10 Pointless And Disastrous Hollywood Remakes Of Brilliant Films

NME looks back and winces at the worst remakes of previously very watchable movies

Will these movie studios never learn? NME takes a look back at the times Hollywood tried to make lightning strike twice in the same place… and totally failed.

1
Psycho (1998)

Psycho (1998)

Psycho (1998)

Our gallery of Hollywood’s worst ever remakes begins with this ill-judged update of the 1960 horror classic. Director Gun Van Sant filmed in colour rather than black-and-white, but otherwise chose to recreate Hitchcock’s iconic thriller virtually shot by shot. Even classy cast members Julianne Moore and William H. Macy couldn’t save it from crippling pointlessness.

2
Arthur (2011)

Arthur (2011)

Arthur (2011)

This ill-fated remake of the popular 1981 comedy starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli was supposed to turn Russell Brand into a proper Hollywood star. Sadly, the script lacked the original’s fizz and Brand’s dandyish charm wore thin over a 107-minute running time that was oddly lacking in lolz. The man himself later admitted the film was a “mistake”.

3
Get Carter (2000)

Get Carter (2000)

Get Carter (2000)

Sly Stallone stepped into Michael Caine’s shoes for Hollywood’s take on the classic British crime film, which relocated the action from gritty North East England to slightly less gritty Seattle. Although Stallone’s performance was passable and Caine himself endorsed it with a brief cameo appearance, this ropey remake never matches the murky thrills of the original.

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4
Taxi (2003)

Taxi (2003)

Taxi (2003)

Released in 1998, Taxi was a sharp, sexy action-comedy produced by The Fifth Element director Luc Besson that spawned one of French cinema’s biggest ever film franchises. Six years later, Hollywood cast Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon in this weak and confused remake, which performed respectably at the box office but has since been rightly forgotten.

5
Rollerball (2002)

Rollerball (2002)

Rollerball (2002)

Sports and sci-fi aren’t natural bedfellows, but 1975’s Rollerball pulled off the unlikely union with panache. This messy, expensive remake starring Chris Klein and LL Cool J never came close. The most damning review came from Rollerball‘s creator William Harrison, who said: “I’ve never watched the 2002 [film] and have no interest in it.”

6
The Wicker Man (2006)

The Wicker Man (2006)

The Wicker Man (2006)
Another horrible Hollywood remake of a classic Brit horror flick, The Wicker Man was a deserved box office flop when it opened in 2006. However, it’s since built a cult fan-base among film fans who’ve reclaimed it as an unintentional comedy, though this probably wasn’t what Oscar-winning stars Nicolas Cage and Ellen Burstyn were going for during filming.

7
Godzilla (1998)

Godzilla (1998)
Hollywood’s first remake of the iconic Japanese sci-fi film was this dodgy blockbuster from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, whose monster suffered from the fatal flaw of, um, not really looking like Godzilla. Plans for a trilogy were scrapped and Hollywood eventually tried again with 2014’s superior reboot starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

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8
The Haunting (1999)

The Haunting (1999)

The Haunting (1999)
Released in 1963, British horror flick The Haunting is often considered one of the most frightening films ever made. Despite a stellar cast led by Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Owen Wilson, Hollywood’s remake failed to send the same kind of shivers down the spine, let down by a lumpy script and over-reliance on CGI.

9
Clash Of The Titans (2010)

Clash Of The Titans (2010)

Clash Of The Titans (2010)
The original 1981 Clash Of The Titans film was no masterpiece, so this big-budget remake starring Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton and Liam Neeson always faced an uphill struggle. Sure enough, it failed to rise to the challenge, getting bogged down in a glut of cluttered action sequences filled with usually reliable actors hiding behind dodgy beards.

10
Swept Away (2002)

Swept Away (2002)

Swept Away (2002)
Coming off three hits in a row, Guy Ritchie directed then wife Madonna in this ill-advised remake of a revered but somewhat dated Italian comedy-drama film from 1974. The result was so spectacularly terrible, it became the first film to win both Worst Picture and Worst Remake or Sequel at the Razzies, and basically killed off Madge’s acting career for good.

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