Have you ever been watching your favorite old movie and thought, “that guy sure could use a cell phone,” or, “she really needs to Google this stuff”? What if you could go back and endow your favorite character with modern technologies like social media, the cloud, and mobile technology? Here are some remakes we’d love to see…
1. Give Ghostbusters Twitter
In 1984, people were asking, “Where’s the Beef?” while booting up their brand new McIntosh computers to play some Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray took to the New York Public Library to combat some serious paranormal nonsense, eventually saving the entire city from the evil of another dimension. How cool would it have been if they could have live-tweeted their exploits?
@Ghostbusters At the library – something’s definitely amiss!!
@Ghostbusters Zuul is one odd chick.
@Ghostbusters Stay Puff … whaaa?
2. ET Skype Home?
Poor ET. Stranded on Earth, confined to piles of stuffed animals, dragged here and yonder, searching for a way back home. Without those Reese’s Pieces, life would have been rough for real. Skype would have been immensely helpful to this little extraterrestrial. Mom wouldn’t even question things, because there are no long distance charges.
3. Star Wars Characters Need Facebook
Darth Vader is Luke’s father, Princess Lea is Luke’s sister, R2D2 was Lea and Luke’s mom’s droid, C3PO was actually Vader’s pet project as a child … wouldn’t this have all been a lot easier to explain if the whole crew was on Facebook, with clearly identifiable relationship statuses?
4. Frodo Could Use GPS Technology
Ah, Mordor. You difficult obstacle, you. Searching here and yon, gathering resources enough to overtake your powerful forces. Frodo and Sam really could have used a GPS. After all, facing the forces of ancient evils is so much easier when you don’t have to find your own way.
5. Marty McFly Would Rock a Digital Camera
Who’s going to believe you attended your parents’ senior prom? What are they going to think when you explain you know your own kids, before they’re even born? Marty McFly of Back to the Future could really have used a digital camera to chronicle his travels. Also would have made it easier to convince his dad he was an alien from outer space.
6. Jurassic Park Sure Could Use Google Access
What, exactly, do brontosaurs eat? Where can you hide from a velociraptor? Do T-rexes only see things that are in motion? Is a tree a good place to hide from dinosaurs? Those poor kids would have been a lot more prepared if they could just Google those monsters and their habits.
7. Forbidden Planet Made Safer With Siri
Morbius wasn’t exactly a stable kind of guy. After all, he created a monster in his own brain and refused to admit it was him. Siri could have undoubtedly straightened this whole thing out. “Siri, who’s the monster?” “The monster is you.” “Siri, how do I kill the monster?” “Rerouting to the nearest galaxy offering Freudian psychoanalysis and shock treatment services now.”
8. The Thing Could’ve Been Stopped With Google Glass
When an alien life form takes over your friends and your coworkers and even your dog, of all things, how can you be sure of anything? MacReady could’ve been ready for the events that unfolded with Google Glass to tell him who’s who. “Object in view is not what it appears to be.” Problem solved!