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50 worst movie remakes

  • 50 worst movie remakes

    While Hollywood remakes are certainly nothing new, moviegoers might be surprised to discover the tradition dates back to 1904. That was when director Siegmund Lubin released his own take on the seminal short film "The Great Train Robbery" from the previous year. Featuring the same title and plot, Lubin injected a little more violence and style into his version. He also evaded a newly implemented copyright law in order to make as much profit as possible. Robbery, indeed.

    Intellectual property laws have changed in the time since, but the Hollywood remake most definitely endures. Sometimes, filmmakers are motivated by a genuine desire to update a classic story for modern audiences. In other scenarios, the remake is little more than a shameless cash grab or uninspired retread into formulaic territory.

    Enter the 50 worst remakes of all time. For the list, Stacker ranked each film according to its IMDb rating. In the case of a rating tie, the total number of user votes was taken into consideration. Counting down from bad to really bad, here are the 50 worst remakes of all time.   

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  • #50. House on Haunted Hill (1999)

    User Rating: 5.6
    Director: William Malone

    Starring horror legend Vincent Price, the original "House on Haunted Hill" is considered a gloriously campy thrill ride. By contrast, critics found this 1999 remake a joyless exercise in generic jump scares and R-rated gore. Both versions feature a classic premise, in which a man promises a group of strangers a small fortune should they make it through the night in a supposedly haunted house.

  • #49. Dark Water (2005)

    IMDb user rating: 5.6
    Director: Walter Salles

    By 2005, Hollywood was in the middle of a Japanese horror film craze. Enter this remake, about a mother (Jennifer Connelly) and daughter who square off against a vengeful ghost inside a rundown apartment building. As in the original, which was based on a short story, the ghost frequently manifests itself by way of leaky water.

  • #48. Friday the 13th (2009)

    User Rating: 5.6
    Director: Marcus Nispel

    Despite lackluster reviews, the 1980 slasher flick "Friday the 13th" spawned an iconic and seemingly endless franchise. In 2009, Hollywood tried to start things all over again with this reboot. Unlike the original—which didn't actually feature Jason Voorhees as the killer—the newer version dutifully unleashed the hockey-masked maniac upon a group of unwitting campers.

  • #47. The Nutty Professor (1996)

    User Rating: 5.6
    Director: Tom Shadyac

    Jerry Lewis struck comedy gold with the original "The Nutty Professor," about a nerdy scientist who becomes a suave ladykiller with help from a powerful potion. Eddie Murphy tackled the lead role three decades later, swapping Lewis' dweeby Julius Kelp for an overweight professor named Sherman Klump. IMDb voters might not look too kindly upon the remake, but it was a major hit in its day.

  • #46. Nine Months (1995)

    User Rating: 5.5
    Director: Chris Columbus

    Just one year after its release, the French comedy "Neuf mois" received the Hollywood treatment. The result was "Nine Months," in which a commitment-phobic man grapples with his girlfriend's pregnancy. According to some critics, stars Hugh Grant and Julianne Moore fail to elevate a dull and tiresome script.

  • #45. The Omen (2006)

    User Rating: 5.5
    Director: John Moore

    1976's "The Omen" endures as a horror classic about an American ambassador (Gregory Peck) whose adopted son might very well be the Antichrist. The 2006 remake is so faithful to the original plot that most critics couldn't understand why it was made at all.

  • #44. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

    User Rating: 5.5
    Director: Scott Derrickson

    In 1951's "The Day the Earth Stood Still," an alien and his destructive robot threaten to annihilate Earth unless humans can all get along. Released in the midst of The Cold War, the sci-fi classic confronted its viewers with a range of prescient themes. This 2008 remake tries to capture the same lightning in a bottle, but critics found it sterile by comparison.

  • #43. 2001 Maniacs (2005)

    User Rating: 5.4
    Director: Tim Sullivan

    The original "Two Thousand Maniacs!" came out in 1964 and aimed squarely for the drive-in circuit, pairing dark comedy with grindhouse terror. This 2005 remake touts a similar comic sensibility, even as it delivers brutal violence and buckets of gore. Starring horror mainstay Robert Englund, the film finds a group of tourists being terrorized in a remote Southern town.

  • #42. The Out-of-Towners (1999)

    User Rating: 5.4
    Director: Sam Weisman

    Award-winning playwright Neil Simon penned the original script for 1970's "The Out-of-Towners," about an Ohio couple who encounter a range of misadventures while visiting New York City. This 1999 remake puts stars Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn through the wringer, as they likewise struggle through their trip to the Big Apple. The film bombed at the box office and earned a lashing from the critics.

  • #41. Diabolique (1996)

    User Rating: 5.4
    Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik

    Actress Sharon Stone was on top of the world when she headlined this latter-day remake of the famous 1955 French thriller, "Les diaboliques" (also known as "Diabolique"). In both films, the wife and the mistress of a sadistic school administrator team up to plot and execute his murder. The remake branches off on its own in the third act, though audiences and critics alike felt the new ending was just one of its numerous travesties.

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