Worst Remakes since 2000

by Jawsphobia | created - 27 Jun 2016 | updated - 16 Jul 2016 | Public

There are few remakes especially in the past few years that have a positive consensus let alone improve upon their inspiration. Most are coasting on brand recognition. Here is a list confined to the years since 2000 to establish the growing trend which has audiences rolling their eyes.

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1. Conan the Barbarian (2011)

R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

36 Metascore

A vengeful barbarian warrior sets off to get his revenge on the evil warlord who attacked his village and murdered his father when he was a boy.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang

Votes: 91,624 | Gross: $21.30M

This movie was made after Arnie was preoccupied as Governor. The remake route was the wrong choice. Should have held out for King Conan to show Arnie's/Conan's days on the throne and having matured. Loses the scope and moment of the Millius version, as well as its transitions and focus. Some claim this is closer to the comic lore. But that's not why it was made.

2. Fright Night (2011)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Horror

64 Metascore

When a nice new neighbor moves in next door, Charley discovers that he is an ancient vampire who preys on the community. Can he save his neighborhood from the creature with the help of the famous "vampire killer", Peter Vincent?

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette

Votes: 95,601 | Gross: $18.30M

The original is pure cheese but also somewhat sincere and engaging. Roddy McDowell and Chris Sarandon were such a big part of it that a mere cameo by Sarandon as a generic victim only symbolizes this movie trying to suck the life out of a good 80's flick. Not that I have anything against Russell Brand as the TV host/vampire hunter, except that he is funny without being a mystery.

3. Arthur (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

36 Metascore

A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn't like.

Director: Jason Winer | Stars: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig

Votes: 49,408 | Gross: $33.04M

Russell Brand may be a funnier human being than Dudley Moore and maybe there was never anything funny about a drunk-driving rich guy, but despite the idea of Hellen Mirren as the butler, which works on its own, the movie falls flat. There was a chemistry that can't be duplicated from the inexplicably charming original.

4. Footloose (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

58 Metascore

City teenager Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell

Votes: 43,897 | Gross: $51.80M

As much as I like Brewer the director of this remake, it is not adding much of anything and is a step backwards. His two previous films were outstanding and maybe he needed to make a buck. But the 1984 Kevin bacon movie still holds up despite the presence of cassettes.

5. The Ladykillers (2004)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a classical ensemble in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting but sharp old landlady.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, Irma P. Hall, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 94,909 | Gross: $39.80M

Even the Cohen brothers can't get it right every time. The original Alec Guinness movie about a con artist had its day and may or may not hold up for everyone, but this is still done as a period piece and feels too arcane for the casting of excellent everyman Tom Hanks.

6. About Last Night (2014)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

62 Metascore

Follow two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.

Director: Steve Pink | Stars: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant

Votes: 21,398 | Gross: $48.64M

This is a remake of the David Mamet play Sexual Perversity on Chicago previously filmed as About Last Night... with James Belushi. This time with a colour swap in the cast. Should be a good idea and should be fair game since the original didn't set the world on fire and Mamet's name is still on it. Not the worst, but not necessarily improving on the first.

7. The Amityville Horror (2005)

R | 90 min | Horror

33 Metascore

Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before.

Director: Andrew Douglas | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jimmy Bennett, Jesse James

Votes: 100,556 | Gross: $65.23M

This is a tricky inclusion, because it does play like an essay on the original and a comment on the times. If you have recently seen the James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Helen Shaver original especially at night with the lights off you are sufficiently creeped out. Things try to skew more positive and there is not as much sense of discovery with the remake.

8. Annie (2014)

PG | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

33 Metascore

A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York City mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne

Votes: 31,840 | Gross: $85.91M

Taking Li'l Orphan Annie out of the 1930's is the problem, since it is at its core a Depression-Era idea with the same era's tone of seeking something better. The original film of this musical with Carol Burnett and Albert Finney - for good or ill - was pretty much what it should be and honoured that world. I can see the idea of making Annie and her guardian (the renamed version of Daddy Warbucks played by Jamie Foxx) black and then in turn adding rap and keeping it modern. . . except that all of those elements clash. The only fusion of rap and Annie so far was 2002's Austen Powers in Goldmember who managed a "Hard Knock Life" rap written by Mike Meyer's then-wife. This version doesn't offer much competition despite the efforts involved.

9. Brian's Song (2001 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Sport

The story of professional football players Gale Sayes and Brian Piccolo, and how their friendship on and off the field was affected when Piccolo contracted a fatal disease.

Director: John Gray | Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Sean Maher, Paula Cale, Elise Neal

Votes: 1,347

The original adaptation of Brian Piccolo starring a young James Caan and Billy Dee Williams without a moustache made some of us tear up when we had to watch it in high school. That should still be the go-to version.

10. Carrie (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror

53 Metascore

A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday

Votes: 127,208 | Gross: $35.27M

I was cheering for the director of this movie, who at least got a financial hit from it. Hopefully she will do other things. But this will not supplant the Brian DePalma version.

11. The Crazies (2010)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

55 Metascore

After a strange and insecure plane crash, an unusual toxic virus enters a quaint farming town. A young couple are quarantined, but they fight for survival along with help from a couple of people.

Director: Breck Eisner | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Timothy Olyphant, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson

Votes: 105,775 | Gross: $39.12M

Not the George A. Romero version.

12. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

40 Metascore

A remake of the 1951 classic science fiction film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith

Votes: 157,488 | Gross: $79.37M

This movie was well hated. It makes you appreciate the original for its restraint and simplicity.

13. Death Race (2008)

R | 105 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

43 Metascore

Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane

Votes: 189,862 | Gross: $36.32M

Death Race 2000 obviously needed a name change, and it's not going to be confused with the Roger Corman film that has Carradine and Stallone in it. Still part of the exhausting run of remakes thrown at us that make people groan at the trailer.

14. Endless Love (2014)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Romance

30 Metascore

The story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.

Director: Shana Feste | Stars: Gabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Bruce Greenwood, Robert Patrick

Votes: 38,497 | Gross: $23.39M

Didn't care about the original but some people must have because it had a brand to be exploited.

15. Evil Dead (2013)

R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.

Director: Fede Alvarez | Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci

Votes: 148,554 | Gross: $54.24M

Loses the charm and invention of the Sam Raimi presentation style (also known as directing).

16. Fantastic Four (2015)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

27 Metascore

Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Director: Josh Trank | Stars: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell

Votes: 142,427 | Gross: $56.12M

Ten years after the wrong person directed a Fantastic Four movie, another wrong person was hired for a remake.... but I will say that as reviled as this movie has been it is fine on DVD and it does not suggest that Josh Trank is crazy. It is not a handheld mess. The scenes follow each other in a reasonable fashion. But apparently he was not communicative and audiences thought it was too self-serious.

17. The Fog (2005)

PG-13 | 100 min | Horror

27 Metascore

A thick mist full of vengeful spirits haunts a prosperous island town off the coast of Oregon, as its inhabitants try to learn their town's dark secret in order to stop it.

Director: Rupert Wainwright | Stars: Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, Selma Blair, DeRay Davis

Votes: 33,520 | Gross: $29.51M

Not the John Carpenter version, and therefore not worth looking at. Not that the original was anywhere near his best.

18. Get Carter (2000)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

24 Metascore

A Las Vegas mob enforcer travels back to his hometown to investigate his brother's mysterious death.

Director: Stephen Kay | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Rachael Leigh Cook, Miranda Richardson, Rhona Mitra

Votes: 31,141 | Gross: $14.97M

At least they got Michael Caine to appear in this. But you are better off watching the original by Mike Hodges the esteemed director of Flash Gordon (1980).

19. Guess Who (2005)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

49 Metascore

A young woman, Theresa, brings her boyfriend, Simon, home to meet her parents and surprise them with the news of their engagement. Another surprise: Simon is white.

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Bernie Mac, Zoe Saldana, Judith Scott

Votes: 38,495 | Gross: $68.92M

It's a race-swap movie where instead of Sydney Poitier coming to dinner with an uptight white family, what you get is a disposal white boy flavour of the month.

20. The Hitcher (2007)

R | 84 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

28 Metascore

A serial killer pins his crimes on two college students who gave him a ride.

Director: Dave Meyers | Stars: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough

Votes: 39,021 | Gross: $16.47M

I hated the ending of the original, which I am willing to spoil upon request. It left such a sour taste in my mouth I have no reason to see the remake and a lot of other people also had no reason to see it.

21. House of Wax (2005)

R | 108 min | Horror

41 Metascore

A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Chad Michael Murray, Paris Hilton, Elisha Cuthbert, Brian Van Holt

Votes: 109,603 | Gross: $32.06M

Paris Hilton pulls off some realistic-looking crying in this. That's the nicest thing I can say. It's not badly directed. It just belongs in the vault.

22. Ice Castles (2010)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Alexis Winston is a young girl who dreams of becoming a champion figure skater. The road to becoming a champion is tough and forced to leave her family behind and eventually causes the ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Wrye | Stars: Taylor Firth, Rob Mayes, Henry Czerny, Morgan Kelly

Votes: 2,210

Had no interest in the original, but some - even Kevin Smith - have nostalgia for it. This was the attempt to mine that nostalgia.

23. The In-Laws (I) (2003)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

46 Metascore

Right before his daughter's wedding, a mild-mannered foot doctor discovers that his future son-in-law's father is a free-wheeling international spy.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Albert Brooks, Michael Douglas, Ryan Reynolds, Lindsay Sloane

Votes: 15,651 | Gross: $20.44M


24. It's Alive (2009)

R | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A baby born to a human couple turns out to be a mutant monster with an appetite to kill when scared.

Director: Josef Rusnak | Stars: Bijou Phillips, James Murray, Raphaël Coleman, Owen Teale

Votes: 2,627

It's not so alive.

25. The Karate Kid (2010)

PG | 140 min | Action, Drama, Family

61 Metascore

Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.

Director: Harald Zwart | Stars: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Wenwen Han

Votes: 149,256 | Gross: $176.59M

Jaden Pinkett Smith had ambitions to be Ralph Machio when he grows up. Hopefully he won't do The Outsiders.

26. The Magnificent Ambersons (2002 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama

The spoiled rotten and utterly unlikable rich kid George Amberson becomes horrified when his recently widowed mother rekindles her relationship with the wealthy Eugene Morgan, who she left ... See full summary »

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Bruce Greenwood, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Gretchen Mol

Votes: 785

Apparently not directed by Orson Welles.

27. The Longest Yard (2005)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

48 Metascore

Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock, Nelly

Votes: 152,817 | Gross: $158.12M

At least this does have Burt in it, but I don't know that fans of the original cared for it. It is hard to like the Sandler character.

28. Mr. Deeds (2002)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

24 Metascore

A sweet-natured, small-town guy inherits a controlling stake in a media conglomerate and begins to do business his way.

Director: Steven Brill | Stars: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, John Turturro, Allen Covert

Votes: 129,031 | Gross: $126.29M

Apparently not directed by Frank Capra.

29. My Bloody Valentine (2009)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

51 Metascore

Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he's innocent.

Director: Patrick Lussier | Stars: Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith, Betsy Rue

Votes: 51,554 | Gross: $51.55M

Some fans of the original do like this. I think Tarantino and Brett Easton Ellis appreciated the gore. Maybe the original is not a sacred thing either, but apparently it is "honoured" by it. Still sucks.

30. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

35 Metascore

The spectre of a disfigured man haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams.

Director: Samuel Bayer | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy

Votes: 86,980 | Gross: $63.08M

Recasting Freddy even with Oscar Nominee Jackie Earl Haley who we remember from the original Bad News Bears might have seemed like a good idea. But everyone missed Robert Eglund and there is NOTHING special about the ramshackle script or generic-coverage directing except when it is re-staging Wes Craven's most iconic shots. We might be interested in his origins and seeing the vigilante justice that led to his original death, but we would rather see it with Englund (who has done it on the Freddy's Nightmares TV series). Apparently the rights were sold, so there will be yet another remake of this. . .

31. Night of the Living Dead (2014)

79 min | Horror

During a visit to see their wife and mother's grave. Jerry and his daughters Melanie and Barbra are going to experience a night they will never forget.

Director: Chad Zuver | Stars: Calhoun Koenig, Kayla Elizabeth, Chad Zuver, Cody Steele

Votes: 282

See the black and white Romero version.

32. Oldboy (2013)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

49 Metascore

Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley

Votes: 64,436 | Gross: $2.19M

Spike Lee is great, his cast is always solid, but this is totally unnecessary and underwhelming. Better to read the subtitles of the Korean original.

33. The Omen (2006)

R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller

43 Metascore

An American official realizes that his young son may literally be the Devil incarnate.

Director: John Moore | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, David Thewlis

Votes: 54,283 | Gross: $54.61M

The best parts of this remake are pretty much using the original as a moving storyboard. The studio said yes to this shortly after telling Terry Gilliam no for his adaptation of "Good Omens" because the concept of Omens was not part of the zeitgeist anymore... even while they marketed the release of this one on 6/06/06. It's a slap in the face to a concept that could have been deconstructed.

34. Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

In 2029, an Air Force astronaut crash-lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 203,384 | Gross: $180.01M

Universally dismissed Tim Burton version sucks despite having some solid actors trapped in masks.

35. Poseidon (2006)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

50 Metascore

On New Year's Eve, the luxury ocean liner Poseidon capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for their lives as they attempt to escape the sinking ship.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Kurt Russell, Emmy Rossum, Josh Lucas

Votes: 93,401 | Gross: $60.67M

Great cast, and strong director, unable to bring the charm of the Irwin Allen programmer from the 70's. Not really horrible, just not necessary.

36. Prom Night (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 88 min | Horror, Mystery

17 Metascore

Donna's senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life, though a sadistic killer from her past has different plans for her and her friends.

Director: Nelson McCormick | Stars: Brittany Snow, Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup, Dana Davis

Votes: 32,353 | Gross: $43.87M

At least the first one had Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Neilson. Slicker doesn't mean better. And admittedly the original is no classic, so it is less of a shame.

37. Red Dawn (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

31 Metascore

A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

Director: Dan Bradley | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck

Votes: 70,431 | Gross: $44.81M

The John Millius movie had some self-awareness, like a bumper sticker that says, "from my cold dead hand" just before someone plucks a gun from the owner's dead hand. This update was already a mess, originally shot with Chinese paratroopers as the enemy and then digitally changed to North Korean - at least on their flags and markings - to avert offence to a key market. Bad idea bringing this dated right wing fantasy to the modern screen.

38. RoboCop (2014)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy, a loving husband, father and good cop, is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish

Votes: 208,036 | Gross: $58.61M

An able cast of names and a touch of satire in a generation that doesn't get satire anyway can't make us embrace this new Robocop.

39. Rollerball (2002)

R | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Sport

14 Metascore

The big thing in 2005 is a violent sport which can have some pretty serious consequences... like dying.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Chris Klein, Jean Reno, LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn

Votes: 24,713 | Gross: $18.99M

The original by Norman Jewison had some restraint and thematic focus as opposed to being too pretty and kinetic for the sake of kinetic,

40. The Shaggy Dog (2006)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

43 Metascore

A man tries to live a normal life despite the fact that he sometimes turns into a sheepdog.

Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Craig Kilborn, Zena Grey

Votes: 17,393 | Gross: $61.12M

The original was directed by the great Charles Barton who gave us Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. I think we need the distance of the period for the premise to really click.

41. Total Recall (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Recall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale

Votes: 230,971 | Gross: $58.88M

Superficially impressive with its environments and FX, as well as having a solid cast, this movie is al also-ran compared to the entertaining and focused cheese of the original. It is also a missed opportunity. Why not just see what Cronenberg's version might have been?

42. Walking Tall (2004)

PG-13 | 86 min | Action, Crime

44 Metascore

A former U.S. soldier returns to his hometown to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which prompts him to clean house.

Director: Kevin Bray | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Michael Bowen

Votes: 66,952 | Gross: $45.86M

Nothing against the Rock, but the original was in and of its time and that allowed it to get away with its premise a bit more easily.

43. What Women Want (2011)

Not Rated | 116 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.

Director: Daming Chen | Stars: Andy Lau, Li Gong, Li Yuan, Julian Chen

Votes: 1,170 | Gross: $0.12M

Apparently the foreign language version of the Nancy Meyers movie that had Helen Hunt and everyone's favourite punching bag Mel and which will continue to have value as an artifact and still is quite funny. But I acknowledge that this is less a case of Hollywood exploiting a brand.

44. When a Stranger Calls (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

27 Metascore

During a babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan, Katie Cassidy, Tessa Thompson

Votes: 40,783 | Gross: $47.86M

The existence of this movie caused me to to look at the old film and realize I had no memory of the middle section.

45. The Wicker Man (2006)

PG-13 | 102 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

36 Metascore

A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community.

Director: Neil LaBute | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Leelee Sobieski, Kate Beahan

Votes: 61,309 | Gross: $23.64M

Despite being directed by the excellent Neil LaBute, this movie hasn't got the distance and intrigue of the original.

46. Ghostbusters (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

60 Metascore

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones

Votes: 191,040 | Gross: $128.34M

What sets this remake apart from the others listed is that there had not been a couple of decades of speculation and teasing about a sequel that updated Venkman and the original characters. This "new universe" is a complete reset that nobody asked for, so touching base with the established team is no longer a plan. That is the core of fan outrage. Had Feig been willing to have the technology "handed" to the new heroines, there would be less fuss. Except that it also isn't funny enough to live up to the brand.

47. Fame (2009)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

39 Metascore

An updated version of the musical Fame (1980), which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

Director: Kevin Tancharoen | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Megan Mullally, Kay Panabaker

Votes: 15,513 | Gross: $22.46M

This movie only has the location The School for the Performing Arts in common. They stayed away from recasting the well known characters, but you may spend some time guessing who is who as they somewhat avoid letting you know this was their plan. You might be thinking what kind of Coco, Bruno, Leroy or the gay guy will be cast. And no Shorofsky (played by the old guy who wrote "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." Best to look back at the original or the TV series.