Ten worst film remakes
Lionsgate Studios have announced they are working on a remake of 1980s classic Dirty Dancing. Here are some Hollywood remakes that failed to impress the critics:
Published 09/08/2011 | 15:23
Psycho: Gus Van Sant's 1998 colour shot-by-shot remake of the Alfred Hitchcock seminal black and white horror was panned by critics, who dubbed the film, starring Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche, a "waste of time".
Planet of the Apes
This 2001 remake by Tim Burton cost some 20 times the original but failed to impress. Despite better makeup and slicker technology, film reviewers slated Mark Wahlberg's turn in the role that had originally been played by Charlton Heston.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Another Tim Burton remake, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, was full of amazing special effects but failed to capture the charm of the original.
This remake of a Lina Wertmuller original was directed by Guy Ritchie and starred his wife at the time, Madonna, who played a snobbish socialite stranded with a communist sailor. Critics argued it was Madonna's worst performance on film.
Back in 1939 this all-female ensemble about a woman trying to get her philandering husband out of the clutches of a predatory female was fun, especially when you had all of MGM's top stars involved in the catfight. But this 2008 remake failed to make cinemagoers laugh, despite a strong cast including Meg Ryan, Annette Benning and Debra Messing.
Don Siegel's 1956 film The Invasion of the Body Snatchers inspired two worthy remakes in 1978 and 1993. This 2007 remake starred Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Critics complained it lacked suspense or drama, and unlike the 1978 version, had a happy ending.
The Stepford Wives
Ira Levin's novel The Stepford Wives was made into a thriller in 1975 that spawned two TV sequels. In 2004, Frank Oz remade it for the big screen, with Nicole Kidman and Matthew Broderick, and completely muddled the ending. While the original directed by Bryan Forbes was considered a clever pro-feminist film, the remake was played for cheap laughs.
Luc Besson's stylish 1990 thriller Nikita broke all the genre conventions with his portrait of a tough-yet-vulnerable female assassin trying to survive in the treacherous world of the French secret services. Hollywood opted to copy Nikita scene-by-scene and have actors with solid American accents utter the exact same lines.
This remake attempted to bring the original 60s swinger to NYC in the 21st Century. In 1966, Michael Caine plays cheeky chappie Alfie, a loveable rogue with an incorrigible eye for the ladies. But Jude Law turned Alfie from cheeky cad to loathsome slimeball.
The Wicker Man
The original is about how paganism has taken over a small island village and how a devout Catholic police officer has his faith tested while investigating the disappearance of a young girl. But the remake, starring Nicholas Cage, turned out to be unintentionally comical.