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Which Horror Films DO Deserve A Remake?

The horror genre is pretty against remakes and reboots and it’s not difficult to understand why. When we get absolutely horrible remakes that miss the point and charm of the original, we end up with silly drivel that is poorly constructed, terribly acted, and basically feels like a slap in the face to us fans.

However, there are some truly amazing remakes and reboots that show us that the creators really understand what we want. Take a look at films like The Fly, The Thing, Evil Dead, and Let Me In. These are prime examples that remakes and reboots can be done with respect and reverence.

So let’s brainstorm some films that could use that kind of treatment, that kind of love. I’ve got a few suggestions to kickstart this conversation and then I want you to leave a recommendation in the comments!

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  • Frank Popp Jr.

    I consider “Johnny got his gun” to be as much a Horror film as it is a war film… and it’s begging to have a remake…

  • Trent Owens

    didnt house on haunted hill already have a remake?

  • Raziel_cz

    No movie deserves a remake.

  • castlemonster

    So social commentary is more important to you than horror? I suggest that you are not really a horror fan as much as a PC robot.

    • Social commentary can be far more horrific and terrifying than any amount of gore or bloodshed. What’s more terrifying than facing our own demons and recognizing them for how awful they truly are?

      • castlemonster

        That just seems like a non-sequitur. Commenting on human frailty is timeless, not social commentary (which mostly just stamps a freshness date on a movie). Preachiness in a film is not entertaining to me. Stanley Kubrick, for example, didn’t demand a specific political interpretation of his material (unless you count Dr, Strangelove, which was satire). Directors that tell the audience what to think cynically assume that they need to be lead like sheep. I think politically-minded people mostly read the social commentary into NOTLD, and a flattered Romero decided to run with it, and was more deliberate with the political messaging therafter. Because there is nothing obviously political about the original. Ben’s race was not addressed in the film, the character’s all might have survived if they’d listened to the angry white guy Harry Cooper, and Barbra wasn’t exactly a politically-correct model of womanhood, now was she? Somehow, it all got turned into a commentary on social justice and the Vietnam war, because that was high in the public consciousness at the time.

        • I guess we just view horror films in different ways. I have no problem appreciating a splatter-fest for what it is but sometimes I want substance to what I’m watching. I don’t think that makes me a “PC robot” 😉

          • castlemonster

            I’m all for substance, just not being force-fed a particular viewpoint that takes me out of the movie. A movie can have substance without a political bent which actually dates the material and gives it *less* depth, if anything. But I apologize for “PC robot”. That was hardly civil of me.

          • No worries! We horror fans are a passionate bunch, haha!
            I think the amazing thing about Night of the Living Dead and its social commentary was that it didn’t actually take you out of the movie, same with Dawn and Day. It was there if you wanted to give it your attention but you didn’t have to do so. You could simply enjoy a fantastic zombie film, no fluff or filler.

            That’s the kind of horror that I think is most exhilarating and thought-provoking. I can choose to shut off my brain or send it into overdrive. Having that choice is really fun and I commend filmmakers who offer that.

  • Fists of stone

    I always thought the great Japanese horror Onibaba could handle a remake – perhaps in a different setting / time period.

  • gabe

    Want to throw Halloween 3 in the mix because it has the seeds of great horror–What if corporations really were evil, and worse, what if they really were in service of sleeping pre-christian deities licking their lips in anticipation of an imminent mass sacrifice of millions of children. What if the commercialization of Halloween was always a long-con towards that horrific goal. Halloween 3 please.

    • Harbottle64

      I watched it again last week. An underrated film that works on an original premise. Yeah, a remake would be a great idea.

  • wicked racer

    I have always said The Birds could be great with present day technology. I kind of agree with your Event Horizon idea, but it probably should be a completely different movie under a new title.

  • James Packman

    Doc Phibes : yes it’s excellent as is, One of my faves, and I would like to see a remake just to see what could be done with it…. set in the 70s as opposed to the 30,s

  • Christensen

    The first Saw? That one could really use a remake.

    • You really think so? In my opinion, that’s the most solid one. For me, the franchise dropped sharply after the first one.

      • Christensen

        Sure the one movie with awful acting, shoddy cinematography and cheap effects (understandably I guess) is the most solid one. If it were released mid-franchise it would be considered the worst sequel by far, let’s not be pretentious.

        If they decide to remake/reboot the franchise I wouldn’t mind a remake of the first film with a bigger budget and a better cast because the storyline is great but the technical aspects are lackluster and there’s no denying that. I think it’s just the acting of the bathroom buddies that put me off to be honest.

        • I won’t deny that the acting is pretty bland, to put it mildly. But the fact that it focused on the horror of the situation rather than the horror of the traps/gore made it the clear winner in my mind. I cared about Adam and Dr. Gordon, which I can’t say about any other character in the rest of the franchise.
          I also think that the twist was the most shocking and most effective one in the series. No other Saw ending came remotely close.

      • Bobby Jones

        they dropped off after the second one, in my opinion

        • I remember seeing the second one in theaters and at the end my jaw had dropped. Not because of the ending but because of how awful I thought the movie was. I didn’t care about any of the characters, the focus moved from building the story to the traps and gore, and it felt so cold and clinically detached. It was a HUGE disappointment, especially after how much I loved the first one.

    • James Sunderland

      Terrible idea, best in the series, you know probably every other Saw fan thinks the first is best. Every Saw movie has awful acting, shoddy cinematography and all that shit, but the first is the only movie in the whole franchise that has a pretty good story and a twist you won’t see coming. “The first Saw?” you can do better…

      • Christensen

        “you know probably every other Saw fan thinks the first is best” that’s not even true most dedicated fans (forums, tumblr) favor II & VI over the first

    • ShadowInc

      Yikes.

      • Christensen

        precisely

    • James

      They were all really terrible. I guess the first was the closest to being good but it was awful as well.

  • Blade

    Yeah I could roll with any of these. I am one of the few horror fans that isn’t completely against remakes/reboots/reimaginings, I actually welcome them if its obvious the original series is not getting any more installments.
    Btw I absolutely loved the new Evil Dead lol Ill watch that over Army Of Darkness all day 😉

    • Chad Sauers

      does anyone know are they ever releasing the unrated cut of the evil dead remake?

      • Blade

        I honestly have no idea :/

  • JB

    I’d like remakes of movies that had decent premises but bad execution with the intent of improving them. Say films like Humongous, Silver Bullet or Boogeyman.
    Or maybe films where the special effects could be improved upon, though I don’t trust directors who would probably cgi the shit out of everything.

  • Chad Sauers

    i’d like to see remakes of Hershell Gordon Lewis movies. yes the originals are cheesy campy low-budget fun, but many of them have really clever ideas at the core that could be developed. granted any remakes need to follow the buckets-of-blood-and-gore that made the originals so great – so you need a director that is willing to shoot for the NC17 or X to do it justice.

  • Totally agree about “Event Horizon”, a great concept whose realization was just so-so.
    Ever heard about “Mister Frost” With Jeff Goldblum? Starts out with a bang, is pretty solid till the middle and then ends like a TV-movie. Not necessarily bad, but disappointing. One could make a great remake of that one.
    Same goes for “Alone in the Dark”- not the Uwe Boll movie, but the one by Jack Sholder.

    • Yakushiji Tenzen

      event horizon needs to stay untouched. Incredible movies don’t need remakes.

    • Mightygil

      I know many would disagree but I would love to see Alone in the Dark as more of a straight up slasher, but with the four killers

      • I’d have no problem with that. The psychological angel was interesting, but squandered.

  • Javi Simon

    I know I’ll get heat for this, but I’ve been asking for a “Hellraiser” remake for a while now.

    • Chad Sauers

      isn’t the director of Martyrs doing one? but even Clive Barker thinks that Hellraiser needs an update.

      • Javi Simon

        Holy crap, yea. I had forgotten all about it. Not much news has unfolded about it recently. I think I remember reading Clive Barker will play a big role on it too.

      • guest

        the martyrs director, pascal laugier, is no longer working on the hellraiser remake. barker is still involved though.

    • Mehliens

      Hellraiser should be remade as a TV Show. Either by the John Logan or by Bryan Fuller. You know by people who can actually write good dialogue that means shit. What I always think lacked in Hellraiser is that the dialogue was just short blurps that didn’t flow well and the plot did not offer too much subtext aside from the obvious.

      • Javi Simon

        Hellraiser, the TV show? It could work these days. I just wanna see a good remake of the first one on the big screen. I like MTV’s Scream and to me, it’s like a TV remake of the first one.

  • Rafael Fernandez

    I would like to see a Curse of the Demon (1957) remake. An Occult leader curses his enemies to be hunted down and killed by a demon, while the hero tries to expose and stop him before he becomes the next victim. The finalie would benefit from some cool modern monster effects.

    • Harbottle64

      Good call, Rafael.

    • The original is pretty good, but I agree that a new spin could not hurt.

  • Nightbreed. Watched that for the first time the other night and I couldn’t believe how bad it was compared to how great people have said it was.

    • Robin Ludvig Isomaa

      I actually liked “Nightbreed”, but I can see why some people don’t. It could benefit from being remade. However, I’m afraid that all the creatures would be too pretty in a modern remake, which would kind of miss the point.

      • KSE1977

        I liked it as well, but I am always up for a legitimate attempt to adapt Barker’s work.

        • Robin Ludvig Isomaa

          Well, since he wrote and directed the film himself, it should probably be considered a “legitimate attempt” – but he may not be the best director for the job…

  • Harbottle64

    I agree with the Event Horizon idea. I remember going to see it on the big screen and being really disappointed. The idea was SO good and original and there’s always room for a well-made “evil in space” movie whether or not it’s with an alien, killer robot or ghosts on Mars (snigger). But, this film didn’t really float my boat.

    In the meantime, I’m looking forward to Blomkamp’s Alien sequel and Prometheus 2.

    • Andrew Barloq

      I think the main problem with Event Horizon is that acts 1 and 2 set up a really terrifying psychological horror film, but the 3rd act devolves into a cheesy b-movie action-horror showdown. Fix the 3rd act and Event Horizon becomes a classic on par with Alien instead of being a really interesting, but flawed piece of work. IMHO of course. 😉

      • Harbottle64

        I think you’ve hit the nail on the head, Andrew. I wouldn’t disagree with your comment :o)

        • KSE1977

          I would like this one, but in reboot format, keep it about a hunted space station and not go all Hellraiser mid-stream

  • Rezzzz

    The Stuff could use a remake or better yet a sequel.

    • JB

      In the vein of The Stuff, I’d go for a Street Trash remake but only if they could make it as sleazy as the original.

      • Mightygil

        lol, the scene with the dick… lol

    • Rafael Fernandez

      Good one. Just one of the things I like (The Stuff is underrated in my opinion) about the Stuff is the failure of regulatory safeguards, indeed the collusion of the FDA, to prevent the Stuff invasion.Totally relevant today.

      I Love when my Sc-fi/horror movies include a heavy dose of satire.

      • James Allard

        Only if Cohen agrees to direct.

  • Eric Thomas Craven

    JASON TAKES MANHATTAN. I would love to see him do more than take a boat ride this time around.

    • kenneth Tanner

      HEHEHE:) my all time favorite Friday the 13th movie.

    • GinsuVictim

      I remember HAAAAAAATING that movie when it came out, but over time, I grew to love it.

  • Harbottle64

    I’d love to see Professor Quatermass make a comeback. “Quatermass & The Pit” would be a good start and is crying out for a remake.

    Also from the pen of Nigel Kneale, “The Stone Tape” was a chilling TV play from 1972, but is now showing its age. A big screen remake would be a good idea.

    Ditto “Whistle and I’ll Come to You”. Remade and starring John Hurt (so-so), this frightening MR James story deserves a film version.

  • Robin Ludvig Isomaa

    Not exactly a horror film, but I’ve wondered what a modern remake of “Strangers on a Train” would look like. Mayde it’s because his character his so obviously coded, but I could picture Jim Parsons as Bruno.

    I hope they never remake “Cube” – with excessive CGI, it would probably look like 3D Tetris…

    • KSE1977

      Already happening, or at least it was reported that Ben Afleck and David Fincher are eyeing this one

      • Robin Ludvig Isomaa

        Really, which one? I’m dreading the answer…

  • TrackRecord162

    I still think a remake of The Keep is necessary!

    • Good call!

    • Ben_Jammin

      Followed by the other five installments of F. Paul Wilson’s Adversary Cycle series.

  • lion7718

    How about….The Island Of Doctor Moreau

    • James Allard

      Island Of Lost Souls is the only one worth watching. As I have seen the other iterations… yeah, long overdue. Would be interesting if they would keep it in the original time period. Needs a director that has a history of working with limited budget as well as an understanding that the title character is the monster… del Toro, probably.

  • Golic

    Lord of Illusions – In The Mouth Of Madness – Baby Blood – Hellraiser – Phantasm

  • Angela M Campany

    My son says Madman could use a remake for a new audience to cherish !

  • Jeremy Stewart

    London After Midnight

    • James Allard

      *sigh* — I want the original. There was a link on the Tube Of You but that was a collection of still strung together.

  • CTHL

    The Beyond. A movie that always sounded amazing on paper, but I found barely watchable. Blasphemy, I know.

    • CrackTheSkye1990

      By Lucio Fulci?

      • CTHL

        Yup. Seven Doors of Death if you will… whatever you wanna call it.

    • James

      It’s so true. I love fulci but the beyond is pretty terrible (though the final scene was a nice touch). I’d love to see a remake.

  • CrackTheSkye1990

    While I love the original Friday the 13th, it still has lots of flaws and could use a proper remake but since Jason is the mascot of the franchise, that would never happen.

  • kenneth Tanner

    To me only the cheesy 80s horror flicks are the ones that needs to be remade and be remade into a darker direction not comedy at all they should be straight up scary. To be honest I like to know when will Candyman will be remade or Hellraiser.

  • James Sunderland

    Exorcist..? I’m kidding! What about Shining remake..? Still kidding…Remakes usually suck, but i would love to see a Hellraiser reboot, directed by Guillermo Del Toro.

    • ShadowInc

      Pascal Laugier would have been perfect for HELLRAISER. Sad that never came together.

  • J. Philip vanHeijkoop

    non of these make any sense,

  • McGilli

    While The Prowler doesn’t need a remake… I’d love an updated version of it… like what they did with The Town That Dreaded Sundown…

    • Mightygil

      I doubt they could top the kills of the original but I would love to see a remake with better pacing

  • MikeyRey29

    I’m going to thing a bit out of the box…

    I’ll say Motel Hell for one. It could honestly be a creepy update. And I HATE HATE HATE HATE all the found footage, but… I could see how this could be done successfully this way. Like people being on vacation OR the person filming being someone who works at a travel site and rating destinations type of thing.

    Another is… A lesser known movie called Amusement. It truly think this movie could have been a lot better if they had expanded the story and writers didn’t lose their minds. Ha. The begining starts of pretty solid with some creepy clown fun, but quickly went pretty ridiculous (even for a horror film.)

    Anyway those are my very random picks! Thanks!

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      Totally agree with Motel Hell, they could do so much fun gore.

    • Mightygil

      I gotta disagree with Motel Hell, I thought it was creepy because it was so odd. I agree on Amusement though, I liked the first two segments if I remember right but then it completely went downhill after that

  • Ben_Jammin

    They Live
    Dolls
    The People Under The Stairs
    Shivers
    Rabid
    Saturn 3
    Misery
    Zeiram (more sci-fi, but it does have sort of a horror feel to it)

    • Mightygil

      No, not Dolls!!! That movie is pretty much perfect as it is. The dolls in a remake would probably be all CGI. The stop motion was perfect for them in the original

  • Bobby Jones

    i’ll throw the howling and night of the demon in the mix

    • Leebo

      Well both are in the process of being remade – although I believe Night Of The Demon (I assume you mean the 1957s one, not the one with the yeti?) is going under the title CASTING THE RUNES, which is the original title of the book that the story is based upon.

    • James

      With the right director and style The Howling could be amazing.

  • ShadowInc

    I’d like to see a competent filmmaker take a a crack at one of Fulci’s gems (The Beyond, Gates of Hell, or Zombie). Maybe directors like Pascal Laugier, Alexandre Bustillo, Guilermo DelToro, or Andrés Muschietti.

  • Nick Halloway

    As much as I love THE FUNHOUSE (my 2nd fave film ever), I say remake it. In my personal experience, no one seems to ever care for it after I suggest to others that they should view it. I’ve actually stopped recommending it to people. I’ve tried for over 30 years, and it just doesn’t connect.

    LINK – It’s no classic, but I’ve always kinda liked it. It’s not very well known. This one would be a good candidate for remake.

    • gabe

      There was a synopsis of it somewhere that i read once that described stuff in the script that must have been edited out. The mother of the main girl is the mother of the mutant baby in the sideshow display. the mother had, in her younger days, had a relationship with the carny guy who is the father of the mutant killer. so what’s implied in the actual film (described into detail in the stories omitted subtext) is that the main girl is related to the carny guy, the mutant killer, and the baby in the bottle, and that her sense of dread is from her sort of psychic perception that she’s not aware of. Anyway, if the film were remade, there is a lot of fodder in the scripts original treatment to amp it up. I agree, it would be a worthy remake.

    • TewksburyCitizen

      Stumbled upon it by accident originally but I love The Funhouse! Underrated IMO and a fun flick!

    • Mightygil

      I love the Funhouse!! I wish the killer was a bit better but everything from the Halloween spoofing opening to the carnival and funhouse itself as well as the main actress who actually looked genuinely terrified was great to me

  • Meghan McDermott

    the ’90 remake of NotLD lacks social commentary? Did we watch the same movie? Like….really?

    • James

      The remake was excellent and did have social commentary. I can’t see how he could have a complaint. It’s one of the best remakes out there.

  • c-s-a78

    the burning.would love to see a remake,but this time turn it into a franchise like friday the 13ths jason!

  • Db

    YES Event Horizon. YES. I love that movie.

  • tomattacks

    I’d love to see a remake of ‘The Pit’ (1981)…it’s a badly made, low-budget little movie but with some creepy ideas that, if played straight, would make a weird and very scary horror classic.

  • devilgod

    None – 99% of all remakes are effing retarded.

  • Dexter Morgan

    Well I have a few suggestions for horror movies that deserve to be remade or remade again in a better,more creative way. My first suggestion is Psycho I mean all they did with that was re-shoot it in color and with different actors that’s it and the only different scene is where Norman Bates masturbates that’s about it it’s a pretty poor attempt by Gus Van Sant if you ask me I want to see a new Psycho remake that isn’t shot for shot that takes it in a completely different direction just want them to do something different with the character. I didn’t like Vince Vaughn’s performance as Norman Bates in the remake either so someone else to play Norman Bates not sure who would be a good choice I would have to think about that. My next suggestion is Nightmare on Elm Street I mean I did kind of enjoy the 2010 remake I remember seeing it in theaters it was kind of creepy the first time I saw it and it did feel like Freddy but they did kind of overdo it with the CGI and the scene where the character Kris died was pretty lame it was pretty much the same as Tina’s death only less disturbing because Tina’s death in the original really got to me this didn’t. I thought Jackie Earle Haley was a decent choice for Freddy Krueger but not the best choice plus I kinda didn’t like his look he looked like a frog I mean they could’ve done his makeup better but to me his glove did look better than the original glove that was the only thing that I thought was better than the original they got that part down. I also would like to see what they could do if they were to remake The Shining I know there is the movie from 1980 with Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance and Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance and of course the miniseries from 1990 I think it was that one I have never seen and am not interested to. I just am curious to see what it would be like if they remade The Shining and took it in a different direction just a more modern take in a more modern setting…I do love the original directed by Stanley Kubrick though that is a classic. Well that’s about all I had in mind guess it’s only 2 actual suggestions The Shining wasn’t really a suggestion it doesn’t really deserve or need a remake it’s just something I would be curious to see.

    • James

      I absolutely agree with your choices. I’d love to see a new psycho and I’d honestly love to see Andrew Garfield play Norman since he really reminds me of Perkins in most of his roles.

      I enjoyed nightmare on elm street remake (especially the alternate version of the ending) and I think Haley deserved a better movie. They really do need to make another one and do the series justice.

  • Grimphantom

    I think Night of the Living Dead would be too early now with the whole zombie phase people are getting into recently(walking dead) also the 90’s version was still fun to watch.

    Resident Evil yeah i know this is another zombie movie but i can see this being rebooted or remake. However i think it’s best to leave it like 10 or 15 years. What i like to see is that they go old fashion with too little technology in it , when i mean that i mean not “looking too futuristic type” since that’s how it looks like in the Paul W.S. Anderson movies and make it more horror like where we see these gory experiments that creeps you out.

    What’s also important in a movie is the music. The first RE movie rely on heavy metal music. I like Heavy Metal music but when it comes to horror movies it needs a background music that just gives ya the creeps.

    As for remakes……i would go with Sleepaway Camp. I think it would be interesting if they do play that there’s more than 1 killer and different motives and of course it would give away the plot twist the original had but probably go for something different that can still work and shock everyone.

    • Mightygil

      no no nooooo!!!! Don’t dare touch Sleepaway Camp, that movie is pretty much perfect as it is. And I think in a remake they would have to change the ending. They would be too concerned about offending certain groups of people

      • Grimphantom

        Oh relax, it’s just my opinion of all this. Obviously or the plot twist won’t be that shocking.

  • James

    Prince of Darkness. I love that movie but there is quite a bit they could do to improve on and it could go much further than the original.

  • Porty Guil

    Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

    • James Allard

      You. Stand away from the keyboard. Slowly. Keep your hands where I can see them.

      If you were serious, I mean no offense but the idea of anyone even having the balls to consider this in the current state of third rate Hollywood PG-13 crap made me pass coffee through my nose.

      Great movie.

  • Porty Guil

    why the fuck would you want a remake of anything? like i want to spend money and my time watching something that i already know what’s going to happen. no fucking remakes for me, no thank you. unless bella thorne is cast and she does a nude scene

    • kenneth Tanner

      Couldn’t agree more whenever they remake the classics, they will always fuck it up.I actually requested for Puppet Master to be remade and OMFG why did I said that for? Did you know I googled it and not only that they were remaking in 3D as well, but rumor has it it’s confirm actually that Justin Bieber star in the Puppet Master remake and get this, he’ll play the master of the puppets, OMFG !

  • Waveboy

    The remake of a Nightmare on elm street definitely rings a bell. 😉

  • Oscar Kröger

    THE BURNING. Please?

  • Jonathan Larsson

    Remakes is an un-evenly mixed bag of pain and pleasure. For one good remake, there’s like 5 bad ones.

    But if you consider the potentials and possibilities as far as remakes and reboots provide, I can see why people want to make them.

    I for one would like to have some decent and well-thought of remakes of the Universal horror classics. And no, I don’t think Dracula Untold counts, because that’s a superhero movie, not an actual horror.
    It would also be interesting to see Hammer tackle some of their classics with what modern notions might add to the mix, cause while Universal seems very detached from their Horror-roots, Hammer can at least still make scary movies.

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    You stay the hell away from Event Horizon! No, but really, how great would it be to see some of those old cult films from the ’80s made into something that could actually be scary for today’s audience. Motel Hell, The Gate, The Funhouse, Night of the Comet, Black Roses (with some major music changes, probably).

    • James Allard

      If anything “needs” to be done with (the IMHO all but flawless) Event Horizon, I would have the Lucas IL&M team clean it and tweak it but only on the most subtle means possible. Maybe through Criterion…

      • Chrissie-Watkins

        Oh sure, I could live with that, too. That would actually be great. But I think remake, and I start to get scared that they will go nuts with cheap CGI and recast with Channing Tatum and Megan Fox.

  • Darth_Siskel

    I’ve always had a burning personal desire to remake Maniac Cop.
    Set in London. Amidst the turmoil of the London Riots & heavy mistrust of the police.

    • James Allard

      Or Baltimore. Or Los Angeles. Or NYC.

  • Halloween_Vic

    House on Haunted Hill definitely should have a new remake, liek you said by Del toro or even Marcus Nispel.

    Motel Hell… And recreate that iconic Pig mask and chainsaw segment.

    The Funhouse – Turn this into an epic slasher film for this generation, especially with how horror themed parks are now a days. This could be pretty epic!

  • L A Von York

    Did anyone say Hellraiser?!! Or anything Vincent Price?! I totally love him!

  • jimbone

    BURNT OFFERINGS!!

  • kenneth Tanner

    I would have to say Puppet Master, but for god sakes do not make the puppets a CGI !

  • Chamber

    The 1983 film “Possession” would be a great candidate for a remake. It is obscure, disturbing and the premise has not been seen since. It actually bothered the fuck out of me when I watched it, especially that part in the train station. *Shudder*

  • Idle Primate

    The Keep. by someone smart and imaginitive

    any of the direct to video Lovecraft films of the 80s.

  • Darren Kerr

    You know, I was thinking of Event Horizon myself before I read the full article.
    I agree with Idle Primate too…The Keep would be great in the right hands.

  • James Allard

    Trick Or Treat. Loved the idea of the fabled “lost album” coming to a devoted fan (who is also the butt of all jokes, quiet lad, stays to himself) who then plays it backwards and summons up the demon-possessed soul of the death metal vocalist from Hell. With, preferably, neither Gene Simmons nor Ozzy, please and thank you.

    • Nick Morales

      I always thought that Rob Zombie borrowed this concept for Lords of Salem. I would love to see a remake of Trick or Treat.

  • John Tyler

    Deadly Friend

  • danielleblanc

    I know I’m going to get digitally scorned for my pick, but “The Shining” is near the top of my list. While I do love Kubrick’s adaptation, I still prefer the novel, which really delved deeper into the psyche of Jack and the Overlook Hotel. The hedge animals were really creepy, almost like precursors to the Weeping Angels from “Doctor Who”–they move when you’re not looking. My other reason is that some of the same characters from the first novel appear in the sequel “Doctor Sleep.” In Kubrick’s version, chef Dick Hallorann was axed to death by Jack; in the novel, Hallorann saved Wendy and Danny before the hotel exploded. He also is prominent in the prologue of “Doctor Sleep,” and he makes an appearance later in the story. My opinion. But an update closer to novel could work…if done right.

  • I’d love to see a remake of “The Last Man on Earth.” Yes I’m aware that two other iterations of Matheson’s novella exist (Omega Man and I Am Legend). The reason “Last Man on Earth” needs the remake and not the other two is because it’s an extremely faithful adaptation of the story. The other two, including Will Smith’s attempt, butcher the story but more importantly the theme (no, the alternate ending of Will Smith’s film is not similar to the novella’s ending in any way. It’s better than the version they went with, but still undermines the theme and NAME of the story). Vincent Price’s film lacks a lot of the emotional punch that makes the story so good, but its still an engaging film that’s fun to watch because they kept it small and intimate, just like the novella.

  • Romantic Placebo

    I would LOVE to see what INSANE visuals a modern screenwriter could come up with for a “Black Hole” remake.

  • Nick Morales

    I would like to see a remake of Argento’s The Church.

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