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on 13 Dec 2008 11:00

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Déjà vu - Battle of the Remakes

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People who added this item 1551  Average listal rating (1009 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.8 
1. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Prelude told me this was a good remake, and it a cracking film, but I haven't seen the original yet. Looking at points, I'm sorry this one is too close to call - its a tie!

Too close to call on points!

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People who added this item 174  Average listal rating (96 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.6 
2. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
I personally prefer excellent originals, without which there wouldn't be a remake. But personal feelings aside, this fight is judged on points alone!

Too close to call on points!
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People who added this item 329  Average listal rating (215 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating 5.6 
3. Death at a Funeral (2010)
A black cast with token white, and having seen the trailer, it looks like another badly done remake. Time will tell.

Loser on Points (by -1.6 Points / -2.6 Points)

People who added this item 892  Average listal rating (571 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.4 
4. Death at a Funeral (2007)
So funny, this has to be the winner, but time will tell.

Winner on Points (by 1.6 Points / 2.6 Points)
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People who added this item 637  Average listal rating (413 ratings) 4.2  IMDB Rating 4.3 
5. Taxi (2004)
So wrong, so very wrong - its starts with Queen Latifah in lycra and goes downhill from there. I suspect the only reason for the 4.2 votes is the costume change scene.

Lose on Points (by -2.2 Points / -2.6 Points)
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People who added this item 693  Average listal rating (455 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.9 
6. Taxi (1998)
From the writer that penned Leon and Nikita, comes a very light and enjoyable buddy movie, where even the car or rather the driving is often the star. There is even a little social commentary for the literati to pick up on.

Winner on Points (by 2.2 Points / 2.6 Points)
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People who added this item 409  Average listal rating (223 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.7 
7. The Haunting (1963)
Certainly winner on points!

Winner on Points by 2.5 Points / 3.3 Points

Thanks Escafeld for this one!
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People who added this item 890  Average listal rating (559 ratings) 4.9  IMDB Rating 4.8 
8. The Haunting (1999)
So much has occured in 36 years; technology has improved, film makers have an arsenal of tools at their disposal and a history of film making to borrow and learn from. So to produce a stinker takes quite some lack of talent. No contest here.

Lose on Points (by -2.5 Points / -3.3 Points)

Thanks Escafeld for this one!

People who added this item 1001  Average listal rating (625 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
9. King Kong (1933)
This is more like it, a clear winner against two tries. The original and still the best!

Winner on points (vs 1976) 2.1/2.4
Winner on points (vs 2005) 0.8/0.5
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People who added this item 334  Average listal rating (240 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating 5.8 
10. King Kong (1976)
I disagree with the votes on this one, but hey everyone to their own.

Lose on points (vs 2005) -1.4 / -2.1
Lose on points (vs 1933) -2.1/-2.4

Thanks to Prelude for this one!
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People who added this item 4074  Average listal rating (2735 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 7.3 
11. King Kong (2005)
Didn't beat the original, but topped another remake!
This is wrong, but...

Win on points (vs 1976) 1.4 / 2.1
Lose on points (vs 1933) -0.8/-0.5
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People who added this item 261  Average listal rating (149 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.1 
12. House of Wax (1953)
I haven't seen this movie yet - not being a horror fan. But certainly winner on points!

Winner on Points by 1.6 Points / 1.6 Points

Thanks Markjazz for this one!
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People who added this item 1437  Average listal rating (925 ratings) 5  IMDB Rating 5.3 
13. House of Wax (2005)
Can anyone tell me what is scary about this movie? It was on TV so I watched it, which was a waste of my time. Best scene oh they've got a lift, oh he's got a knife, where has it gone, oh he's dropped them off where they wanted to go - tut!

Loser (On Points by -1.6 Points / -1.6 Points)
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People who added this item 358  Average listal rating (197 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 6.9 
14. House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Another movie I haven't seen this movie yet - not being a horror fan. But certainly another winner on points!

Winner on Points by 1.4 Points / 1.6 Points

Thanks Markjazz for this one!

People who added this item 640  Average listal rating (405 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating 5.6 
15. House on Haunted Hill (1999)
Haven't seen this either and my thanks to Markjazz for the warning (see comments).

Loser on Points by -1.4 Points / -1.6 Points

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People who added this item 1421  Average listal rating (939 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.3 
16. Cape Fear (1991)
Despite the great stars, it just doesn't have the same level of tension.

Loser (On Points by -0.6 Points / -0.7 Points)
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People who added this item 399  Average listal rating (245 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.8 
17. Cape Fear (1962)
Close, but the Original and still the best!

Wins on Points by 0.6 Points / 0.7 Points
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People who added this item 257  Average listal rating (159 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.8 
18. The Day of the Jackal (1973)
Based on true life. The Original and still the best!

Wins on Points by 2 Points / 1.4 Points
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People who added this item 892  Average listal rating (604 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.3 
19. The Jackal (1997)
Decent action movie, good stars, but this isn't real life, but it is great for learning how not to kill someone. Giant Gun in Car with remote control - yeah right!

Loser (On Points by -2 Points / -1.4 Points)
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People who added this item 1438  Average listal rating (939 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
20. Planet of the Apes (1968)
The line "Get your dirty hands off me you darn dirty ape!" and the emotional scene at the end of this film made this movie the powerful visual treat it was. Superb! The Original still the best!

Wins on Points by 1.5 Points / 2.5 Points
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People who added this item 2813  Average listal rating (1834 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating 5.7 
21. Planet of the Apes (2001)
How can you top the best, why have a double twist ending of course! Shame it was just so lame. This should have went straight to DVD.

Loser (On Points by -1.5 Points / -2.5 Points)
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People who added this item 309  Average listal rating (210 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
22. The Fly (1958)
Help me! The original is dated, special effects are limited at the time, but it still shocked. Late at night this film still holds its own - Tie.

Too close to call on points!
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People who added this item 1791  Average listal rating (1140 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.5 
23. The Fly (1986)
Special effects were, at the time, advanced and impressive. If you saw the original you knew what to expect, but it is still a good movie - Tie.

Too close to call on points!
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People who added this item 1210  Average listal rating (718 ratings) 5.2  IMDB Rating 5.5 
24. The Pink Panther (2006)
How can anyone try to improve on a classic! Steve Martin actually does a good job, but the slapstick looks forced and humour is dated. With the original in colour and english, why would anyone want to make a remake - bad idea!

Loser(On Points by -1.8 Points / -2.2 Points)
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People who added this item 678  Average listal rating (437 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
25. The Pink Panther (1963)
The classic looks its age, its humour is very light. But as the first in the series, its place in history is reserved. The Original and still the best!

Winner on Points by 1.8 Points / 2.2 Points)
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People who added this item 497  Average listal rating (287 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.4 
26. The Italian Job (1969)
A film of its time, this had everything, humour, action and a sense of realism. The ending is a classic. I've got an idea! Winner, the Original and still the best.

Winner on Points by 0.4 Points / 0.5 Points
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People who added this item 2411  Average listal rating (1605 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
27. The Italian Job (2003)
Not so much a remake, more of a new car movie with a familiar name. This is how remakes should be done. Take a concept and take it on. Sadly it doesn't have the longevity of the original.

Loser (On Points by -0.4 Points / -0.5 Points)
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People who added this item 451  Average listal rating (255 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.6 
28. Get Carter (1971)
Classic movie, certainly still the best!

Winner on Points by 2.5 / 3.9 Points
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People who added this item 288  Average listal rating (193 ratings) 4.8  IMDB Rating
29. Get Carter (2000)
What can I say, anyone involved in this movie should hang their head in shame.

Loser (On Points by -2.5 / -3.9 Points)
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People who added this item 1864  Average listal rating (1155 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.2 
30. Insomnia (2002)
This is actually a very good remake, the atmosphere is superb and acting is first class. Surprised, but for making me think Williams can act, the remake should win!

Loser (On Points by -0.8 / -0.1 Points)
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People who added this item 151  Average listal rating (73 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.4 
31. Insomnia (1997)
The original and a superb film, well shot, atmospheric and gripping. If you enjoy movies, then do watch this film, it is a classic (hence they did a remake in english). The Original and slightly better!

Winner on Points by 0.8 / 0.1 Points
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People who added this item 1250  Average listal rating (809 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 6.2 
32. The Ladykillers (2004)
No no no no no! Do not watch this movie! I watched it all and knowing the original so well, could see what they were trying to do, but the original is just in another league. This movie should sit on the DVD rental shelf next to the remake of Planet of the Apes.

Loser (On Points by -1.9 / -1.8 Points)
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People who added this item 350  Average listal rating (201 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
33. The Ladykillers (1955)
You can see the skill of all the actors in this movie, which flows wonderfully. Its the original, a classic and certainly the Best!

Winner on Points by 1.9 / 1.8 Points
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People who added this item 1251  Average listal rating (820 ratings) 5.2  IMDB Rating 5.5 
34. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
Simply replacing the threat of Global Nuclear War with the Green Agenda might have worked, but there are so many flaws with this movie. Do not watch if you have a mind.

Loser on Points by 2.5 / 2.5 Points
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People who added this item 706  Average listal rating (417 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
35. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The original and still the best!

Winner on Points by 2.5 / 2.5 Points
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Remake or Original, but which one is best?! There is only one way to find out FIGHT!!! Personal opinion aside, I've used both Listal Points and IMDB Points to judge the outcome.

If you cannot wait for the result - Originals are best (but not always!).

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Comments

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Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Sep 10 20:09
Great list, really useful to me!
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Jul 14 6:54
Actually, Burton's Planet of the Apes is more of a new story set in the same setting of the original. He's said that he had no intentions of trying to remake the original. And in that sense I enjoyed it for what it was, but yes, the 1968 film is far better.

Curious why the 1933 King Kong isn't on here to compare to its 2 remakes?
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Nov 10 5:06
I agree. Burton changed the story so much, it is primarily a re-make in name only. His is a convoluted mess. The original is so much better. I don't think it needed all those sequels, however.

As far as Get Carter is concerned, Sly will never be the actor that Michael Caine is.

You got to give Steve Martin credit. It takes a lot of guts to step into a classic role played by a much loved comedic actor. He did a fair job, but the orignal cast such a giant shadow the remake was destined to fail.

The original Fly will still be watched and enjoyed for its dated campiness long after the special effects gross-outs of the remake are forgotten.

I have mixed feelings about Cape Fear because Max Cady is played by 2 of my favorite actors, Robert Mitchum and Robert De Niro.

I would have to give the edge to the original because Mitchum was so threatingly creepy in a role that portrayed an attempted rape in a very frank and open way that was rare and controversial at the time. I remember being scared to death as a kid while watching Mitchum's character sneaking onto the houseboat.

On the other hand, Scorsese changes the black and white aspect of the story to make it more complex. The lawyer is conflicted and not the perfect father and husband that Gregory Peck was in the original. He also withheld evidence that could have gotten Cady off. The line between good and bad and right and wrong gets blurred. De Niro also expanded Cady's character and made him much more interesting.

I haven't seen Peter Jackson's Kong movie yet, But I would assume the effects are far superior to the 1976 version, which I thought were quite cheesy, especially the big fake hand with the fingers that just flopped around in a very unrealistic manner. Pending seeing Jackson's remake, I will have to stay with the 1933 version for sentimental reasons. The 18 inch Kong with the automated facial expressions was very cutting edge and high tech for those days.

I love old westerns, so naturally I have seen Glenn Ford's 3:10 To Yuma several times. I haven't seen the Russell Crowe version yet, so I can't comment on it. I understand they have made some changes to the story, but I will have to reserve my opinion until I have watched it.


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