Seriously Been There, Done That List: Original Movie Trailers Vs. Remake Trailers
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Seriously Been There, Done That List: Original Movie Trailers Vs. Remake Trailers

By Jodi Clager | Seriously Random Lists | February 18, 2014 | Comments ()


Time will tell how the latest Godzilla will perform at the box office, but I know that everyone was very excited about the teaser trailer.

Just a glimpse of the creature, right? Perhaps you remember the trailer for 1998’s Godzilla, which starred Matthew Broderick and Jean Reno.

Glimpses, baby. Glimpses. Am I saying that 2014 Godzilla will be a mess of a movie, one that doesn’t know if it should be serious or comedic? No, not at all. I’m just saying the marketing seems to be similar. I thought it might be interesting to look at some of the original(ish) movies and their remakes and compare the way they sold themselves.

Carrie 1976

Carrie 2013

Though both trailers completely give away the entire movie, OG Carrie seems to focus more on the school torment while Carrie Jr. is more about Crazy Momma Biblethumper. I think we can all agree that lanky, unconventional-looking Sissy Spacek is much more terrifying than Chloe Moretz’s pouty take.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010

The two are fairly similar, save the opening of 2010’s ANoES pulling lore revealed throughout the original series and making it front and center. Once again, standards of attractiveness are changed from OG to remake, but the 2010 keeps the kills more of a secret…to those who didn’t see the original.

Total Recall 1990

Total Recall 2012

Now these trailers could be for two completely different, unrelated films. I mean, they’d totally be cousins. Just not twins. Anyway, Colin Farrell, guns, and action are the focus, as is the uncertainty of whether or not our hero is a reliable narrator. In the AHNALD version, it’s action, fights, yelling, and then a bit about reliability.

Let the Right One In 2008

Let Me In 2010

Here we go again with Moretz. I don’t want to spoil the films, but SPOILER androgyny isn’t something Moretz pulls off well at all. Lina Leandersson was feminine enough to make you believe Oskar’s need to have her as a girlfriend while also allowing you to learn the twist and say, “Okay. I can see that.” Also, Let Me In sucks and is horrible and I hate it.

Robocop 1987

Robocop 2014

Damn it, 2014 Robocop. I don’t go to see a movie called Robocop because I want to see a dude with his family and then all of the loss they experience when the dude is killed and resurrected as a cyborg killing machine. I just want my killing machine with no backstory and no adjustment period of coming to terms with his new robotic ass-maiming suit. 1987 went the badass route and 2014 went the soap opera route.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Skipping the recent trailers to watch the older ones. I love old movie voice.

  • BWeaves

    I don't understand why the jumpers in the new Godzilla trailer have flares attached to their feet. Isn't the purpose of jumping in stealth? To not let the enemy know where you are?

    Anyway, I much prefer Godzilla 2000: Millennium. It's the cheesy, man in a rubber suit Godzilla which we all know and love. Godzilla needs to be cuddly while he's stomping you to death.

  • Robert Sanchez III

    Let me in was good, you are mistaken ma'am. Robocop 2014 was decent (saw it today) but yeah i get your soap opera thing. it seemed so on the nose commentary rather than satire also.

  • That Godzilla trailer looks badass. I'm definitely going to go see that.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    Let Me In was better than Let the Right One In. Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas made damn sure of that.

  • Andrew J

    I agree. Let the right one in felt like they were trying to adapt a novel and tried to put everything in. Let me in felt more focused and tight

  • BWeaves

    But, but, no CGI cats!

  • PDamian

    Aw, geez, not this crap again. The multiplex in the small town I lived in (11 screens, and literally the only theatre for a hundred miles around) had 1998 Godzilla on four screens, with velvet ropes up to keep the lines in check. My boyfriend and I went early, figuring we'd get a jump on the rest of the crowd. We were one of about four couples in our theatre, and the other three were just as empty. I would have thought one flop would have kept the studios from doing yet another remake; the overseas bucks must have been okay. At least this one won't have Maria Pitillo tossing her curls and cutesy-ing her way through Manhattan (I hope).

  • emmalita

    I think 2014 Godzilla looks much better. Maybe it's a hangover from Pacific Rim anticipation, but I'm looking forward to it.

  • kinoumenthe

    Are you having kaiju withdrawal ?

  • emmalita

    Not so much kaiju withdrawal as a yet undimmed hope that I can have a giant monster tromping through a city and well written dialogue.

  • kinoumenthe

    I see. Optimism in the face of insurmountable odds. Never let go of that.

  • emmalita

    Optimism in the face of insurmountable odds is my most charming and most annoying character trait.

  • Okay, yeah, the 87 Robocop trailer is waaaaay better. Just the scene of him tossing Bodikker around like a ragdoll would have sufficed.

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