After discovering that Hollywood is remaking Let the Right One In, and hearing rumours about a remake to Oldboy, I really needed to vent. First of all, allow me to establish where I stand on the issue: I don't like remakes. Very rarely have I seen one that I truly enjoyed more than the original, and that was mainly because the cast and crew took the original's general concept and made it their own, thus having the film veer off considerably from its original intentions. In other words, it was no longer a "remake" as it was a reworking, a piece of work based on a similar concept. Examples of that are Ocean's Eleven, King Kong, and Dawn of the Dead.
However, if you ignore the few exceptions to the rule, remakes as a whole are just plain lazy. They are just indicative that the writers and directors can't come up with an original, or even semi-original idea, on their own, and they need to feed off an older film's success. Now, I didn't mind this as much when it was done after a few decades had passed, even though we have had some truly horrid examples, e.g. Psycho and Godzilla. What I do mind is when Hollywood doesn't give a film a chance to achieve, or fail to achieve, cult/classic status before getting its money-grubbing hands on it. Case in point, Let The Right One In. A 2008 film, it was a sleeper hit, with two fantastic child actors forming a strange friendship. Problem is, it wasn't made in the US. Thus, a measly two years after the Swedish version was released, Hollywood announces the remake.
Why? What is the point in doing that? Are people in America going to have a problem with watching a film with subtitles? Or is any other culture so frightfully unappealing to Hollywood, that it has to assimilate everything successful from the other sides of the Atlantic, like some Borg queen?