Live Poll: The Worst Horror Movie Remakes

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There has been way too many awful and unneccesary remakes of horror movies, but the question is, which one butchered the original the most and should be thrown in an enternal dumbster fire?

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https://www.imdb.com/poll/0TgP3_tqN1c/
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I like how the suggestion has both panned and acclaimed remakes: subjectivity is of great appeal when it comes to polls.

FYC:
The Hitcher (2007)
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Thanks! I'll add it to the list, saw it years ago and didn't realize it was a remake
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Hi Henri Hienonen,

Welcome to the IMDb Poll board.

Thank you for your poll suggestion and thank you for including a properly working discussion link in your list.

My vote:
Flatliners (2017)
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Thank you, glad to know that I did it correctly!
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Suggestions:
House on Haunted Hill 
13 Ghosts
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Henri Hienonen

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Thanks, I'll add thse!
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Hi Henri and welcome to the poll board. : )

'Good poll and good list! It's also constructed really well, which is really impressive for a first poll.
 I'd probably vote for either 'The Hitcher' or 'Wicker Man.'

May I suggest three small edits to the intro? ('edits below in bold)

There have been way too many awful and unneccesary remakes of horror movies, but the question is, which one butchered the original the most and should be thrown in an eternal dumpster fire?

(has > have)
(enternal > eternal)
(dumpster > dumpster)


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Also: unneccesary --> unnecessary
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Henri Hienonen

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Thank you! English isn't my first language, apoligies, gonna fix these asap!
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Henri,

Thank you making the corrections.

By the way, English is the second language for many of the poll authors. The other poll authors and I do our best to help each other improve the quality of polls.
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Good poll!
FYC, you can add the ratings at the original movies.
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My vote for Carrie
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Congratulations on your first live poll!
https://www.imdb.com/poll/0TgP3_tqN1c/

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Great job!!!
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Henri Hienonen

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Oh awesome it got approved, thank you!
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Ardan Tüzünsoy

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How about... all of them?
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Out of the film The Howling the second one is best than the others, i found them quite boring.
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Gitte Løyche

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Either The Ring or The Grudge - both lousy American remakes of brilliant Japanese originals
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It the theatrical movie isn't a remake of It the tv mini-series. It shouldn't be on there. It's like saying The Nutcracker tv movie is a remake of The Nutcracker theatrical movie...


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Psycho (1998) was a disappointment for me. Norman Bates as depicted by Anthony Perkins was a shy, repressed figure who has never had a functioning relationship to another  human being. Norman Bates as depicted by Vince Vaughn is a hulking brute, who openly masturbates before his murders. 

Perkins' version was intenionally written as a tortured sould, a somewhat sympathetic murderer. Not at all evident in the remake. 

I am not much of a fan of the 1999 version of "The Haunting" either, but for a different reason. Hill House itself is supposed to be mysterious and disturbing. The second film turned Hugh Crain into a serial killer who tries to keep hold of the souls of his victims. Not all the implication from the original novel and film. and it rather removes the mystery and ambiguity from the story.  It is another good-versus-evil fight. 
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Roger Ebert's review of the 1998 Psycho is spot-on, both in terms of this second rate remake and about cinema in general.

"The movie is an invaluable experiment in the theory of cinema, because it demonstrates that a shot-by-shot remake is pointless; genius apparently resides between or beneath the shots, or in chemistry that cannot be timed or counted."



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I'd like to read some of Ebert's reviews; I've typically only read Leonard Maltin.  I do have Ebert's movie glossary and it's delightful.
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www.rogerebert.com still has many of his reviews.

I also like his input very much. More than half the time I disagree with him about his rating, but it's always insightful to read his educated opinion. His bad movie reviews often make my day.

I got quite a few of his books (not easy to find here in Turkey). Most people don't realize the function of a movie critic, they expect them to be fanboys.

Ebert gave zero starts to one of my favorite movies (he rarely gave zero stars) but when I read the review, I realized that while I still loved that movie, each and every point he made was true. That's when I became a fan of his writing. 
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Thanks, will check out that link!
I really respect critics, because they are mostly impartial and even when I disagree with their opinion I know at least they have the guts and honesty and say what they really think.
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Ardan Tüzünsoy, with all due respect to Ebert I disagree with him on this one. Hearing a lot of bad things about Psycho (1998) for years, when I finally saw it, I have found it at least an interesting experiment in perception. The interesting part about it is that if you saw the original and know it in-depth, brain registers every subtle difference and actually finds a lot of such: from drastically different approaches by actors to very small cuts and setting changes. I'd love to hear what people who dislike Psycho (1998) with passion would love to hear about it's way more demented brother, 24-Hour Psycho (1993). Argument that Gus Van Sant's movie brought nothing new will fall flat if you know about the existence of this piece, because Van Sant actually brought a lot in comparison.

I'd say that bringing up these two variations of Psycho (1960) says a lot about what happens when experimental film tries to be too  mainstream: quite often audience won't be able to pinpoint what the experiment even was on filmmaker's part (if they ever had that intension to begin with, quite doubtfully so for theatrical moviegoers) and as a (often experimental) filmmaker I can say that filmmakers often only have intuitive, rather vague idea(s) on what they were doing. They really learn from results though. Not to plug on the occassion, but I just released an experimental short (for those wondering here it is; yet to add it to IMDb but I will) which started as a sound effects and design test (as well as a way to be more familiar with certain functions of editing software) and gradually became something more: despite incredibly lacking in plot, it has some form of narrative and it brough me a lot of ideas on how to edit other projects. Coincidentally, it was also inspired by a Hitchcock film, this short. Another example is Film Look Test (2014). Started as a color correction test, then took a few spins in my mind and became a short metaphorical piece on purgatory, which serves as a middle point between a bad short film I made in 2012 and a more decent (if infinitely less comprehensible) movie I made (partially from the same footage) the next year. It says a lot that Van Sant's remake is a middle movie between two of his most known and acclaimed ones.
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I didn't really dislike the 1998 Psycho with a passion, I just found it very mediocre and, to be honest, boring. Actually I watched it a few years before I saw the original as a whole (I had seen parts 2-3-4 before, but hadn't seen the original from beginning to end. Only 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there, but never completely)

I'm not qualified enough to compare the technical differences or similarities. I can, however, go by what I see and feel. So I say that the 1998 version A) had no tension, and B) had a lead actor that was completely wrong for the role, in my opinion.

This is a case where the actor has as much impact on a movie as the writing, directing and editing. Thanks to Mr. Perkins, the 1960 Psycho would still be a great film (or at least a very memorable film) even if it was directed by someone else. On the other hand, I doubt even Hitchcock could save the 1998 version with V. Vaughn. Why? I don't know. As I said, I'm not qualified to pinpoint the exact differences and reasons, but that's how I feel.

The original, seeing it for the first time in my late 30's (after years of hype and having seen it in bits, and of course knowing every major detail about it as cinematic lore) still managed to surprise me. I don't mean the shower scene or the mother etc., I mean the way Hitchcock plays with the audience, leading us to believe that it'll be the story of the girl, then taking a whole different route in the middle (The Usual Suspects also did the same thing). It almost becomes a different film after a point, and this surprised and impressed me, even though I knew it beforehand. I never felt that with the 1998 version. In fact I had seen it during a movie festival, watching quite a number of films in a short time, and I remember that it was probably the worst of the bunch. Not because it was literally a "bad" film, but because it left no impression on me at all. Like the poster above me said, a disappointment.

I hadn't heard of that other film you mentioned (24 Hour Psycho) but reading its description, I can say that they couldn't pay me to watch it. The idea sounds very interesting on paper (most experimental art does) but I can't even imagine how a watcher would feel even after 20 minutes (I use the term "watcher" not audience, since it is unlikely this film would ever find an audience, or was made for them).
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Evil Dead (2013)
Absolute trash
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Scary Movie =))
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I'm surprised Prom Night (2008) didn't make the list that movie was dreadful!
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James The Movie Guy I kinda like this movie (opening scene sets the mood surprisingly well), but I can see why most people were less than impressed. 
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