No. 2: The Exorcist (1973)
What could be more terrifying than a little girl possessed by a demon spirit, speaking in tongues, spinning her head completely around and levitating above her bed while her eyes are rolled up in the back of her head?
Apparently nothing. Because no film before or since "The Exorcist" has reached the level of sheer horror that movie was able to achieve. Many have tried, and many have failed.
So it would not be surprising if Hollywood bigwigs decided one day that if they can't make a scarier film than "The Exorcist," maybe they should just remake the original. Well, it didn't work with "The Omen" and it wouldn't work with "The Exorcist" either.
Pazuzu would be rolling over in his hell fire at the mere thought of an Exorcist remake. There is only one movie more untouchable than this one, though, and that is ...
No. 1: The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Arguably the most loved and respected film ever made, "The Wizard of Oz" is as entertaining today as it was in 1939. Trying to recapture the magic of Oz would be as futile as trying to outrun the wind (unless, of course, you are Mark Walberg in "The Happening.") While James Franco and Mila Kunis flirted with a remake in "Oz the Great and Powerful," they stayed away from the original script.
It is a very rare occurrence when everything about a movie clicks together in perfect synchronicity. But in "The Wizard of Oz," that is exactly what happened.
That kind of magic could never be recreated; and anyone who would have a head big enough to think they could make a version better than the original wouldn't be able to fit inside the studio anyway.
There's no place like home, and there's no place for a remake of one of the greatest films ever created.
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