Filmmaking is an arduous process, one that involves a considerable amount of creativity and hardwork in the right proportions. Lack of either one of them produces a disappointing end product. Films like ‘2001 : A Space Odyssey’, ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Jaws’, ‘Evil Dead II’ and ‘Eraserhead’ are some movies that have produced astonishing results with their unparalleled vision and inventive work. Whether it’s the themes they tackle or their storytelling prowess or the groundbreaking camerawork or even their iconic leads, everything about these movies started small revolutions in the industry.
Remakes. It’s a common misconception that remakes are a shortcut to success. They are seen as a birth-child of constrained creativity and the will to not make an extra effort at creating something unique. It’s a tricky business, since sticking to the source material can be too derivative and making a lot of changes could result in a disaster. To make a good remake, the primary aim has to be to understand the themes and the motives of the original, a fixed foundation that can be hoisted by additional input from the creators, something that lends originality to the movie. Nobody wants to watch the same movie twice, and since most of the originals are classics, you wouldn’t pay to watch your favorite film being replicated on screen unless it goes out of its way to add something of importance to the original. Keeping the above factors in mind, here is the list of top movie remakes ever made. You can stream some of these best movie remakes on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
1. The Thing (1982)
John Carpenter! Genius. Enigmatic. Genre Auteur. Revolutionist. And yes, he loved killing playboys! With movies like ‘The Thing’, ‘Halloween’, ‘They Live’, ‘Escape From New York’ under his belt, he can rightfully be called the god of cult classics. But his work was exemplary and transformative, which is visible in The Thing, a remake of ‘The Thing From Another World’ (1951). The Thing is a technical masterpiece, its jawdropping special practical effects by Winston and Bottin (‘RoboCop’ and ‘Jurassic Park’), an iconic and unusual score from Ennio Morricone, remarkable use of lens flare and unparalleled sound design technology cement its place as one of the most important films in the sci-fi/thriller genre.
I’ve never considered Carpenter’s work as something primarily intended to scare audiences. He plays with the audiences’ hearts, building suspense and cleverly dropping bombs to rattle them, something typical to atmospheric horror films. His third collaboration with Kurt Russell also proved fruitful, with Russell delivering a brilliant performance during the climax, packed with some kickass one liners that have elevated its cult status. The deserted setting and the ending give it a sense of nihilism, which engraves a sense of grim despair, which in its own right is pretty horrific. And if someone asks you not to watch it, always remember to quote Russell – “Yeah! F*ck you too!”One of the best movie remakes of all time.
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