Top 10 Worst Changes in Movie Remakes

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If it ain’t broke don’t fix it! For this list, we’re looking at changes in remakes that had us wishing they’d just left the original alone. And yes, of COURSE we included Godzilla’s design in “Godzilla” (1998) - along with changes in “I Am Legend” (2007), “The Karate Kid” (2010), “The Stepford Wives” (2004), and more! What change really ticked YOU off in a movie remake? Let us know in the comments!
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Yanming Fan
Yanming Fan 7 hours ago
#0:Ghost in the Shell Hollywood can not understand the philosophy behind the original film. It is like a SHELL without GHOST.
Thebrowns88 Day ago
“Swept away may look like a rom-com about a man and a woman that end up stranded on a deserted island, HOWEVER!” Lmao
Mikołaj Frycz
I actually liked godzilla design from 1998 most xd
barbara brooks
The latest remake of Ben-Hur focuses more on the relationship between Judah and Messala, who were blood brothers before politics got in the way. In the original novel, it is Judah who deliberately fouls Messala's chariot after placing bets that will ruin him. Messala survives, but is left poor and permanently crippled. In a work subtitled A Tale of the Christ, you might expect that after his conversion Judah would embrace the principle of forgiving and helping his former friend. This actually happens in the remake. In the novel, he turns his back on him, leaving him. Nice for a story subtitled A Tale of the Christ.
Gojifan 79
Gojifan 79 2 days ago
No we should thank the 98 it gave us more Godzilla movies
Werner Peeters
Werner Peeters 3 days ago
Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes wasn't that bad at all!
Kenny Dowdles
Kenny Dowdles 4 days ago
The day the earth stood still. Totally wasted opportunity.
5Moons Eclipsing
5Moons Eclipsing 4 days ago
What about Dr Doolittle, The Nutty Professor, The Honeymooner's etc., suddenly turning black?
flyhound97 6 days ago
One reason Total Recall didn't work is because there was no lesbo scene with Biel and Beckinsale.
Prime 8 days ago
In all Superhero movies in History *Fant4stic* is the worst remake. It just made the 2000s movies look like Epic
Prime 8 days ago
Actually as per my experience *Teen Titans Go* animated series in Cartoon Network is *the Worst Remake* in my whole life
wolf wing
wolf wing 9 days ago
...I get that this is complaining about the movie version, but some of these changes like total recall are based closer to the original book.
zargondm 10 days ago
The planet of the apes remake made sense, the passed though a time vortex and changed earths distance past. When he returns though it he arrives at the changed earth in the present.
Paul Cadwallader
Paul Cadwallader 12 days ago
I liked the 1998 Godzilla tbh
Congo Man Dan-
Congo Man Dan- 15 days ago
Yo godzilla all good tho.
Jeff King
Jeff King 15 days ago
Hollywood is just out of fresh ideas. They have to have at least 2 sex scenes, lots of cursing, and Socialism. Other than that, all they can do is [poorly] rehash what has already been done. Sad.
Christian Fletcher
Christian Fletcher 16 days ago
Some remake are good
Gary 19 days ago
The movie "Planet of the apes" with Charlton Heston is an adaptation of the book. And the ending in the book is the same as the ending in the Tim Burton version, which is another adaptation, not a remake. So this shouldn't be on the list. But the Charlon Heston ending should be in "Top 10 smart changes in book adaptations"
Fame Little
Fame Little 21 day ago
The new karate kid was better
Jeremy McKay
Jeremy McKay 22 days ago
Love Don't Cost a Thing urbanizing Can't Buy Me Love. They even use some of the same lines...
Todd Kerby
Todd Kerby 22 days ago
How in the mother of flip do you do a list of worst changes in remakes and not include the new Be Prepared from The Lion King 2019?
telemachus53 23 days ago
Lord of the Flies, first in black and white with some of the most memorable scenes in film. The second, a US version in colour which runs like an American kids sit com. The Ladykillers - really! How did they think they could remake a film which starred Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Cecil Parker, Danny Green and the adorable Katie Johnson. Must've been off their rockers!
Nycot 23 days ago
The first Ben Hur did not win the Oscars just for effects, it also won them for costumes, music, acting, screenplay, and others. Relying on CGI alone to save your movie is lazy.
Nycot 23 days ago
Gojira is the creature's REAL name, his Japanese name, and it's derived from the Japenese words for Gorilla "Gorira" and Whale "Kujira". Godzilla is the Westernised version of the name, but it has no definition.
Nycot 23 days ago
I just realized that 1997 Godzilla also had really bad special effects ... Like, they're the sort of effects you would see in a horror movie with a very small budget.
Nycot 23 days ago
Godzilla 1997 should not be considered as a "Remake" of Godzilla. Rather, the movie, and the monster in it (who's name has been changed to "Zilla" by fans) should not be associated with Godzilla, and should be treated as a separate monster altogether.
Lavrentivs 23 days ago
Surely the remake of 'Get Carter' deserves a place on this list.
Dannyphantom415 23 days ago
All the new disney movies
Eric Bonewicz
Eric Bonewicz 23 days ago
Why is almost every watchmojo video have physco as number 1..
Eric Bonewicz
Eric Bonewicz 23 days ago
Being from Connecticut I never understood that phrase by glen close.
Amy Fisher
Amy Fisher 24 days ago
Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka was just plain creepy, and that extra backstory tacked on at the end - which was NOT in the book - was completely unnecessary. Tim Burton has given us a lot of wonderful original movies, why did he have to remake something that should have been left alone?
Gopi Gandhi
Gopi Gandhi 24 days ago
Old boy This must be number 1.
Alejandro Elvira
Alejandro Elvira 25 days ago
Charlie and the chocolate factory is'nt quite bad as said.
WHD Studios 2
WHD Studios 2 25 days ago
Fact: 10:41 The Woman Getting Stabbed Is Jamie Lee Curtis's MOTHER!!! - Jamie Lee Curtis is most popular for her role as Laurie Strode on John Carpenter's Halloween (1978); A Baby Sitter In 1978 Who Got Stalked And (And Later Stabbed) By Michael Myers, Her mother, Janet Leigh, finally got a chance to be with her in Halloween: H20, Curtis has just finished reprising her role as Laurie in last year's record-breaking David Gordon Green's Halloween (2018), And is expected to reprise her role as Laurie in 2020 and 2021! - It was rumored that all 3 movies; Phsyco, Halloween, Scream, are all 3 horror movies that are based on the same very thing; An evil shadow wanting to kill for evil. Halloween, Phsyco, and Scream is set to re-air on our TV screens later next month as Halloween the holiday fogs among us.
A Fig
A Fig 25 days ago
Unlike Lil' Bow Wow, who was touched.
mszoomy 25 days ago
The Fog was horrid
marcress 25 days ago
How about remaking the Cary Grant classic "Mr. Blandings Builds HIs Dream House" as "The Money Pit (1986)" or "Are We Done Yet (2007)?"
geyik figürü
geyik figürü 26 days ago
i like zilla come at me
Andrew Small
Andrew Small 26 days ago
Trying to kill Belle's father is what you disagree with?! How about almost every decision!
Philosophy Love
Philosophy Love 26 days ago
I’m not one to comment, but I really despise the try-too-hard approach with the actress in a studio and painfully scripted false disingenuousness.
Uncle Quack
Uncle Quack 27 days ago
Mark Walberg sucks.
Camila Delaney
Camila Delaney 27 days ago
I Need a boy friend. :/
Planet Ape
Planet Ape 28 days ago
sh!t.. I didn't even know that psycho had a remake.., now i know :(
blazzee hazzee
blazzee hazzee 28 days ago
Emmerichs godzilla was the best one of all
Unpopular 28 days ago
I respect alot of classics but a lot are dated and bad but still get all the acclaim. Clash of the Titans i gotta say i enjoyed the movies. I would never ever watch the original.
Weirdwerwolf 28 days ago
The first Godzilla Movie was a metaphor for the fear of nuclear weapons but it was also inspired by the Movie The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms which could maybe explain why the Zilla Movie took place in New York.
Brandon Waugh
Brandon Waugh 28 days ago
1998 Godzilla should've been number one. That movie was less Godzilla and more The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
XR40 27 days ago
Thank you. I've been saying exactly that for years and no one had a clue what I meant. Nice to know others can see the connection.
babygirlatwell 28 days ago
i think the 2018 or 2019 godzilla was the worst. it looks like a shell-less turtle.
babygirlatwell 28 days ago
@Angel Pérezbecause i don't like the new godzilla movie you had to insult me by making a racist comment.
Angel Pérez
Angel Pérez 28 days ago
Well you are on a miniscule and wrong minority
Wolfsky9 28 days ago
THE all-time " WORST REMAKE, EVER " : Any attempt to remake Willian Wyler's all-time classic " Ben Hur" -----------the remake was so bad, it was almost ---------sadly----------funny. ----------LEAVE CLASSICS ALONE !! ---------------------WolfSky9, 72 y/o
Wolfsky9 28 days ago
The '26 version of " Ben-Hur" was the most honored film of the silent era. It was also the most expensive. ----------The '59 Wyler version cost MGM 15 million , the most expensive film ever, to that date. ----------In today's money that's well over $225 million. ----------The chariot race alone, took a year to prepare, & 6 full months to film. Charlton Heston spent 18 months learning how to drive a full 4-horse chariot. --------------------------WolfSky9, 72 y/o
Margie Whitteck
Margie Whitteck 28 days ago
They couldn't use the original concept of Godzilla because Toho Studios forbade it.
orc at war 98
orc at war 98 28 days ago
well i was watching a vid about 98 and no it's the directors choice to change the design and toho (even though it's a bad idea even early planning) said ok
Kalinin Dippy
Kalinin Dippy 29 days ago
new narrator is mush mouth. Any chance of getting somebody with proper diction.? This feels like a struggle for her.
Chris Cowen
Chris Cowen 29 days ago
How was over board or max payne or nightmare on Elm Street on this list
orc at war 98
orc at war 98 28 days ago
one:max payne was a video game then became a movie
Rik Metz
Rik Metz 29 days ago
You do know roald dalh disliked gene wilder as willy wonka, making him too serious. When you look at it that way, it is gene wilder who put his own spin on the character. Gene wilder looked better playing willy wonka, but johnny depp had the better character. Also the oompa loompas in 2005 the looked like actual small human beings, while in 1971 they looked like gingerbreadmen come to life by some experiment.
Betty Long
Betty Long 29 days ago
I could care less about the rest....but damn they made Godzilla a lard ass.
Adrian Frank
Adrian Frank 29 days ago
Robocop. Also, remaking Home Alone possibly. Don’t touch my Home Alone!
captain drama
captain drama 29 days ago
Gosh darnnit, Disney!
Jae Croe
Jae Croe 29 days ago
I enjoyed both of those Total Recall's 🥺🥺
David Carter
David Carter 29 days ago
I loved Beauty and the Beast!
Jonathan Parker
Jonathan Parker 29 days ago
Agree with Godzilla totally even though I liked the 1998 movie. Nothing can compare to Charlton Heston and the ending of Planet of the Apes. I actually liked the updated Total Recall movie drawing upon pieces from the original.
CHilla415 Month ago
It's over 50 years old so it's not a terrible idea to give it an update? Umm... no. Just since something is old doesn't mean it NEEDS to be re-done. Fuck that excuse. Be original.
TobyBeau And Chris
I understand when you talk about Planet of the Apes being a terrible remake of the original movie with Charlton Heston but if you've ever read the original book Planet of the Apes at the end of the book The Astronaut somehow gets the spaceship to fly and he thinks he's flown away from the Planet of the Apes only to crash land on Earth between his original time and the time of the Planet of the Apes only to be picked up by apes driving military vehicles. So, you can say the newer version of Planet of the Apes although a terrible movie, has a script more true to the book then the original Charlton Heston Planet of the Apes.
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