Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Remakes.
Yes the dreaded “R” word. But hey not all Remakes are rubbish like Total Recall or Point Break. In fact some are stone cold classics. Here’s some of my favourites…
Close but no cigar:The Fly, Little Shop Of Horrors, Cape Fear, 12 Monkeys, Halloween
5 – Scarface
Remaking a 30’s little known gangster film, DePalma struck gold with what is one of the definitive films of the 80’s. It cemented Pacino as a stand out talent and helped launch careers of Michelle Pfeiffer among others. It also owns pop culture with it’s iconic images and quotes. Say hello to my little friend indeed.
4 – Invasion of The Body Snatchers
Now on it’s third remake, Body Snatchers best incarnation is for sure it’s 70’s Donald Sutherland starring vehicle. That said the 90’s version holds a lot of affection for me and the Daniel Craig/Nicole Kidman version has it’s moments.
3 – Oceans 11
The original Ocean’s 11, whilst starring the kinds of cool in the Rat Pack, is a mess. The remake updates it, adds a top notch cast and became a bonified mainstream hit. Shame the sequels in the whole were messy and forgettable.
2 – Dawn of The Dead
I love Dawn Of The Dead, Romeo version. It still is outstanding. So it says a lot that I rate Zack Snider’s modern remake so highly. It’s excellent. Okay so fast Zombie’s may not be everyone’s taste but the pace, set pieces and cast help this one become one of THE best remakes.
1 – John Carpenter’s The Thing
The Thing is not only the best remake for me but also one of the best 80’s films full stop. From Carpenter’s relentless direction to the spot on cast to the pounding music and ground breaking visual FX… The Thing has it all. The modern remake/prequel was utter tosh however and did NOTHING to add to this films legacy.