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Between Point Break, Oldboy, and Conan, these films are proof that Hollywood should focus more on remaking bad movies than good ones.
A Roadhouse remake starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Doug Liman is currently in production, and the film's look has been revealed in an interesting BTS image. While everyone involved in the upcoming remake is reason alone to be excited, a remake of any cult classic always causes concern, and most remakes massively pale in comparison to the originals.
There has never been much logic in remaking classic movies, but studios insist on making them year after year, even though so many of them have disastrously bombed at the box office. These films are proof that Hollywood should focus more on remaking bad movies than good ones.
1959's Ben-Hur is a historical epic that has some of the most lavish costumes and set designs in cinema history, not to mention that its action sequences were way ahead of their time. The movie made a huge $147 million, which was unheard of at the time and adjusted for inflation, that's almost $1.5 billion today (according to the official U.S. Bureau of Labor inflation calculator.) But while the original is one of the best-ever movies set in Ancient Rome, the same can't be said for the remake that followed 57 years later.
Ironically, 2016's Ben-Hur made less than the original's box office gross, regardless of inflation. The remake made $94 million worldwide, which is disastrous given its $100 million budget. The movie is completely insulting to the original, as it's full of bad CGI and editing, and even though it's telling the same epic story, it feels like a cheap direct-to-DVD cash-in.
The original Conan the Barbarian might not exactly be an example of how great of an art form cinema can be like Ben-Hur, but it's a cult classic fun fantasy adventure movie that's made even greater by Arnold Schwarzenegger's iconic performance. The original 1982 movie made $80 million, which was four times its budget. That's an even higher number than what its remake made, which came almost 30 years later.
The Jason Mamoa-starring movie couldn't make back its $90 million budget. However, if the film was released today, it would have undoubtedly been way more successful, as Mamoa has become almost as much of a bankable star as Schwarzenegger was in the 80s. Nevertheless, fans would have much preferred the third proper Conan movie, King Conan: Crown of Iron, which the Wachowski sister almost directed.
1972 saw the release of one of the most successful disaster movies ever, The Poseidon Adventure. The film is about a group of strangers attempting to survive a sinking luxury liner after it has been upturned by a tsunami, and it made almost $150 million. For some unaccountable reason, the studio dropped "adventure" from the title of the 2006 remake, but that might be because it wasn't half as adventurous as the original movie and was just another by-the-numbers remake.
However, there was an obvious sell-by date when it comes to the disaster genre in general. While disaster movies were popular in the 70s and 80s and reached their peak of popularity in the 90s, the 2000s saw their downfall (with a couple of unique exceptions like 2012, which was a huge hit because of its relevance.) Poseidon was one of the many disaster movies that bombed in the 2000s, as it made $181 million, just $20 million more than its budget. With its production cost, marketing budget, and the movie theatres' cut, the studio wouldn't have been anywhere near breaking even.
The original the Wicker Man is one of the best Christopher Lee movies, but, unfortunately, the remake is one of the worst Nicolas Cage movies. Where the original is one of the most suspenseful and terrifying horrors of the 20th century, the 2006 remake almost tarnishes its legacy with how ridiculous it is. The 2006 film made less than its $40 million budget at the box office.
Though the original bombed too, that at least became a cult classic in the years since. However, the remake is so bad it's good, as it's so unintentionally funny, and, in fairness, the scene of Cage being attacked by the bees became an internet sensation, and the meme alone is way more popular than the original movie.
Point Break already had one unofficial remake, as the original The Fast and the Furious has a suspicious amount of similarities to the 1991 movie. But while the street racing flick was a huge box office success and even the start of a multi-billion-dollar-grossing franchise, the same can't be said for 2015's Point Break.
The remake misunderstood what made the original so great. It wasn't the extreme sports, but the relationship between the characters that made fans fall in love with the first Point Break. But the remake doubled down on the stunts and there was no chemistry between the characters whatsoever. That resulted in a poor box office performance, making just $133 million worldwide.
Oldboy might not be a Hollywood movie, but it was a huge success relative to its budget when it was first released, and it has gained a significant amount of fans in the time since. The South-Korean thriller is one of the few foreign movies to find huge audiences overseas, and that's thanks to its emotionally exhausting narrative and shocking final twist.
As the remake was helmed by visionary auteur Spike Lee, the remake should have been just as good, and maybe even better, but that wasn't the case. The movie was criticized for turning the tragic original into a vessel for Lee's political leanings. As a result, somebody could count on two hands how many people paid to see the film. The 2013 remake made $5 million, just one-sixth of its budget.
Psycho is one of the most influential movies ever, as the iconic shower scene is taught in film school for how well-edited it is, and that scene just happens to be a big reason why it made a huge $50 million. Though that doesn't sound like a lot now, it was a huge figure 62 years ago. But while the 1960 film was a completely original horror film, the remake is exactly the opposite.
The 1998 release is a shot-for-shot remake of the original, and it's almost identical. Its inflated $60 million budget was unwarranted, and it's one of the most transparent cash-in movies a studio has ever made. The film made $37 million worldwide, and it's a good job that it bombed, otherwise the cinema landscape would have been littered with shot-for-shot remakes of classic movies.
Red Dawn is an iconic movie for a few different reasons. For starters, it has a cast full of young actors who would become huge movie stars, including Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen. It was also the first ever movie to be rated PG-13, which was controversial at the time given how violent the movie was and how it tackled extremely dark themes. The film is about America being attacked by the Soviet Union and how a group of teenagers defends themselves in high school.
Despite that, the film was a modest success in theatres and became even more of a hit in the time since. But the 2012 remake completely misses the mark, as it replaces the Soviet Union for North Korea, and it completely fails to repeat the original's satirical approach. The film made just $50 million, not even coming close to its $65 million budget.
The original 1971 Straw Dogs became so popular at the time because of how controversial and ultra-violent it was, and that was ultimately its USP. So when that violence and contentious narrative is diluted in a remake, it isn't going to have the same impact at the box office.
The $25 million remake, which was released in 2011, was a crushing blow to the studio's wallet, as it made just $11 million at the worldwide box office. That failure was because it failed in terms of being a shocking invasion thriller, and even though it didn't have any of the original's shock value, many thought that the remake glorified violence.
While the movie industry wasn't filled with countless shot-for-shot remakes following the failure of Psycho, one still slipped through the cracks. 1997's Funny Games is an Austrian psychological thriller about two bourgeoise young adults who torture a family in their vacation home. It's one of the most suspenseful thrillers of the 90s, and the intensity is heightened by the fact that most of the violence is off-screen, leaving viewers to imagine for themselves what's going on.
The 2007 remake is identical to the original, only it's set in the US and played by native-English-speaking actors. While it was made for English-speaking audiences who wouldn't have heard of or sought out the Austrian version, the plan didn't quite work out, as it only made around half of its $15 million budget.
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Currently residing in Madrid, Stephen Barker has been a staff writer at Screen Rant since 2020. Since graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a bachelor’s degree in Film, Television, and Cultural Studies in 2014, he has written for numerous movie and music websites. Stephen has been obsessed with movies since he first watched Jurassic Park on VHS, and with a deep interest in screenwriting, he loves 70s character-driven movies. But he’s just as much of a defender of Batman & Robin, The Fast and the Furious, and Small Soldiers. Visit Stephen‚Äôs personal blog, Quaranste, where he writes about guilty pleasure movies, his latest musical discoveries, and how he stays creative during global pandemics, or contact him directly: Quaranstine@gmail.com.


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