I couldn’t resist joining in on this blogfest after seeing Livia Peterson post about it! Because of this, though, the latest Weekly Webcomic Update will show up on Saturday instead of Friday for a change. But enough about that…
Best Remake: House on Haunted Hill
I know most people will disagree with me on this, but I absolutely love the 1999 remake of House on Haunted Hill—so much so, it’s actually one of my all-time favorite films. While it does have distinct differences from the 1959 version, this movie still manages to be a fun, creepy homage to the original, especially when you see callbacks like this:
I also can’t help but love the prominent role the ghosts had to play in this remake, or the fact that they were insane ghosts. Making the house an abandoned asylum was such a clever reinvention from the original. Plus, Marilyn Manson’s sinister cover of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” was featured. Gotta love a movie with an awesome soundtrack!
You also gotta love a movie that will randomly have Lisa Loeb and Spike—excuse me, James Marsters—riding a rollercoaster together...
Worst Remake: The Stepford Wives
I’m a fan of both the book and original film adaptation, so I can’t help but think the 2004 remake is a complete mess. This version pretty much obliterated the tone and message normally synonymous with The Stepford Wives. It’s not a tale with a happy ending, yet this remake gave it one. And the plot holes! Were the wives being replaced with robots? Brainwashed with personality chips? Brainwashed, only to have those brains transplanted into robot bodies? Based on what’s seen in the remake, only the third option seems feasible, but I’m sorry, my suspension of disbelief only stretches so far. Better to just forget this movie exists and instead watch the original or—better still—curl up with Ira Levin’s classic novel.