Happy Ghostbusters: Afterlife release week!
Reboots are generally hit or miss but I have high hopes for the latest Ghostbusters instalment. Taking a look back through the archives, here are some of the greatest movie remakes that hit have hit our screens.
1. A Star is Born (2018)
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper took the world by storm in 2018, it’s one of those things where you just had to be there to fully immerse in the moment. A Star is Born is incredibly powerful in its harrowing depiction of mental health and alcoholism. Those last few scenes are devastating!
2. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Even 17 years later, Dawn of the Dead is unrivalled as far as zombie movies go. Ensemble horrors are usually quite difficult to get right but Zack Snyder makes it look like a walk in the park; every character gets their own neat arc – a rare feature with a large cast. There’s an impressive amount of story told in such a limited time frame.
3. The Crazies (2010)
Things fall to sh-t pretty fast when a town water supply is contaminated with a deadly disease. It’s full of action and suspense and Timothy Olyphant definitely does not disappoint as the leading man. The lack of character building works surprisingly well; the effects are fairly grim, and the car wash scene is pure terror.
4. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Disney sure know exactly how to tug on your heartstrings. Homeward Bound is a beautifully crafted tale of the bond between three pets and their owners. Nothing can compare to that sinking feeling when Shadow doesn’t come over the hill, only to be immediately replaced with joy when he arrives at the last second.
5. The Addams Family (1991)
Not only is it one of the best remakes, it’s one of the greatest movies ever made. Everyone in the cast is perfectly suited to their role. You can revisit The Addams Family as many times as you like and still not tire from it. Wednesday has the most iconic lines that are delivered comically dry, guaranteeing a bunch of laughs.
6. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
How many quotes can you reference in 30 seconds from this movie alone? The answer is probably pretty high. The Silence of the Lambs has it all really. Empowering lead? Check. Iconic villain(s)? Check. A fundamental view on the hierarchy of gender? Double check.
7. Hairspray (2007)
Turning this John Hughes flick into a musical was the best thing since sliced bread. Hairspray is a fun, lighthearted gem that captures the aesthetic of the 60s very well. The songs are super catchy; Queen Latifah is show-stopping in delivering her big number. All in all, a total feel good film.
8. Freaky Friday (2003)
Possibly the greatest movie of all time (not really but in an ideal world, alright). Jamie Lee Curtis is a blast to watch in every single one of her roles but there’s something about seeing her channel an angsty alt-teen, and when you think she can’t get any cooler, she goes and nails that guitar solo.
9. Les Misérables (2012)
A musical that takes you through one emotional journey from start to finish, Les Misérables is outstanding. The live singing is a fantastic touch of authenticity, making each performance more sentimental than the last, especially the ensemble rendition of ‘One Day More’.
10. The Mummy (1999)
Nothing screams 90s more than Brendan Fraser in Egypt. The Mummy is peak adventure and is still highly entertaining to revisit time and time again. It doesn’t stand out as anything special but it’s a great take on the classic Hammer horror.