Some movies are too good to be remade, others are just too nasty
There are a myriad of remakes coming out these days: Planet of the Apes, Godzilla, The Departed, and True Grit are just a few of them. And it’s a great model. Take a compelling plot, enthralling characters and a banger climax, then recycle it. Following this formula, filmmakers can reallocate resources to buying a flashy cast, shooting in exotic locations and splurging on hypnotizing CG. And some of these movies even come out even better than the originals. Sounds blasphemous, I know, but have you seen 1958’s The Fly or 1932’s Scarface? Don’t worry, you’re not missing anything.
Unfortunately, not all remakes are superior to the original. In fact, many leave you wishing that Hollywood would just let the classics be. Debate surrounded the recent Ghostbusters remake, lauded for its feminist bent but otherwise disappointing. But there are some movies that are just too real to be remade today: whether they are too violent, lewd, or straight-up controversial. We’ve compiled a list of movies that are so picante that no contemporary director would dare to pick them up.