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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.105 The Magnificent Seven (1960 Vs. 2016)

A small town is being victimized and stripped of its resources by profiteers and villains. With what little they have they hire a small band of mercenaries to help fight off the evil plaguing them. Based on the screenplay and film by the acclaimed Akira Kurosawa, Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven takes that classic story from feudal Japan to the American old west. Director John (The Great Escape) Sturges put an all-star cast together for the original 1960 version with Yul Brynner, Steve...

Duration: 01:54:03

Ep.104 Remaking The God of Cookery (1996)

This week we fly the mothership to Hong Kong to take on The God of Cookery (1996). The God of Cookery is a wonderful comedy written, directed, and starring the amazing Stephen Chow along side Karen Mok, and Vincent Kok. What is it you ask? Think of it as Iron Chef if the chairman was an arrogant jerk, who can't cook, but learns to do it once he has been dethroned while learning humility along the way. Join Invasion of the Remake as we try to remake our first foreign film for a Western...

Duration: 01:57:34

Ep.103 101 Dalmatians (1961 Vs. 1996)

Invasion of the Remake goes back in time to our childhoods and revisits a Walt Disney classic, 101 Dalmatians! Cruella De Vil is obsessed with fur, she adores it, and there is nothing that will stop her from getting it. Unfortunately her latest obsession is with Roger and Anita's dalmatians, Pongo, Perdita and their puppies. 101 Dalmatians (1961) brings grand adventure and social themes together in an animated classic that still resonates over 50 years later. Today live action remakes of...

Duration: 01:34:21

Ep.102 Remaking Class of 1984 (1982)

If you thought your school was hell, you haven't seen anything yet. We got challenged and we accepted! In this week's Fan Challenge we discuss and remake Canucksploitation film Class of 1984 (1982) from writer/director Mark L. Lester. This high school kids gone bad revenge flick stars Perry King, Marie Lynn Ross, Timothy Van Patton, Roddy McDowell and a very young Michael J. Fox. Invasion of the Remake and its hosts are tested and have their creativity stretched to the limits with this...

Duration: 01:49:37

Ep.101 The Fly (1958 Vs. 1986)

Invasion of the Remake celebrates it's 2nd anniversary this week with a sci-fi, horror classic, The Fly! We'll be comparing the Vincent Price classic from 1958 to the David Cronenberg body horror remake from 1986 which starred then young up and comers Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis! By happenstance it also happens to be the 31st birthday of The Fly remake! Timing, we got it! Join the swarm, join the Invasion, and transport yourselves to the world of The Fly! Support independent podcasts like...

Duration: 01:36:30

Ep.100 Remaking Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)

We're celebrating 100 episodes with the movie most ripe for a remake that it is insane to think that no one has done it yet. Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) was a late comer to the Universal Monsters family, but the monsters visuals are iconic and imprinted in our minds. It is a science-fiction, horror classic. Why Hollywood hasn't remade it is anyone's guess. With it now on the Dark Universe film slate we thought we'd take our best shot at it before Universal does. So this week we...

Duration: 01:56:21

Ep.99 Manhunter (1986) Vs. Red Dragon (2002)

This week we enter the bowls of the asylum and enter the mind of psychotic serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Originally portrayed on screen by Brian Cox in Manhunter (1986), Hannibal would be later defined by the performance of Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs (1991), Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002). While both Manhunter and Red Dragon are adaptations of the Thomas Harris novel, Michael Mann's vision is very different than Brett Ratner's version and we'll explore that. Both films...

Duration: 01:53:59

Ep.98 Remaking I Come In Peace aka Dark Angel (1990)

Drug dealers from outer space want your high. Bottling and selling your ecstasy is this alien's goal and he will stop at nothing to get it. Invasion of the Remake explores the Dolph Lundgren sci-fi, action flick, I Come In Peace (aka Dark Angel, 1990), and discovers just how deadly a compact disc really can be. Join the Invasion and listen to this week's episode to find out how we'd remake I Come In Peace! Support independent podcasts like ours by telling your friends and family how to...

Duration: 01:31:31

Ep.97 Walking Tall (1973 Vs. 2004)

The story of Bufford Pusser is an inspiring one. He returns to his home town to find it has fallen prey to corruption at every level. He stands up to the gangsters running his beloved town and becomes town Sheriff. He uses this position to clear the town of this corruption, but it comes with a tragic price. The story of Walking Tall (1973) is based on the true life story of Bufford Pusser portrayed by Joe Don Baker. It also launched a successful franchise, sparking two sequels, a...

Duration: 01:38:26

Ep.96 Remaking The Running Man (1987)

This week it's all about the game show that is trying to kill you, The Running Man (1987)! Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the sci-fi, action film based on a story by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King) alongside Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, and Richard Dawson. Ben Richards is on the run to save his life, earn his freedom, and reveal the truth about the government ruling the country with an iron fist. Join Invasion of the Remake as they explore this game of death and what a modern...

Duration: 01:50:59

Ep.96 The Crazies (1973 Vs. 2010)

A plane crashes into a small town's reservoir, accidentally spreading a biological weapon called TRIXIE among the town's population. If the virus doesn't kill you, it makes you insane. The uninfected must not only survive The Crazies, but also dodge military forces who want to contain the outbreak by any means necessary. But no virus can stand up to Invasion of the Remake scrutiny. This week we discuss George A. Romero's original film The Crazies (1973) starring Lane Caroll, Will...

Duration: 01:31:48

Ep.94 Remaking Krull (1983)

This week we travel to the fantasy world of Krull (1983). Here there is magic, evil creatures, cyclops, seers of the future, crystal spiders and a great Beast bent on ruling the universe. It also happens to be a childhood favorite of some of the hosts here at Invasion of the Remake. This cult fantasy film may have been a box office flop in 1983, but we think it is ripe for a remake, Invaders style. After all something has to film the vacuum left by Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Listen...

Duration: 01:50:56

Ep.93 Zero Hour! (1957) Vs. Airplane! (1980)

Surely not a Airplane episode? Absolutely, and don't call me Shirley. When the Zucker brothers were looking for a new project they stumbled upon an obscure airplane disaster film called Zero Hour! (1957). It was overly dramatic, had an absurd concept, and was hilarious in its sincerity. It really only needed a little push over the edge to become farce. That farce became Airplane! (1980) and began a new era of comedic spoof movies, reinventing the career of Leslie Nielsen. Airplane! took...

Duration: 01:40:24

Ep.92 Remaking Same Time, Next Year (1978)

A man (Alan Alda) and a woman (Ellen Burstyn) meet on a getaway trip that blossoms into a long romance, but they only see each other once a year. The rest of there time they are with their families. Invasion of the Remake explores a romantic comedy about love and adultery with Same Time, Next Year (1978). Is this something they can remake in more sensitive times? It was nominated for 4 Academy Awards but would it resonate with a modern audience? Join us for a thought provoking topic with...

Duration: 01:24:46

Ep.91 The Italian Job (1969 Vs. 2003)

Can the smallest cars be part of one of the largest gold heists ever conceived? Well The Italian Job (1969) brought that concept to the silver screen for the first time with Michael Caine, Noël Coward, and comedy legend Benny Hill. Director F. Gary Gray would revisit this idea in the 2003 remake with an all-star cast in Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Seth Green and Mos Def. Can three small Mini Coopers (or Austin Minis) haul three tons of...

Duration: 01:42:16

Ep.90 Remaking The Trollenberg Terror aka The Crawling Eye (1958)

Are you looking for a crazy science-fiction, horror movie? If yes, you may be looking to check off a few boxes. Does it have decapitations? Check. Does it have mind controlled zombies? Check. Is someone psychic? Check. Are there monsters that look like giant eyeballs with tentacles that live in there own compact atmosphere that is near subzero temperatures? Well that is oddly specific, you freak, but yes, several. In fact we have the perfect movie for you, The Trollenberg Terror (1958),...

Duration: 01:14:01

Ep.89 Insomnia (1997 Vs 2002)

Strange things can happen to people suffering from sleep deprivation, poor hand/eye coordination, slower cognitive abilities, hallucinations, paranoia, and possibly teaming up with the very killer you were supposed to catch. In episode 89 of the podcast that never sleeps, we watched Norwegian crime film Insomnia (1997) starring Stellan Skarsgård, and the Christopher Nolan 2002 remake starring Oscar winning actors Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. There's no time to nap, when...

Duration: 01:24:19

Ep.88 Remaking Jabberwocky (1977)

I young man tries to get a fresh start and a new life by traveling to the great city from his small village, but the great city has problems of its own in the monster known as the Jabberwocky. Terry Gilliam makes his solo directorial debut with Jabberwocky (1977) and brings along Michael Palin and Terry Jones for that Monty Python-esque flavoring. Jabberwocky is a tongue-in-cheek fairy tail where the fairy tail happens by accident. This week Invasion of the Remake takes a look at this...

Duration: 01:27:18

Ep.87 Mother's Day (1980 Vs. 2010)

Mother's Day is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with two films about psychopathic mothers and the children who love them. First up is Mother's Day (1980) directed by Charles Kaufman, brother of Lloyd Kaufman, founder of Troma Films. It stars Tiana Pierce, Nancy Hendrickson, and Deborah Luce as a trio of girls out for an annual party weekend, but only to find a sadistic family that wants to torture them. Actress Beatrice Pons and her loyal but evil children played by Michael...

Duration: 01:54:11

Ep.86 Remaking The Asphyx (1972)

In Victorian England, Sir Hugo Cunningham is seeking the secrets of life and death. In his research he discovers the means to capture the spirit of death, The Asphyx, and hold it indefinitely. In effect, becoming immortal. But immortality comes at a great cost. This is the crux of The Asphyx (1972, aka The Horror of Death), a small studio homage to the classic Hammer Films of the 60's and 70's. Don't worry, we'd never heard of it either, and it was kind of awesome. The Asphyx is exactly...

Duration: 01:45:38

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