How To Remake An 80s Cult Classic: 10 Directors That Wouldn’t Ruin Your Childhood

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The reboot and the remake of 80s movies is an endless debate for nerds, as some films would benefit from the technology upgrade like The Last Starfighter, while other movies should never be touched like Scarface.

The filmmaker involved in the project is an essential part of a remake or reboot as it is his or her job to capture the spirit of the original film, and then has the incredible burden of taking the new movie to the next level, cinematically. Most who attempt to fail, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes are the exceptions to the rule.

Here are 12 movies from the 80s that need to be remade or rebooted if and only if, these directors were attached to the project.

The Garbage Pail Kids (1987)

The Garbage Pail Kids (1987)

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Plot – Dodger must confront the struggles of life as he is visited by the Garbage Pail Kids and intimidated by some older bullies.

The only person who should touch this project is:

M. Night Shyamalan

Shyamalan known for The Sixth Sense (1999) loves to leave us with twist endings. He would make the Garbage Pail Kids feel real and maybe even scary since they started off as crazy gross cards we collected as kids. They made a movie out of the cards, but it was absolutely horrible. Shyamalan would have a field day with this film.

Howard The Duck (1986)

Howard The Duck (1986)

Plot – A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop a hellish alien invasion with the help of a nerdy scientist and a cute struggling female rock singer who fancies him.

The only person who should touch this project is:

James Cameron

Cameron knows how to make a great film and all his movies are visually brilliant. Howard The Duck was excellent for an 80s kid because it was like a real duck man, with no lousy CGI garbage to get in the way.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Plot – Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

The only person who should touch this project is:

Rob Zombie

Zombie known for The Devil’s Rejects(2005) loves horror and gore; this would be the perfect film for him to direct. Killer Clowns is a cult classic, but with Zombie’s disturbing yet brilliant mind the remake would make you stay up at night.

The Three Amigos (1986)

The Three Amigos (1986)

Plot – Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

The only person who should touch this project is:

Seth Rogen

Rogen known for The Interview (2014) is hilarious and loves doing movies like The Three Amigos. He was born to direct this film. Just imagine Will Farrel, Kevin Hart, and Vince Vaughn as the lead actors.

The Gate (1987)

The Gate (1987)
Plot – Kids, left home alone, accidentally unleashes a horde of malevolent, pint-sized demons from a mysterious hole in their suburban backyard.

The only person who should touch this project is:

Guillermo del Toro

del Toro, who has three Oscar nominations for The Shape of Water (2017) has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the Gothic horror films The Devils Backbone (2001) and Pans Labyrinth (2006), is the right person to direct The Gate because the creatures he could imagine would be brilliant.

The Explorers (1985)

The Explorers (1985)

Plot – A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what?

The only person who should touch this project is:

Steven Spielberg

Spielberg is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era, as well as being viewed as one of the most popular directors and producers in film history. Spielberg is one of the co-founders of Dreamworks studios, with today’s technology he would take The Explorers to a whole other level.

Willow (1988)

Willow (1988)
Plot – A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen.

The only person who should touch this project is:

Peter Jackson

Jackson’s amazing ability to capture the world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit is what makes him a no-brainer to direct a sequel or remake of Willow

The Wraith (1986)

The Wraith (1986)
Plot – A mysterious figure suddenly appears to challenge a gang of motorhead thugs.

The only person who should touch this project is:

Christopher Nolan

Nolan can make anything look remarkable and feel memorable. Look what he did with his Batman trilogy, he made it look and feel like Batman could walk among us. Nolan could take The Wraith, a bad B-Movie and transform it visually into an epic thriller.

They Live (1988)

They Live (1988)

Plot – A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

The only person who should touch this project is:

Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino’s movies are characterized by nonlinear storylines, satirical subject matter, a ton of violence, He is widely considered one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation and has the ability to make you love this movie all over again.

The Last Starfighter (1984)

The Last Starfighter (1984)
Plot – Video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join the team of best starfighters to defend their world from the attack.

The only person who should touch this project is:

J.J. Abrams

Abrams knows his science fiction and has been very successful on the big and small screens. The Last Starfighter is a film with an 80s appeal that Abrams should be chomping at the bit to reinvent.

Enemy Mine (1985)

Enemy Mine (1985)

Plot – A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually, he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species, he was fighting.

The only person who should touch this project is:

Clint Eastwood

Eastwood known for American Sniper (2014) which set box office records for the largest January release ever. American Sniper was also the largest opening ever for an Eastwood film. He has also directed films such as the mystery drama Mystic River (2003) and the war film Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), for which he received Academy Award nominations. He is a fantastic actor but an absolute genius as a director who would understand the nuances of the original film to take the social commentary to a deeper meaning.

Akira (1988)

Akira (1988)

Plot – A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.

The only person who should touch this project is:

Taika Waititi

Waititi known for Thor: Ragnarok (2017) which blew the door wide open for him as a director, now can make any film he wants. A year ago, Waititi said he’d been eyed to do a mini-series of the book Akira.

“I actually love the books, I love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books,” Waititi told IGN.


What is your favorite 80s movie and who would you like to direct the reboot or remake? Comment below.

Enrique Santana
Enrique Santana Is a writer, promoter, blogger, and internet personality. He has done YouTube videos for 'The Walking Dead,' along with interviews with cast and crew. He is the creator of Enrique's Walking Dead Group on Facebook which generates at least 100 new members a day. He also had a podcast called 'The Streaming Dead' he co-hosted with Dan Henry. Enrique is very active in all his Facebook groups and has a huge following. He also has helped out with fundraisers and charities like the American Cancer Society.
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