5 Successful '80s Remakes -- and Why They Worked


  • NP says:

    I went to see _A Nightmare on Elm Street_, and yeah, the cast (and the writing, and the direction) was awful. So I remember thinking "Oh yuck, that Rooney Mara is going to just stink up her parts of _The Social Network_!" when I realized she was in that, and yet, she didn't stink it up; she gave what was arguably one of the strongest supporting performances. Proof that, in some cases, a good performance has to start with good writing and good direction.

  • Noah James says:

    Completely agree. When EVERYONE comes across bad, it's the director/editing. Not only were the performances subpar, but the actual movie was so boring. Instead of the original's tagline "You'll never want to sleep again", the remake's tagline was "You'll probably fall asleep".

  • miles silverberg says:

    Basically, all you're saying is that horror remakes work, and little else. Calling Fame a "success" required so many asterisks that it may as well be called F***. Karate Kid was really the lone needle in the haystack outside horror, which has a built-in audience that will give any new release a try.

  • Noah James says:

    Shouldn't Halloween be on this? Or was the sequel made - not because the remake was successful - but because the Weinsteins are stuck in the habit of flushing money down the drain?

  • Noah James says:

    Even if no actual karate was portrayed in the movie! Fans didn't let the fact that the kid was taught KUNG FU stop them from flocking to the theater.

  • Cody says:

    But wait...the Thing isn't a remake? It's a prequel to a remake!