COMMENTARY: Original vs. Remake

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Even though the original ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ was praised for being fun and memorable, the 2001 remake is rated much better than its predecessor.
Remakes help making popular again

By Anna Ashcraft
Staff Writer/Spectator

Movie remakes can help recreate a once known story and make it popular again. With all of the advancements in film technology and animation, remakes are taking old stories and making them live again, although some movies are classics that can never be trumped.

There are countless movies that have been remade over and over again, including: “Ocean’s Eleven,” the Freddie Kruger series, “Death at a Funeral,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Batman,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Dracula, “Frankenstein and “King Kong.” 

Many of these classics are books turned to movies; while they then became movies that were remade in recent years.

Remaking a movie can help spice up the story and get fans interested and watching again.

“Ocean’s Eleven” is a movie filmed in 1960 starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

The film is essentially about a group of 11 criminals that plan to rob five Las Vegas casinos in one night at the same time.

The 2001 remake of the same name starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck and Julia Roberts grossed 450 million compared to the 2 million that the original film grossed.

On IMDB they rated the Oceans Eleven remake with a 7.8 rating and the original film only a 6.6 rating.

“A Nightmare on Elm Street” starring Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp and Johnny Depp was a 1984 film that instilled terror in children and teens alike, the infamous movie about the dead Krueger who has a gloved hand with razors on it.

He kills the teenagers of the parents who burned him alive in their sleep and they die in real life. This movie is part of a series of movies and was remade in 2010.

The total worldwide box office numbers are 25 million for the 1984 Nightmare on Elm Street film and 117 million for the 2010 remake.

But even though the remake made more in the box office, it is rated as less by IMDB with a 5.2 rating for the remake and a 7.5 for the original film. 

This is a classic movie that has fueled Hollywood horror for over a decade.

“King Kong” is a classic movie filmed in 1933 in black and white. It was remade in 1976 and again in 2005. 

This movie follows Carl, an American movie producer who happens upon Skull Island where King Kong, the giant gorilla, lives.

Carl takes the gorilla back to New York to be displayed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” but the gorilla breaks out and destroys half of the city.

The 2005 remake directed by Peter Jackson, starring Jack Black, Naomi Watts and Adrien Brody grossed around 550 million worldwide. The 1933 film grossed 51 million (estimated) according to IMDB. Rotten Tomatoes gave a 9 for the 1933 film while the 2005 remake only rated at 7.7. “Batman” is a film that has been remade countless times. From comics to films to animated films and even children’s series, Batman is a franchise that cannot be trumped.

Michael Keaton and Jack Nicolson starred in the 1984 “Batman.” There is also the original “Batman” in 1966 and “Batman Begins”  in 2005.

The 1989 “Batman” earned 251 million with a 6.6 rating on

Rotten Tomatoes and “The Dark Knight,” part of that “Batman Begins” series came in as number 1 of all the Batman movies at 533 million with a rating of 8.6. Batman, King Kong and Freddy Krueger all prove by their fan ratings that the original movies were better than any remakes they could or have made.

These films are all classics and no amount of CGI or special effects can make a great story better.

Most movies that come out are all about violence, special effects and action.

Sometimes, this can take away from the true meaning of a film, telling a story.

Anna Ashcraft is a staff writer for the Spectator. She can be reached by