BOOS! & WHOOP-DOOS!: Why Is Pegasus Black? and Other Remake Mysteries!

B. Alan looks at a decade of horrible cinematic remakes and rehashes that ruined film as an art form.
Remake Mysteries!

B. Alan looks at a decade of horrible cinematic remakes and rehashes that ruined film as an art form.

Black Pegasus? Boo!

Why is Pegasus black?
Why is Pegasus black?
Why did this flying horse need to be recast El Negro? It makes about as much sense as casting Cedric the Entertainer in the role of Ralph Kramden. There is no reasoning being placed behind it, other than, "We can do what we want! We can do what we feel!" It's strange that in both Clash of the Titans and 2005's The Honeymooners, the only hint of imagination or originality came from swapping ethnicities. In neither case does it pertain to, or help push along the story. It's senseless esthetic scrambling. Sure, poor black folks probably work in the sewer and beat their spouses, too. So why not update an old 1940s sitcom to reflect how far we've come? But Pegasus? Come on! Nowhere in the mythology of that first film does it ever state this creature was the color of charcoal. It just looks wrong. Smells wrong. Seems wrong on all levels. I like my Pegasus white. But that's just one of the many problems Louis Leterrier conjures up with his 3D retelling of this 1981 Greek God fairytale.

When asked about the dubious color switcheroo on set last year, Leterrier simply replied, "I didn't want to do it the same, but different." As I suspected, Pegasus is black for no real reason at all. Louis wanted to make the movie "different". The storyline is already pretty good. The film is remembered as a quasi-classic in the stop-motion genre. He didn't want to mess with the script too much. Instead, he rearranged the palate. A coloring book is a coloring book no matter how far you scribble outside the lines. Desmond Davis' original incarnation of this story wasn't perfect, and it was widely panned by critics and audiences alike when it first hit theater screens nearly thirty years ago. You haven't heard an outcry from the fans about the blasphemous process of regurgitating this property. One: Because audiences who used to hate remakes have become subservient to them in this day and age. And Two: Because the film really could have used a proper upgrade to its advantage.

The problem? Puke never makes for a satisfying meal. Unless you're a dog eating grass. Louis failed to reiterate a watchable do-over. Instead, he hastily flung together one of the most excruciating stretches of celluloid seen in the last ten years. It's a painful experience to begin with. Throw in some horribly rendered 3D conversion effects, three crying babies, and a bunch of dumb-as-sticks audience members who refuse to shut up, and you've got a clear-cut recipe for disaster. This painful mess is not worth the newly jacked-up ticket price. Heck, this stinker isn't worth a dollar Redbox rental. And that hurts. Clash of the Titans caps a decade of truly atrocious remakes. Unnecessary bi-products of a consumer age mentality. The 3D is just an after thought, tacked-on to up its revenue. That, my film-loving friends, is called a hornswoggle. If you haven't already, save your money and avoid Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans at all costs.

Desmond Davis' Clash of the Titans may strike a lot of off notes throughout the course of its two hour run time. Despite its shortcomings, its still a charming, fun experience to sit through. Its what a movie of its kind should be. And it has aged well, all things considered. Leterrier fails at mining any ounce of that previous charm or fun from the flying flash of limbs and flesh he has cobbled together in the name of cinema. It's at this moment we can no longer call it art, but product. Churned off the conveyer belt of Hollywood for a quick buck. It's warm Dr. Pepper drank from a can found in the park. The conceit is blacker than Coke in a bottle with no ice at midnight. It's a fucking scam.

But we knew that all along.

Remakes? Boo!
Remakes? Boo!
For more than ten years now, we've all bitched about Hollywood's lack of imagination. You've said it. Your friends have said it. Even your mom has said it. The 90s was a quiet dry spell of lameness, which caused the 00s to kick the remake machine into high gear. Sure, there were remakes before. But not of this nature. Before the Aughts really got moving on the genre (yes, remake is officially its own genre now), any director stepping behind the plate of a redo had a sense of purpose and want. They believed in their once used property, and saw a way to make it fresh and new. That doesn't fly nowadays. A remake in 2010 is simply about changing the color of a horse, cutting out everything that made the original cool, and flying that lofty, rust-gutted template up a diseased flagpole.

General audiences have become quiet on the remake front because it seems pointless to scream about them any longer. Hollywood has truly won. And now it's taking a big old bloody shitmud on our collective ticket-buying faces. Clash of the Titans is Hollywood's way of saying, "We've conned you! We've brainwashed you! And there's nothing you can do about it!"

We've become complacent. And we grasp at our comic book adaptations, our reboots, and our twice-cooked properties to give ourselves a sense of complacency within the hallowed halls of the local multiplex. The remake apologists are the worst about driving this point home. They claim remakes aren't all bad. There have been some good ones. Then they sight The Fly and The Thing. That's it. The conversation ends there. They name checked these two films at the start of this new remake craze a decade ago, and they continue to sight these two films as we move into a whole new decade of blatant rehashery. Why? Because they're of the precious few that have surpassed their birthing stigmata.

These two films continue to succeed and resonate as entertaining enterprises in this late day and age because directors John Carpenter and David Cronenberg were inspired by the material. They sought it out on their own. The studio didn't come to them saying, "We need to generate a bit of cash off an established title." The name recognition game didn't come into play at all. Both were passion projects. Leterrier on the other hand was a hired gun. They threw Beverly Cross' 1981 script at his head and said, "Here, remake this. We need to earn a bit of money during Easter weekend and Spring Break." Who knows, if left to his own devices, Leterrier might have been able to make a great original flick. We'll never see that happen now. As this dude has been sucked into the redo machine.

The apologist is also quick to cry out, "The remake doesn't destroy the original. If you're going to be a dick about it, you can always go back and watch that old musty piece of shitty celluloid from 1982." This is a fallacy. It's a lie. After devouring the chunk steak of thick vomit that was 2006's The Omen, I haven't been able to go back to the original. Because they destroyed the story along with my want and need to relive it in any form. The same can be said for 2005's The Fog. Here was a movie, much like Clash of the Titans, that could benefit from a decent redo. Oh, but the producers aren't interested in our need for a good story. They just want our money, and put absolutely no effort into extracting it from us.

As we step into the teens, less and less people are apt to call bullshit when a remake appears on the horizon. Because it's absolutely pointless. A majority of these craptabulous dooks made back their money. If not at the box office, then on home video and cable. Which is a shame, because we, as the one's who hold the power to control this sorted business with our ticket purchasing decisions, are feeding the beast fist first. Every single lover of film needs to stop staring at these remakes right now. We need to completely ban them. I understand how hard that can be. I, too, wanted to see Clash of the Titans. I'm worse for this wish to watch it come true. And now wish I had some eyewash.

Here is a complete list of the remakes that have hit us like a Mack Truck over the course of the past ten years. It's a staggering list. And you will notice one horrible nugget of truth: There's hardly a good movie on here (save for maybe Martin Scorsese's The Departed and Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings). They're all from the dumpster dregs of discount cinema. And they arrive like a shit cake no matter how thick you frost them.

Year 2000

Number of Remakes: 8

Combined Grosses: $865.2 million dollars at the domestic box office

Whatever It Takes - $8 million
Gone in Sixty Seconds - $101 million
Shaft - $70.3 million
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps - $123 million
Hollow Man - $73 million
Get Carter - $14.9 million
Bedazzled - $37 million
Charlie's Angels - $125 million
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring - $313 million

Year 2001

Number of Remakes: 12

Combined Grosses: $997 million

Down to Earth - $64 million
Just Visiting - $4.7 million
Josie and the Pussycats - $14.2 million
The Mummy Returns - $202 million
Dr. Dolittle 2 - $112 million.
The Fast and the Furious - $144 million
Planet of the Apes - $180 million
O - $16 million
The Musketeer - $27 million
13 Ghosts - $41 million
The Wash - $10 million
Ocean's Eleven - $183 million

Year 2002

Number of Remakes: 17

Combined Grosses: $1.4 billion

The Count Of Monte Cristo - $54 million
Rollerball - $18 million
The Time Machine - $56 million
All About the Benjamins - $25.9 million
Spider-Man - $403
Scooby Doo - $153 million
The Bourne Identity - $121 million
Mr. Deeds - $126 million
The Four Feathers - $18.3 million
Red Dragon $93 million
Tuck Everlasting - $19.1 million
Swept Away - $598,645
The Ring - $129 million
Ghost Ship $30.1 million
I Spy - $33.5 million
Chicago - $170 million
Pinocchio - $3.6 million

Year 2003

Number of Remakes: 13

Combined Grosses: $1 billion

Willard - $6.8 million
The In-Laws - $20.4 millon
The Italian Job - $106 million
Hulk - $132 million
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle - $100.8 million
Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas - $26.4 million
Seabiscuit - $120 million
S.W.A.T. - $116 million
Freaky Friday - $110 million
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - $80 million
Love Don't Cost a Thing - $21.9 million
Cheaper by the Dozen - $138 million
Peter Pan - $48.4 million

Year 2004

Number of Remakes: 24

Combined Grosses: $1 billion

The Big Bounce - $6.4 million
Starsky & Hutch - $88.2 million
Dawn Of The Dead - $59 million
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed - $84.2 million
The Ladykillers - $39.7 million
Walking Tall - $46.3 million
The Alamo - $22.4 million
The Punisher - $33.8 million
Troy - $133 million
The Stepford Wives - $59.4 million
Around the World in 80 Days - $24 million
King Arthur - $51.8 million
A Cinderella Story - $51.4 million
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi - $862,894
The Manchurian Candidate - $65.9 million
Thunderbirds - $6.8 million
Taxi - $36.6 million
Shall We Dance? - $57.8 million
The Grudge - $39.1 million
Alfie - $13.3 million
Alexander - $34.2 million
Flight of the Phoenix - $21 million
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera - $51.2 million
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - $3.7 million

Year 2005

Number of Remakes: 33

Combined Grosses: $2.5 billon

Assault on Precinct 13 - $20 million
The Ring Two - $76.2 million
Guess Who - $68.9 million
The Amityville Horror - $65.2 million
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - $51 million
House of Wax - $32 millon
The Longest Yard - $158 million
Lords of Dogtown - $11.2 million
Mr. and Mrs. Smith - $186 million
The Honeymooners - $12.8 million
Batman Begins - $205 million
Bewitched - $63.3 million
Herbie: Fully Loaded - $66 million
War of the Worlds - $234.2 million
Fantastic Four - $154 million
Dark Water - $25.4 million
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - $206 million
Bad News Bears - $32.8 million
The Dukes of Hazzard - $80.2 million
Four Brothers - $74.4 million
Underclassman - $5.6 million
Oliver Twist - $2 million
The Fog - $29.5 million
The Legend of Zorro - $46.4
Pride and Prejudice - $38.4 million
Yours, Mine & Ours - $53.4
Aeon Flux - $25.8 million
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader - $65.5 million
King Kong - $218 million
The Producers - $19.3 million
Fun with Dick and Jane - $110 million
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 - $82.5 million
Munich - $47.3 million

Year 2006

Number of Remakes: 21

Combined Grosses: $1 billion

Tristan & Isolde - $14.7 million
When a Stranger Calls - $47.8 million
The Pink Panther - $82.2 million
Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion - $63.2 million
The Shaggy Dog - $61.1 millon
The Hills Have Eyes - $41.7 million
She's the Man - $33.7 million
Poseidon - $60.6 million
The Omen - $54.6 million
Miami Vice - $63.4 million
The Wicker Man - $23.6 million
Lassie - $652,163
All the King's Men - $7.2 million
The Departed - $132.3
The Grudge 2 - $39.1 million
Flicka - $21 million
Marie Antoinette - $15.9 million
Casino Royale - $167.4 million
The Nativity Story - $37.6 million
Charlotte's Web - $82.9 million
Black Christmas - $16.2 million

Year: 2007

Number of Remakes: 19

Combined Grosses: $1.2 billion

The Hitcher - $16.4 million
Bridge to Terabithia - $82.2 million
Amazing Grace - $21.2 million
The Hills Have Eyes 2 - $20.8 million
Nancy Drew - $25.6 million
Transformers - $319 million
Hairspray - $118.8 million
Underdog - $43.7 million
The Invasion - $15 million
Halloween - $58.2 million
3:10 to Yuma - $53.6 million
Sydney White - $11.8 million
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - $3.9 million
The Heartbreak Kid - $36.7 million
Sleuth - $342,895
The Ten Commandments - $952,820
Beowulf - $82.2 million
I Am Legend - $256.3 million
Sweeney Todd - $52.8 million

Year: 2008

Number of Remakes: 18

Combined Grosses: $981.3 million

One Missed Call - $26.8 million
The Eye - $31.4 million
The Other Boleyn Girl - $26.8 million
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who - $154 million
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns - $41.9 million
Shutter - $25.9 million
The Flight of the Red Balloon - $461,674
Prom Night - $43.8 million
Speed Racer - $43.9 million
The Incredible Hulk - $134.8 million
Get Smart - $130 million
Journey to the Center of the Earth - $101.7 million
Mirrors - $30.6 million
Death Race - $36.3
Bangkok Dangerous - $15.2 million
The Women - $26.9 million
Quarantine - $31.6 million
The Day the Earth Stood Still - $79.3 million

Year: 2009

Number of Remakes: 25

Combined Grosses: $1.5 billion

My Bloody Valentine 3D - $51.5 million
The Uninvited - $28.5 million
Friday the 13th - $65 million
Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail - $90.5 million
The Last House on the Left - $32.7 million
Race to Witch Mountain - $67.1 million
State of Play - $37 million
Star Trek - $257 million
Land of the Lost - $49.4 million
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 - $65.4 million
Call of the Wild - $28,682
Public Enemies - $97.1 million
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - $150 million
Ponyo - $15 million
Halloween II - $33.3 million
Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself - $51.7 million
Sorority Row - $11.9 million
Fame - $22 million
The Stepfather - $29 million
Astro Boy - $19.5 million
Amelia - $14.2 million
Disney's a Christmas Carol - $137.8 million
The Box - $15 million
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - $1.7 million
Sherlock Holmes - $208 million

Total Number of Remakes: 190
Combined Grosses: $12.3 billion dollars

Number of remakes so far this year: 5
Combined Grosses so far: $486.5 million

The Wolfman - $61.9 million
The Crazies - $38.3 million
Alice in Wonderland - $311 million
Bluebeard - $18,603
Clash of the Titans - $75.3 million (and counting)

Remakes Coming Soon:

Death at a Funeral
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Robin Hood
The A-Team
The Karate Kid
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Dinner for Schmucks
Piranha 3D
Let Me in
Red Dawn
Yogi Bear
The Green Hornet
Gulliver's Travels
True Grit

And these are just the ones heading towards us in the coming months. As you can see, the remake machine has no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. Fight the good fight. Don't buy the ticket. Kill Grandma! Eat Food! Whoop-doo!

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Comments (105)

  1. Monkeyiron

    I mean all the movies start off backward timeline

    4 years agoby @monkeyironFlag

  2. Monkeyiron

    Ya the star war movies were prequel

    4 years agoby @monkeyironFlag

  3. Spaniard-3

    First of all half the films on the lists aren't remakes. They are sequels to other films and such. The karate kid isn't a remake either. It has nothing to do with the original karate kid. The only reason the name stayed the same is because if it was called the kung fu kid it wouldn't have made as much money.

    4 years agoby @spaniard-3Flag

  4. ParkWilliams

    @hahayeathatsright: If you are referring to Pegasus, he's a horse genius.

    4 years agoby @azadorFlag

  5. Hahayeathatsright

    f*ck all u crackers...i hate how yall get mad when black people in movies and sh*t...yall aren't even funny in movies..yall will run towards the tornado instead of running from it...all you crackers aint sh*t and never will be sh*t...yall be the main ones f*ckin rapin little kids and robbin banks and sh*t

    4 years agoby @hahayeathatsrightFlag

  6. Emmytt


    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  7. Vanboy

    Oh, and there "are" not "is" people. Not being a smart-S either.

    4 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  8. Vanboy

    "Their" stuff, not "there stuff". Just trying to help. I know, I know, you're not the only one. Just saying....

    4 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  9. Emmytt

    ParkWilliams at least u are smart and some of this other people are too what i am trying say at least there is people on here that know there stuff

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  10. ParkWilliams

    @Just_Say_it: No, the Star Wars movies are not remakes. There was "Star Wars" released in '77 followed by "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes" Back and "Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi". "Star Wars" was retitled "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope". Later on there were rereleases, not remakes, of these three simply updated with added scenes, special edition versions (basically director's cuts). After that, Lucas made three prequels, Episodes I, II, and III. None of these were remakes.

    As far as 300, of course the story is very similar, it's based on the same battle with the same army in the same time period. 300 Spartans is a movie about the battle at Thermopylae; 300 is a Frank Miller graphic novel about the battle at Thermopylae and the film adaptation of said graphic novel.

    4 years agoby @azadorFlag

  11. Emmytt

    also i have the freedom to say want i want and before u say something i already know u will insult me here soon so i am waiting

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  12. Emmytt

    Just_Say_It the star wars movies were prequels not remakes god some people on here i swear

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  13. Emmytt

    Just_Say_It i insult peopele ok then i was just posting about what Vanboy posted so w/e

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  14. Just_Say_It

    Park Williams, I think 300 would be a remake just because of the way they used everything. It seemed like they based it a lot off the old movie of 300 spartans. The whole plot and script was basically the same.The only thing different was the story about Leonidas in the beginning, there only being 1 king, and the graphics. And the new Star Wars are all remakes. I grew up watching the old ones and they are the exact same. Just different effects and graphics put in.

    Vanboy, I agree with you looking back on it. I am Legend is a remake. I never saw the last man on earth but I have watched Omega Man. Couldn't remember what it was called the other night though.

    Emmytt, how about not randomly insulting people and actually saying something about the movies? You know, the whole reason you're supposed to be on here.

    4 years agoby @just-say-itFlag

  15. Vanboy

    "a" idiot? Well, I was just poking fun. But if you're getting upset...whatever. Just get over it. We'll all be dead in a hundred years.

    And yes Escapist, I agree with your The Fast and the Furious statement. I actually have the first movie, about an accused murderer, who falls in love with his kidnapee. And you're right. The latest one has absolutely nothing to do with the other, unless you count a guy falling in love with a girl as part of the main plot.

    4 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  16. Escapist

    The Fast and the Furious is not really a remake, it's just the same name as the 1955 movie - totally different setup and characters

    4 years agoby @escapistFlag

  17. Emmytt

    @vanboy i suck how for calling an idiot a idiot

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  18. Escapist

    @just-say-it - The Stepford Wives is a remake from the 1975 movie

    4 years agoby @escapistFlag

  19. damann81jb

    Hey there how about read the defintion of a REMAKE . You mentioned that there are some movies on there that weren't good but yet the box office says different. For example: Casino Royale is not a damn remake. Star Trek is not a damn remake. Batman Begins is not a know what this is why I hate reading articles like this your so damn opinionated and you lose concept of what your talking about. I see movies on there that were bad remakes but I will tell you one thing the box office speaks. Granted it aggravetes me as well but maybe what studios are thinking are hey you know what this was done but lets try to make it better because we can do so much more now then when it was first made. As far as reading this article it blew big time. You put movies on there like Nutty Professor II The Klumps that wasn't even a remake it was a sequel. Damn its sad when people make points and they cant differentiate.

    4 years agoby @damann81jbFlag

  20. ParkWilliams

    @just-say-it: And 300 isn't a remake of 300 Spartans, it's an adaptation of the graphic novel 300.

    4 years agoby @azadorFlag

  21. Vanboy

    "them"? What are you saying? Don't get it.

    4 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  22. Yahzee

    what a cry baby... do your own films them!

    4 years agoby @yahzeeFlag

  23. Vanboy

    Oh and while I'm at it "just_say_it" I Am Legend is absolutely a remake, of not one, but two previous movies: The Last Man On Earth and The Omega Man, which are stories adapted for the screen from the book written by Richard Matheson titled, here it comes, wait for it....."I Am Legend"!

    Emmytt is right, YOU ARE An IDIOT!

    4 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  24. Vanboy

    NO just_say_it! Star Trek (the new one) in not a remake. Why can't you understand that? It's a movie derived straight from the original series. Do you see The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Kahn, The Search For Spock, The Voyage Home, The Final Frontier, The Undiscovered Country anywhere in the title? And did the new Star Trek have anything to do with those previous titles? Or any of the newer movies for that matter? It's a movie made with the original incarnations of Kirk and all of his buddies from the 1960s era show. Get it? Holy Sh!t....

    4 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  25. Vanboy

    BD, please stop texting.

    4 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  26. Vanboy

    Emmytt, Is "atomically sucking" something like "nuclear sucking"?

    4 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  27. Emmytt

    @just-say-it u are idiot

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  28. ParkWilliams

    How are the Star Wars movies all 'definite remakes'?

    4 years agoby @azadorFlag

  29. Just_Say_It

    I have to agree with this... as a lover of the old Clash of the Titans the new one was just a disappointment even for a remake.

    But most of the so called "remakes" you have listen here aren't remakes. Speed Racer was never a movie, it was a cartoon on every day. Dukes of Hazzard was a show on tv. Voyage of the dawntreader isn't even out yet and anyways it wouldn't be a remake. Spiderman isn't a remake... I have to disagree with brew1701 ... star trek is a remake. There was a movie out and they used just about everything from the show and the movie in the new one and Troy is also a remake... there's one from years ago with the same name and everything. It's a wonder 300 isn't on here since it's a remake. The Star Wars movies are all definite remakes but I don't see them on here. I am Legend and Beowulf are far from remakes and so is Death Race. Seabiscuit isn't a remake. I own the old one on dvd with Shirley Temple playing in it and it's definitely not the same and tells things from more of the jockey's point of view. Don't think the mummy returns is a remake either... unless you count being made after the book... I don't think the Stepford Wives is a remake... all I remember being made before was the Stepford Husbands. I think that's about it lol.

    Anyways I am getting sick of all the remakes anymore. It's annoying to have to watch some faves get slaughtered by hollywood trying to make them like 10 times and changing things for the worst instead of putting out a whole new idea.

    4 years agoby @just-say-itFlag

  30. brew1701

    Also @mordfilm well said, do the guys who write the articles ever comment on the stuff that is said in the comments section???

    4 years agoby @brew1701Flag