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Twas The Remake Before Christmas

Many of the most popular movies of all time are remakes (Ben Hur, Titanic, The Magnificent Seven, Robin Hood) so we know it can be done well, and there is nothing wrong with the idea in principle. It can be done badly though - for every 3:10 to Yuma there is a Halloween II.  Sometimes the filmmaker is tempted to mess around with the story, to put his stamp on it, and they end up ruining it – Tim Burton for example, changed the ending of Planet of the Apes, leaving out the iconic Statue of Liberty scene, and replacing it with one that makes no sense at all.  The recent remake of The Wicker Man left out the actual wicker man – a decision so unpopular they had to refilm it to put it back in for the DVD release.