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Invasion of the Remake is a podcast about that trend in film you love to hate, the dreaded remake! Your hosts Jason, Jeff, Trish and guests go into the good and bad of it all and discuss a few movies they think are deserving of a remake.

Invasion of the Remake is a podcast about that trend in film you love to hate, the dreaded remake! Your hosts Jason, Jeff, Trish and guests go into the good and bad of it all and discuss a few movies they think are deserving of a remake.
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Invasion of the Remake is a podcast about that trend in film you love to hate, the dreaded remake! Your hosts Jason, Jeff, Trish and guests go into the good and bad of it all and discuss a few movies they think are deserving of a remake.




Ep.140 [REC] (2007) vs Quarantine (2008)

A reporter (Manuela Velasco, Jennifer Carpenter) on a community story shadows two firemen to an apartment building on a routine medical call where things turn deadly. An infection is spreading through the building which has been quarantined by the authorities. There is no escape in the Spanish horror film [REC] (2007) or the 2008 American remake Quarantine. Invasion of the Remake takes on their first, and possibly only, found-footage zombie, infection, horror movie on this weeks episode. No...


Ep.138 Remaking Altered States (1980)

An obsession to discover the history of man through our own genetic memory takes Dr. Eddie Jessup (William Hurt) through a psychological and physical transformation that may cost him his friends, family and possibly even his sanity. The sci-fi, cult, Ken Russell film Altered States (1980) is a strange trip through the mind and body that asks big, thought provoking questions with amazing special effects for the day and even a caveman of two. This one is going to be a wild ride and Invasion...


Ep.137 Cat People (1942 Vs. 1982)

Her romantic desires can bring out the beast in her. A large black leopard that will rip you apart! The classic Val Lewton / Jaques Tourner R.K.O. film Cat People (1942) which starred Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway and Jane Randolph is as master class in creating mood and tension with little more than low-key lighting and great timing. The Jerry Bruckheimer / Paul Shrader remake (1982) re-imagines the story as an erotic fantasy starring Natassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard,...


Ep.136 Invasion of the Retrospective: The Road to Avengers: Infinity War

This week we enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a look back at the introduction of the Infinty Stones leading up to the Mad Titan, Thanos' journey to retrieve them in Avengers: Infinity War and theorize what might be next for the MCU. Don't worry there are NO SPOILERS for the movie in this episode. Enjoy this conversation about, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy and all your favorite heroes in this lead up to the event film of the year, Avengers:...


Ep.135 Remaking The Road to El Dorado (2000) Animation as Live Action

The Road to El Dorado (2000) was not a box office success proving that road wasn't paved with gold. Dreamworks first animated feature may have been a flop, but the film is still fondly remembered by those who saw it. It is full of colorful characters, expressive animals, and even has an evil wizard. The script was from the writers of The Pirates of the Caribbean with a star studded voice cast that includes Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos, Jim...


Ep.134 House on Haunted Hill (1959 Vs. 1999)

Welcome to the House on Haunted Hill. A house filled with only death and murder. Please enjoy your stay. The 1959 classic starring Vincent Price, Carol Ohmat, Richard Long, Alan Marshal, Carolyn Craig, and Elisha Cook Jr. was a huge hit for B-horror director and gimmick-master William Castle. He entertained the masses with this horror murder mystery and his one of a kind carnival style antics to promote the film. A new company, Dark Castle, would be created and inspired by William Castle...


Ep.133 Remaking The Beast Must Die (1974)

In a twist on the classic Agatha Christy who-done-it style, Amicus' The Beast Must Die (1974) is a who is the werewolf movie. Insane in conception, insane in execution, this crazy, mystery film still manages an all-star cast in Calvin Lockhart, Peter Cushing, Marlene Clark, Charles Gray, Anton Driffring, Ciaran Madden, Tom Chadbon, and Michael Gambon. Do you know who the werewolf is? Join Invasion of the Remake as we rethink, recast and attempt to remake this Amicus films classic. No...


Ep.132 Robocop (1987 vs 2014)

The future of law enforcement has arrived to Invasion of the Remake. Straight from Old Detroit the iconic Peter Weller version of the Robocop (1987) spawned a franchise of movie sequels, toys, comics, cartoons, a television series, and a t.v. mini-series. Paul Verhoeven directs the sci-fi, action classic costarring Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer and Ray Wise. Robocop is an '80's icon, but a more modern take on Robocop (2014) starring Joel Kinnaman,...


Ep.131 Remaking Repo Man (1984)

If there ever were a film that represents the punk movement of the 1980's it is Alex Cox's Repo Man (1984)! It is irreverent, it is anti-establishment, and it is really weird! Otto (Emilio Estevez) a young punk music fan falls into the tense life a car repossessor. When a mysterious 1964 Chevy Malibu comes up with a large reward, Otto is drawn into a world full of conspiracies, men in black, aliens and an array of crazy characters. Repo Man is glorious chaos captured on film. It co-stars...


Ep.130 War of the Worlds (1953 Vs. 2005)

They've quietly laid their plans to take this world from us. An alien force from the stars sets its sights on taking the Earth for their own purposes. But first they must eliminate the native species who may resist. That species is us! H.G. Wells 1897 science-fiction classic The War of the Worlds has been adapted countless time for its thought provoking and chilling themes. Orson Welles Mercury Theatre radio program terrified a nation on October 30th, 1938 convincing a nation that a very...


Ep.129 Remaking Highlander (1986)

There can be only one...unless you you make a lot of money in home video to spawn a franchise. Then there can be lots. This week our hosts, aka the Immortals of the Remake, investigate the urban fantasy classic Highlander (1986). The only fight club where every participant is immortal, battling to the last, with a swing of a sword and a fall of a head to win the "Prize". Conceived by Gregory Widen, directed by Russell Mulcahy, Connor MacLeod was first brought to the screen by Christopher...


Ep.128 The Mechanic (1972 Vs. 2011)

The roll of a mechanic should seem as natural as passing gas, silent but deadly. Arthur Bishop is an assassin that specializes in making his targets look like they've died from natural causes, aka The Mechanic. When Arthur's next target strikes a more personal cord he takes on a protégé that results in his world crumbling around him. Charles Bronson starred in the original action, thriller in 1972 along side Michael-Jan Vincent. Jason Statham became the new Arthur Bishop in 2011 starring...


Ep.127 Remaking Silent Running (1972)

Silent Running (1972) is a sci-fi classic with a strong environmental message. The Earth is no longer viable for plant life, the forests have been put into domes on giant space crafts in the hopes of one day bringing them back to Earth. But with corporate interference the project is scraped and the ships are ordered to destroy the domes returning the space crafts to commercial service. One man (Bruce Dern) takes it upon himself to protect the last forests of Earth. The message of Silent...


Ep.126 Invasion of the Retrospective: Academy Awards 2018 Predictions

It's that time again, the 90th Academy Awards ceremony will soon be upon us and Invasion of the Remake will be right there hovering over the ceremonies. With one of the most interesting nominations lists to hit the Oscars in years, we had to have our own conversations, predictions, and drinking rules. This year the winner of our Oscar pool will be rewarded with the hosting duties of the podcast for a month. Will Jason keep the command chair or will Sam or Trish take the honor of host away...


Ep.125 Rollerball (1975 Vs. 2002)

Rollerball (1975) is a deadly sport on rollerskates. Competitors take to the track trying to score, spilling blood to entertain the masses. But one player Jonathan E. rises above the rest as the sport's most popular player. A conspiracy begins to take Jonathan off the track one way, or another. Norman Jewison brings the William Harrison story to the big screen starring James Caan, John Houseman, and Maud Adams. This sci-fi bloodsport has become a cult hit spawning a disastrous 2002 remake...


Ep.124 Remaking Yor: The Hunter From The Future (1983)

Yor, hunter of dinosaurs, savior to many, is on a quest to find out his own history and lost origins. Along the way he picks up a small group to aid in his search for his people. Two thirds Conan, and one third Star Wars, Yor: Hunter From the Future (1983) is a strange anomaly of Italian cinema. A spaghetti sci-fi, fantasy, if you will. Yor stars Reb Brown of 70's Captain America fame, Corinne Clery who would later be a Bond girl in Moonraker, John Steiner, Carole Andre, Luciano Pigozzi,...


Ep.123 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Vs. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

In a galaxy far, far, away... The intrepid hosts of Invasion of the Remake became aware of a disturbance in the Force Awakens. Something familiar, something remakey. In a desperate to gambit to bring balance back into the Force they compared Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope to Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. In doing so they would stumble onto the plot of Star Wars: Rogue One over a year before the film would hit theatres. Two years later they would do so again with a...


Ep.122 Bedazzled (1967 Vs 2000)

Would you sell your soul to the Devil for seven wishes to win the hand of the woman you love? That's premise of the romantic comedy Bedazzled. The original (1963) was written by and starred Peter Cook and Dudley Moore alongside Eleanor Bron, and Raquel Welch. Bedazzled's unique blend of big screen storytelling and small screen sketch comedy was directed by Stanley Donen (Blame It On Rio, Singing in the Rain). Writer/Director Harold Ramos would bring the comedy back to screens in a 2000...


Ep.121 Remaking The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (1983)

This week it is all maple leafs, hockey and beer, as we remake Strange Brew (1983) eh? In our most Canadian episode ever, Invasion of the Remake grabs a few Elsinore beers to explore this loose comedic retelling of Hamlet. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas bring their classic SCTV characters, Bob & Doug McKenzie, to the big screen for the very first time along side Max Von Sydow, Paul Dooley, Lynne Griffin, Angus MacInnes, Douglas Campbell, Tom Harvey and Mel Blanc! It may seem impossible but...


Ep.120 Assault On Precinct 13 (1976 Vs. 2005)

Whether it is for vengeance or to cover up illegal activities, it is going to be a long night for the closing Precinct 13 that none may survive. Before Halloween, before the Fog, before Escape from New York, before The Thing, John Carpenter made the low budget, action, thriller Assault On Precinct 13 (1976). A simple idea that was inspired by Romero's Night of the Living Dead as a faceless gang lays siege to a closing precinct. In 2005 based on a screenplay by James (The Purge) DeMonaco,...


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