King Kong (1976)

If it's not bad enough that John Guillermin's 1976 adaptation of King Kong replaces the iconic Empire State Building climax with one at the World Trade Center, the fact that Guillermin seems more interested in aiming his crosshairs squarely at big business instead of the subtle nuance of Carl Denham's more interesting search for artistic exploitation by any means necessary should be enough to get any fan's feathers ruffled. Though its attempt at re-contextualizing the original's Hollywood-themed premise into something new (Denham and his exotic movie are replaced by Fred Wilson, an executive at a petroleum company who is looking for oil) is an honorable distinction, the corporate evilness and its ties to the financial district are an oversimplified, devolution of the antagonist that accomplishes nothing.

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  1. Chris • August 27, 2016 @ 3:57 PM

    Who the heck wrote this article? It says “Gus Van Sant’s PSYCHO is fine” You gotta be kidding me! It might be the most terribly miscast film in Hollywood history! What a piece of junk!

  2. K. • August 27, 2016 @ 3:46 PM

    I have great affection for the original Clash of the Titans, but I actually prefer the remake (Just my opinion, folks.) I think the worst remakes are usually horror films: Psycho, The Wicker Man, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Evil Dead, Halloween, Dawn of the Dead. Those remakes were just dire.

  3. Balam • January 8, 2016 @ 2:35 PM

    Yes I’m afraid that new Clash of the Titans is far far worse than the original.

  4. uh.hellno • November 1, 2013 @ 6:24 PM

    New Clash of the titans is worse than the original? You must be out of your mind.

  5. tony • October 19, 2012 @ 10:38 PM

    unfortunatly i’ve seen most of these movies and the movie people should try for something better.

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