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Counting Down the Worst Movie Remakes of All Time
Who ya gonna call on July 15? Although we all know that most remakes don’t hold a candle to the original, chances are, we’ll still flock to the theatres to catch Ghostbusters-director Paul Feig’s new take on the Ivan Reitman classic. The trailer for the film, released earlier this year, sparked a hostile reaction from hardcore fans of the 1984 original, citing it as the latest example of Hollywood’s lack of creativity. Let’s just hope this remake isn’t a stinker like so many of its kind. To help put Ghostbusters into perspective, we’ve curated a list of the most awful movie remakes of all time, ranked from bad to worst based on their score on Rotten Tomatoes.
10. Carrie (2013)
A remake of Brian De Palma’s horror classic, this time starring the Academy Award winning Julianne Moore? Yes, please! (So we thought as we entered the theatre.) But instead of the haunting special effects boasted in the climax of the original, this 21st century “reimagining” delivered a CGI sequence so lame it made us want to immediately pop the classic back into our dusty old VHS player.
9. Planet of the Apes (2001)
Not to be confused with the recent reboot of the series (Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, both of which were quite fantastic), this Tim Burton remake starring two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg failed to impress. It might have decent effects, but the film’s campy tone ultimately doesn’t hold a candle to the original, and its ending left audiences more confused than satisfied. According to Burton’s interviews following the film’s release, the ending wasn’t supposed to make sense. Sorry, but shouldn’t endings strive to make some sort of sense?