Why are the remakes of Dawn of the Dead (1978), and Day of the Dead (1985) so drastically different from the original films? The remakes seem too different form the originals to even call them remakes to me. Generally remakes tend to at the very least have the same basic story, and the same characters. But these two particular remakes don't share either of those with the original movies. They only share minute details, so why even call them remakes? To expand on it further, the remakes seem so different, I'm convined that if they hadn't used the same movie titles, or gotten permission, any claims of copyright infringement would have been dismissed.
Dawn of the Dead (1978) vs. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
- The original started out with the zombie outbreak already being well established, two S.W.A.T. team members acted like they'd being killing zombies for weeks, months, or even years. Zombies was the only topic on the news and people were already publically investigating why outbreak was occuring.
- In the remake, it starts out with nobody knowing anything about the zombies, and the characters waking up in the morning to a zombie apocolypse.
- The characters (group of people held up in the mall) were drastically different.
- In the original, it was two S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and a T.V. executive.
- In the remake, it was a nurse, policeman, married couple, salesman, and a few mall security guards.
- The plot was different.
- In the original, it was a group of people who decided to hold up in an abandoned mall after running away in a helicopter.
- In the remake, it was a group of survivors of the initial outbreak who happened to end up in the mall while running from the zombies.
- In the original, the group encounter a gang of bikers who raid the mall. Never happens in the remake.
- In the remake, the group is trying to escape from the mall, and modify two buses to try and escape. In the original, the group are trying to stay in the mall.
Day of the Dead (1985) vs. Day of the Dead (2008)
In this instance, I think it would easier to list their similarities!
- Both films involve zombies.
- Both films involve the military.
- Both films have a character named Captain Rhodes.
- Both films have a zombie soldier who remembers how to use a pistol.
- Both films involve an underground bunker, though it is completely different between the original and remake.
- In the original, it was an underground historical archive (a place for storing items and records of historical significance) which the military had taken shelter in to do research on the already existing zombies.
- In the remake, it was a lab that used to be a missile launch facility where the scientists created a virus that caused the zombie outbreak. In the original series it was never known why the outbreak occured, or where it originated from.
- In the original, most of the movie takes place in the underground bunker.
- In the remake, very little of the movies takes place in the underground bunker.
It's also worth noting that in the original, the zombie outbreak was very well established. There were few survivors left which is made very clear in the opening scene which starts out with the main characters flying around in a helicopter looking for more suvivors. In the remake, it takes place the first night of the outbreak where there are still people living their lives unaware of zombies, and the radio announcements in the remake make it very clear the outbreak was limited to the that one particular town. Whereas in the original, it seemed national, or even global.