These Lousy Movie Remakes Will Never Replace the Originals
No movie is safe from the dreaded remake, especially not a former blockbuster. Everyone knows the original was awesome, but sometimes filmmakers just shouldn’t mess with a good thing.
So, which movie remake takes top honors as the worst of them all? Read on to see the rankings of the worst movie remakes, from action to comedy to horror. In a few cases, the remade films almost ruined the associated actors’ careers. Yikes!
34. Arthur (2011)
If you haven't watched the 2011 remake of Arthur, you didn't miss anything. The original movie premiered in 1981 starring Dudley Moore. Moore played an alcoholic billionaire who falls in love with a working-class girl right before his arranged marriage. The 1981 classic was hilarious and won an Academy Award.
33. The Stepfather (2009)
Slasher legends like Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees dominated horror in the ‘80s, but The Stepfather also deserves a shout out. The movie is about a man who marries into a family, takes their lives, changes his identity and moves on to the next innocent family.
32. Godzilla (1998)
The original 1954 Godzilla was so good that fans believe people should stay far away from the 1998 remake. In the remake, actor Matthew Broderick portrayed an expert who studies Godzilla and finds out that the monster has laid hundreds of eggs underneath New York City. As an iconic monster, Godzilla deserved better, according to fans. What exactly was the plot? No one is really sure.
31. Ghostbusters (2016)
The Ghostbusters reboot faced a lot of controversies before, during and after its release. Although the reboot was full of talented and successful comedians, the finished product turned out to be a disappointing big-budget flop. It also wasn't even funny.
30. Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
Both the original and remake of Around the World in 80 Days was based on the book of the same name. Focusing on the character Phileas Fogg, the 1956 classic starred David Niven and received an Academy Award. The remake's story switched focus to Passepartout, a different character in the book, played by Jackie Chan.
29. Child’s Play (2019)
Wanna play? Or does Chucky still haunt your dreams? Chucky is probably the last doll you want to take home. After the remake of Child’s Play was announced, many social media users responded with "Ew," "No" or "Who asked for this?"
28. Pink Panther (2006)
Actor Peter Sellers made quite an impression as Inspector Clouseau in the 1963 Pink Panther. His character created hilarious mayhem purely by accident, and the charm was undeniable. Steven Martin is also a talented comedian but didn’t manage to bring the same energy as Sellers in the Pink Panther reboot.
27. The Nutty Professor (1996)
The Nutty Professor is a retold story of the 1963 film of the same name. Jerry Lewis starred in the original, portraying a geeky scientist who turns into a ladies' man after drinking a potion. In the remake, Eddie Murphy took over the lead and played an overweight professor.
26. Christopher Robin (2018)
Christopher Robin isn’t a remake of an actual movie, but it certainly remade the adorable characters living in the Hundred Acre Wood. The film focused on the grown-up Christopher Robin, who returns to the site of his childhood fantasies. Does the plot sound familiar? It should because it was basically a copy of the movie Hook.
25. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
An alien visitor and his destructive robot threaten to destroy Earth if humans don’t get it together in The Day the Earth Stood Still. Both the original and the remake have identical plots, but the 1951 classic centered around the nuclear standoff of the Cold War, while the 2008 film focused on environmental issues caused by humans.
24. The Mummy (2017)
The Mummy franchise was rebooted in 2017 with the film of the same name. It included a star-studded cast: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe. The monster movie follows a soldier who gets terrorized by an angry Egyptian princess after raiding her ancient tomb and waking her up. (But then, who wouldn’t get mad when someone disturbs your sleep after thousands of years?)
23. Friday the 13th (2009)
Hollywood revived the 1980 slasher film Friday the 13th in 2009. The revived horror movie featured the hockey-masked maniac just like the iconic original. Of course, in the original, Jason Voorhees wasn’t the actual killer, but in the 2009 film, Jason took the lives of teenagers at Camp Crystal Lake, the notorious site of a child’s drowning.
22. Robin Hood (2018)
Robin Hood has been remade too many times and there are a lot of bad versions out there. However, the 2018 film takes the crown for wrecking the famous legend. Despite casting talented actors like Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx, the film received terrible reviews for the plot and pacing.
21. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Disney’s live-action remake craze started with Alice in Wonderland in 2010. The movie was a visual treat, thanks to Tim Burton, the genius behind Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas. However, it couldn’t measure up to the 1951 animated masterpiece.
20. Footloose (2011)
The 1984 version of Footloose starred Kevin Bacon and has the same plot as the remake. A teenage boy, Ren, moves into a town where the minister has convinced the citizens to ban loud music and dancing. Ren does everything he can to break the rules and falls in love with the minister’s troubled daughter.
19. Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
In 2008, the Pang brothers returned to direct and remake their own 1999 film Bangkok Dangerous. Both films followed a hitman and his killing assignments in Bangkok. The original Thai film was so good it won an award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
18. The Wiz (1978)
The Wizard of Oz has remained one of the most iconic films of all time since its release in 1939. It has inspired many sequels and spin-offs featuring Emerald City, Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of the West. Hollywood recognized the blockbuster potential of the hit Broadway version, The Wiz.
17. Annie (2014)
Annie started as a comic strip that was made into a feature film, followed by many adaptations. The 2014 musical film was considered the most poorly executed. Starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie is about a young orphan who gets adopted by a successful businessman.
16. The Stepford Wives (2004)
"I f---ed up…And I didn't follow my instincts," said Frank Oz, the director of the 2004 remake of The Stepford Wives. The original film, made in 1975, and the remake were based on Ira Levin’s novel of the same name.
15. House of Wax (2005)
The 2005 film House of Wax is actually a remake of a remake. That’s right — the famous 1953 version is based on the 1933 movie Mystery of the Wax Museum. Critics enjoyed mocking the 2005 film, which featured Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Jared Padalecki and Paris Hilton.
14. Fathers' Day (1997)
The 1983 French film Les Compères was reimagined in 1997 as Fathers' Day, starring the funniest men in the comedy world, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal. In both films, a woman makes two men believe they’re the father of her runaway son.
13. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Director Wes Craven introduced Freddy Krueger, one of the scariest slashers of all time, in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. Notorious for his gloved hand with razors, burned skin and red-and-green striped sweater, Krueger has haunted the dreams of millions.
12. Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Many fans recognize Jason Momoa for his starring role as Aquaman in the DC Universe and as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones. However, some don’t know — or want to forget — that he also appeared in the retold story of Conan the Barbarian.
11. Flubber (1997)
You know the story: A professor creates a green, bouncy substance that has a life of its own. Flubber is a reimagination of the 1961 comedy film The Absent-Minded Professor. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 24% rating. Many people dislike the movie because it has plot holes and lacks character development.
10. Fame (2009)
Fame is a good example of why some classics are better left alone. Audiences got an inside look into the lives of students at New York's High School of Performing Arts in the 1980's film. As an iconic film with an incredible soundtrack, the original film won two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe, including an Oscar for Best Original Music Score.
9. Poltergeist (2015)
The remakes...They’re coming! Horror drama Poltergeist was rebooted in 2015 and based off the 1982 original film of the same name. The supernatural horror story is about a family who is terrorized by demonic forces and must save their daughter from child-abducting ghosts.
8. Gulliver's Travels (2010)
Jonathan Swift’s novel Gulliver's Travels has inspired countless adaptations, from music to films and even an abandoned theme park in Japan. Out of all the film adaptations, the 2010 modern remake ruined Swift’s story the most, earning a dismal 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
7. The Haunting (1999)
Shirley Jackson's horror novel The Haunting of Hill House has been brought to life in many film and movie adaptations, including an admired Netflix series and this (not so admired) 1999 movie. Starring Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Owen Wilson, The Haunting follows a few participants who sign up for a sleep study at a mansion — but then find out the house is actually haunted.
6. Psycho (1998)
In 1998, moviegoers were disturbed by the Psycho remake (and not in a good way). The film was packed with talented actors, including Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, William H. Macy and Anne Heche. Regardless, it became a critical and commercial failure.
5. The Wicker Man (2006)
The Wicker Man is supposed to be a mystery drama thriller film, but the remake was met with laughter and boos. The film tells the story of a cop searching for a missing girl on a small island. His investigation leads him to realize the community is hiding an evil secret.
4. The Shaggy Dog (2006)
Disney tried recreating the magic of the 1959 live-action film The Shaggy Dog with a remake in 2006, but it backfired miserably. The original film is about a boy who turns into a sheepdog at the most inconvenient times, making audiences slap their knees in laughter.
3. Swept Away (2002)
Swept Away is the film that almost ruined Madonna’s career.(Wait? Did she actually have a successful movie career?) Maybe you’re thinking it couldn’t have been that bad, but, yes, it was a disaster. Not only was Swept Away a box office bomb, but it is also considered one of the worst films ever made, thanks to five Razzie Award nominations.
2. The Fog (2005)
John Carpenter's 1980 film The Fog terrified audiences enough to inspire a 2006 remake. The supernatural horror film follows a weird fog that covers an island town. Spooky enough but then the fog actually turns out to be a bunch of ghosts that trap and fight the locals.
1. Rollerball (2002)
Rollerball is another almost-career killer but this time for American Pie’s Chris Klein. Based on the 1975 science-fiction film of the same name, Rollerball took place in a modern-day setting and featured a violent, bloody sport that sometimes turned deadly.