There are few things Hollywood seems to enjoy more than remaking popular movies from the past. Why invent something new and original when you can rehash a film that younger audiences likely haven’t seen and their parents will remember fondly? Just as with sequels, movie remakes are viewed as being easy to market given their familiarity. They are also considered to come with a built-in audience of nostalgic older filmgoers and younger viewers who avoided seeing the original version because it was made before they were born, or is in black and white. Unfortunately, most film remakes are disappointing at best and downright awful at worst. And many of them have been costly financial disasters for the film studios that produced them. Nevertheless, Hollywood keeps the recycling machine churning. So here is a list of “10 Movie Remakes That Really Didn’t Need To Happen.”
The original Poltergeist is a classic—both as a horror film and a beloved movie from the 1980s. Directed by Tobe Hooper, who helmed the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and with a script co-written by Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist was a modern ghost story that was a fun, scary and often funny look at the evil lurking below finely manicured suburban lawns. It also gave us the classic line “They’re here,” and was the first time anybody had heard voices coming from a television set. The 2015 remake of Poltergeist replaced the charm of the original for an onslaught of scattershot visual effects and gory horror designed more to shock than scare. Panned by critics, the remake was barely in theatres on its way to video on demand and streaming services.