Remakes are an essential part of Hollywood movie making today. Maybe it's because there are no original ideas to come up with, or maybe filmmakers foolishly think they can do better. Whatever the true reasoning, Hollywood continues to churn out remakes and most of the time they are inferior to the originals, and some are just plain terrible. Even the most classic films are not immune to the senseless slaughter of Hollywood. Here are 6 classic movies that were destroyed by remakes, unless you were lucky enough to have forgotten them.
6. The Karate Kid (2010)
Will Smith continues to push his kids on us, determined to make us love them as much as he does. Unfortunately he does everything he can to make his kids successful, including destroying classic films like The Karate Kid. In the 2010 vehicle for Will Smith's son, The Karate Kid remake features Jackie Chan as Mr. Miyagi. The film featured terrible performances and was utterly unconvincing, unable to resonate with critics and audiences alike.
5. Conan the Barbarian (2011)
With his success on Game of Thrones Hollywood looked to turn Jason Momoa into a star by stomping all over the original film Conan the Barbarian with an awful remake. Momoa wasn't suited for the role and didn't hold a candle to Arnold Schwarzenegger's original performance. The only thing this film had going for it was an insane amount of violence.
4. The Wolfman (2010)
The classic film, The Wolf Man is as iconic as Frankenstein and Dracula from the same era. Suddenly, in 2010 it seemed like a good idea to remake it. With stars like Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del toro it had a lot of potential, but the eerie atmosphere and the scariness of the original were not present in the remake. It was ultimately unnecessary and ineffective.
3. Godzilla (1998)
In the 1998 remake of the Japanese monster movie Godzilla, starring Matthew Broderick, Roland Emmerich displayed his talent for destroying stuff once again. Just like most of Emmerich's movies, the script was bad and featured a ton of cheesy moments like driving out of Godzilla's mouth. The monster itself looked nothing like the original and film played out more like the ending to The Lost World: Jurassic Park than a Godzillamovie. But luckily a much better remake came out in 2014 to help us forget about it.
2. Charlie in the Chocolate Factory (2005)
In the remake of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Johnny Depp played his creepiest role to date as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. With none of the magic of the original film starring Gene Wilder and bizarre set pieces to be expected from a Tim Burton film, this 2005 remake completely butchered the original and was more strange than funny.
1. Psycho (1998)
Arguably the worst remake of all time, the 1998 version of Psycho is also one of the most pointless remakes of all time. Director Gus Van Sant filmed a shot-for-shot remake with only a few changes to the original, adding color, a modern setting and obviously new actors. And Vince Vaughn was a tremendously poor substitute for Anthony Perkins to say the least. When considering Gus Van Sant was the director of the beloved film Good Will Hunting, the film was a huge disappointment for critics and audiences everywhere.