Most Unnecessary Movie Remakes

The Top Ten Most Unnecessary Movie Remakes

1 Total Recall (2012)

I actually like this movie when I first saw it. But after I watched the original one, that version is way better. - MarvelJoe

I like Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale but the movie itself, was weak - Alexandr

Seeing Kate Beckinsale is NEVER unnecessary!

The original film isn't even that old. - TheRiceKing

2 The Omen (2006)

Terrible! Remakes are so pointless and such a waste of money. What IS the point of them? - icthruu

Just awful. Enough said! - Alexandr

3 The Pink Panther (2006)

Sorry Peter Sellers is Inspecter Jacques Clouseau, there is no other comedian that could do the character justice - germshep24

Original looked funny and entertaining. This one looks stupid - Alexandr

God! This movie is a waste of time!

4 Psycho (1998)

I guess they were trying to remake the original because of how old and dated it was, but who in the right mind thought about casting Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates?

When you remake Psycho with Vince Vaughn as the lead role, something has gone horribly, horribly wrong.

5 The Thing (2011)

A remake of a remake at that point what is even the point especially when the last remake was a perfect horror movie - germshep24

They didn't add anything new nor smart to the story. The main female character was very annoying in addition - Alexandr

So what? It was an unnecessary prequel! Get it!

Every once in a while comes a good remake, that happened in 1982, now Hollywood had to go remake a remake. - TheRiceKing

6 The Wicker Man (2006)

Not scary at all. Just silly - Alexandr

Not the bees

7 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

It's like the writers just simply came out 'we have a new idea for a remake of the original beloved classic, willy wonka and the chocolate factory'. Tim burton said 'let's put this idea in work'.

God! This movie was painful to watch! It really hurt. I this version, charlie is way too perfect and flawless. In the original he was more like a normal kid - he had emotions and feelings, while in this version, he seems colder than frozen rock and he has no personality at all. Also, his grandpa joe has no personality too. The original grandpa joe was funnier and more stubborn. The bratty kids are also badly played/re-imagined. I mean, how could someone ever top the 1971's verruca salt. In that version, she was aggressive, mean and incredibly spoiled. In the new version, she's also very spoiled but she isn't rude or aggressive in any way. Actually, there she seems quite polite and nice. THAT'S NOT WHAT SHE IS SUPPOSED TO BE! Also, the girl who plays her pretty much put no efforts in ...more

Look, I understand what you mean. But I'm really not feeling hurt because of the remake. It was bad, I know what you mean, but I have no idea why do you have to be so upset about this? I don't like the remake too, I watched just one time and I'll never watch again. If you don't like it you should just avoid it, like me.

This remake was a total disaster.
Tim Burton, what's the matter with you?! Just stop remaking things and do something original for crying out loud! I'm not a Tim Burton fan, but there are some of his movies who really impressed me like 'Batman' or 'Sweeney Todd'. But this movie was a total mistake.
I saw in a commercial, that Burton is going to do a remake of 'willy wonka and the chocolate factory'. I was all like 'god, when are they gonna stop doing those crappy remakes'. In the commercial, Burton said he didn't like the first movie and decided to do another one. How dare he?! Well, it's a good thing he didn't like the old one, because I didn't the new one. I decided to give it a chance anyway and started watching it with an open mind, maybe he really was going to do a better movie, but he didn't. In this version, charlie pretty much doesn't do anything. When he found the golden ticket he wasn't even excited. He has nothing to do in this movie. The bratty kids are also poorly ...more

You mean when Roald Dahl hated the 1971 movie he didn't want Gene Wilder to play Willy Wonka, thought it was too much about Willy Wonka and not Charlie. Roald Dahl called the 1971 movie a little too saccharine too sappy and sentimental. Maybe this is more like the book. It should've been called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 1971 because that's the name of the book.

Wow! There are so many butthurt people in the comment section! Is quite weird that all the people who read the book hated the 1971's version and like the 2005 one. You guys are too nostalgic. The original willy wonka managed to be entertaining for a few times, but then he became boring and his jokes weren't funny at all. I mean, he quoted from classic literature and played classical music. He also seemed t friendly and social for someone who spent 20 years in a factory. Depp's wonka was funny and dark and his jokes actually were funny.

8 The Hitcher (2007)

Original is better but nevertheless this one is worth to watch. And Sophia Bush is very good ( and hot! ) in this movie.

Original was much better - Alexandr

9 The Fog (2005)
10 Gone In 60 Seconds (2000)

Compared to original movie this one was dull - Alexandr

The Contenders

11 Vanilla Sky (2001)


12 Planet of the Apes (2001)

Tim Burton didn't even wanted to work on this.

13 Rollerball (2002)

They ruined everything here. The acting was just Godawful! - Alexandr

14 Black Christmas (2006)
15 The Lion King (2019)

Why is there even a lion king remake in the first place? This shouldn't have been touched. All this is is a nothing more than just a shot-for-shot remake of the original but with extra filler inserted to make the run-time longer. If you like it, fine. But I'm sticking with the original '94 version and Simba's Pride. Both of which I have at home free to watch whenever I want and have a much better time watching. I really think Disney should only remake movies that either failed or are obscure, and leave the classics alone. It would be a better use of time and resources and requires a lot more creativity. This is just a pointless and lazy excuse to make money off of people's nostalgia for the 90s. If you want to watch the Lion King, just watch the 1994 version because this one adds nothing except photo-realistic visuals. It would save you time and money and you would at least have a better time with it than with the remake.

Save your money and watch the original. The story is the same and the remake was only made to make this much money. Could you imagine how much money disney will make if a Frozen remake gets made or they do a deal with Epic Games to make a Fortnite movie.

Seriously? Remaking a film that not only is already perfect but also already LOOKS as breathtakingly gorgeous as the original Lion King? (NOTE: same goes for Beauty And The Beast as well) - xandermartin98

This is not a remake, this is a parody.

16 Fantastic Four (2015)
17 Ghostbusters (2016)

Whoever put this on the list might be sexist. There is absolutely nothing wrong with women being Ghostbusters. I heard similar things about Captain Marvel, which was one of my three top favourite Marvel characters. I might go and watch it while it's still on Netflix. I recommend giving this a chance.

This isn't a worst remake list, but an unnecessary remake list, There was no reason to remake Ghostbusters. - germshep24

18 Godzilla (1998)

Plot doesn't make sense. the movie looks like reused clips from Jurassic park.

19 The Mummy (2017)
20 Hellboy (2019)

They should have just made Hellboy 3 instead!

By far the worst movie of 2019

21 Aladdin (2019)

I'm sorry but this movie doesn't deserve to be seen as the best remake ever. This is the most overrated movie of 2019 and here's why:

How does this have a higher budget than Godzilla KOTM? This movie shows that it's not spending its budget wisely, resulting in the visuals to look ugly and something you would expect in a Disney Channel movie. In the original Aladdin, colors were used to represent the movie's narrative but in the live action remake, it looks like black-and-white. Why is everyone praising the Will Smith Genie? This Genie is boring, lazy, and just unfunny. Will Smith is a terrible comedian and is a disgrace to Robin Williams' Genie, the comedy genius. Not only that, but Will Smith is a really bad singer like Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast. That means Friend Like Me was botched up and Prince Ali is easily the worst song number in the movie. Speaking of song numbers, the songs are fine but they come with flaws as well: "Arabian Nights" is way too slow and ...more

Useless movie filled with the most pointless subplots in movie history. Skip this and wait for Lion King (or just rewatch the original)

22 Arthur (2011)
23 RoboCop (2014)

The original was an awesome movie featuring a new cyborg policeman who fights corporate greed, corruption and crime. The new one should be called Cyborg Dad because it talks about his family more.

24 Point Break (2015)

The Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reevs one is better than this garbage film. - Badabooo2

All the charisma and charm the original had got just about completely sucked out of this borefest. The only saving grace for me is the real stuntwork, but that just makes me think this should've just been a straight Xtreme Sports movie or documentary instead.

25 The Invisible Man (2020)

This movie looks like trash they should just leave the classics alone!

I guess Leigh Whannell has never read the book!
H.G. Wells is rolling over in his grave!

26 The Women (2008)

Very boring if you compare to original - Alexandr

27 The Stepfather (2009)
28 The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
29 It (2017)

I didn't like Tim Curry's Ir, so this one I believe is much much better.

No this was very necessary, we all want a new movie that was more darker and more devoted to the actual novel. Now Pet semetery on the other hand completely unnecessary - germshep24

30 The Little Mermaid

Come on? A One Direction member in this movie? Disney, I swear to god!

31 Clash of the Titans (2010)

I guess they were trying to remake the original because it looks pretty cheesy (the stop motion effects still don't hold up). but could they have at least tried to make it as good as the original or even better than the original?

Harryhausen's meticulously crafted stop motion creatures would dominate this Cgi mess of a film any day. - TheRiceKing

32 The Haunting (1999)

I love this movie - westofohio

33 Bewitched (2005)
34 The Tourist (2010)
35 My Bloody Valentine (2009)
36 101 Dalmatians (1996)

The first Live Action movie of the Disney animated movies - germshep24

This movie does not have the charm of the original. Glenn Close ruins Cruella de Vil with her overacting. The dogs don't talk and the human characters take up too much of the screen time. It's like Home Alone with dogs.

37 Charlotte's Web (2006)

Bland remake. Bad acting. Lack of emotion. The original had songs show all emotion.

38 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

I wouldn't say this movie was unnessary, the 90s version wasn't that amazing and with the new technology could have been amazing.
Michael Bay just dropped the ball hard with this one - germshep24

39 Sabrina
40 Ben-Hur

This movie is such a classic, why remake it? - SplashMoun10

41 Ben-Hur (2016)
42 The Parent Trap (1998)

This movie made Lindsey Lohan, no one really remembers the original Parent Trap - germshep24

43 Death Wish (2018)

I thought it was good. Bruce Willis is the only person that can see in this role, that could come close to Charles Bronson. What I like better than the original is that he actually kills the people who killed his wife. That was the one thing I hated about the original. - westofohio

Why? just Why? - RustyNail

44 Pet Sematary (2019)

Just why? And why does everyone say this is better than its predecessor?

45 Mulan (2020)

This doesn't look like Mulan.

46 Carrie (2013)
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