The '50s and '60s were a golden age for science fiction movies; however, the remakes that those films inspired have frequently been dead-eyed, shuffling, Hollywood zombies. Nevertheless a few of their less blighted children have managed to get past their rubber tentacled heritage to become truly classic re-imaginings, and some have even surpassed the originals in popularity and critical acclaim. Here are some of the best.
You can quite simply forget the mediocre 1960 original â€” even if it does feature an early appearance by Jack Nicholson as a masochistic dental patient. While both versions are about a lovable loser who acquires a killer plant which grows to giant proportions by feeding on human blood, the 1980s musical managed to be a funnier and altogether superior version. Levi Stubbs is especially hilarious as the voice of the giant Venus Flytrap, Audrey II, while '80s staple Rick Moranis is superbly well-cast in the lead role.
From the moment Steve Martin appears to sing a song about how he became a dentist so he could cause his patients incredible pain, it's clear which the better movie is. Feed me, Seymour!