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Ranking the 10 Best Horror Movie Remakes!

By now, many of you have probably watched the trailer for or seen the Cabin Fever remake. I’m not one to hate on remakes at all, but that trailer did not do much to inspire confidence that it will be that different from the original 2002 film (and apparently it’s not). Still, I will withhold judgment until I finally get around to seeing it (I’m a little late to the party). At best it will be a successful experiment to see how two different directors interpret the same script and at its worst it will be a misguided and missed opportunity to improve upon the original film. That being said, it’s time for the obligatory “best remake” post! Here are my 10 favorite below. Which are yours?

Honorable Mention: Sorority Row

I really wanted to include Sorority Row on the Top 10, but unfortunately it didn’t make the cut. I will never stop singing Sorority Row’s praises though. It is a pure joyride of a film that plays like a cross between Scream and Mean Girls. It’s easy to write Sorority Row off as a stupid, silly movie, but everyone involved knew what kind of film they were making (and it never takes itself seriously). It is one of the best slashers to come out of the new millennium and also features one of the most entertaining female characters ever seen in a horror film: Leah Pipes’ Jessica.

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COMMENTS

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  • wehoaks

    Clap clap clap great list! I agree with it entirely. I LOVE CHAINSAW AS WELL but The Thing is number 1. Hands down. The rest of the list; Hills, House – taught, scary, brutal films.

    Kudos Trace.

    • It’s a rare moment that we agree on something entirely!

      • wehoaks

        Hey what’s the fun in that?!

        • None whatsoever! XD

          • Darnell

            like I said I wanted to give you a perfect 10. I couldn’t do it though…without Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) the list just isn’t complete.

  • The Thing, The Fly and Hills have eyes for me. 🙂

  • Creepshow

    There is really nothing to add to this list.

  • Let Me In should be on this list. It might be like 90% the same, but it’s great none the less!

  • Graham

    I would’ve swapped out Piranha 3D for Sorority Row, and given P3D the honourable mention instead, but otherwise this is a solid list. However, even though I adore The Thing, it’s really just a more faithful adaptation of the original story than a remake of first film version (although, Carpenter was clearly influenced by that film).

    • Interesting…now you have me second=guessing myself! I do watch Sorority Row more often than Piranha 3D. Mostly because there’s a decent amount of buildup with the latter, whereas Sorority Row hits the ground running.

  • Excellent list! The only one I haven’t seen is the Fly (shocking, I know). I’d add these to the list – Maniac, My Bloody Valentine, Fright Night, Let Me In, House Of Wax and Amityville (I know a lot of people think it sucks but I dig it). And Sorority Row is just plain fun. The kills, the one-liners, Jessica and that awesome pimped out tire iron. It’s pure 90’s style slasher entertainment.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      Clearly you are confusing Fright Night 2 with the Fright Night remake. No fan of horror could possibly of thought that the remake was anything less than one of the worst horror movies of the year. House Of Wax remake though……a guilty pleasure of mine I’m not even sure why I like it but I do

      • I’m not confusing anything. I enjoyed the Fright Night remake. Is it an amazing movie? No, not at all. Is it better than the original which is one of my favorite movies? Absolutely not. But I thought it was fun and as far as remakes go you could do a lot worse. But if as you say, “No fan of horror could possibly of thought that the remake was anything less than one of the worst horror movies of the year”, then I guess I’m not a real horror fan.

  • craig smith

    I thought maniac was pretty good. I know I’m gonna get slated for this but I actually thought Friday 13th remake was pretty good.

    • I won’t give you shit for liking Friday’s remake. I didn’t think it was horrible, just not what I was hoping for. The first 20 or so minutes are heaven but after that the movie slipped into limbo rather than outright hell. I just found it disappointing, not awful like the NOES remake.

    • craig smith

      I agree.

    • J Jett

      craig, i too definitely liked (a lot!) the F13 remake!

    • James

      For me personally maniac is easily one of the best remakes ever. Man is that film brutal.

    • Jay

      F13 Remake was pretty good. I think it’s one of the best openings ever they spend 15 minutes introducing characters just to f*ck with you 10 seconds later i think most of my fond memories of that movie are located in those first 20 minutes

      • Brey Compton Arriaga

        Yeah, actually the opening is my favorite part of the movie and the score when Jason is chasing Whitney, oh my God, was so creepy!!

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    I just recently learned that 13 Ghosts, with Shannon Elizabeth, was a remake of an old film. I haven’t watched the original yet, but I do really like the movie.

    • craig smith

      Great call on 13 ghosts. Original is good but remake was a really good movie.

    • My Damn Croissants

      The original was directed by William Castle, who also did the original House on Haunted Hill. Highly recommend

    • The production company Dark Castle Entertainment(which did House on Haunted Hill, 13 Ghosts, Ghost Ship, etc.) was originally just supposed to produce remakes of William Castle productions, I believe.

  • J Jett

    excellent list Trace! i admit i’m not really a big fan of THE FLY (any version) nor THE RING but i love every other film in the list.

  • Cody

    fantastic list. glad Sorority Row got an honorable mention.

  • wehoaks

    Oh yes… MANIAC!

  • Hockey Machete

    I’m surprised the Friday the 13th remake doesn’t get a mention even if Derek Mear’s Jason is the best reason to rank it.

  • Mr. Dry

    I’m with you dude, great choices, even Sorority Row. I thought I was the only sick fucker who had replayed the Evil Dead remake trailer more times than his favorite song.

    • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

      I did too… best trailer for any movie ever imo, would watch it multiple times daily like a kid. Unfortunately, I thought it was better than the actual movie. (still good, just not as great as it looked in the trailer)

      • Had that trailer not existed you probably would have liked the movie a lot more. I love that trailer but it does give away most of the money shots.

        • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

          I dunno, what I hated about it was the last 15 or so minutes. When Mia got revived (and how… one of my pet peeves, arbitrary “rules”), that blew the whole spirit of the movie up to that point for me. There should be no solution, everyone should’ve been fucked progressively worse. Bleak as possible! Plus I loved demon Mia… kinda hated snarky normal Mia.

          And to top it off, the all-mighty Abomination ends up being the least effective Deadite in the whole thing… what a let down.

          But most everything before thos was great 🙂

          • Interesting opinion! I respectfully disagree, but I’m glad you still somewhat enjoy it!

  • fannypack aficionado

    The Thing. Done.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      Yeah this is not even debatable. The Thing. is and always will be the best remake not just for horror movies but movies period

      • Darnell

        Invasion Of The Body Snatchers 1978 > The Thing…

  • anthonyd1

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes are my favorite remakes! I remember seeing the trailer for TCM when I saw Freddy vs Jason and it got me so excited. Definitely one of my favorite trailers. I went into The Hills Have Eyes remake not expecting much and was blown away. It was the best horror film of 2006 and is still one of my favorites. The trailer scene is brutal and disturbing. Overall great list. A lot of these movies have a special place in my heart and prove that remakes can be great horror films that stand on their own.

    • That trailer for the TCM remake is one of the best trailers (if not the best) that I’ve ever seen.

  • Daniel Baldwin

    Ones I love that didn’t make the list…

    Maniac, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Dracula (1979), The Happiness of the Katakuris, My Bloody Valentine, House on Haunted Hill, Invaders from Mars, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).

    • oh_riginal

      How in the hell did ’78 Body Snatchers not make this list??

      • Daniel Baldwin

        It’s more sci-fi than horror, so its exclusion isn’t any kind of affront.

        • Darnell

          i disagree. It’s definitely more horror than Sci-Fi. You can’t have The Thing as #1 and then not include Invasion Of The Body Snatchers if the reasoning is excluding Sci-Fi movies.

          There are far more Sci-Fi elements to The Thing than IOTBS.

        • oh_riginal

          It is just as possible to argue that The Fly is more sci-fi than horror, yet it made the list.

          ’78 Snatchers has plenty of stuff that could qualify it as horror, such as the woman’s crumpling body in Donald Sutherland’s arms, the human/dog hybrid, the incredible tension and fear in the final 3rd act.

          The Fly is a great film, no matter what genre it is labeled, and ’78 Snatchers is just as great. I do think it qualifies as horror though.

      • Darnell

        yeah I agreed. You could argue it’s better then every film on the list. It is by far one of the greatest if not the greatest horror remake ever because of how much it improves on the original film.

        The movie is scary and the ending is down right terrifying.

  • Pali-Azzar

    I like “The Crazies” even though it’s not an exact replica of the original.

    • J Jett

      Pali-Azzar, i agree! i actually love the THE CRAZIES remake!

  • 1EyeJack

    Maniac is a great remake that I’d include on this list.

  • lonestarr357

    Willard – I’ll concede that it’s a little slow for what’s supposed to be a horror movie and the baggage of weirdness that Crispin Glover brings mitigates against the sympathy we’re supposed to feel for the character, but I still enjoyed this, more than the original, I must admit. Well-acted and well-made.

    Fright Night – Just as much fun as the original.

    • oh_riginal

      I think the weirdness is helpful for his character. I haven’t seen the movie in years, but remember liking it a lot. I’ll have to revisit it soon!

    • Darnell

      omg Willard…

      Michael Jackson’s Ben is playing while the rats chase the cat around the house. One of the coolest and creepiest scenes ever. There is something about that film that makes me feel dirty.

  • Halloween by zombie was great in my book. It had some great jump scenes and tried to have a bit more characterization in the cast. First half was excellent in my opinion and I love that it presented more violence than actual gore. I still think it is vastly (but flawed nonetheless) underrated.

    • Brey Compton Arriaga

      Totally 😀

  • Brey Compton Arriaga

    I’m so agree on all of these remakes, though u should have honorable mentioned Halloween 2007, The Crazies 2010 and Night of the Living Dead 1990, they weee great remakes, awesome list 😀 <3

    • oh_riginal

      +1 for 1990 Night of the Living Dead.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      I think there are about ten times more people that absolutely despise Halloween then like it. It has Micheal Myers but it’s not Halloween. I’m still not convinced Rob ever saw the original Halloween

      • Darnell

        agreed..

      • Brey Compton Arriaga

        Yeah, actually it’s a remake that got mixed reviews, a lot of people loved it and a lot of people hated it, I liked it ’cause it was serious, a little bit darker, it was entertaining, and I think Scout portrayed a good Laurie, of course The original Halloween it’s still my favorite, no horror movie could ever top it for me, but yeah I think the remake was great, good pacing, good acting, great violence instead of gore, the only one thing I would love to see there was the mood that Carpenter set in the original.

    • killerklownphil

      Yes! I love The Crazies remake!

    • Darnell

      Halloween 2007 is one of the worst horror movies ever on top of being an abomination of a remake.

      • Brey Compton Arriaga

        Not for me, I really liked it, I think was an impprovement to reboot the franchise, of course I’m talking about the remake, the 2009 sequel was not that good :/

    • I Am Colossus

      Thanks for mentioning The Night of the Living Dead remake. Soooooooooo cool.

  • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

    A fine list, no real complaints for once 🙂 Maybe the order (TCM was good, but better than Ring or Dawn?)…

    Some others that may or may not have made my list instead:
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers ’78
    Night of the Living Dead ’90
    The Grudge (fanboy here)
    Dark Water
    Cape Fear
    Mother’s Day
    The Wicker Man (for all the wrong reasons)
    Black Christmas (this too… not as a “good” movie, but an entertaining one that I’ve probably watched more than those good ones because I have a thing for trashy movies :-P)
    etc etc etc. (I like most remakes btw :-x)

    • I’ve got a huge soft spot for the TCM remake. Maybe it’s because it’s the first R-rated horror movie I saw in theaters with my dad, I don’t know. But I fucking love it.

      • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

        As I said, nothin to really complain about. Just that I usually see The Ring in best of horror (remake or not) lists, whereas TCM is often considered crap. I don’t share that view, but I do think they’re in different leagues.

        But I’d do the same with The Grudge, so… <–hypocrite. 🙂

      • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

        woops, misclick delete somehow…

        Understood though… thus “no real complaints”. 🙂 Just unusual to see I guess… Ring is generally considered great, while TCM is pretty mixed. But I’d do the same with The Grudge (the sentimental vote), so… me=hypocrite.

        • Oh no! My dad isn’t dead. We’re just really close lol. Horror movies are our thing.

        • And I like the Grudge. =)

    • Meisha’s Taint

      Black Christmas in my opinion is the worst remake I’ve ever seen.

      • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

        lol… can’t really disagree too much.

      • Don’t worry. I’ve got my list of worst remakes coming up soon. Black Christmas didn’t make the cut, only because I DO think it’s fun and has some great kills. It’s certainly not a good movie, but at least it’s not trying to pretend to be something it’s not.

  • Captain Spaulding

    A mention for the remake of My bloody Valentine which was suprisingly good.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      BINGO. People forget that My Bloody Valentine remake was so awesome it not only started a nice string of horror movies after that never would have been made without it’s success not to mention I’m pretty sure this started the new 3D trend we now see today. Great flick Just watched it again for the 20th time probably it should be on this list and leave out Texas Chainsaw Massacre!

      • Captain Spaulding

        Exactly, im sure people loved the movie here on BD but it gets forgotten about in the sea of slashers. I need to go watch it again.

  • Creepshow

    Night of the Living Dead ’90 is not an honorable mention. It totally stripped what made the 1st one so great…the ending. The original made you feel horrible!

  • Meisha’s Taint

    I checked out this list expecting to disagree with most of it but it’s pretty spot on. I really need to watch Sorority Row I some how missed that one ( Not on Netflix ) everyone keeps raving about it

    • If you like Mean Girls and Scream and/or I Know What You Did Last Summer, you should be right at home with Sorority Row. It used to be on Netflix though. Bummer. The Blu-Ray is $7.99 on Amazon right now.

      • Barry El Beardo

        There is something about Sorority Row that I always enjoy. I think it really plays as a ‘girly’ horror film like with the bitchiness of Mean girls etc. Would’ve loved if it was more brutal though 😉

        • My ONLY issue with the film is that it peaks early in terms of creative kills (the bottle kill). Other than that, I think it’s a blast.

  • dave o

    I really enjoyed the House Of Wax remake a lot

  • ThunderDragoon

    The Grudge, House of Wax, and My Bloody Valentine are some of my favorites.

  • Joey Click

    The fact that ‘Fright Night’ isn’t on this list bothers me. Oh and ‘The Evil Dead’ remake is terrible. For so many ways.

    • A) I DO like the Fright Night remake, it’s just not one of my favorites.
      B) What’s wrong with the Evil Dead remake? My opinion aside, I feel like it’s highly regarded in the horror community.

      • The Evil Dead remake is incredible and this is coming from someone who worships the originals!

      • shawn lawson

        Great list man. Except….The amittyville Horror! Ryan Reynolds was great and it did everything right as far as remakes go. Literally that split second shotgun decapitation is the only good part in original. Also left My Bloody Valentine off?! Best slasher film last 20 years or so imo. Other than that, killed it Trace. Ps Evil Dead is epic

      • Joey Click

        It is, which blows my mind. I love how film CAN be opinion, but ‘The Evil Dead’ remake does so much wrong. A few examples include, but aren’t limited to, an inactive protagonist( which is switched and and a replaced protagonist is never established organically, the brother? come on. The big mistake is having the protagonist be the stricken villian essentially. Ash never turned( unless you take the end arguably). It’s not as if Regan is the protagonist of ‘The Excorsist’), the film sets up rules and then breaks them( eroding the audience’s trust), the film is uneven tonally( often coming off too serious, and rarely displaying the fun of the original. And the defibrillator incident at
        The end…are you Effing kidding me. The Fright Night remake is the epitome of what a remake should be. Same tone, slightly diffrent in story( to make the film’s existence have a point and give the audience something new for their time)

        • I Am Colossus

          That’s why that movie is soooooooooo good, its a remake of different proportions. It’s not an exact remake at all and doesn’t follow the same beats of any of its predecessors. Also, THE original wasn’t THAT funny at all, that stuff was saved for the sequel.

        • Darnell

          The original was a serious film. The comedy didn’t show up until the sequels. The remake is so much better than the convoluted original.

          Also the Fright Night remake was a disgusting mess. An abomination to the original film. CGI blood and teeth? Omg

    • Darnell

      Fright Night remake was a travesty. It was pointless and only made you realize how good the original was. I mean it had CGI blood…jebus!

      • Eastman420

        Right…. you got fucking Mclovin playing crazy Ed part big mistake. And the guy who plays Peter Vincent was horrible choice. Roddy Mcdowall is Peter Vincent!!!

        • Darnell

          The original is a classic you can’t really make it better. It’s a period piece similar to why Halloween worked in 1978, but doesn’t work now.

          Watching Fright Night takes me back to the 80s. It’s such an 80s film and works because of the era. It just doesn’t work now for the same reason that slasher films rarely work today.

          That doesn’t mean a remake couldn’t work. I just don’t see the point. A remake would be Fright Night in name only because as I have said you can’t recreate what made the original so great.

    • Eastman420

      You don’t like the Evil Dead remake but like Fright Night? Wow thats crazy, Fright Night sucked on so many levels. At least Evil Dead gave audiences what they wanted. Hard R rated film with great practical fxs and good characters.

      • Darnell

        I actually liked Evil Dead remake. I never actually liked the original Evil Dead. Even when I was a kid I viewed it as ridiculous, and the sequels got more ridiculous, and less scary.

        The remake actually felt like a horror film and had a serious tone. I am the worst person to judge the original because I do not like parody horror films, and Horror-comedies..

    • Jason Hobbs

      Good point

  • The Ring, Evil Dead, The Thing, The Fly all insane films!

  • Darnell

    Your list is very good. I was like no My Bloody Valentine, no Mother’s Day…but when I thought about it neither of those films are better remakes than the ones you mentioned until it hit me!

    You don’t have Invasion of The Body Snatchers. That remake is better than half the films you have listed. Many people would argue all of them. How does the 1978 film not make the list? It’s better 10-4 easily.

    • Wasn’t sure if it 100% qualified as horror, so I didn’t want to include it for fear of the “That’s not even horror!” comments.

      • Darnell

        I figured that is what you did it. However The Thing has more sci-fi elements to it than horror elements. So I couldn’t imagine anyone arguing against Invasion Of The Body Snatchers if they are OK with the Thing making the list.

        Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is one of the truly magnificent remakes because it makes you forget all about the original. It’s so much better in every area. It’s so rare that you get a remake that surpasses the original. This movie has universal praise for being superior to the movie that it draws it’s inspiration from.

        That is why I feel it should be in the top 4. I think The Thing falls in the same category of being superior in every area compared to the original.

        • Interesting. I see your point, but I definitely think The Thing has more in common with the horror genre than Body Snatches. I do like it though!

    • Jason Hobbs

      Ur wrong the remakes are better but that’s just me

  • Andrew Sheridan

    The greatest remake of all time Psycho.
    Just kidding that was a piece of shit.

  • Eizzy IceBorne

    All in all a great list, true with just one single exception. So please can somebody explain to my, why this mostly fucked up remake of Evil Dead is on every “Best”-List? It is one of the worst remakes in the last years.

    • Dee

      I am no fan either. Very soulless movie. The showdown has a few good moments though.

  • Harley Mitchel Dirk

    You have a pretty solid list right there. Mine is similar with the order switched around on some of them.

    The Thing
    The Fly
    The Blob
    Piranha
    Hills Have Eyes
    The Crazies
    Evil Dead
    Dawn of the Dead
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    Friday the 13th (I feel kind of bad about adding this one. It’s not technically very good but more of a guilty pleasure. Kind of like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Rob Zombie’s Halloween)

  • Chamber

    What Alexandre Aja did with THHE is one of the greatest contributions to not only the horror genre, but to cinema, period. It was an unabashed love letter to horror, done with such skill and finesse as to outpace many of the most well known horror directors of any era. It simply was a true horror film, through and through, and had the ending been more depressing (in having all the protagonists die), it would have been a perfect horror film.

    • Gluke

      I completely agree. It’s one of my favorite films, even outside of the horror genre. I truly cared for the protagonists and cheered when the geeky son in law began tearing through the bad guys to get his daughter back, it’s one of the best character arcs in film history.
      But I personally think the fact that some of them managed to live actually made the ending depressing in a way. Yeah they lived, but they lost everything, including themselves. The son has to live with the guilt of not being able to protect his family, the daughter had her innocence stolen, the son in law now has to raise his baby alone, and they all became killers along the way. That’s true horror if you ask me.
      To be honest, I could probably talk about that movie for hours, since it is the entire reason I became such a big horror fan.

      • Dee

        Good point. I prefer an ambiguous “happy ending” over a negative ending.

        • Chamber

          I respectfully disagree. Horror movies with shoehorned “happy endings” are usually where the genre suffers most. You are not supposed to feel elated for any reason while watching a horror movie. Horror is supposed to make you feel depressed, as if everything those people went through was in vain. Many horror movies have been ruined (for me) by having these “happy endings” that appease people who don’t want to feel sad. The Descent, 28 Days Later, ect. were made worse by having the protagonist live. Even a movie like “The Ruins” (were everyone is supposed to die) had the ending changed because people felt it was “too depressing”. But if that’s the case, why not just watch a romance or a family film? When you read a story about a horrific event in the news, very often no one survives. Give me real life, and don’t try to shelter me and I guarantee that the genre will be elevated.

      • Chamber

        Okay, I can tell that you are a true fan of the film, which is great. I do agree with all of the points you brought up, and while the ending can be seen as depressing, I just didn’t feel like it was very realistic. When you go up against an animal in their turf, with no real weapons, you are going to lose. Had none of the family survived, it would have made the film horrific in the sense that there was no hope to begin with for any of them. “Bring them up to tear them down” is my philosophy with horror. I prefer my horror movies to end on a “down” note, and make me say, “Damn, that was fucked up”. I do not want to finish a movie thinking, “Well, at least some of them survived” because, in truth, if shit like that really went down, do you think any of those people would have made it. Look at a movie like The Descent (with the ending where they all died). That depressing end made that movie a distant classic, in that you want a t least one of them to make it, but when none do, you are let with that sinking feeling like all hope was lost. Those are my favorite horror films.

        • Gluke

          The family did have two guns with them (Though I guess to be fair one of them was used against them), and the average person can get pretty mean when it comes to their child, but I totally understand what you’re saying. This is what makes the horror genre so great, there’s a type of film in it for everyone.
          Also I haven’t seen Martyrs, but I’ll definitely check it out now!

  • Satria Sastromihardjo

    1. The Thing 2. Dawn of the Dead 3. Evil Dead

  • Sorry you disagree! I do enjoy the Grudge a lot…and I like Funny Games, but it’s literally the EXACT same movie. And yes, I have a huge soft spot for the TCM remake. =)

  • Brodequin

    I really like few horror remakes from Your list: The Thing, Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, The Ring.

    I also like these remakes:
    Night of the Living Dead (1990)
    House on Haunted Hill (1999)
    Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
    The Crazies (2010)
    Dark Water (2005)
    A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
    Mirrors (2008)
    and more…

    • Kal-Il AKA Ultraman

      Nightmare? are you for real??

      • David Andrew Baros

        As a stand alone film, it really isn’t that bad.

        • I Am Colossus

          It was so predictable it was monotonous. It doesn’t work as a remake or a stand alone. But now we have a good sense of how bland your taste is though.

          • David Andrew Baros

            What was the point of your being rude? Totally uncalled for. Wow. You must’ve been a bully in school…

          • I Am Colossus

            That’s personal info, and although it WAS rude of me, my sincerest of apologies, it IS proof of how you examine a film that is wholeheartedly bland as the ELM STREET remake, yet slam on the HALLOWEEN remake just a scroll down. How could one boring film work for you somewhat, yet the other not? It’s off center

          • David Andrew Baros

            For one thing, NMOES remake has nothing on the cult classic of the original. That said, they did not do a bad job with the redo. The problem is most people have that “wth” mentality when it comes to redoing a classic… and will usually trash the remake automatically.

            In the case with Zombie’s HALLOWEEN, I gave it a chance. I am open to classics being remade- even if it was unnecessary (as is the case with the remakes of THE OMEN and more recently, CABIN FEVER). But, I have to say… I thought RZ’s HALLOWEEN remake was boring- even if I was hoping it’d be good. Frankly, it fell flat for me. We all have our own opinions of what we feel is “good” and what is “bad”.

          • I Am Colossus

            Understood, good points of opinion, I guess my feelings on the Nightmare remake was that it felt like another Nightmare movie rather than something with a fresh twist, which is where the whole, wth, attitude came from……..why not just have a new Freddy new look and ANOTHER sequel. Because, for me, that’s what it felt like, RZs Halloween doesn’t feel, nor look, nor have the style of ANY OTHER Halloween in the franchise. Those movies could be and have, by fans of said franchise, been put in a place by themselves. Good remakes have those traits. They don’t sell ALL the Fly movies together, because the demand for the 2 stories is different. That’s the trait of a really original remake. Imo

          • David Andrew Baros

            The difference between the original HALLOWEEN and the unnecessary Zombie remake is it’s truly scary- frightening- the remake is just too “specific” and shock-based. Just not really claustrophobically scary. Hopefully, the second HALLOWEEN remake will be the fright film the original one was.

          • I Am Colossus

            Look this up, westlawn films halloween animatic pitch

          • I Am Colossus

            I believe this as well, but one persons vision that differs from another doesnt mean the other is bad

          • David Andrew Baros

            Exactly!

      • ZigZagWave

        I know right. Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 was one of the worst remakes. Hated that dull piece of shit.

      • Brodequin

        Yep. I know why people don’t like it: Englund’s Freddy was an entertaining, Haley’s is not. That is why i like it hehehe

  • Darnell

    I don’t think Trace was comparing movies. I think he was only comparing the remake to the original. So the fact that The Fly is better than the Thing has no bearing on the fact that the remake of The Thing in comparison to how much better it was than the original is superior to The Fly.
    The Fly is a great movie and I personally think it’s a better movie than the Thing.

    However I think The Thing is a superior remake. The original was “ok” but John Carpenter took that movie premise and did something legendary. The original Fly was already a classic and a great film on it’s own. While the remake is a master piece the gap between it and it’s original isn’t as wide as between the Thing From Outer space, and The Thing..
    This probably makes zero sense.

    • I Am Colossus

      Im not sure if I can agree though, because, personal opinion here I guess, but the Last House and Texas Chainsaw remakes don’t even hold wind to the flame of the originals in comparison. Plus, the list of remakes that improve upon the originals concept would make this list shorter than 10.

      • Darnell

        I think it’s personal taste. I personally think the remake of TCM is superior to the original. Now I know I am in the minority but I have always felt the original was vastly overrated. I think the movie is utterly ridiculous filled with terrible acting, and subpar practical effects even for the era.

        Last House on the Left I have mixed feelings about. The original is far more grind house and packs far more of an emotional punch just because of the tone and era. With that said I still enjoyed the original. The acting is superb, and the plot is believable. The practical effects are pretty standout. The ending was the weak point but wasn’t so bad that it ruined the experience.

      • David Andrew Baros

        I feel that all of you commenting in the same manner as you are misinterpreting what this article was about. The author of the article simply thinks that these films are good or fairly good remakes of the original films- he/she never said the remakes were “better”.

  • Elliott A

    My favorite remake though a non traditional choice would be Little Shop of Horrors especially the directors cut.

  • You don’t like Piranha?! Even critics liked that one! It’s got like 76% on Rotten Tomatoes.

    • I Am Colossus

      Yea, there are alot of dumb fun movies that are highly ranked on Rotten Tomatoes. But, no, i do not like it……Im not a fan of the Jaws sequels either, those movies are entertaining to watch on the funny scale because they think theyre being serious but its all cheese. Piranha though, its just a parody, why not just call it a Scary Movie sequel, same difference.

      • I mean if they did would you have liked it more? So is horror comedy not your thing? Do you like Slither? Or Drag Me to Hell? Or Evil Dead 2?

        • I Am Colossus

          I do enjoy camp for camps sake, just seems that Aja has done some really strong horror in the past, that seems like his first movement on whoring his talents. Aja’s name attatched had me excited to see an entirely different film. I felt let down for the first time in the catalog.

        • abyx34

          Do you like Braindead or Feast (trilogy) or Wyrmwood? 😀

          • I like the first Feast…I’m actually NOT the biggest fan of Braindead/Dead Alive, but it’s been years since I’ve seen it so maybe I’m due for a rewatch. I’ve never seen Wyrmwood. =/

          • abyx34

            I agree the first feast was the best, the others are fun too, but not as the first. But you got to see Wyrmwood, oh and Tucker and Dale vs Evil and Housebound 🙂

          • LOVE T&D and Housebound! Two of my faves!

      • Not trying to be a dick. I’m legitimately curious.

        • I Am Colossus

          Not taking anything serious, just figured id give insight to my mind state of why yhat particular fim never really struck a resonate cord with me.

  • Rus

    I agree with everything on the list with the exception of “Evil Dead”. Yes, it was a blood bath but so unscary because the characters were warned repeatedly what not to do and they did it anyway! They find the book and it says “don’t open this book!”, they open it and it says again, “don’t look in this book”! They look anyway and find an incantation that is preceded by “don’t read this chant”! And they do anyway. Sheesh! To make matters worse, the girlfriend is possessed and is locked in the basement after wrecking unholy havoc. But later she calls out “I’m okay, let me out!” and the boyfriend does it! WTF??? When the DVD came out the outer packaging should have read “don’t watch this DVD”! It’s 90 minutes of your life you can’t get back! LOL

    • David Andrew Baros

      But it’s that old adage thing about curiosity killing the cat- if it tells you not to, then you know you have to…

    • silverfishimperitrix

      I agree. Turning Evil Dead into a torture porn flick was not a good idea.

      • Benjamin

        So, the original tree rape scene isn’t on the precipice of torture porn? lol.

        • silverfishimperitrix

          One small part of a movie with likable characters, inventive cinematography, and a unique vision – all things the sequel lacked.

  • Rus

    The remake of “The Crazies” (2010) should have been on the list, along with 1999’s “The Mummy” (I know it’s light-hearted horror but horror nonetheless) and 2000’s “Hollow Man” (which was a remake of “The Invisible Man”, after all).

    • David Andrew Baros

      Definitely, on THE CRAZIES!

  • No mention for either remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers???

    • murdermakesmecum666

      the original invasion is by far the best of ’em.

  • Regressive Goosesteppers

    “Remember when they thought the Dawn of the Dead remake was going to suck?”

    Yeah, they nailed that one. It’s awful.

    • I respectfully disagree! It’s great!

      • Regressive Goosesteppers

        Nah, it’s just awful.

        • gabriel

          Hmmmm. You liked your own comment? That says it all.

  • As a huge Chainsaw fan, I definitely have to disagree with the TCM remake. It’s easily my least favorite movies of the series. Leatherface getting his arm hacked off just ruined the whole thing for me.

  • Brian Rosenthal

    Yeah The Fly and The Thing, definitely top 2 for horror, glad to see them here.

  • David Andrew Baros

    I would have included MY BLOODY VALENTINE on this excellent list of great remakes.

  • David Andrew Baros

    RZ’s HALLOWEEN?????? Really???! I don’t think so!

    • I Am Colossus

      Why not?

      • David Andrew Baros

        Cause it’s not a good remake. Plain and simple.

        • I Am Colossus

          Yea it was

          • David Andrew Baros

            Absolutely not!

          • I Am Colossus

            Says you, but I say different, Mexican standoff

          • I Am Colossus

            Yes it was, name reasons we’ll compare notes

          • David Andrew Baros

            No, it wasn’t. Michael Myers was “the boogeyman”. The remake humanize a Michael Myers with a back story that was unnecessary. The way the original classic did the story was just fine- better. The original was frighteningly claustrophobic and gave us that true sense of dread. Whereas, the remake was just full of shock value. I, personally, didn’t feel “scared” by Zombie’s Michael Myers. And I didn’t feel that the young Michael Myers character was believable.

            I know you’ll disagree with me no matter what I say about the remake because you seem to be a diehard fan of Zombie and his films. I am not a fan of his work, though. Most of Zombie’s films are trash, in my opinion.

            I will say this about Zombie’s HALLOWEEN: it is his best film of all his work.

          • I Am Colossus

            No, I won’t fully disagree, although I am a Zombie fan, its 99% over his film and the fact they actually have style or lack of……….lack of would obviously be on purpose because he has highly stylized himself in the past. I agree on all points about the original as well, it was new, dark and unsafe, obviously classic……..RZs remake has its problems, but most of them came from studios putting in their 2 cents into the mix. There were different death scenes, longer takes, and more graphic insight on character development. These were all trimmed down or replaced for more classic styled death scenes etc. The humanization of the character of Michael was something I liked personally, because by the end of the movie that human was gone. He was just a motivated monster. Everything he loved was taken away, his sister, his mother, all that was left was his interest of murder and rage. RZs Michael Myers was creepy on a different level. Instead of just killing victims and chasing babysitters, he toyed with them and had REAL sociopathic behavior. As a remake, when you one praises films like the Fly, or the Thing for elaborating and changing the motives and intentions of the monsters, its redundant and really just lame to slam another director and film for doing the exact same thing.

  • Benjamin

    Gross. RZ’s Halloween was a travesty.

    • I Am Colossus

      No, i dont believe it was….

      • Benjamin

        Opinions: everyone has one, and I think both of those movies were awful.

        • I Am Colossus

          Right on

  • abyx34

    And where is The Night of The Living Dead? Far best remake than the later Dawn of The Living Dead… Willard was also a great remake.

  • WindowsIsDead

    Agree with some, disagree with a bunch.

    1- The Thing, Best film ever
    2- NotLD
    3- The Blob
    4- The Fly
    5- Evil Dead
    6- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (78)
    7- DotD
    8- The Crazies
    9- House of Wax (53)
    10- House on Haunted Hill (99) Yes, I like it, it has sentimental value

  • Lee Van Queef

    The Crazies definitely deserved a mention, but yeah, Blob, DOTD, and The Thing at #1 for sure. I’m holding out for a Food Of The Gods II remake myself.

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