10 Worst Film Remakes Since 2000

Some movies are more annoying than Ghostbusters.

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In the early 2000s, Hollywood discovered a temporary cure for sequelitis, the disease that gave them the uncontrollable urge to make a sequel to every successful movie. By remaking every picture ever made instead, they could trade upon famous titles and wouldnt have to come up with new stories.

The flaws in their thinking quickly became apparent with the release of Thir13en Ghosts (2001), The Ring (2002) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), but far more dispiriting were the remakes of mainstream titles. From The Karate Kid to Bad News Bears, no movie was safe.

In corporate speak, they werent remaking films at all, they were reimagining the original story for a modern audience, updating the themes and characters and adding cutting edge special effects. If Rollerball and The Pink Panther were any indication, the intended audience was a focus group whod never watched a movie before.

On the basis of the following, conspiracy theorists could advance the theory that not only do pod people run Hollywood, theyve been there for a long, long time.

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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.'