10 Movie Remakes That Ripped Off Audiences

Worse than Point Break.

If you look at the worldwide box office grosses from 1970 onwards there are sequels aplenty, but other than a King Kong (1976) or a Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), remakes were relatively thin on the ground until the 1990s. Between 1991 and 1995, there were retellings of Dracula and Robin Hood, animated versions of Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin plus big screen versions of The Fugitive and The Flintstones. Each adaptation was among the top 10 earners in their respective years, and their combined box office exceeded a billion dollars.

When Mission: Impossible (1996) proved you didn'€™t need even a tenuous link to the source material, Hollywood appeared to go on a shopping spree, buying up the rights to remake everything in sight, be it a half-remembered TV show, foreign imports or old horror movies whose reputation exceeded their quality. As the spree continued, standards slipped until it became apparent that executives were more interested in acquiring properties than in making the best film possible.

By the time The Dukes Of Hazzard (2005) and Prom Night (2008) reached the screen, they were just exploiting the masses for a quick buck. If you'€™re seriously considering watching the Point Break remake, here are 10 films that should force you to reconsider...


Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'