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While I’m not opposed to remakes (there are some really good out there like The Thing or The Fly), sometimes Hollywood goes for safe and clean to appeal to a wider group of people. Here are 7 rated R movies that were remade for a PG-13 audience.
- RoboCop. In 2014, Sony hired Brazilian director José Padilha to remake Paul Verhoeven’s genre masterpiece RoboCop. While Verhoeven’s original was a bloody satire on the corporatization of America, the remake was a sanitized and clean film with little to no substance behind it, except it was an action-packed, yet mediocre.
- Total Recall. It seems that Hollywood looks to Paul Verhoeven’s old genre movies for future remakes because Sony also remade Total Recall with Len Wiseman in the director’s chair in 2012. Much like RoboCop, the Total Recall remake was a tamed version of the original.
- Terminator Salvation. While Terminator Salvation isn’t a remake, it is a sanitized sequel to a once-violent-and-hardcore film franchise. Terminator Salvation failed to bring in an audience, unlike the films that came before it. Look for the same thing to happen to Terminator Genisys later this year.
- The Wicker Man. Although the original Wicker Man is a must-see of the horror/science fiction genre, its remake is a middling experiment in making bad movies. “Not The Bees!”
- Prom Night. Jamie Lee Curtis starred in the original Prom Night in 1980, while its remake from 2008 was less bloody and gory. The remake was made for a larger audience, but failed to draw in anyone, while alienating fans of the original.
- The Stepfather. Much like Prom Night, The Stepfather was a cleaner and not-very-scary version of its original 1987 film. It seems likes Hollywood like to remake bloody horror movies with sanitized new ones.
- The Fog. John Carpenter’s The Fog is a genre masterpiece from the 80s, so it was just a matter of time before Hollywood decided a remake was in order. The new Fog was released in 2005 and received a PG-13 rating, instead of an R like the original.