Today we're going to talk about movie remakes and some amazing references they make to the original films. We felt it was necessary to do this because so many people are unable to see these references through all the tears they've been crying about how Hollywood likes to remake films. People of the world: we have an announcement. We hate to be the ones to tell you this, but Hollywood has always remade films, just like authors have always remade texts. Most everything that you believe to be original out there is just a cleverly masked reworking of some other text. This is the way it is, and it's the way it always has been. In 1711, when Alexander Pope wrote An Essay on Criticism, he noted that both the imitation of art and imitation of nature are unavoidable. Speaking about Virgil's attempt to write something as monumental as Homer but different, Pope wrote, "But when t' examine ev'ry part he came, Nature and Homer were, he found, the same."
Now that we've discussed the elephant in the room, we can look at remakes as a standard in the industry. One of the best parts about watching a remake is catching all the connections to the original, the bold and the subtle. The bold are connections for everyone. Die-hard fans of the original films might even overlook these because they're so familiar. The subtle references are the ones that they're seeking and finding them is like finding a treasure. Well, the references on this list are the remake treasures, and we've tracked them down so you don't have to. These references are the remake's way of saying, "thank you." Here they are: 16 references to the originals you never caught in movie remakes.
16 King Kong – Rick Baker Cameo
15 Dawn of the Dead – Gaylen Ross Clothing Store
14 Godzilla – Scarred Godzilla
13 Fright Night – Chris Sarandon Cameo
12 Clash of the Titans – Bubo the Owl
11 Halloween – Laurie Strode's House
10 A Nightmare on Elm Street – Familiar Jersey
9 War of the Worlds – The Van Burens
8 The Karate Kid – Crane vs. Cobra
7 The Crazies – A Crazy Cameo
6 RoboCop – Murphy's Arm
5 Cape Fear – All-Star Cameos
4 Total Recall – Two Weeks
3 Evil Dead – Skull Necklace
2 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – Brother's Knife
1 Ghostbusters – A Harold Ramis Bust
Yeah, there are women in it. We'll happily ignore all the bellyaching from both sides of the Ghostbusters argument and get to the best reference to the original in the remade films. Mixed in amongst all the yelling back and forth, many wondered if the original cast would make an appearance in the new film and most of them did. Admittedly, we were saddened that Rick Moranis didn't come out of hiding to make an appearance. We were also saddened that Harold Ramis (Egon) couldn't make an appearance because he passed away in 2014, but that doesn't mean he wasn't involved. In a scene early on, we see in one of the hallways in Columbia University, a gold bust of Ramis or Egon, a nice acknowledgement of the man who co-wrote both Ghostbusters films.
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