Remakes

Liz was in the hospital over the weekend. She’s home now, recuperating, so I’m recycling this post of hers from six years ago. What she said then might even be more apropos today. So enjoy! ~Edie

dayI think I’ve done a blog on this once before, but last night I watched the remake of “The Day The Earth Stood Still” and found a couple of interesting points during the movie.

Now — I’m not a purist. I loved the original black and white version (1951), but I really found the remake incredibly interesting. This was a new take on an old movie. When this movie first came out, there was a lot of talk about how this remake was rubbish, not in keeping with the original and a pitiful attempt. Not in my opinion. Why would you want to do a repeat of a movie that was done probably fifty years ago. This is an opportunity to bring in new ideas and to elaborate on the original storyline. That’s basically what they did with the remake of “The Day The Earth Stood Still”. They fleshed it out, made the characters more believable … in my opinion, gave them some depth. I personally never understood how Helen could scream like a banshee when confronted with Gort and then immediately get this steely gleam in her eye to issue the command to stop it. Sorry … can’t remember the words off hand. But the whole scene was so girly it made me want to puke. No girly screaming scenes in the remake — thankyouverymuch.

I love seeing what they do with remakes of old science fiction movies. “Journey to the Center of the Earth” did a great job with the special effects. The technology available with the original movie was cutting edge for its time. The special effects for the remake was terrific. Think what they could do in another thirty or forty years if they decide to do yet another remake? I can totally see the creatures created as halo-graphic images.

legendYou also have “I am Legend” with Will Smith, which is pretty much a remake of “The Omega Man” done during the seventies with Charlton Heston. A nicely done remake and far creepier than the original. There was also “The Fly” … which I didn’t watch because I’m a chicken and don’t like that gross, yucky stuff.

Then this past summer there was the third (or was it fourth — I forget) part to the Witch Mountain stories. I remember watching “Escape from Witch Mountain” as a little girl. The flying camper, the kids who could float. That was great stuff. “Return to Witch Mountain” came out not long after that and had to be completely forgettable — because I completely forgot what it was about. Now they have “Race to Witch Mountain” with a whole slew of special affects that made it infinitely more interesting than the first two movies.

As you can tell, I love this stuff. So — can you think of a few more science fiction movies that have been remade? And if so, were they an improvement over the original?

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Liz Kreger writes science fiction/romances and to date, has two books published by Samhain Publishing ... FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW and PROMISE FOR TOMORROW. Liz is presently branching out to contemporary paranormals and is experimenting with urban fantasy.
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2 Responses to Remakes

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Liz, you and I have different taste in movies – with the exception of Veronica Mars. :) I haven’t watched any of these. Except for the Philadelphia Story remake and a couple of different Little Women movies, none of the remakes were better than the original.

    And I hope you feel better soon!

  2. Mary Hughes says:

    Liz, warm wishes that you feel better soon.

    I love science fiction and movies and I love this post! So many old movies were wonderful, but that doesn’t stop new takes on them from being equally wonderful. The one that comes to mind isn’t strictly science fiction. Sherlock Holmes has been done brilliantly by Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett and more, but that doesn’t stop modern Sherlocks Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Mueller from exiting, breathing contemporary portrayals.

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