Five Worst Cinematic Remakes of All Time

Vince Vaughn tries to fill some very big shoes in the 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic Psycho.
Vince Vaughn tries to fill some very big shoes in the 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic Psycho.

To some, the popularity of remakes over the last couple decades - along with hasty 3D conversions, the Saw series, and Michael Bay - spells twilight for great American cinema.

To others, remakes are like holidays: the comforting repetition of tradition that grounds us in a world in which technology is changing the way we live every day. But even holiday traditions aren't good by default, and the history of remakes has had more than few fruitcakes.

Either way, don't expect to escape remakes anytime soon; like sequels and reboots, they are a favorite bet with increasingly cautious Hollywood studios. In October, new versions of Footloose and The Three Musketeers will hit theatres, no doubt driving critics to their thesauruses for more ways to say "screamingly awful."

As we wait to see how audiences will treat these latest remakes, here are the five worst cinematic remakes of all time. 

5. Psycho (1998)

Rundown: This shot-by-shot color remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 masterpiece certainly created buzz for its daring, but it will go down in film history as utterly pointless. As Roger Ebert wrote at the time, director Gus Van Sant - whose otherwise brilliant career includes Good Will Hunting and Milk - brings nothing new to the table save an unnecessary masturbation scene.

Unfortunately, Hitchcock may not be done turning in his grave; Chinese director Chen Daming said in an interview last year that he'd love to remake classics like Strangers on a Train (1951) and North by Northwest (1959) for Chinese audiences. Fingers crossed.

How bad is it? It's said that Orson Welles' dying wish was to keep the colorizing-happy Ted Turner and his "damn crayons" away from Citizen Kane.

That's basically what this is: Psycho, but not good, with crayons.

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