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The Antipodean
04-03-12, 03:22 PM
Maybe it's because you always like the movies you saw as a kid more but has anyone found an 80s remake they liked more than the original? The ones I've seen have ranged from mediocre - The Thing, Nightmare on Elm Street - to just horrible like Clash Of the Titans or A-Team which i found a smug bore. Fright Night was ok but even that didn't make me think wow, they've really improved this. None of the movies seem necessary, only meant to cash in on nostalgia.

Is it just me? Does anyone who didn't see these movies in their first version think the new ones are better?

covenant
04-03-12, 03:34 PM
Has there been a single 80s movie remake better than the original? Maybe it's because you always like the movies you saw as a kid more

I was a kid prior to the 80s, so my choice would be the Dawn of the Dead remake. '78 vs 2004

Rockmjd23
04-03-12, 03:35 PM
Dawn 04 better than Dawn 78? NooooOoOOooOOooOooOoo!

If you're going 70s, The Hills Have Eyes remake is better than the original.

covenant
04-03-12, 03:38 PM
YeeeeeSsSSssSSssSssSss!

I liked it better, I'm not saying which is a better movie.

The Cow
04-03-12, 03:45 PM
How did I miss an A-Team movie in the 80s :(

OldBoy
04-03-12, 03:48 PM
i liked Fright Night a ton more than the original.

Groucho
04-03-12, 03:49 PM
The Thing was a prequel, yo.

kgrogers1979
04-03-12, 03:52 PM
While I still like Burton's Batman, Batman Begins is much better.

Trout
04-03-12, 03:55 PM
I was a kid prior to the 80s, so my choice would be the Dawn of the Dead remake. '78 vs 2004

:jawdrop: I don't even know what to say...

islandclaws
04-03-12, 03:58 PM
No.

/thread

Nick Danger
04-03-12, 04:09 PM
I liked 80s remake of The Thing better than the 50s original. So, yeah.

The Antipodean
04-03-12, 05:30 PM
Note I didn't ask if there had ANY remake better than the original, because there's many over the years that have been. I'm speaking strictly of the trend of remaking 80s flicks for today's kids.

meritocracy
04-03-12, 05:36 PM
No.

/thread
This!

GoldenJCJ
04-03-12, 05:37 PM
How did I miss an A-Team movie in the 80s :(
I'll look past the Op's logic on that one and just say that I absolutely loved the A-Team movie! A great movie by no means but I had a hell of a lot of fun watching it.

Charlie Goose
04-04-12, 12:37 AM
I think the recent remake of Clash of the Titans was better than the 1981 original, which, even as a kid, I found severly disappointing.

DaveyJoe
04-04-12, 12:39 AM
I liked 80s remake of The Thing better than the 50s original. So, yeah.

Agreed, I'd also like to add the 80s version of The Fly by Cronenberg was better than the original.

Charlie Goose
04-04-12, 12:41 AM
^^^ I agree with both, but that's not the topic.

caligulathegod
04-04-12, 06:18 AM
We are approximately as far away from the 70s-80s as Hammer was when they started remaking the 30s-40s Universal monster movies in the 50s-60s. We're just getting old and it's time to let the kids play in the sandbox. If we're alive, we can make fun of them whining over remakes of Transformers and Harry Potter.

TimeandTide
04-04-12, 11:18 AM
I think the recent remake of Clash of the Titans was better than the 1981 original, which, even as a kid, I found severly disappointing.

:thumbsup:

RocShemp
04-04-12, 11:45 AM
Yeah, as much as I love Harryhausen, the original Clash of the Titans is not a good movie. I enjoyed it as a kid (and now as an adult) because of the effects work rather than the film itself.

Hokeyboy
04-04-12, 11:49 AM
I think the recent remake of Clash of the Titans was better than the 1981 original, which, even as a kid, I found severly disappointing.
:thmbsdwn:

Larry C.
04-04-12, 12:15 PM
Saying Dawn of the Dead 2004 is better that 1978 is fighting words!

Rival11
04-04-12, 12:27 PM
We are approximately as far away from the 70s-80s as Hammer was when they started remaking the 30s-40s Universal monster movies in the 50s-60s. We're just getting old and it's time to let the kids play in the sandbox. If we're alive, we can make fun of them whining over remakes of Transformers and Harry Potter.

I've been thinking a lot about his lately....funny, back in 2000-2001...which I don't consider that long ago....I thought the late 80's still didn't feel that old....now 11-12 years later, they feel very old.

Rival11's side note: on the plus side I feel much healthier now then I did 10 years ago.

RichC2
04-04-12, 12:39 PM
I also thought Batman Begins was better than Tim Burton's Batman.

A-Team wasn't a movie in the 80s, but if we're going that route I never really cared for 21 Jump Street but enjoyed the hell out of the movie.

I thought Fright Night was an improvement as well.

I didn't mind the new Karate Kid but the original is better, Friday the 13th was a shitty movie to begin with and the reboot was no better, A Nightmare on Elm Street remake was fucking horrible. I did enjoy the campy 3D remake of My Bloody Valentine.

Michael Corvin
04-04-12, 12:52 PM
Nolan's Batman over Burton is a good one.

I'd consider Karate Kid a contender if they didn't basically work off the same script. Edge goes to the original.

Never saw the original Fright Night, but I loved the recent one.

Matthew Chmiel
04-04-12, 12:56 PM
I'll echo the statement that Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are far superior to Tim Burton's adaptation. I never liked Burton's adaptations to any of the films, but I do have a soft spot for Batman Forever.

I enjoy Fright Night in both variations. The original is the better of the two, but the remake is a blast as it plays like a foul-mouthed feature length episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The Friday the 13th reboot has a great opening sequence, but goes to shit shortly thereafter.

If it counts, 21 Jump Street is a vast improvement upon its television show roots.

BambooLounge
04-04-12, 01:23 PM
I wouldn't consider Nolan's Batman films to be remakes of Burton's Batman films. I mean, other than using the same property, they are vastly different stories.

As for which is better, I still really enjoy Burton's Batman films as "comic book" movies, but Nolan's films get the edge as better films in general. Just don't really ever find myself comparing them or linking them in my mind as connected any more than I view the non-Burton Batman films as connected to his films. Distinct styles, different actors, and unconnected plot lines.

Hokeyboy
04-04-12, 02:06 PM
Saying Nolan's Batman is a remake of Burton's is like saying "Casino Royale" is a remake of "License To Kill".

Ash Ketchum
04-04-12, 02:20 PM
Saying Nolan's Batman is a remake of Burton's is like saying "Casino Royale" (2006) is a remake of "Casino Royale" (1967).

Fixed. :D

RocShemp
04-04-12, 02:21 PM
Saying Nolan's Batman is a remake of Burton's is like saying "Casino Royale" is a remake of "License To Kill".

No. It's clearly a remake of the Peter Sellers/David Niven movie. Quantum of Solace is the remake of Licence to Kill.

Hokeyboy
04-04-12, 02:47 PM
Quantum of Solace is the remake of Licence to Kill.
Yeah but I-- wait, this is actually true. :mad:

kgrogers1979
04-04-12, 02:51 PM
Saying Nolan's Batman is a remake of Burton's Batman is like saying Burton's Batman is a remake of Adam West's Batman. (There was an Adam West Batman movie along with the TV series.)

Larry C.
04-04-12, 02:56 PM
I have a feeling this is gonna turn into a fucking Batman thread.

Hokeyboy
04-04-12, 02:56 PM
Saying Nolan's Batman is a remake of Burton's Batman is like saying Singer's "Superman Returns" is a remake of Donner's "Su--



Alright you know what, fuck all y'all :mad: :mad: :mad:

Kurtie Dee
04-05-12, 01:22 AM
The <i>Good Burger</i> reboot looks to be absolutely devastating.

resinrats
04-05-12, 01:37 AM
I think the remake of The Parent Trap is better then the 60's version. Yes, the one with Linsay Lohan, back when she wasn't a dumpster fire.

Chadm
04-05-12, 01:49 AM
Inglourious Basterds> Inglorious Bastards
Predators was on par with Predator.

SterlingBen
04-05-12, 02:00 AM
Predators was on par with Predator.

Sequel

Also the new Captain America movie was way way better.

kgrogers1979
04-05-12, 02:08 AM
Tom Jane Punisher > Dolph Lundgren Punisher

Lastdaysofrain
04-05-12, 07:22 AM
I second Friday the 13th, I actually thought it managed to distill most of the good stuff about the first three movies into one flick and be pretty damn good.