Theme Times – Once Was Enough, Once was Plenty!

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A remake is a film, television series, video game or some other form of entertainment that is based on an earlier product, often telling the same story and updating it for contemporary audiences.

Nerf is a term that means to be rendered ineffective or less effective by a change in the rules or game system. The term nerf is based on Non-Expanding Recreational Foam, a substance used to make toy weapons.


Once Was Enough, Once was Plenty!

Aka – Nerfing the Movies!

Part 1 of 4

I first heard the term Nerf whilst playing World of Warcraft and it took me ages to get my head around the simplicity of it all – it basically translates to fixing something supposedly for the better that technically wasn’t broken to begin with or fixing shit that wasn’t shit in the beginning!  Seems to me, that more and more we are seeing this term or similiar applied to all industries!

Remakes and Nerfs in connection to the Movie Business many a time fall hand in hand. Why do we always need to see a remake of something? The same could be applied to the likes of sequels and prequels – it’s just that many a time – you can’t recreate that ambience, that special moment from the original – some things don’t need to be fixed because they were fantastic already and some things don’t need to be redone either.

I loved the 80’s and the 90’s, but l don’t want to relive them again, once was enough, once was enough for me to build my memories to. Would l want to be back inside if they were remade? No, as said once was enough!

I am NOT completely adverse all remakes – some are quite good, a few [rare] are actually better than the original – but only because with today’s technologies and digitalisation the likes of CGI – computer generated imagery – can make it so – but the opposite to this brilliance is the overuse of its presence therefore many a time rendering the original need for it nothing but overkill! Does everything need to be gorier, bloodier and faster?

Below are our first 4 contenders, you can see the original first then below the remake and where l can,  l’ll include a comparison.

Not all remakes are bad, but a lot are and uncalled for – in the comments section below let me know your views – tell me if you are a fan of originals only or remakes only or a mixture of both?


1 – Psycho – 1960/1998

Marion disappears after stealing money from her employer. Her lover and sister try to find her and end up reaching the infamous Bates Motel, where they meet Norman Bates.

After stealing money, Marion spends the night at Bates Motel, owned by Norman who has severe issues with his mother. Soon, her lover and sister visit the motel as they hear news of her disappearance.

Original vs Remake

2 – Total Recall – 1990/2012

Douglas Quaid tries to find the reason behind his recurring dream about Mars. He soon learns that a false memory has been planted into his brain and the people responsible for this want him dead.

Douglas is frustrated with his frequent dreams where he is a secret agent. He visits Rekall to get a fake memory implanted into his brain, but the procedure goes haywire.

Original vs Remake

3 – The Wolfman – 1941/2010

After Larry purchases a silver-headed walking stick that represents a werewolf, he is attacked by a creature of folklore. He then transforms into a wolf every full moon and hunts for prey.

Though absent from his ancestral home of Blackmoor for many years, aristocrat Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) returns to find his missing brother at the request of the latter’s fiancee, Gwen (Emily Blunt). He learns that a creature has links to an ancient curse turning people into werewolves when the moon is full. To save the village and protect Gwen, he must slay the bloodthirsty beast, but he contends with a horrifying family legacy.

Original vs Remake

4 – Swept Away – 1974/2002

Class warfare hits the high seas in this Italian comedy about Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini), a long-suffering crew member who works on a rich couple’s yacht. The wife, Raffaela (Mariangela Melato), verbally abuses Gennarino and regularly insults his communist views. But when a day trip leaves the pair stranded at sea, they wash up on a deserted island and Raffaela is, suddenly, no longer the one in control. The role reversal leads to an unexpected and contentious love affair.

A haughty, rich housewife and her shipmate get stranded in a thunderstorm. Suddenly, the rules governing their relationship change when she has to depend on her shipmate for survival.

Original vs Remake

So there we go folks – our first of the series – four classic originals: Psycho, Total Recall, The Wolfman and Swept Away and their remakes, the nerfed copies – what were your opinions, have you seen the originals or the remakes?

Additionally, do you have favourite remakes/originals of your own? Let me know.

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10 thoughts on “Theme Times – Once Was Enough, Once was Plenty!

  1. The only remake I liked was Alladin! But I still liked the original, animated one better. The rest of the Disney remakes are nerf!!!

      1. Will Smith was the one factor that saved the movie. Otherwise, Disney doesn’t even bother to change the dialogue! Same with other remakes.

  2. I’ve seen the Psycho remake. It was interesting to see Vince Vaughn play a more ‘serious’ role, but the original was better.
    I wonder if I’d never seen the original if I would have liked it better? When you already know the story, the ‘twists’ lose their oomph.🤔

    1. Yes that is extremely valid – some remakes are okay, l just wish we saw more unique directions in film than we do at times. Remakes just seems a cheats way out.

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