Spin-offs can be tricky as there is the added pressure to live up to the originality and popularity of the pioneering pieces of works. Hollywood can boast of hundreds of spin-offs but very of them can match the originals in their innovation and timelessness. When James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ released in 2009 many people accused it to be a spin-off of ‘Dances with Wolves’ with some CGI thrown in. Even though the makers denied it, it got people talking in a big way. The list below features stop spinoffs/remakes which outdid even their source of inspiration either in terms of vision or business.
12. Kill Bill (2003)
It’s no secret that Quentin Tarantino has a fascination for anything Japanese – be it films, anecdotes or folklores. The reason is not hard to gauge as Oriental stories suits his kind of cinema. The elements of revenge, exoticness and a certain amount of discipline inherent in ‘Lady Snowblood’ – a Japanese action thriller – proved to be the perfect source of inspiration for Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill’ series. Both the films have thing in common; an avenging bad-ass lady warrior who won’t stop until justice has been served. The original was a low budget but a critically acclaimed film with the right amount of added tension and drama but Tarantino makes sure that his version is more glam-ed up, pumped up, bloodier and a non-stop thrill ride from the beginning to the end. On an emotional level both the films will score same but as an entertainer ‘Kill Bill’ definitely takes the cake. Today the world knows about ‘Lady Snowblood’ as a mere inspiration for the ‘Kill Bill’ series.
11. Scary Movie 1 (2000)
We all have seen ‘Scary Movie 1’ multiple times with our friends, roommates and siblings. Every time we watch it we laugh like we are listening to the jokes for the first time. There is a timeless appeal to all the films in the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise but the first one remains a favourite of all since it was a sort of pioneer of new whacked out kind of spoof movies with a license to cross all limits of cinematic liberties. The film derives heavily from the screenplay of ‘Scream’ and ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’; both very popular and successful films in their own right. It’s amazing how director Keenen Ivory Wayans seamlessly blends the high points of both these films and dish out a narrative that is both original (as far as laughs are concerned), engaging and seems to make sense even with all the insanity around. A superlative Anna Faris as the flimsy and always the object of ridicule Cindy Campbell is the star and the most familiar face in the film. ‘Scary Movie 1’ earned more at the box office than the individual collections of both ‘Scream’ and ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and while these two films loses their sheen after one viewing, ‘Scary Movie 1’ has passed the test of time with flying colours.