Worst Movie Remakes: Celebrating The Anniversary Of 'Psycho' By Recalling Its Dreadful Redo

Posted: Updated:
WORST MOVIE REMAKES
"Psycho" is among the worst movie remakes of all time. | Getty

On April 16, 1960, the dawn of modern-day horror films was ushered in with the New York premiere of Alfred Hitchcock's now-iconic "Psycho." The story of murderous motel owner Norman Bates and his deranged mommy issues, the film provided a handful of movie milestones. In addition to often being known as the first psychological thriller and the first slasher flick, no movie prior to "Psycho" had shown a toilet flushing. Furthermore, Hitchcock instituted a controversial policy that forbade latecomers from entering the theater, thereby introducing the then-foreign concept of always arriving at movies on time.

The legacy of "Psycho" has only amplified over time. The movie, which collected four Academy Award nominations, sits at No. 18 on AFI's list of the 100 greatest films of all time and at No. 1 on its list of greatest "thrills."

Its influence has many layers, and much of modern horror's qualities can be attributed to Hitchcock's contributions. But there's one aspect in which the 1960 thriller did not serve contemporary culture fittingly: the 1998 shot-for-shot Gus Van Sant remake, which was universally panned and has remained a point of laughter among Hollywood.

So while "Psycho" mostly reminds of us the wonderful inventiveness that it inspired, we can't help but look back to its dreadful redo and consider the many other films that in no way needed another big-screen tryst. Here are 18 movies that should have remained locked and sealed after their releases.

Close
Unncessary Movie Remakes
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Around the Web

Best/Worst Movie Remakes - Entertainment Weekly

Top 10 worst movie remakes - Boston.com

IMDb: Worst Movie Remakes - a list by Nesbitt10

Pensuasion: The Best and Worst Movie Remakes Blogfest

Pictures: The Best And Worst Movie Remakes - Zap2it

Imagine Today: Best/Worst Movie Remakes

Best & Worst Movie Remakes - Comcast

50 Worst Movie Remakes | TotalFilm.com

Hey, Hollywood, don't mess with my Superman

Why We Still Want to Believe in a Man Who Can Fly

The Best TV Strategies of the Past Year — and a Really Bad One

Top 5 awful Michael Bay horror films