really convincing scary guy...much more than Robert Mitchum. Then again, Robert Mitchum may have been scary for the 60's. I wasn't alive to know though. Some remakes can change a little and still be super. For instance, Little Shop Of Horrors. The original is just a movie while the remake was a musical. I think BOTH have seperate qualities that work! I'm not so sure if Hairspray did this as I don't think anyone can have a better or equal quality to John Waters. So in short, it all depends on a quality that the movie may or may not have to make a remake work.