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Friday, 26 February 2016

5 Films They Shouldn't Remake

"You know you've been around when they start to remake your own movies when you're still alive."
Sylvester Stallone

Sometimes it feels like these days nothing is sacred. I feel that is especially true when it comes to films. So often these days every book is turned into a movie franchise and every franchise has every little bit of money they can ring out of it. Not even old movies are safe because we'll get sequels or prequels and, even worse, remakes. Or as the cool kids are calling it these days... reboots. Sometimes you just want to cry out, "For the love of God, leave them alone!" Well, if there was any hope that it would do any good but when money is involved there usually isn't.

I've had the idea for this post in mind for some time but I was reminded of it this week when I heard ABC are remaking Dirty Dancing, staring Colt Prattes and Abigail Breslin in the iconic roles of Johnny Castle and Francis - or Baby - Houseman. The idea of anyone but Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in those roles just feels wrong. So with that in mind today's post is a list of five films I believe should never be touched and that, inevitably, probably will be.

"Everybody loves that man, Bugsy Malone."

Who doesn't love the idea of a gangster movie musical, staring only children but with the singing voices of adults? Oh, and let's not forget the weapons are cream pie guns. I'm not quite sure there's ever been a film like it before or since. It features a young Jodie Foster in one of the lead roles and introduced actor Scott Baio, later known for his role as Chachi in Happy Days. Not only do the actors make the film, so does the soundtrack. It's one that will stay with you. Bugsy Malone is a unique film and I feel like it should stay that way rather than try to capture that kind of magic again. 

"Goonies never say die!"

Like all of these films, The Goonies was before my time. I was introduced to it in my teens and I quickly fell in love. Again the film stars immense child actors like Sean Astin and Corey Feldman. The Goonies as an adventure comedy film and while it's target audience are children it really holds up for us older folks. And that's coming from someone that doesn't have the nostalgia of watching it as a kid. The amazing cast, sets and effects for the time and hilarious dialogue is just a mix that cannot and should not be replicated.

"Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold."

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I know I keep saying about amazing casts but it really doesn't get much better than this particular cast if you ask me. The Outsiders is a heartbreaking but amazing book and this movie adaptation captures it perfectly. It is one of my favourite books as well as one of my favourite films. The Outsiders was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and stars a young Ralph Macchio (before his Karate Kid fame), Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise and Patrick Swayze (before his Dirty Dancing fame) just to name a few. For me one of my favourite things about this film is seeing these actors in one film, no idea how their careers and lives would progress. Francis Ford Coppola really knows talent. Why would you even want to try to remake that?

"That'll be the day."

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So they've already remade True Grit, which would have featured in this post if it wasn't for that fact, so we have my other favourite John Wayne film, The Searchers. I just feel like John Wayne is such a legend they shouldn't touch any of his films. My favourite thing about watching both True Grit and The Searchers is they are very much of the time. There's no nudity, no swearing. There's a very dry humour. I haven't seen the remake of True Grit but I like with most remakes they'll try to bring it up to date. Make it darker. Grittier. That's not how I want my True Grit or The Searchers. 

"Be good."

Finally we have E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. I think this one is just a no brainer. There can only be one E.T. The idea of them trying to remake it, up date it or especially change E.T. the character at all shouldn't even be joked about. Enough said. 

So there you have it, five films I believe should never be remade. They are perfect how they are and cannot be topped. What films do you think they should never remake? Or are there any remakes you prefer?


  1. OMG!! The first two films, definitely!! I haven't seen the others but they look amazing too! I think you know when you have a film that is a legend and, once it hits that status, it should just be left alone! I really wish they would leave Labyrinth and Dirty Dancing alone! They tried a sequel for Dirty Dancing and it was rubbish! LOL!

    Dee | PromptsbyDee

    1. I cannot recommend The Outsiders enough, though it ripped my heart out. Haha. I actually liked the Dirty Dancing sequel. But I have a bit of a crush on Romola Garai and I thought Diego Luna was hot in it. LOL. I also liked that Patrick Swayze was in it. But in general I don't mind a sequel so long as it doesn't mess up the original. As far as I remember they don't tell you if Patrick Swayze is supposed to be Johnny in the sequel so I'm like... 'WAIT, WHERE'S BABY?' the whole film. Haha. xo

  2. I have to admit I've only seen The Goonies and E.T. But I understand where you're coming from, classics should be left alone because they're classic movies. Though I am excited about The Rocky Horror remake, well, the tv series coming out! Even though nothing beats the original it'll be an interesting watch!

    Kourtney xx

    1. Admittedly it can be fun to watch both and compare and contrast them. Even though I feel like they shouldn't be remaking Dirty Dancing I'll still give it a watch just so I can pretend to be non-biased and give an honest opinion. I'm sure I'll even like elements of it. Even so, some things have to be off limits! Haha. xo

  3. Yesss.. I don't understand why ppl keep seeing the need to remake EVERYTHING. I screamed and went on a Twitter rant when I heard they're wanting to remake The Craft. No no no no no. I will not stand for it. Especially without Fairuza Balk. Just. No.

  4. My list would include Jaws and Silence of the Lambs. I think I'd fly off to Hollywood and protest if I ever heard even a rumor about those two being remade!

  5. Oh gosh! I so hope they never remake the Goonies, that was the film of my childhood, I remember it being on repeat constantly in our home and I still never find myself getting bored of it. Another film I hope they never remake is Pretty In Pink, if you haven't seen it watch it! From your list above, I reckon you would love it x

  6. Completely agree with you! Some films just don't need to be remade! I haven't seen The Goonies in absolute ages - going to have to dig it out!

    Hana | www.hanarosella.blogspot.co.uk ♥


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