View Full Version : Hollywood's heels being snapped
June 4th, 2011, 3:08 AM
Hollywood has been regurgitating films for years. But now they're starting to remake foreign films in English. My examples would be Rec, Ring and Let the Right One In. Okay I'll be honest, these are horror films, but that's just it! Hollywood just don't seem to be good at creating original horror films. But of course, this can relate to any genre, even The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo is being remade. So my question is this, would you rather watch the originals of these films in another subbed language and leave it that way, or are you happy that Hollywood is taking these movies and remaking them for an English speaking audience?
Original -> Remake
Rec (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1038988/) -> Quarantine (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1082868/)
Ring (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0178868/) -> The Ring (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0298130/)
Let the Right One In (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1139797/) -> Let Me In (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1228987/)
The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1132620/) -> Same name (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1568346/)
June 4th, 2011, 11:24 AM
In general I feel like it's good for people to see movies in another language because it broadens you taste and experience.
Originals are almost always better. I say almost because sometimes the remakes are just as good, or close enough that you don't feel like you're watching a cheap copy. Shall We Dance? is one where I love the original, but the remake is still good enough to enjoy.
With scary movies I prefer the originals because American (and isn't it always Hollywood doing this?) always have to do scary movies the exact same way and it gets boring. All shock and no atmosphere, but I suppose that's a personal preference.
June 8th, 2011, 2:13 PM
Well, the Stieg Larsson books are being made because the novels became wildly popular in the US recently. But I agree, it seems like nowadays there are far too many remakes, and not just in that genre.
Mr Cat Dog
June 12th, 2011, 6:53 AM
Remakes have been around since the dawn of cinema, but served a difference purpose. In the olden days, silent films were remade after the talkies started becoming popular (even Hitchcock remade some of his own films), but it was normally done by the original director/creative team, rather than taking a completely new artistic direction, as modern remakes have a tendency to do.
Nowadays, remakes are seen by US studios as a way to cash in on foreign successes, as there is a general wariness in the Anglosphere of anything that isn't English-language. In principle, there's no real problem with the concept of remakes per se, but the normally slapdash job that goes into a lot of them leaves a lot to be desired and contributes the overall negative opinion many people familiar with the original have of them, even when the new ones are not bad in and of themselves. For example, I wasn't a huge fan of Let Me In, and it was clear that it owed a HUGE debt to the original Swedish production, but I admired when it did make a little bit of difference to differentiate itself.