Agreed to an extent Tim. I'm only 19 and I can say I have never seen a remake that I think is better than the original. Might have one or two things that are done better than the original as they might have had more budget or time but overall...never better.
Heck, I saw TCM remake before I saw the original and fell asleep several times during the remake. Thought it was either a very bad remake or they copied the original film and the original film dispite all the press was bad. Thankfully....it was only a very bad remake. And could only get through the prequel by listening to the commentary.
Yet many of my group either think the remakes that are out are original films or that they are better as they are set in modern times, have sexier actors and actresses, look cooler etc. Heck, caused a friend of mine at Borders some woe as she had a few folks return THE WICKERMAN original saying it wasn't the one with Cage and dispite her constant tries and even with them seeing the original...they refused to believe that Cage's was a remake...some thought the original was a rip off of Cage's film.