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Old 03-26-12, 10:29 AM
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Re: Watch the original or remake first?

For old horror movies, I recommend the remakes first as they tend to be a bit more interesting in some regards. However, that does not make them better than the original. Universal definitely has a lot to offer in this category I might add.

For instance, I watched the 1982 Cat People before the Jacques Tournier original. While the original is a much better film, the re-make is a bit more interesting with its flashy visuals, vintage 80s synth score, and of course, naked Nastajja Kinski. King Kong is an interesting example in that both really work well together, but in that case I recommend the 1933 version first. The way PJ shot the 2005 film seems to hint that it is the "real story" of what happened, while the original is the sensationalistic depiction of the story that would have occured during the time period.
If the movies being remade are "cult favorites" (Assault on Precint 13, Halloween) then just go with the original, as the remakes tend to try and be everything to everyone more often than not.
Old 03-26-12, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaymole
I find both films equally good...I would have picked Carpenter's version over the original if he had spent more time on character development...to me that is the biggest flaw in the film.
Oh yeah! I think it's time for a "The Thing vs. The Thing vs. The Thing" poll!!!

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