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DuB1978
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I just got done looking at a website that has upcoming movies in the next few years and there are three that stuck out the most to me.(Red Dawn,Footloose,and The Karate Kid)This kinda makes me mad that they are doing this,and i was wondering how it would make some of you feel? Oh Yeah and thier is talks of a (Crow) remake,this is one movie that should be left alone,its bad enuff they made those crappy sequels after it.
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I saw the news article indicating Zac Ephron had left the role for Footloose and they were saying it like it was a bad thing! I am glad that they at least recognize these movies from the 80's that were truly classics. Kind of a compliment to my tastes in a way. Do I agree with the remakes?...not so much. Any time we end up at one of thes remakes with my nephews, I roll my eyes by the end and then drag them to my house, order a pizza and drop in the original for mandatory viewing. I have about a 98% approval rating from them for the original over the remake, so not all hope is lost...until someone decides it might be a good idea to remake Pee Wee's Big Adventure with say Jack Black!
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I heard the Karate Kid remake is being produced by Will Smith as a vehicle for his son, Jayden. Sorry, but you can't remake perfection, Mr. Smith.
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I hope the Red Dawn remake doesn't happen this is a film that should be left well alone,it tapped into a particular feeling at the time with the cold war etc.
Also the young actors in it did a great job and i don't think i would like anyone else in their roles.

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quote:
Originally posted by journey:
I heard the Karate Kid remake is being produced by Will Smith as a vehicle for his son, Jayden. Sorry, but you can't remake perfection, Mr. Smith.

It looks like they are going to call it The Kung Fu Kid, and, it's based in China...

http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2009/05/karate-kid-remake-details

It's better this way... Don't mess with perfection! [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Mike.:
I hope the Red Dawn remake doesn't happen this is a film that should be left well alone,it tapped into a particular feeling at the time with the cold war etc.
Also the young actors in it did a great job and i don't think i would like anyone else in their roles.

you hit the hammer on the nail, thats how i feel about them remaking it.
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Now Chase Crawford, an actor from Gossip Girl, will be reprising Kevin Bacon's role in Footloose:

http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/us-magazine-chace-crawford-footloose.html

I have a pretty negative attitude towards a lot of these remakes. I didn't like the remake of many of the horror films of the 70s & 80s: Didn't like Omen nor did I like the remake of Halloween. The Wicker Man was ridiculous, and I didn't like The Hitcher either. Didn't see the Friday the 13th remake just yet, but I was mildly interested. I also haven't bothered to watch Prom Night or Black Christmas.

As far as Red Dawn is concerned, that is one of the few remakes I am interested in. Truthfully, I was never a huge fan of the movie, and after having watched it again recently, I think it was a premise that could have been developed in a much more interesting way. The first half an hour of the movie is great, and then it loses all of it's steam, IMO. I've always liked Toy Soldiers and Taps better. I also think that the casting of Jackie Earle Haley as the new Freddy Krueger is interesting, despite my overall opposition to that remake.

I am totally against any remake of Karate Kid, Fame, Footloose, The Dirty Dozen, The Birds, Adventures in Babysitting, Robocop, Weird Science, Top Gun, Back to School, Evil Dead (WTF?), Creepshow, Escape From New York, and Easy Rider. I find it totally outrageous, and very pathetic that Hollywood has become so unambitious and uncreative that they need to continuously go back to the well rather than create new and exciting pictures.

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I felt Prom Night deserved a remake as horrendous as the original one was. The remake was a tad worse than the original. I actually preferred Prom Night 2 over both. Always had an open mind here as far as remakes go. I judge after I see them.....
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saturnchick, you touched briefly on something I am a little guilty of and that is being mildly interested in some of the remakes. Yes, it feels like cheating, but it gives you that "feeling" you had back then and just gets you just so anxious to see what is going on with it. It evokes your childhood. I think that is why I am usually disappointed in the remakes because I'm just not that age anymore. The nice thing is though that come the remake, you can usually count on the DVD re-issue on steroids which only happens on anniversaries (The Last Starfighter 25th out soon!).

The question I have for you all is this: Are there any movies that you can think of from the 80's that we loved that were true re-makes from a previous decade?

I will think on it, but am coming up blank right now. Could the 80's have been the most original decade for movie making in history? I already have a theory that 1980-1985 was the TRUE Golden Age in cinema!

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quote:
Originally posted by saturnchick:
I have a pretty negative attitude towards a lot of these remakes. I didn't like the remake of many of the horror films of the 70s & 80s: Didn't like Omen nor did I like the remake of Halloween. The Wicker Man was ridiculous, and I didn't like The Hitcher either. Didn't see the Friday the 13th remake just yet, but I was mildly interested. I also haven't bothered to watch Prom Night or Black Christmas.

They've remade so many classic horror films in the last 9 years, that I've actually lost track. The only decent ones were Dawn of the Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th, if you ask me.
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quote:
The question I have for you all is this: Are there any movies that you can think of from the 80's that we loved that were true re-makes from a previous decade?
The only one that I can think of, off the top of my head, is John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) which was a remake of a 1951 B-movie entitled The Thing From Another World. The 1982 version was far superior to the 1951 version, and, IMHO, was one of the best horror movies of the 1980's.

Journey, I agree with you that the 2003 version of Dawn of the Dead was one of the few really great remakes, especially in the horror genre.

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Thank you, I have no idea how I missed that one. I am a Carpenter fan through and through and completely agree...Far superior version by country miles! That also reminded me of The Blob, which was actually worse than the earlier version with Steve McQueen.
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quote:
Originally posted by Earl Keese:
The question I have for you all is this: Are there any movies that you can think of from the 80's that we loved that were true re-makes from a previous decade?

I will think on it, but am coming up blank right now. Could the 80's have been the most original decade for movie making in history? I already have a theory that 1980-1985 was the TRUE Golden Age in cinema!

Besides The Thing and The Blob there are also these:

The Jazz Singer (1980)
The Blue Lagoon (1980)
Xanadu (1980)
The Hand (1981)
The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Pennies from Heaven (1981)
Buddy Buddy (1981)
Victor Victoria (1982)
The Toy (1982)
Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)
Scarface (1983)
Breathless (1983)
The Man Who Loved Women (1983)
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Never Say Never Again (1983)
The Bounty (1984)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Unfaithfully Yours (1984)
Blame It on Rio (1984)
Crackers (1984)
Against All Odds (1984)
Where the Boys Are '84 (1984)
Cloak & Dagger (1984)
The Woman in Red (1984)
Oxford Blues (1984)
The Sure Thing (1985)
Pale Rider (1985)
The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)
The Bride (1985)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
The Fly (1986)
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Happy New Year (1987)
No Way Out (1987)
Like Father Like Son (1987)
Dead of Winter (1987)
Mannequin (1987)
Not of This Earth (1988)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Burning Secret (1988)
Switching Channels (1988)
D.O.A. (1988)
Vice Versa (1988)
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Valmont (1989)
We're No Angels (1989)
Cousins (1989)
Always (1989)

Also there were a lot of made-for-TV remakes of old classics in the '80s. Splendor in the Grass (1981), Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (1981) and Witness for the Prosecution (1982) leap to mind.

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Oh...my...goodness. Journey, I bow down in your presence. I had no idea there were this many! In your opinion and on the whole, do you think they did them better as these versions? As the earlier versions? An even split? Any specific examples jump to mind?

I heard they now have a remake of "V" on the way too!

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quote:
Originally posted by saturnchick:
Didn't see the Friday the 13th remake just yet, but I was mildly interested.

Terrible movie!
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Impressive list, journey. Your post reminded of the made-for-TV remake of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?", which starred the Redgrave sisters reprising the roles of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. I believe that this was made in the late 80's.

EDIT: I looked up the Baby Jane remake, and it was actually made in 1991...

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quote:
Originally posted by Earl Keese:
Oh...my...goodness. Journey, I bow down in your presence. I had no idea there were this many! In your opinion and on the whole, do you think they did them better as these versions? As the earlier versions? An even split? Any specific examples jump to mind?

I heard they now have a remake of "V" on the way too!

Out of the ones I listed, I'd say most were probably not as good as the originals, but clearly there weren't nearly as many dreadfully bad ones as there are today. Overall they tended to remake less well-known titles and not just mindlessly cash in on every big name film around. A few of those, actually, are among the best remakes of all time (i.e. The Thing, The Fly, Scarface, etc.).
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Good point journey. "Mindlessly cash in..." I like your phrasing because that's what it feel like anymore doesn't it? Not only with remakes but sequelitis as well...like the whole thing is being run by accountants and somewhere in the 90's they simply took it away from the directors, writers and actors. The 80's and earlier definitely just felt different (even the movie theatres back then). At least we will always have those movie with us and can pass them on...Just for that, I am going to dig into my collection this weekend and maybe relive a couple of the classics!
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When Sean Connery was interviewed by "That's Life" magazine for their "Celebrity Likes And Loathes" column, then he listed amongst one of his latter gratuitous remakes, citing the remake of the classic "Psycho" starring Anne Heche as an example, commenting "Why not just re-release the original?"

And just for the record, I very well agree with him!

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Entertainment Weekly

Not all from the 80's, but a pretty good rundown anyways...

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