24 of the Worst Movie Remakes, Ranked

Samantha Sutton | Nov 19, 2018 Movies
24 of the Worst Movie Remakes, Ranked

Tom Cruise in The Mummy 2017
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It's not just us: There's a whole lot of déjà vu that's been happening as of late when it comes to TV and movies. Everything old is new again, and aside from Netflix successfully rebooting shows like Fuller House -- or Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a darker, devil-worshiping version of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch -- repeats of A Star Is Born, Halloween, and even The Grinch have all hit theaters over the course of a few short months. And the craziest thing about it all? They haven't been half-bad. Much to our surprise, critics have loved these updated versions, audiences sang their praises, and, overall, the remake trend continues to go strong, with even more movies being released in 2019.

Still, while they might be popular at the moment, the whole remake thing is nothing new. Writers, directors, and producers have been putting fun, modern-day twists on aging films for years. And oftentimes, we don't even realize it until after we've watched -- especially if the original was released decades ago, or came from another country. For example, who didn't love Lindsay Lohan's version of The Parent Trap from the '90s? And 2010's True Grit was actually nominated for a whole bunch of awards. Of course, there have also been times where things didn't go exactly as planned. 

Movie site Rotten Tomatoes rounded up a list of reboots and remakes that were, unfortunately, bashed by critics, leaving them with low scores on its "Tomatometer" scale of 1 to 100. In fact, these films are so bad, they're considered the "worst movie remakes." (Ouch.)

So which ones should viewers try to avoid the next time they're wondering what to watch? We're sharing the full list and their horrible rankings.

  • 24.) 'Psycho' (1998)

    1

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38 percent

    When Hitchcock’s classic was revisited in 1998, it was nothing special and simply seemed uninspired -- even with Vince Vaughn playing Norman Bates.

  • 23.) 'The Heartbreak Kid' (2007)

    2

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29 percent

    This remake of the 1972 comedy was funny enough, but was definitely lacking. Plus, thanks to the story about a man questioning his marriage, many critics called it "mean-spirited."

  • 22.) 'Halloween' (2007)

    3

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25 percent

    Before the 2018 history-making installment, Rob Zombie attempted to revamp the famous movie in 2007. So, how did it turn out? More violent and bloody than actually scary.

  • 21.) 'Arthur' (2011)

    4

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25 percent

    The 2011 Arthur revolved around a silly billionaire who seemed way more responsible than he was in the 1981 original -- and that's not a good thing. This version was called bland, watered-down, and pointless.

    (Ouch.)

  • 20.) 'House of Wax' (2005)

    5

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25 percent

    Paris Hilton's cameo should be an indicator that this House of Wax was a pretty standard, unintentionally humorous, teen horror film.

  • 19.) 'Ben-Hur' (2016)

    6

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24 percent

    There was just too much CGI and not enough true thrills for this remake of a biblical epic.

  • 18.) 'The Jackal' (1997)

    7

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23 percent

    Bruce Willis's remake of Day of the Jackal (1973) was supposed to be an action movie. But critics said it lacked excitement, suspense, and much they could take seriously.

  • 17.) 'Mr. Deeds' (2002)

    8

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22 percent

    The bad reviews sums up Mr. Deeds, calling it "just another Adam Sandler movie," which meant it was a stale and not-that-funny.

  • 16.) 'Pink Panther' (2006)

    9

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22 percent

    There were too many gags, puns, and accents in the 2006 Pink Panther, a story about inspector Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin), who spends the movie searching for a missing pink diamond.

  • 15.) 'Down to Earth' (2001)

    10

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20 percent

    There was a lot of potential for this Heaven Can Wait remake, considering Chris Rock's character accidentally dies and is then placed in the body of a wealthy man. But it's still only mildly funny.

  • 14.) 'The Invasion' (2007)

    11

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19 percent

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) is considered a classic, but Nicole Kidman's remake lacked suspense and isn't quite the psychological thriller that audiences were hoping for.

  • 13.) 'Godzilla' (1998)

    12

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16 percent

    Lots of action, little plot, and zero compelling characters all describe this monster movie.

  • 12.) 'The Haunting' (1999)

    13

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16 percent

    Hill House has been the star of multiple horror films and shows (Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House being one of them). But rather than being scary, the performances in this 1999 remake were funny, mostly due to a poor script and too many special effects.

  • 11.) 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' (2010)

    14

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15 percent

    Michael Bay produced this slasher remake with Rooney Mara taking the lead in the star role. Still, many considered the 2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street anticlimactic with underdeveloped characters.

  • 10.) 'The Wicker Man' (2006)

    15

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15 percent

    In 1973, the search for a missing child in The Wicker Man was terrifying. In 2006, it was unintentionally comical and ridiculous.

  • 9.) 'The Mummy' (2017)

    16

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15 percent

    Brendan Fraser's version was humorous and fun, while this Mummy was meant to be more of a monster movie. In the end, there weren't enough solid thrills, and the story line was too chaotic for viewers -- which is bad news, considering it was meant to kick off a franchise.

    (Sorry, Tom Cruise.)

  • 8.) 'Day of the Dead' (2008)

    17

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14 percent

    Even though it's a zombie movie, this version of Day of the Dead was bit too gory and gross for critics.

  • 7.) 'The Women' (2008)

    18

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13 percent

    The Women remake -- about a woman whose husband is having an affair, and the friends who support her -- has an A-list cast and a few great lines, but the main characters weren't as interesting as they were in the original.

  • 6.) 'Get Carter' (2000)

    19

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12 percent

    Meh. Overall, critics called this mobster flick "formulaic" and "routine."

  • 5.) 'The Stepfather' (2009)

    20

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11 percent

    The OG The Stepfather (1987) was full of subtle satire, while the 2009 version is more of a cliché. (The climax was disappointing, too.)

  • 4.) 'Pulse' (2006)

    21

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11 percent

    No, no, no, Kristen Bell! Her 2006 remake of this Japanese horror film -- about the dead communicating with the living through technology -- relied too much on visuals and was considered one big cliché.

  • 3.) 'Swept Away' (2002)

    22

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 5 percent

    This movie -- about a rich woman who goes on a Mediterranean vacation -- couldn't stick to one specific genre (comedy, drama, or romance).

    Plus, Madonna's acting was panned.

  • 2.) 'The Fog' (2005)

    23

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 4 percent

    Many thought this 2005 remake of The Fog was unnecessary to begin with, and the result was mediocre and unoriginal.

  • 1.) 'Rollerball' (2002)

    24

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 3 percent

    Unlike the original Rollerball (1975), which takes place in the future, this one is set in modern day, makes little sense, and is too violent.

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