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Beetlejuice 2: 12 More Classics That Deserve Modern Love

As Beetlejuice 2 rumors build, let's remember that Hollywood loves remaking millennial classics and rebooting them. What other classics from this era need revitalizing that haven't already?

None. Article over. Okay, fine. I'll bite. I'm going to be honest, though. When I saw the rumors going around about a new Beetlejuice movie I yelled out loud, "NO! Stop remaking these movies!" 

Playing On Our Nostalgia

That's a little unfair and biased because frankly, I don't care about Beetlejuice. Didn't like the movie when it came out and it just doesn't appeal to me. On the other hand, plenty of movies I love that have been remade I have felt the same way about their sequels. I love the movie "Coming To America," but I knew the moment they announced a sequel that it was going to be bad. 

And it was bad. 

People went to see it, though. That's because Hollywood understands that millennials are all at the age where our adulthood has officially passed our childhood by, and we often cling to the nostalgia we feel about our childhood movies as a coping mechanism. I do it on a daily basis. Rough day at work? Watch a movie from 1989 while listening to Soundgarden on the way home. Hollywood is just milking our nostalgia money

What movies from the 80s and 90s haven't been remade that need the sequel treatment?

Giving These Movies A Sequel Or Reboot

Indiana Jones

This is my favorite movie character from childhood. Indiana Jones might be my favorite movie of all time. Indiana Jones four has been mostly considered a mistake. I agree, it was bad. I still loved it for what it was, because I wanted more Indiana Jones. I am hoping that part five helps transcend what part four did.

Spaceballs

In 2013, Rick Moranis (supposedly) stated that, a few years after the film's release, he and Mel Brooks discussed a sequel, titled Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II. This is a hilarious title, and Mel Brooks has rarely made bad products. With Star Wars also being a monstrous hit again, maybe it's time.

Flight of the Navigator

"Compliance!" The voice of Paul Rubens and a benevolent robotic alien! This movie had it all and I would watch the original right now if I didn't have adult work to do.

The Warriors

This one would need some desperate updates, as would a lot of these films who have some pieces that didn't age well. Good choice from 1979, though.

Sixteen Candles

This would be fun without the casual racism and rape. The 80s were a different time. My idea here though is do not remake it. It won't have any of the same charm. Make a sequel. Samantha (Molly Ringwald's character) could have a daughter or a son turning 16 or something. The kid would be turning closer to 35, but whatever. They could make it work.

The Last Starfighter

In some ways "Ready Player One" did this, but I'm including it because it deserves some love with the other memorable movies from that era.

Gremlins

Dark comedy/horror would be a great addition to the 2022 movie-scape. Gremlins is a classic and enough people would easily be interested in seeing this.

Young Guns

Estevez, Sheen, Sutherland, Diamond-Phillips...Young Guns was a fun western that featured a handful of young actors who became bigger after this movie came out. Speaking of films that were vehicles to launch actor's careers....

The Breakfast Club

More John Hughes. Get some good actors and remake this movie. It would be a legitimately good film.

The Outsiders

This 1983 movie based on S.E Hinton's novel is very dated. It featured young actors who would all become leading in Hollywood. The list included Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilion Estevez, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, and Diane Lane. The story is a good one and the novel is a good novel for young teens.

Short Circuit

See also: Flight of the Navigator.

Naked Gun

Since Leslie Nielsen passed, I'm on the fence over whether this could work. He was just so good in those movies. Given the right script and the right actor, I'd give this a maybe.

Don't Sequel or Remake This Movie

Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It's perfect. Don't touch it, please. See also: Forrest Gump, The Princess Bride, Friday, and Clueless.

Final Thoughts

There are plenty of huge hits from the 80s and 90s that I didn't include, as well as cult classics that I also did not include. I have a grumpy attitude when it comes to remakes, as I feel Hollywood has jumped the shark on them, but the truth is I'll probably watch at least a few of them. They got me, those nostalgia hunters.