16 Times Hollywood Tried To Remake A Classic And Audiences Said No Thank You

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Audiences will put up with many things from Hollywood, but the one thing filmgoers have little tolerance for is a remake of a cinema classic. At best, these remakes are misguided attempts at doing something new with a tried and true film, but in many cases, they can feel like jaded cash grabs and excuses to trot out well-known pieces of IP.

Some of these reboots were meant to jumpstart a new franchise and stalled out immediately, while others completely disappeared from our collective memories. It's hard to quantify why an audience says no thank you to a remake. In some cases, the films are too similar to the original, but there are remakes that take the opposite course and spin off so far from the original film that audiences just don't want to interact. Which of these remakes has already slipped out of your brain? All of them, right?

  • Home Sweet Home Alone
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    Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York are stone-cold classics. Written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), both films are an all-encompassing adolescent fantasy of freedom shown through the eyes of Kevin McCallister, a smart aleck who gets in over his head after he's accidentally left to fend for himself on multiple holidays. 

    In both films, Kevin lives it up and foils two criminals known as the Wet Bandits while learning a little something about the meaning of family in the process. The original Home Alone films are incredibly fun, well made, and expertly acted. You can't really say the same thing about 2021's Home Sweet Home Alone.

    This franchise reboot has a stacked cast that includes comedy vets like Rob Delaney, Andrew Daly, and Kenan Thompson, but it lacks the joie de vivre of the original films that John Hughes was able to infuse into his scripts. No matter how heightened things are in his movies, it still feels like he's capturing the real experience of a young person. Paired with Chris Columbus, a director who knows how to make child terror fun, and you've got a home run. Home Sweet Home Alone tries too hard to match the original films and falls short. 

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    1,316 VOTES

    Why did Warner Bros. think they could successfully remake Point Break? Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 film is one of the most expertly crafted action films ever made, and it features astonishing performances from everyone involved, particularly Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey, and John C. McGinley. 

    The action is crisp and exciting, the cinematography is beautiful and remains fresh to this day, and the dialogue pops. It's hard to not be hyperbolic about such a fantastic film that defined a generation of action films and stars, which is why it's confounding that the remake is so forgettable.

    Point Break 2K15 more or less follows the exact same plot as the original, but it shifts the focus from surfing to every extreme sport while making Bodhi into an eco-terrorist rather than a guy who just robs banks to fund his endless summer. As cool as that must have sounded in the pitch, in execution, it fails to deliver the same thrills as the original. 

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    727 VOTES

    It is wild that someone remade Jacob's Ladder. The original film explores PTSD and the afterlife through the bizarre and terrifying visions suffered by Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins). As Singer investigates his visions, he goes down a rabbit hole of supernatural experiences that lead to a fascinating, mind-bending ending.

    The 2019 remake is more focused on crafting a realistic take on traumatized veterans, which is admirable, but it misses the point of making a genre film. Audiences want to be scared when they watch a horror movie, and if they happen to learn something, that's great! But at the end of the day, they want to be scared, and this movie doesn't deliver the scares.

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    975 VOTES

    Adventures in Babysitting

    Did you know there was a reboot of Adventures in Babysitting? Because we had no idea that in 2016, the Disney Channel released a remake of one of the most beloved children's films of the 1980s. The 1987 film about a girl whose boyfriend bails on her on their anniversary so she takes a last-minute babysitting job that turns into a wild adventure across Chicago - complete with lowlifes, infidelity, and maybe the god Thor - is the directorial debut of child endangerment maestro Chris Columbus and it slaps.

    Columbus is able to make this sweet film feel tense and dangerous while keeping things PG-13; it's a genuine talent, and it's likely the reason the original film is so beloved. Young viewers like to watch people their age getting into real trouble and surviving, which is exactly why the remake just doesn't work. Aside from the fact it never feels like any of the cast is in danger, it's just missing the element of grime that was everywhere in 1980s Chicago.

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    1,084 VOTES

    It's insane that 20th Century Fox tried to capture lightning in a bottle twice with their 2015 remake of Poltergeist. The original film is an accomplished piece of family-horror storytelling that could only be achieved through the push and pull of director Tobe Hooper and producer Steven Spielberg - it's scary and fun, which is something that's really hard to pull off.

    The remake should be good. Not only is the movie produced by Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert (The Evil Dead series), it stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt, as a married couple at their wits end following some truly upsetting paranormal activity that looks to be focused on their children. The big problem here is we've seen it all before, and it was so much better the first time around. The original Poltergeist looks fantastic, so much so that it makes the computer-animated effects of the remake look childish in comparison. Poltergeist 2015 was meant to jumpstart a wave of haunted house movies, but all it made us want to do is go back and watch the original.

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  • Lady and the Tramp
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    The 2019 remake of Lady and the Tramp does not exist. Oh sure, you can watch it on Disney+ and it stars Justin Theroux and Tessa Thompson, but for all intents and purposes, it's a ghost.

    It makes sense this 2019 remake would be widely disregarded by audiences. Not only is it a CGI monstrosity, but it's a remake of one of the most beloved animated classics of the 20th century. No amount of star power or marketing will make an audience forget how much they adore a film from their childhood.