a reply to: Black_Fox
Interesting choices. Some of those, I have seen, and some I haven't. Some, I saw one, and deliberately didn't see the other.
Alright, in order.....
Halloween - I saw the original, and not the remake. No reason not to, for that one, save expense. Liked the original, though. Classic horror there.
Same can't be said for all the sequels.
Footloose - LOVE the original. The remake, I saw the trailer, and I wish I could erase that portion of my memory forever. HORRIBLE, horrible acting,
just in the trailer. You could not pay me to sit through the whole thing. Waste of film, or disc, or whatever they used.
A Nightmare on Elm Street - I have actually seen both of these. I am NOT a fan of Freddy movies, at all, but both were well done for what they are.
I don't know that this needed a remake, however. Nothing was improved, really, save maybe some effects.
The Karate Kid - Again, love the first, and deliberately didn't see the remake. Not karate, and not needed, and from what I have heard, the kid
can't even act. I didn't see the point. Some things, you just don't mess with.
Red Dawn - here, I have seen both. Unfortunately. The original is a true classic, and outstanding in every way. The remake, I skipped in theaters,
and only watched streaming because it was basically free, and to see if it was as bad as I expected. It was. Mediocre acting, and poor plotting,
plus, when they wimp out and change the antagonist, it kid of kills the whole point of the film! They would have been more honest calling the team
the Rats or something, instead of Wolverines. That is a remake which is a complete waste of time. If you haven't seen it, spare yourself.
Clash of the Titans - Again, seen both. The original was fun; not the best effects, but fun. The remake, not so much. I hoped for better, and was
disappointed on that one.
Robocop - Saw the first, not the second. The first was ok; not a huge favorite, and I haven't rewatched it, so i didn't see a reason to bother with
Conan the Barbarian - Here, I have seen both, and really love both. The first is good in its own way, thought the way they stole Belit's lines
ticked me off, though. The remake is FAR more like the Conan from the books and comics (and I LOVED those comics!). Plus, Jason Momoa is super hot,
which doesn't hurt a bit!. I have heard Arnold intends to do another Conan....not sure how I feel about that. I like his recent films, but Conan?
Not sure how that will work; he's a bit old for some of the action needed. Even King Conan could deliver a big serving of "whoop a**" when needed.
Seems like another installment with Momoa would make more sense.
True Grit - I have to confess; I haven't seen either one.
Transformers - There was one on '86? I don't remember.......Recent one was ok, for what it was.
Fright Night - Ah, now this one......I was VERY skeptical about the remake. The original is a real classic in horror, and a great blend of horror and
humor. Love that movie. Own that movie. Heck, I could probably recite lines if I thought about it. When I heard they were doing a remake, I was
stunned. "WHY???", I asked. And more. Then I read a review of someone that sounded just like me, on imdb, and the guy was surprised to like the
remake. So, I considered it. I wasn't convinced, by what I heard about the film, but I considered it. I finally went out and bought a copy. I was
happy to discover that the "remake" was quite good. They did the smart thing, which is NOT to try and copy the original (as it's clear the
Footloose people did....), and instead did something else. Yes, there is some humor, but overall, this is a darker film, in a much different style.
Now, I like, and own, both of them, and love them each apart from the other.
Batman/Batman Begins - No contest, the "remake" is WAY better. I seriously dislike ALL the old Batman movies. All of them. I really LIKE Michael
Keaton as an actor, but NOT as Batman. I will admit, my "Batman" is Adam West. Yes, I know the shows he did. Loved them, and still do. Yes, I
know...... However, the old movies were horrible. Just horrible. Much as it pains me to say it, the "best" of that bad lot of Batman acting was
Val Kilmer. And, yes, that hurts. He was pretty good on older stuff, and went way downhill after that.
Night of the Living Dead - I own the old one, but haven't gotten around to watching yet. I have to be in a certain frame of mind for zombies. Know
nothing of the remake.
As for any you didn't list, I know a couple of them I will mention.
One is Cape Fear. I really didn't like the remake, which I saw first, and really like the old one. Far superior film, in my opinion.
Another is The Thomas Crown Affair. There, it's reversed. I love the remake, with Pierce Brosnan. I watched the older one, thinking it would be
good as well, and was disappointed. Some of the scenes were flat out silly, at least to me.
You could always toss in the many versions of King Kong, for real fun!