10 Terrible American Remakes of Great Foreign Films

Sharon Stone and Isabelle Adjani in "Diabolique"

Diabolique

God knows what possessed the powers-that-be in Hollywood to whip up a 41-years-later Americanized version of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1955 suspense masterpiece; further inquiry is required to ascertain why director Jeremiah S. Chechik — best known for helming National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — was deemed the man for the job. But whatever the logic, he cooked up a thoroughly miscalculated attempt to meld the original’s classy style with erotic-thriller theatrics (thanks primarily to the presence of Sharon Stone in a leading role). In doing so, Chechik managed to do the impossible: he made Clouzot’s story boring.