We live in an age of the remake. That every film you’ve ever loved is going to be remade soon is just a fact of life now, and the studio heads pulling the strings couldn’t care less how much you complain. That’s because they know that, at the end of the day, there’s a good chance you’ll complain your way into watching the remake of that movie you adore – if only to see how bad it is – and further line their pockets regardless.
Not all remakes are bad, however – given the number that are being churned out lately, odds are solid that some of them actually turn out good. Even some of the very worst ones, however, at least have the decency to try and do something new. But then there are the remakes that have barely an original bone in their figurative bodies – the ones that turn out to be completely, sometimes offensively unnecessary.
Given all the unnecessary remake activity going on lately (the new Point Break currently stinking up cinemas, the news of Memento getting a Nolan-free do-over), there’s no better time to look back on some of Hollywood’s most pointless remakes from recent years.
So, join us as we take a look back at eight remakes that were absolutely lacking in worth.