6 Movie Remakes that Missed the Point Comments - Mania.com


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samson 4/11/2009 11:48:39 AM

Please, enough with the Cracked.com articles and the Cracked.com style of writing.

We are not the kind of readers you want to dumb down your content for. Careful, you may be alienating your base. Or, maybe it's just me.

SaintDemon 4/11/2009 11:52:32 AM

I agreed with almost everything you said, but then you had to take a shot at Rob Zombie. I'll admit the new film wasn't the best. The language used by the Myers family seemed unrealistic and over the top. But the effects were decent and I liked seeing Myers as a kid. Granted the remake will never take the place of the original. But to say he's a bad director I would have to disagree. I think he's just a cult director, which I don't know if that validates your argument or not.

I want to see the Vincent Price movie now is it available on DVD?


karas1 4/11/2009 11:59:48 AM

I remember when The Stepford Wives was remade.  After seeing the movie (it stank) I read an interview with the director (forget his name).  He said he hadn't been able to choose wether he wanted the wives to be replaced with robots or under mental control.  Since he DIDN'T THINK IT WAS IMPORTANT he left elements of both in the finished film.

Ok, HOW could it not be important?  The film doesn't make any sense at all.

Similarly, the director of the Planet Of The Apes remake (don't remember his name either) spoke about the controversial ending to his film in which the atronaut escapes from Apeworld and goes home, only to find the humans there had also been replaced by apes.  He said something like (I don't remember the exact quote) that it didn't mean anything and he just wanted to include some sureal images because it was just science fiction and it didn't matter anyway.

I quickly decided to boycott the film because if it didn't matter to the director then I saw no reason why I should waste my time and money on it.

There is a reason I don't remember these things.  I was so disgusted by both directors that I tried to block everything about them from my memory.

The moral is that a film maker who doesn't respect scifi (or any other genre in which he is working) shouldn't try to work in that genre because whatever film he makes will suck.


karas1 4/11/2009 12:37:49 PM

Every Sunday they post a funny article from Cracked.com and every single time someone complains that an article from Cracked.com was posted on this site. 

Aren't people used to this by now?  If you don't want to read an article from Cracked.com, don't read the article?  Stop reading them and then complaining about them.

jppintar326 4/11/2009 1:52:52 PM

One of the biggest problems with the remake of The Stepford Wives was that Nicole Kidman's character wasn't particularly likable.  Since we don't like her, we have no rooting interest in her.  They also added the obnoxious and overrated Bette Midler into the mix to further my dislike of the movie (Okay that Midler's character wrote a book about her mother entitiled "I Love You But Please Die" was funny.).  Matthew Broderick and Jon Lovitz were miscast as Kidman's and Midler's husbands, respectively.  Only country singer Faith Hill in a supporting role as woman whose microchip goes haywire was the only highlight.  Frank Oz (Miss Piggy and Fozzy Bear) was the director and there were rumors of conflicts on the set and last minute changes that are obvious in the finished film.

I can't anything more about Rollerball because I agree with everything that was said already.  Didn't see either version of the Wicker Man so I can't comment on it.  Refused to see the Halloweeen remake because this series ran out of gas a long time ago and I just don't care anymore.  In the same way, I have no interest the Friday the 13th remake because it looks like more of the same all over again. 

I loved the original The Day The Earth Stood Still and I have been kind to the remake.  Yes a more charismatic actor should have played Klaatu and Will Smith's son is just whiny, but somehow the movie worked for me.  I guess it's Jennifer Connelly who anchors the film and deserves the credit for making it work even though I agree with the criticism has received.  Klaatu and his people come across as arrogant and should mind their own business at how our planet.  The 1951 version had a real reason for Klaatu to come to this planet.  Aliens were afraid that humans would bring war into space and Klaatu's people felt threatened.  In the remake, Klaatu is simply a busy body who doesn't seem to care about anything.  

I woul have the reimaging of Planet of the Apes on this list.  The original had social and politicial commentary that was interesting.  The 2001 version has one of the worst endings in movie history. 

TayDor 4/11/2009 5:08:24 PM

Nice to know I'm not the only one annoyed by the posting of a Cracked artical.  How about something original?  Or do what Mania does in other articles, give a link to the original article.

Anyhow, read this article a few months back on Cracked.  Summarization: remakes tend to suck.

JarrodSarafin 4/11/2009 5:23:58 PM

Yes Karas. Every weekend, the same thing seems to be said by the same people.

Taydor, we have original content up here every day of the week. Just yesterday, we published our Best Fantasy Writers of All-Time list. And we did link the original Cracked article above! Twice.

This is a weekly feature we have set up with our sister website Cracked for people just relaxing on the weekend.

That is all.

Like Karas suggests above, the people who have such "issues" with this Weekly Cracked Feature shouldn't go out of their way to read them. If our sister site's brand of humor is something that bothers you and the others, ignore them every Saturday. It's that simple.

darkheart00 4/11/2009 7:33:40 PM

Jarrod, It's not that we necessarily have "issues" with the particualr content of the articles or that we somehow miss that brand of humor. The thing everyone keeps harping on is this, if I want cracked content I will go to cracked, if I want content from your staff I come here, If I want content from AICN I go there, if I want content from bloody disgusting I go there, etc. It's about caring what you (Jarrod) and your staff have to say, not what the guys at cracked are driveling on about every week. If I want to hear that I will actually go to their site. I enjoy your original content and to be honest I'd rather have no content from you over the weekend than a cut and paste job from your inferior "sister site". Based on the content of these articles, I personally don't understand why you and your writers don't come up with your own lists. They would probably be a lot more intelligent and thought provoking. I know I am preaching to a deaf audience so I'll be sure to stop reading your site over the weekend, avoiding your "top, best, worst, craziest...." lists from now on becuase they might be copied content and per you, I should "ignore them". I don't necessarily understand that business sense but I'll stop b!tching about months old, copied content Jarrod. Thanks for your time.

JarrodSarafin 4/11/2009 7:54:05 PM

Darkheart, we have original content on the weekends as well. We have 3 or 4 original columns usually every weekend. We do not take the weekends off.

As I say above, why not just avoid this particular Weekly Cracked List article if it bothers you. Instead, check out our original weekend content like Lair of the Beasts, 23.5 Degrees, Box Office Reports, multiple reviews (Movies, TV, Anime), etc.

robbo 4/11/2009 8:17:31 PM

I gotta side with Jarrod, and it's not just becaue Chip pays me to.

I really don't understand the weekly whining about CRACKED articles.

Mania.com and Cracked.com have the same parent company. We LICENSE content from our sister site and use it under a content-sharing agreement. For those of you who aren't familiar with the concept, if you read comics in your newspaper: those are licensed. If you watch network broadcast TV on a local affiliate TV station: that's licensed content as well.

You know why we run ONE licensed feature a week from Craked.com? Well, I'm not sure because the truth is I don't make those decisions. But I suspect the reason is because the traffic reports suggest people actually enjoy them! Maybe not the 3 people who post here every week, but probably the 1000-1550 who check in without complaining.

Those of you who would rather go to Cracked to read Cracked can do so. The link is right there at the top of the page.

Those of you who think Cracked articles are ass-tarded can just skip, 'em. Right?

But you're not being deprived of any original content. You're not getting less because this licensed Cracked article is here. There are numeruos completely original articles on the site every week and on weekends. And many more derivative-yet-information articles every day as well.

So what's with the constant complaining?

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