Top Ten Worst Movie Remakes

Over the past two decades, remaking movies has really taken off. Thing is, some movies weren't made to be re-made. This is the top ten worst movie remakes.

The Top Ten

1 Psycho

This voice is absolutely no different from the original other than the fact that they used different actors and that it's in color. They didn't even add anything new, clever, interesting, funny or exciting to this movie. This is just like an uncreative exact copy of the original movie. Disappointing, stupid, pathetic and cheap.

Its the same thing... But its in color oh my god color that's so original (sarcasm)

No differences, except, it's in color!

Terrible please I haven't seen this.

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2 Godzilla

Godzilla is a gigantic badass dragon like monster who breaths atomic breath. The monster in this is an oversized iguana who is much smaller than the actual Godzilla. I cannot tell you how many bombs and missiles Godzilla has resisted but they took out this one with A COUPLE OF MISSILES!

Just like another person said, Godzilla is not supposed to be a lizard, he's supposed to be a gigantic ass dinosaur. And this remake is literally just a cliffs notes overview film of the original movie and the whole entire thing looks like that it just consists of re-used clips from Jurassic Park.

Yes a very stupid stupid movie, it has almost no connection to the godzilla movies at all. The army is not supposed to kill the monster. This film should be higher, but what is the Thing doing here. That movie was great.


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3 The Wicker Man

Put Nicholas Cage in any movie, and you already have it at least below 5/10. Remake a classic horror/thriller and you lose another 5 points. Why was this movie made?

What the hell The Thing, House of Wax, The Invasion are doing here? These remakes are ok. The Wicker Man is crap and should have topped this list! - Alexandr

A pretty underrated remake this movie was so bad that it is a cult classic - germshep24

This remake was a total waste of time. I liked the original much better.

4 The Fog

Why do crappy remakes like this have to exist?!

5 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

What was Tim Burton trying to do?! This movies is nothing like the book. Yeah, it got some lines from it, but the rest seems nothing from the book. Well, let's see the comparisons.

1971's Willy Wonka - Gene Wilder portrayed Wonka as an unpredictable character. He had the idea of Wonka walking uncomfortably in a cane and the somersaulting since from that moment no one would know if he's lying or telling the truth. His intro was very charming and lovable. Wilder's Wonka was shown as being pretty demented and disturbing, but he also was elegant, charismatic, kind and whimsical. Actually he was more of an eccentric genius : he quoted from classic literature, spoke different languages, played classical music and he knew that Charlie took fizzy lifting drinks. So in the last scene he tried to test him by getting angry at him. Charlie gave him the gobstopper, instead of giving it to Slugworth. Also, his quotes were memorable too.

2005's Willy Wonka - god! What is this?! Why ...more

Okay, I know a lot of people like this film, and it's not horrible, but it's certainly mediocre. A lot of the criticisms for the Gene Wilder film was that it strayed from the book, Roald Dahl hated I because of that, so Tim Burton decided to make it closer. And coming from someone who read the book a few times in elementary school, a lot is still added or changed, and none of it is very good. The visuals are nice and most people act well in the film, but the story at most points was really forced. Also, Johnny Depp playing Michael Jackson playing Wildly Wonka was a poor decision. Come on, Tim, Johnny Depp doesn't have to be on all of your movies. - Elric-san

Most remakes aren't horrible they are mostly mediocre, which makes a list like this hard, if the original movie is mediocre then the remake has a better change to be liked, also if the remake doesn't just remakes the original it also has a good chance of being good - germshep24

I'm sorry, people, but right after I saw the trailer for this movie I realized I don't want to buy the DVD for this movie. Geez, I just watched it one time on T.V. and it sucked! What is wrong with you, johnny depp! Your portrayal of willy wonka scared the living crap out of me. The new version of Charlie is such a gary stu who does everything right. The old Charlie was more like a normal kid. Ah, and don't even get me started with the lazy performances of the four bratty kids. Looks like they found those terribly acting children in the last moment. In the new version, veruca isn't nearly as bratty as she's really supposed to be and she acts nothing like a spoiled girl. Where's all the screaming, the yelling, the meanness?! Also, the new violet doesn't seem obnoxious enough and mike teavee became a genius in the remake. Why?! How on earth does a kid who is watching television and playing video games became smart?! Also, when the kids finally see wonka they seem totally uninterested in ...more

"This movie is amazing, fools."
Dude have you heard of opinions? Not everyone likes this mediocre film, so calm the hell down. - Jessicarabbit

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6 Planet of the Apes

Tim Burton used to do great movies back in 90's. Now all of his movies suck! Especially when he tries to reimagine stuff like he did with Alice in Wonderland or Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. I mean, couldn't he just come up with something original?!

Tim Burton probably watched the original and thought "Hey, it's just people dressed up as monkeys! That's all I need! "

7 A Nightmare on Elm Street

This should be #1. It's horrible. Even the remakes of Halloween and Friday the 13th were better than this. This remake is just pointless and boring from start to finish.

This movie is pretty underrated, The director made a weird decision with the pedophile take of Freddy, Jackie Earle Haley was a bad choice for actor of Freddy, the CGI face was terrible, but other than that the movie was entertaining - germshep24

Awful. Just awful. It thinks it's sharp when it's really dull. The series as a whole can't seem to cut a break. - BKAllmighty

I actually really liked the F13 remake. I thought Platinum Dunes had potential. Until this excuse of a horror movie came out. Dull and boring rather than the creepy and noice F13 remake.

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8 The Haunting

Go see Nostalgia Critic.

Absolutely awful in so many ways...

It's an insult to the original.

A CGI trainwreck.

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9 Flubber

Robin Williams can be funny, but in this movie he was just annoying.

Robin Williams always had strong humor, even in Flubber.

10 The Pink Panther

This one scared me for the rest of my life.

The Contenders

11 April Fool's Day
12 The Shaggy Dog
13 Footloose

The original was so great and actually fun to watch, with TALENTED actors that made it ENTERTAINING. The remake is crappy.

I never watched this movie, but I will say that it gives Kenny Loggins Footloose a bad, Very BAD name. - Gehenna

Why, oh why did this remake turn out to be trashy? The 80's Footloose is better than this worthless junk to watch!

14 House of Wax

Whaaat I love this movie! And I thought Paris was good

15 Poseidon

I think it's bad... To bad my brother doesn't. - dureckl

16 Ghostbusters

I had a bad feeling about this one just by the commercials alone.

Paul Feig is a talented Director and the Cast is great but it's not funny, the effects are terrible, the characters are annoying and it ends with a Sequel hook.

17 Friday the 13th

Definitely doesn't belong here, this was better than the original, the director knew what the Friday movies were about and gave it to us - germshep24

Not that bad, it was pretty intense and scary

As a F13 fan, I actually liked this remake.

It’s not a remake of the original Ms. Vorhees classic, it’s more of a celebration of the first four films combined. I wasn’t that crazy about the movie, way too generic. Tell me, why does Jason have to get bigger and taller every movie? Kane Hodder was the perfect fit, even though, most of his movie plots sucked!

18 Thirteen Ghosts

This movie is better than the original one! Better story, character's, and better ghosts, and better scars

It sucked

19 Halloween II

Is this a sequel to the remake and a remake to the sequel of the original movie or is this the actual sequel to the original movie?

I don't know why this film is even in this list. This isn't a remake, it is a sequel to the remake.

This is not the sequel to the remake. This is the actual sequel to the original.

Halloween 2 isn't a remake it is a part 2 of Halloween - germshep24

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20 Halloween

Beyond the first 30 minutes which is god awful, the rest is actually pretty good if you make it past the atrocious beginning that no one asked for - germshep24

21 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The first movie was the best but the sequels, 2 reboots, and prequel were just horrible. They never had the potential the original one did - SirSkeletorThe3rd

This movie was actually really good, doesn't deserve to be on this list, a scary remake not as good as the original but not far off - germshep24

Texas chainsaw massacre 2003 was best horror movie that I ever seen but 2013 was worst

22 Total Recall

I think this movie is better than the Original. The action scenes with the very beautiful Kate Beckinsale are awesome. She's way better than Sharon Stone.

Never took place on Mars, what the hell!

I can't say this is one of the worst remakes ever. The cast is better ( Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel... ) than the Original.

Absolutely awful. Kate Beckinsale's character looked ridiculous and unrealistic. Sharon Stone had like 4-5 scenes in the original TR movie but she was 100x more impressive than Beckinsale. This remake is forgettable. Jessica Biel wasn't good too

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23 The Amazing Spider-Man

So many people went nuts over this movie and I can't understand why, I thought it was decent but the original trilogy was 10000000000 times better, this franchise is just a cluttered underwhelming unfocused mess, with a dick Peter Parker and hollow villains, and it was a little too soon for a reboot, it usually happens after a movie has been out for at least 10 years, spiderman 3 came out in 2007 and the first amazing spiderman came out in 2012, that's only 5 years, and why did you have to make it darker and more realistic? Those are the 2 things that make comic book movies suck. And people are saying this is the better series, well then why is it having a bunch of problems? I see this franchise as the attempt to make a better franchise but just makes one that's just decent and nowhere near the awesomeness of the original. Maybe next time they'll get it right

Do people actually think the Amazing Spider-Man franchise is better then the original, let's see, 2002's Spider-Man got an 89% critic rating, Amazing Spider-Man got 73% Spider-Man 2 got 94% Amazing Spider-Man 2 got 53%, so, in what way is the new franchise better?

When this movie first came out so many people were just trying to convince themselves that these movies are better than the originals, At least now more and more people are waking up and realizing just how pathetic this franchise is

This wasn't a bad movie, it was the sequel to this movie that was awful - germshep24

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24 Children of the Corn
25 Fantastic Four (2015)

I wouldn't say this is terrible, keep in mind the original was absolutely terrible so if you compared it to how awful the original the original was this is art by comparison, don't get me wrong it was still bad - germshep24

Worst movie of all time

Worst movie of 2015

It looks like a long intro on how the four will become the fantastic four. It's only on the last twenty minutes of the movie that you really can say " it's a fantastic four movie ".If they would have made follow-up movies from this one, it could have made sense, but they didn't... Pitty, because I like Kate Mara as an actress.
As for the movie " remake ". It's not really a remake. It has its originality ( not a succes one ) but it's completely different than the other " fantastic four " movies I saw.

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26 The Thing

It isn't a remake, it is a prequel to the 1982 remake.

I rely like it thought

Technically it's a remake of the 1951 version, this is the 1982 version, in which case what the hell is it doing here? this movie rocks

27 Carrie (2013)

What a disgrace! The original was creepy and unpredictable. The 2002 remake was better than this too

I saw this with my friends, I was trying to not laugh. - MoldySock

If you love Carrie 1997, please never see this remake!

The " Carrie " movie with Sissy Spaceck will be unbeatable but this one was not that bad ( but certainly not better than the Original ). I really can't consider this however as a " worst movie remake ".

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28 One Missed Call
29 When a Stranger Calls
30 Red Dawn

Does Hollywood expect me to believe that North Korea, one of the poorest countries in the world, can carry out an invasion of the United States?

31 The Karate Kid

Well, this version actually wasn't half bad at all. And although the original will always be a classic even to this very day and that this version is not AS good as the original version, it again wasn't half bad and seemed to match to more modern times now and they used a couple of my favorite actors such as Jackie Chan and Jayden Smith.

I love the remakes - westofohio

For starters, it should be called The Kung-Fu Kid. Also, it's terrible. - truckturner

32 The Stepford Wives


33 RoboCop

It always bothers me when they remake an old movie that was originally rated R and tone it down to PG-13, the 2 most annoying examples are the remakes of total recall and robocop, cause they REALLY held back on the cool violent action in these remakes, in total recall it wasn't AS bad as robocop, with robocop it's just annoying, Murphy's death wasn't good at all, in the original he got shot down by criminals which made it a lot more personal and allowed us to feel for him, in the remake all that happens is he goes outside and his car blows up, that's not anywhere near the amount of impact the original had

Should be in the top 5 - boring, stupid

34 The Pink Panther 2

This isn't a remake it is a sequel to a remake - germshep24

I absolutely hate this movie it's too adulterous, disgusting, terrible and very stereotypical and racist!
Rubbish piece of garbage and crap
Steve Martin was bad in the film

I only liked Kenji and Randall! The rest of the actors are bad and rubbish!

The most racist, adulterous and most stereotypical comedy crime movie ever seen!

I hate the fact that Closeau was being racist towards Japanese people by calling them little yellow friends and stereotyping of what they eat and how they drive! And he said blondes are

Worst Movie ever!
My rating: 1/10
Rubbish film!
I'll never watch it on a big screen!

35 TMNT (2007)

This entire movie feels like a sequel to a movie that doesn't exist

Even the 2012 Ninja Turtles show is way better than this movie - AnimeFan2000

36 The Ghost in the Shell

This is techally an adaptation of a popular anime or manga.

37 Gremlin

They made a remake of the Spielsberg's Gremlins? - germshep24

38 The Invasion
39 Get Carter
40 Rollerball

This is the movie that killed John McTiernan's directing career and somehow got him serving time in jail.

41 The Getaway
42 The Day the Earth Stood Still

I think the only reason people went and saw this movie is because it had Keanu Reeves' name on the front cover.

43 The Producers
44 Taxi
45 City of Angels
46 Dinner for Schmucks
47 Bangkok Dangerous
48 Alice in Wonderland

It's like Tim Burton took the original Alice and wonderland, sucked all the imagination, color, and fun insanity, and just replaced it with a dull generic prophecy story

The remake with Johnny Depp is just so odd and doesn't make any sense. It definitely could have been better.

It's just so unsettling

Johnny Depp and Helena Botham Carter were too over-the-top and weird and everyone else, ESPECIALLY Alice sounded so uninterested

49 The Last House on the Left

At least it had the director of the original onboard for this movie - germshep24


50 Clash of the Titans
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Psycho
2. Godzilla
3. The Wicker Man
1. A Nightmare on Elm Street
2. The Pink Panther
3. Halloween
1. April Fool's Day
2. Planet of the Apes
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