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12 Remakes That Made The World Forget About The Originals

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Over the last few years, it's felt like Hollywood's announced a remake of some beloved childhood property of ours almost every week. While it's easy for us to get mad and complain about how there are no original ideas anymore, it turns out Hollywood's actually been doing this for years; we just didn't notice. In particular, these 12 movies are beloved by audiences who don't seem to know that they're actually remakes!

The Thing (1984)

Remake of: The Thing From Another World (1951)

That's right, one of the most beloved horror movies of all time is sort of a remake/sequel hybrid to a movie from the 50s! Both focus on a team of researchers (one in the Arctic, one in the Antarctic) who unearth an alien spacecraft and begin to be picked off one by one by the alien itself. The major difference is that the alien in the original was just a generic monster, not the shapeshifter of the John Carpenter movie.

Ben-Hur (1959)

Remake of: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

Forget the terrible 2016 remake, turns out the version a lot of people think of as "the original" is a remake itself! Studios were big on remaking their old black and white silent movies (the same thing happened with The Ten Commandments), and in the case of Ben-Hur, the result is one of the most critically-acclaimed movies of all time, taking in 11 Oscars.

Scarface (1983)

Remake of: Scarface (1932)

Featuring what is arguable Al Pacino's most iconic role as Tony Montana, Scarface is a cornerstone of gangster movies. Turns out though that it's actually a remake of another excellent movie of the same name, which focused on Chicago gangsters and was loosely based on the life of Al Capone.

Angels In The Outfield (1994)

Remake of: Angels In The Outfield (1951)

That's right, the 90s mainstay starring Christopher Lloyd is actually a remake of the same movie from the 50s!

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Remake of: Yojimbo (1961)

The movie that established Clint Eastwood as a new type of cowboy for a more modern, cynical age, A Fistful of Dollars was the first of many iconic westerns that were remakes of samurai movies (Sanjuro became For A Few Dollars More, Seven Samurai became The Magnificent Seven etc.) The original movie isn't significantly different: a lone wanderer stumbles into a town beset by two rival gangs, and pits them against each other to ultimately save the town.

I'll be amazed if anyone knew the rest of these were remakes too...

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