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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. In 2020, a dozen remakes of classic films hit theaters and streaming services. By some estimates there are more than 100 remakes currently in the works. 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. Once in a while, these remakes are mega-hits, like the 1954 version of “A Star is Born” or the 1957 reboot of “An Affair to Remember.” More often than not, however, they’re complete flops.

    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. The list includes films of all genres, from comedy to horror to drama to romance. Some of these movies, like “The Stepford Wives” and “House of Wax,” score low with viewers because of poor scriptwriting, bad editing, or cringe-worthy acting. Others, like “The Omen” and “Annie” rank low simply because audiences can’t stand to see perfection messed with.

    Counting down from bad to really bad, here are the 50 worst remakes of all time.

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  • #50. Down to Earth (2001)

    - Directors: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
    - IMDb user rating: 5.5
    - Votes: 21,447
    - Metascore: 32
    - Runtime: 87 minutes

    An old play called "Heaven Can Wait" became three separate Hollywood films, including this 2001 version starring Chris Rock. In the movie, a stand-up comic (Rock) dies prematurely and then returns to Earth in the form of a white millionaire. Not only does the film feature a recycled premise, but Chris Rock even reuses old jokes.

  • #49. Nine Months (1995)

    - Director: Chris Columbus
    - IMDb user rating: 5.5
    - Votes: 34,812
    - Metascore: 47
    - Runtime: 103 minutes

    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.

  • #48. The Omen (2006)

    - Director: John Moore
    - IMDb user rating: 5.5
    - Votes: 55,780
    - Metascore: 43
    - Runtime: 110 minutes

    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.

  • #47. Friday the 13th (2009)

    - Director: Marcus Nispel
    - IMDb user rating: 5.5
    - Votes: 95,970
    - Metascore: 34
    - Runtime: 97 minutes

    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.

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

    - Director: Scott Derrickson
    - IMDb user rating: 5.5
    - Votes: 162,154
    - Metascore: 40
    - Runtime: 104 minutes

    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.

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  • #45. The Wiz (1978)

    - Director: Sidney Lumet
    - IMDb user rating: 5.4
    - Votes: 13,602
    - Metascore: 53
    - Runtime: 134 minutes

    As one of the most iconic films of all time, 1939's "The Wizard of Oz" paved the way for numerous sequels, spin-offs, and reimaginings. Among the follow-ups is this musical version from 1978, which stars a slew of big names from the world of R&B (including Diana Ross and Michael Jackson). While the movie famously underperformed upon its initial release, it's also considered something of a cult classic.

  • #44. The Hustle (2019)

    - Director: Chris Addison
    - IMDb user rating: 5.4
    - Votes: 45,053
    - Metascore: 35
    - Runtime: 93 minutes

    Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star in “The Hustle”, a remake of the 1988 film “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” which is, in turn, a remake of 1964’s “Bedtime Story.” Unfortunately for these comedic actresses, in this case the third time was not the charm. The 2019 release about two women who set out to con an internet millionaire out of his wealth was called forgettable and slammed for the lack of chemistry between the two leads.

  • #43. The Eye (2008)

    - Directors: David Moreau, Xavier Palud
    - IMDb user rating: 5.4
    - Votes: 51,092
    - Metascore: 36
    - Runtime: 98 minutes

    An iconic Cantonese horror franchise was remade for American audiences in 2008, only to be panned across the board. It stars Jessica Alba as a blind violinist, who receives an eye transplant and then gains visual access to a supernatural realm. This was not the first adaptation, as the film had been previously remade twice in India.

  • #42. Bangkok Dangerous (2008)

    - Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang
    - IMDb user rating: 5.4
    - Votes: 54,657
    - Metascore: 24
    - Runtime: 99 minutes

    Directing duo The Pang Brothers remade their own film when they released this 2008 turkey, in which a hitman (Nicolas Cage) goes to Bangkok for a series of jobs. The original version won a filmmaking award at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2000. The remake opened to overwhelmingly negative reviews before ultimately tanking at the box office.

  • #41. Red Dawn (2012)

    - Director: Dan Bradley
    - IMDb user rating: 5.4
    - Votes: 72,820
    - Metascore: 31
    - Runtime: 93 minutes

    In the original "Red Dawn," a group of small-town teenagers (including Patrick Swayze) band together to stave off a Russian invasion. Despite mixed reviews, the 1984 film was considered a box office success. Replacing Russia with North Korea, the 2012 remake was a failure critically and commercially.

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