In the light of the new Texas Chainsaw sequel/rehash/reboot/relaunch (whatever!) I ask whether these kind of movies are always money for old rope?

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  • Comment number 251. Posted by thekeep83

    on 4 Aug 2013 06:56

    Hi Mark , im new to all this. I agree, Sorcerer in my opinion is not only , not a remake, dare i say it, a re imagining of the film and novel. its also , in my opinion , his best film..blu ray soon??
    As much as i love Carpenters HALLOWEEN, and not saying that Zombies Remake was better...it clearly isnt..i thought the third act was more tense..maybe its because i am so used to Carpenters film having seen it so often, my first VHS in fact, but i thought the third act and ending of Zombies film was superb. Oh by the way, my birthday is 4th July. A day after Ken Russells..my favourite director, and 2 days before yours. Kismet!! Love your blogs by the way.

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  • Comment number 250. Posted by Nbell24

    on 1 Feb 2013 13:06

    Remakes can certainly be a lazy approach - by Hollywood in particular, to get bums on seats but now and again there's an exception to the rule - Martin Scorcese's Cape Fear in my view is the best example. Taking a great classic, turning it on its head and producing something even better.

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  • Comment number 249. Posted by movieremakes

    on 21 Jan 2013 23:41

    Not all movie remakes are rubbish. Well, at least not all movie remake ideas are rubbish. Consult @MovieRemakes on Twitter to see what I mean..

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  • Comment number 248. Posted by RussiansEatBambi66

    on 20 Jan 2013 17:21

    The worst remake by far has to be:

    Tim burton's Alice in Wonderland - they thought it was the perfect match!

    But it made me realise just how great, daring and pitch perfect the Disney version is!

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  • Comment number 247. Posted by Chris Smith

    on 18 Jan 2013 13:10

    Well, the best re-boot/make/etc. has got to be John Carpenter's re-envisioning of 'Rio Bravo' to the violent streets of 1970s LA in 'Assault on Precinct 13'. Everything about that film is great, from the gritty acting, the sense of menace throughout, the building pace of the film, and, of course, the wonderful soundtrack. The irony is that the remake of Carpenter's remake was both rubbish as it was unnecessary. Perhaps not the worst remake ever, but certainly the worst remake of a remake.

    Of course, at this point it is also worth a shout out to 'The Thing' and its three incarnations - all of which are enjoyable, but again, Carpenter's version being a masterpiece.

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  • Comment number 246. Posted by JerichoCane

    on 18 Jan 2013 12:42

    Obviously the remake phenomenon is nothing new, but it's worth remembering how brutal it could be. Gaslight was remade by Hollywood in 1944, 4 years after the British original was released, and the producers of the remake tried to buy up and destroy all existing prints of the previous film. Say what you like about Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, at least the people behind it haven't attempted to erase any trace of the original...

    Also, on a topical note, the original Django (1966) was an even more baroque and unpleasant, though very effective, remake of A Fistful of Dollars, itself a remake of Yojimbo. And then Giulio Questi reworked the formula again for Django Kill!, and so on ad nauseam. For that matter, didn't Italian exploitation cinema in general revolve around the rehashing of their own films and those of others? It seems to me they were much more cavalier about this than Hollywood was, or is.

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  • Comment number 245. Posted by Donald McKinney

    on 18 Jan 2013 08:26

    The best remake I've seen is Ocean's 11, cool and stylish and featuring the best cast you could get at the time, shame they tarnished it's reputation was Ocean's 12. However, Scorsese's Cape Fear (1991) is also a great remake, with a terrifying performance by Robert De Niro and also a respectful nod and wink to the original.

    Speaking of Sorcerer Mark, were you aware of the legal problems it's got into?? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorcerer_(film)#Court_case

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  • Comment number 244. Posted by Henners250

    on 17 Jan 2013 21:08

    I have a theory that the worst remakes are always those of films that originally starred Michael Caine- The Italian Job, Get Carter and Alfie.

    Another contender for worst remake is 'The Time Machine' from 2002, the reason I was so shocked it was bad is because it was directed by none other than Simon Wells the great grandon of H.G. Wells!

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  • Comment number 243. Posted by noahjr11

    on 17 Jan 2013 19:40

    Doctor Kermode, as fellow obsessive exorcist fans, my brother and I have recently come across a film called "Seytan," a Turkish adaptation of The Exorcist from 1974. As a remake, it's certainly no improvement over the original, but very interesting how closely it follows Friedkin's film, even going so far as using tubular bells and some of the same sound fx. Not to mention the girl looks surprisingly very similar to Linda Blair. A rubbish remake, maybe, but an interesting one.

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  • Comment number 242. Posted by Kevin

    on 17 Jan 2013 15:10

    I think it depends entirely on the filmmaker, the reason, and how its done.
    I have liked some remakes and disliked others.

    Good Remakes
    John Carpenters "The Thing"
    True Grit
    Flight of the Phoenix
    Star Trek
    Batman Begins
    Heat
    Casino Royale

    Recent Bad remakes
    Conan
    The day the earth stood still

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