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10 Best and Worst Sci-fi Remakes of the Same Movie

"Top Five Best and Worst Movie Remakes" Blogfest hosted by: Alex J. Cavanaugh, Stephen Tremp, Father Dragon Al, Livia Peterson . See the full list of participants here.

We already did a post called "8 Sci-Fi Remakes Surprisingly Better Than the Original", so I thought I'd mix it up, because every now and then someone comes along and remakes the remake.

1.  Shichinin no Samurai (1954) dir. Akira Kurosawa
Best: The Magnificent Seven (1960) John Sturges - The ultimate Western with the biggest actors in Hollywood defending a small town.
Worst: Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) dir. Jimmy T. Murakami - A cheesy movie about a bunch of alien races fighting an evil alien.

2.  King Kong (1933) dir. Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack
Best: King Kong (2005) dir. Peter Jackson - He captured the magic and even restored a deleted scene from the original.
Worst: King Kong (1976) dir. John Guillermin - From stop-motion to a man in a suit.

3.  Gojira (1954) dir. Ishiro Honda
Best: Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1957) - An American dubbed version with additional footage that most people are familiar with.
Worst: Godzilla (1998) dir. Roland Emmerich - They evacuated the city of New York and still couldn't find him... her.

4.  The Last Man on Earth (1964) dir. Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow
Best: The Omega Man (1971) dir. Boris Sagal - Vincent Price at his best.
Worst: I Am Legend (2007) dir. Francis Lawrence - Walking Dead meets Fresh Prince

5.  Not of This Earth (1957) dir. Roger Corman
Best: Not of This Earth (1988) dir. Jim Wynorski - Stars ex-porn star Traci Lords in her first nude performance in a mainstream film.
Worst: Not of This Earth (1995) - They tried to take a Roger Corman film seriously.

6.   The Shaggy Dog (1959)
Best: The Shaggy Dog (2006) - A dog of a movie,  but it made over $61 million thanks to Tim Allen.
Worst: The Shaggy Dog (1994) - The first TV movie was an even bigger dog.

7.  Solaris (1968) dir.B.Nirenburg
Best: Solaris (2002) dir.Steven Soderbergh - 2001 meets Titanic thanks to George Clooney.
Worst: Solaris (1972) dir.Andrei Tarkovsky - The film won an award at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, but Tarkovsky's style makes it confusing.

8.  Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) dir. Don Siegel
Best: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) dir.Philip Kaufman - The perfect analogy of 70s non-conformism.
Worst: Invasion (2007) dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel - Nicole Kidman is as emotionless as the aliens.

9. High Noon (1952) dir. Fred Zinnemann
Best: Outland (1981) dir. Peter Hyams - A classic Sean Connery space thriller.
Worst: High Noon (2000) dir. Rod Hardy - TV movie starring Tom Skerritt

10. Piranha (1978) dir. Joe Dante
Best: Piranha 3D (2010) dir. Alexandre Aja - Cheesy, trashy and goofy. Perfect.
Worst: Piranha (1995) dir. Scott P. Levy - They didn't reshoot the special effects, but just cut in the original footage.

The Top Ten Bits This Week

10. The Full length trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (via Geek Girl Diva)
"Welcome to level seven..."
9. Reviews of Star Trek Into Darkness are in:
8. Officially Licensed Star Trek Pajama Set

7. Closet Geek Gurl asks "Why are they remaking the Crow?"

6. Decades ago, when Spielberg and Lucas were both working on a movie they made a bet (via Geek Tyrant):
"[Lucas] said, ‘Oh my God, your movie is going to be so much more successful than Star Wars. This is gonna be the biggest hit of all time’. [Spielberg] said, ‘You want to trade some points? I’ll give you two and a half per cent of Star Wars if you give me two and a half per cent of Close Encounters.’ I said, ‘Sure, I’ll gamble with that, great.’ Close Encounters made so much money and rescued Columbia from bankruptcy. It was the most money I ever made, but it was a meager success story. Star Wars was a phenomenon and I was the happy beneficiary of a couple of points from that movie which I am still seeing money on today." Celebritynetworth

5. "Superhero Life Expectancies" It's a good thing the Hulk doesn't smoke...
Superhero Life Expectancies
By LifeQuotes4U team

4. Summary for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: "The film takes place 15 years after "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Caesar leads a band of genetically evolved apes, but the humans that survived the deadly virus a decade earlier threaten their existence. A truce is formed, but things quickly spin out of control as war breaks out in the fight for dominance. Jason Clarke ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Gary Oldman ("The Dark Knight Rises"), Keri Russell ("Mission Impossible III"), Judy Greer ("The Descendants") also star, with Toby Kebbell ("RocknRolla") and Enrique Murciano ("Traffic") newly added to the cast." (via MTV Movies)

3. "How many Tribbles would fit in your house" calculator. In 60 hours my house would have 19,230 TRIBBLES!

Star Trek: How Many Tribbles Will Fit in Your House?

2. Cars of the Silver Screen
Image source: MoneySupermarket Car Insurance

1. Darth Vader (Brian Kidd) wearing a kilt and riding a unicycle. (Thanks Hart!)


  • Doctor Who "Nightmare in Silver" 
    On a visit to an interstellar theme park they come across a Cyberman graveyard which comes to life.
    Written by Neil Gaiman with super-fast Cybermen, an evil Doctor ("Mr. Clever") and Warwick Davis make this the most enjoyable episode of the second half of the season. (4/5 stars)
  • Revolution "The Longest Day"
    Plot: When Monroe launches an all out attack that wipes out their forces, the Georgia Republic is on the verge of surrendering.
    All the characters seem stuck in one spot emotionally and I have no idea where the show is going. The explosions were cool though. (2/5 stars)
  • The Neighbors "Pilot"
    Plot: Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito) just wants the best for his wife Debbie (Jami Gertz) and their three kids. That’s why he’s moving them to Hidden Hills, New Jersey, a gated community complete with its own golf course. It turns out the community is home to stranded aliens.
    I missed this on TV, but started watching on Hulu Plus. It's surprisingly funny! The twist of having normal people living among aliens is a lot more interesting than having aliens living among normal people. The relationship between the alien couple Larry Bird (the Simon Templeman) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye) is the best part. Yes, they're all named after sports stars.

  • The Wind Whales of Ishmael by Philip Jose Farmer
    Summary: Ishmael, lone survivor of the doomed whaling ship Pequod, falls through a rift in time and space to a future Earth - an Earth of blood-sucking vegetation and a blood-red sun, of barren canyons where once the Pacific Ocean roared. Here too there are whales to hunt - but whales that soar through a dark blue sky....Hugo Award-winner Philip José Farmer spins a fascinating tale of whaling ships and sailors of the sky in a bizarre future world where there are no seas to sail and no safe harbor to call home....
    This is a strange book. The writer is very popular and the characters are strong, but the world-building is so bizarre I couldn't suspend disbelief enough to enjoy it. Plants that have tendrils that suck your blood. Animals and plants that are living hot air balloons. I just couldn't get into it. (Not Recommended)*
*Book provided by publisher Titan Books. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or it's contents. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.
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  1. Will have to figure out how many Tribbles fit in my house.
    Awesome choices for Best/Worst! Wow, I agree with every single one. You have good tastes, guys.
    Thanks for participating in the blogfest.

  2. That's a lot of news. Star Trek pjs . . .look cozy. :) and now I want to know how many Tribbles would fit in my house.
    Great Best/Worst list!

  3. I like the phrasing "the Simon Templeman," whether it was intended or not. The dude is awesome.

  4. Good, I can only fit 14,000 Tribbles into my apartment.

  5. StarTrek Pajamas? I know one that would love to have those, hahaha. Good choices. I agree with you on most. Thanks for participating! :D

  6. Great choices. ST PJs? lol I notice there's not red.

  7. I'm really distracted by ST pajamas now... :)
    Great list of movies. I like how you mention the connections between the ones which don't have the same name. I wouldn't have known they were remakes of them.

  8. I liked the OMEGA MAN version out of the three as well, but if we could take just the best aspects from all three...now THAT would be some movie.

  9. It's funny how many there are

  10. Just get one of those Space Bags Pat.

  11. Not intentional, but I'm leaving it in! He's pretty good Tony.

  12. I sure they're soft as Tribbles Logic!

  13. Thanks Alex and thanks for holding such an awesome Blogfest!


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