Is the Era of the Remake Coming to a Close?

What he has to say:


Remakes and movies inspired by previous works (books, cartoons, etc.) are all the rage these days. It is a fairly divisive topic; some people are completely against the idea, while others are a little more open to it. However, the fact remains that both movie and television studios keep pumping out projects that are based on some pre-existing type of media.   

I noticed something recently though. Two remakes that were released on the same weekend received vastly different responses from audiences.

The new version of Conan was panned by critics and fans alike, receiving a 22% at Rotten Tomatoes. Not only that, but it seemed barely anyone went to see it. It made a measly $10 mil on its opening weekend.

The remake of Fright Night though, was much better received by both fans and critics.   It has a 75% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, enough to earn it a “certified fresh” at the popular review site. Yet, the movie still managed to do very poorly at the box office. In fact, it did worse than Conan and only earned $8.1 mil its opening weekend.

What’s up with that?

It may be too soon to make such a bold prediction, but perhaps we are seeing the death of the remake? Only time will tell.

This article was given the He said, She said seal of approval on August 26, 2011.