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Remakes are nothing new in Hollywood. Take a look back through cinema history and there are plenty of example of ideas and stories being recycled for new audiences. Take, for instance, Robin Hood and Zorro, whose big-screen exploits stretch right the way back to Douglas Fairbanks in the silent era.
Right now two high profile re-dos - Carrie and Oldboy - are screening in cinemas. Considering just how well the originals are regarded, it begs one simple question - why? One carries a recognisable name, the other is a critically lauded foreign-language cult film that has a limited audience.
In the end it may all boil down to making money, but that's still no excuse for some of the remakes that have been served up in recent memory. Digital Spy looks at 9 cinematic remakes that didn't need to happen below...
Great news for the indie horror scene. The haunting new flick House of Bad has completely sold out on Amazon! Take that, big studios and your 14 million leftover copies of the Total Recall remake!
From the Press Release
House of Bad, the award-winning 2013 independent horror film and fan-site darling, blistered anticipated sales yesterday, selling Amazon.com out of stock, taking the internet giant by surprise. After a month of being available as a pre-order, the title suddenly became unavailable on the day of its official release.
The turn of events represents a new twist to the typical story of the independent film scene, where directors and filmmakers struggle to find distribution and access to robust sales outlets. Without such avenues cinematic efforts can be lost in the shuffle, a reality for low-budget genre films and true gems like House of Bad.
"It's awesome and frustrating at the same time," says executive producer Scott Frazelle. »
- Uncle Creepy
I am indifferent to most fanboy passions; I don’t like horror movies or aliens and have never read a comic book. I do not mention this proudly, but only to explain why, until recently, I could not understand the hysterical outrage that surrounds the announcement (and, often, follow-through) of most Hollywood remakes. I rolled my eyes at the Star Trek blog posts calling for J. J. Abrams’s head. I didn’t plan to see the new Carrie, so I didn’t understand why the angry De Palma fans couldn't just skip it, too. Total Recall, Road House, Point Break, Poltergeist, Oldboy — these reboots didn’t sound particularly promising to me, but I wasn’t attached to the originals, and I didn’t see why adults needed to get so huffy about their existence. Sometimes you renovate houses; sometimes you remake movies. And then — you saw this coming — they »
- Amanda Dobbins
A good method of determining the realism of a film isn’t by body count so much as it is the weight a writer puts on each death. For example, if the death is preceded by any of the following one-liners, it probably wasn’t valued very much. That isn’t to say these are bad films by any stretch, just films that you wouldn’t want to be caught dead dying in, lest your final breaths be a gentle laugh at the lunacy uttered by your attacker. 8. “You think this is the real Quaid? It is.” – Total Recall You could write a book based on bad Schwarzenegger murder lines, but I chose this one because of how incredibly flaccid it is in terms of being neither clever nor “so bad it’s funny.” It just, kind of, is. At first glance you’d wonder why they would even fall for it. After »
- David Christopher Bell
As someone who works from home, I.ve gotten remarkably good at ignoring possible distractions. There.s a taco truck parked outside my building? Eh. I really don.t need more food. The original Total Recall is on one of the pay movie channels? I.ll DVR that shit for later. But Clue? I can.t ever say no to Clue. It.s a weapons closet of joy rolled up in delicious blackmail secrets and topped with pretty and jagged chandelier pieces. Its pull always sucks me in like the wafting aroma of monkeys. brains. Today was no different. I was going about my business when I noticed my DVD copy out of the corner of my eye. I.ll just drop it in and watch it in the background, I thought. Fail. Ninety-six frenetic and brilliant minutes later, I.m now compelled to sit down and plow through a »
Costume Illustrations by Christian Cordella Click to see uncensored version Concept Art by Robert McKinnon Click to see uncensored version Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find »
Last spring, "The Hunger Games," based on the first book in a series of insanely popular young adult novels by Suzanne Collins, came out and pretty much dominated the pop-culture landscape for months on end. The tale of a futuristic game (wherein participants are chosen at random and forced to compete in a series of tournaments that leaves their fellow participants dead), it was hooky and edgy, the kind of socially conscious science fiction that is all but missing these days.
The film, directed by Gary Ross and starring a then lesser-known Jennifer Lawrence, was also really good. But, of course, things change, and Ross has been swapped for Francis Lawrence, a talented music video and film director who previously helmed "Constantine" and "I Am Legend." For "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," based on Collins's second novel, the stakes are raised considerably and everything seems bigger, more complicated, and on the verge of chaos. »
- Drew Taylor
I bet you’re thinking, “Hey, I could of guessed that.”
After all, R2-D2 and C3P0 are the glue that unifies the original Star Wars movies with the lesser respected prequels that came later. So while R2-D2 is on board for these new J.J. Abrams films, we’re all expecting C3P0 to come back as well.
Unfortunately, what the Internet is not expecting is an original script. After the prequels disappointed, these new films just feel like Disney cashing in its Lucas chip so that it can take over the “blockbuster film” industry between Marvel Comics’ superhero movies and Lucas flicks.
J.J. may have become a sci-fi favorite because of Lost, but Star Trek: Into Darkness and his new series Almost Human have led me to believe that J.J. doesn’t care about originality anymore. Into Darkness was a »
- Bags Hooper
I posted my review of Fox's "Almost Human" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those who watched the sci-fi cop show tonight, give or take a delay from football, what did you think? Was Michael Ealy an interesting robot for you? Did you find the human characters interesting? Did you like the production design, or did it seem too derivative of "Total Recall," "Minority Report" and others? Were you, like me, surprised that Minka Kelly is not playing a robot? Are you at all intrigued in the mythology about the criminal gang Kennex is going after? And was it interesting enough that you'll watch again tomorrow night? Have »
- Alan Sepinwall
If you've ever hoped Total Recall would be made into a TV series, you're in luck. Fox's new series Almost Human, which premieres tonight, isn't based on the movie, but it feels remarkably similar. Karl Urban leads a cast that includes Michael Ealy and Lili Taylor in the thriller, which is set 35 years from now. Filled with futuristic clichés like flying cars, the series centers on a police precinct aided by robots that are so technologically advanced, they're "almost human." After sneaking a peek at the pilot, I'm giving you my take on whether this is a must-see. What it's about: Police officer John (Urban) spends a lot of his time trying to piece together his past. The attack that left him injured more than a year ago may provide clues to one of the city's most vicious gangs - if only he could remember. In the meantime, he and »
- Maggie Pehanick
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” continues its more character-centric episodes while shining some light on the inner workings of S.H.I.E.L.D. with “The Hub”. There were a few notable guest stars, but it was mostly about Coulson’s crew, and served to move some of the subplots along. Also, I am no longer putting in the principal actors’ names, since if you watch the show you should know who these guys are now by now. The Story: The episode begins with Agent Coulson captured and in trouble, but still cool as a cucumber. The mission, we learn, was an agent extraction, and with the arrival of Agents Ward and May, things heat up. The removal of stolen information by Agent Simmons, hidden by the undercover agent played out like that scene from “Total Recall” where Arnie had to pull the bug out his nose, except this agent got »
With Marvel’s announcement last week that they will be partnering with Netflix to produce four superhero based television shows, in the form of Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones respectively, has the once-palpable excitement for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. waned even further? This week, the group attempts to save Agents Ward and Fitz after their deployment on a “Level 8” mission. What makes a Level 8 mission more dangerous than a Level 7? Will the characters of the show be able to save their co-workers in time and what secrets await them? Hit the jump for our recap of “The Hub”. The episode begins with Agent Coulson being led into a dark basement room in an “underground Siberian prison” which leads to pulling out an undercover agent named Shaw. In a scene reminiscent of Total Recall, a device is extricated from Shaw’s nose and the agents are informed that »
- Evan Valentine
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman (The Flash, Wonder Woman and Nightwing), Man of Steel, Arrow, Hourman, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and Phase Three, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Beware the Batman, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man, Stan Lee's Mighty 7 and more....
Over the past month or so the movie news headlines have been dominated by Marvel, and while that's the case again this week, Warner Bros. has given DC Comics fans something to chew on, with casting talk on Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman picking up the »
- Gary Collinson
The 21st Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 16-23), has revealed the competition jurors who will judge entries at this year’s event in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Jury members of the main competition jury are:
Tom Stern, cinematographer (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, The Hunger Games);Ed Lachman, cinematographer (Erin Brockovich, The Virgin Suicides, I’m Not There);Todd McCarthy, journalist and film critic;Denis Lenoir, cinematographer (Paris, je t’aime, Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes);Adam Holender, cinematographer (Midnight Cowboy, Smoke, Fresh);Timo Salminen, cinematographer (The Man Without a Past, La Havre, The Match Factory Girl);Franz Lustig, cinematographer (Don’t Come Knocking, Land of Plenty, Palermo Shooting);Jeffrey Kimball, cinematographer (Top Gun, Mission: Impossible II, The Expendables).Polish Films Competition
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The second Paul Verhoeven vehicle to get a modern face-lift in as many years, RoboCop follows Total Recall (2012) with a slick, updated version of a dystopic, futuristic tale tailor-made to fit our modern sensibilities and the new trailer gives more details about how America ends up with a man inside a machine.
When loving husband, father and cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is critically injured on the job, opportunistic OmniCorp CEO Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton, welcome back!) sees the potential to give the public a product to rally behind and uses Murphy as the guinea pig for a new invincible, super-strong robot soldier.
Check out the trailer after the jump. »
- Andrea Miller
MGM and Sony have just released the new trailer and poster for Jose Padilha's remake of Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop. The film takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of taking blown-apart cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and turning him into a cyborg police officer. The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops that the company hopes to put in every city around the country, but obviously things don’t go as planned. For me, this trailer is not a good sign. None of the action looks particularly interesting and the few laugh lines ("Robophobic", "Good Cop/RoboCop") land with a thud. I think we could be looking at a movie that's just as pointless as the remake of Verhoeven's Total Recall. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also stars Gary Oldman, »
- Matt Goldberg
Feature Carley Tauchert 7 Nov 2013 - 07:00
Carley's series looking back at 90s kids' TV continues with spooky Nickelodeon show, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?
“Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story…”
1990 was a pretty busy year, Margaret Thatcher resigned, Germany knocked down its wall, Arnold was kicking butt in Total Recall and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were completing world domination with their first feature film.
October of 1990 also saw the start of what would become one of the staples of the Nickelodeon line up for the next decade, the creepy and kooky Are You Afraid of the Dark?
What’s it About?
Are You Afraid of the Dark? follows a group of teens called The Midnight Society who meet every week in the woods to tell scary stories round a campfire. The stories told are more paranormal thriller then horror, some were based »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 7 Nov 2013 - 07:02
Our journey through the half-remembered, underappreciated films of the 1990s continues. Here, we look to 1997...
Dominated by the box office behemoth that was James Cameron's Titanic, 1997 was a year of high drama and outlandish special effects. The Lost World: Jurassic Park brought with it a new batch of genetically revived dinosaurs, George Lucas dug his original Star Wars trilogy out of the cupboard and added new (controversial) computer-generated sequences, while Nicolas Cage and John Travolta did impressions of one another and fired guns in John Woo's delirious action movie, Face/Off.
It was a varied year for movies, for sure, particularly by 21st century standards; it's difficult to imagine a British feel-good comedy about amateur male strippers (The Full Monty) getting into the year's 10 highest grossing films these days. But among all those winners, there had to be some »
Comic book legend Stan Lee is set to take his first starring role in the upcoming animated trilogy Stan Lee's Mighty 7 (a.k.a. Slam 7) and this weekend at the Comikaze Expo, Lee and Andy Heyward, CEO of A Squared Entertainment, unveiled a sneak peek of the trailer for the animated adventure, which we have for you below....
As well as debuting the trailer, Lee also announced that he is to be joined in the voice cast by Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Christian Slater (True Romance), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Teri Hatcher (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Darren Criss (Glee), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), Jim Belushi (Underdog), Michael Ironside (Total Recall) and Flea (The Wild Thornberrys).
"Slam 7 is the first reality style comic books series and the first superhero project from Stan Lee Comics. We're combining fantasy and reality, comedy and »
- Gary Collinson
While it may seem a slightly morbid way to start, the deepest ‘celebrity’ death that I have felt is that of Neil Armstrong. When I think back on Neil Armstrong, it is not simply as the first man who walked on the moon. It is not as the man who famously said “the Eagle has landed”, but rather as the man who, no matter how closely I compare the world I live in to that of Star Wars, Star Trek and Doctor Who (or any other science fiction, for that matter), came as close as humanly possible to the boundaries and potential as we associate with space. We so often watch tales of adventure, action and horror across the universe but so few of us know what it’s like to be up there.
The relationship between the setting of ‘space’ and the story being told within it has been »
- James Story
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