10 Greatest Remakes of Vintage Sci-Fi Movies

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.

10. Little Shop of Horrors (1986), remake of Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

You can quite simply forget the mediocre 1960 original — 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!

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