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8 Remakes That Are Worth a Second Viewing!

Remakes are still a hot button issue among horror fans. Even now that we’re seeing fewer of them, people are still angry. I get it, too. The amount of horror remakes released in the mid-2000s was staggering. It felt like nothing could be successful unless it was a reimagining of a pre-existing property. But the problem with remakes was oversaturation, not the films themselves.

When every weekend saw the release of a remake of at least one classic horror, fans obviously got annoyed and aggravated, because there was just so much. That doesn’t mean the movies couldn’t be good. They often weren’t, of course. With studios so eager to push out features based on recognizable titles, they weren’t too concerned with quality control.

It’s much easier to look back at these films now that their time has come and gone. During the height of the remake craze, it was so easy to just get mad at the fact that they even existed. Now most of them are over ten years old. All of these movies might have been made for the same reasons, but that didn’t stop filmmakers from coming up with unique and inventive takes on these beloved properties.

The entries on this list have mostly been met with mixed to negative reviews. Some of them were popular when they came out and quickly tapered off. They weren’t what the fans wanted them to be. In some cases, they just didn’t want them to happen at all and reacted passionately.

But now I think enough time has passed to really evaluate them on their own merits. With that in mind, here are a few remakes that don’t deserve the amount of hate that they get.


King Kong (1976) 

Initially, I was going to include Peter Jackson’s King Kong on the list, but the general consensus seems to be that it’s pretty good but way too long. It’s hard to argue with that, even though I do like it. Instead, I’m going with the all-but-forgotten 1976 remake. It’s a fascinating combination of a big budget epic and a schlocky B-Movie. Its flaws are obvious, but it was a childhood favorite and it’s still a lot of entertaining, campy fun.

While Jessica Lange’s performance doesn’t begin to show the talent she’d demonstrate later in her career, Jeff Bridges is a surprisingly believable action lead. The socially conscious, environmental plot works as a modern update. It provides arguably the most believable reason for getting the crew to the island in the first place.

Yes, the movie does wind up tragically dating itself with the inclusion of the World Trade Towers. But that doesn’t negate the strong set pieces and pure, earnest entertainment value of the whole production.


Village of the Damned

John Carpenter’s Village of the Damned is far from the director’s best movie, but it’s definitely not his worst, either. At the end of the day, middle-of-the-road Carpenter is still Carpenter. There are some memorable sequences. Christopher Reeve actually does a really good job with his character.

There’s a solid sense of pacing to the whole first act and some of the children are genuinely creepy. Kirstie Alley’s death in particular is a memorably gruesome scene. It also boasts one of Carpenter’s most underrated scores. The main “March of the Children” theme is one of his best.


Piranha 3D

Alexandre Aja proved that he could make a great movie with High Tension. He even proved he could make a great remake with Hills Have Eyes. He had nothing to prove with Piranha, so that’s what he did. It’s pure exploitation schlock just for the hell of it. To see a filmmaker that good tackle something like this is endlessly entertaining to me. Especially because he completely went as extreme as he could with it.

It might not hold up as well in 2D at home as it did seeing it in the theater in 3D, but that doesn’t stop it from being undeniable, sleazy fun. The surprising cast including Elizabeth Shue, Jerry O’Connell, Richard Dreyfuss and Christopher Lloyd shouldn’t work at all. Everyone is better than this, even the director. That’s what makes it so great.

Piranha 3D


Body Snatchers (1993)

Abel Ferrera’s Body Snatchers is not nearly as well known or as celebrated as the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. That doesn’t mean it’s not a great film on its own, though. With a script by Stuart Gordon and Dennis Paoli and a story by Larry Cohen, it would have been hard to screw this up.

The decision to confine the action to a military compound allows for a take on a familiar story that has a flavor and style all its own. This movie stands on its own, the characters feel original and it’s an approach to the situation that doesn’t retread what was already done in the first two. At the same time, it embraces its roots and features several callbacks to both of the previous features. Most remakes fail to achieve this balance. Body Snatchers definitely doesn’t get enough credit for how well it tows this line.

On top of that, Meg Tilly’s performance alone—her brutally unsettling monologue in particular—is reason enough to give this one a watch if you’ve still never seen it.


Let Me In

There’s no need to debate that this was not a remake that needed to happen. It was a popular foreign property that was remade for an American audience, part of a long and kind of infuriating tradition. Let the Right One In had barely even hit the States before the American version was announced. But there’s a lot going for this. It might not need to exist, but that doesn’t stop it from being really well executed.

Cloverfield was a successful production, but it didn’t showcase Matt Reeves’ talents as a director, at least not in an overt way. That changed here. He directed the hell out of this movie. It’s so subtle, so subdued, hinging entirely on the central performances. Yes, it leaves out key elements of the story that it should have included. But it’s still a very strong piece of filmmaking on its own.


Friday the 13th

The hatred thrown toward Friday the 13th is kind of odd. For the most part, its criticized for being exactly what fans wanted it to be, because it wasn’t made the way they wanted. It’s a back-to-basics slasher about a bunch of young people at Camp Crystal Lake getting picked off by Jason one-by-one. After detours in Manhattan, Hell, outer space and Elm Street, that was unbelievably refreshing.

But people who were young in the ‘80s don’t identify with modern teenagers. That seems obvious in retrospect, but it wasn’t when this was being made. That disconnect and lack of clarity to its target audience was a major reason for its huge drop in box office after its opening weekend. Admittedly, not all of the characters are likable and the pacing is a mess, but the intensity and energy of it are terrific.

It made Jason scary again, which was probably the most surprising thing it could have done after the direction the series had taken.

FRIDAY THE 13TH 2009


Fright Night

Tom Holland’s Fright Night is a masterpiece of the vampire genre. It’s impossible to adapt it directly. But Marti Noxon’s script smartly updated the story with enough new touches to allow it to stand on its own two feet. It’s a smart, funny script. Where it really succeeds, though, is in the casting.

Colin Farrell is probably the only person who could have believably stepped into the shoes of Jerry Dandridge. But it simply wouldn’t have worked without Anton Yelchin as Charley. He’s the anchor. Without him, the whole thing could easily have fallen apart.

It takes the original’s underlying subtext of teenage masculinity and identity and turns that into the overriding theme. The remake is inherently about an insecure kid coming into manhood, the idea of what it even means to be a man in the twenty-first century, as wisely written from a woman’s perspective. While it might still have its problems, it’s an exciting and witty remake that doesn’t get the credit it deserves.

Anton Yelchin in Sony's FRIGHT NIGHT


Halloween

I cannot begin to express my reverence for John Carpenter’s Halloween. It is precisely because of that reverence that I am grateful for a remake like this one, even if I don’t always agree with the direction it takes. I’m not in love with a good chunk of the dialogue. Rob Zombie really struggles to write characters outside his wheelhouse and it’s never more apparent than in this film. But the cast? The idea behind it? The overall concept? All of those things are great.

A remake of Halloween should have a totally different approach while still being recognizable. For better or worse, that’s what Zombie did. The last thing a remake should do is copy the original, especially when said original is so innovative from a filmmaking perspective. It would have killed me if Halloween received the same remake treatment as Psycho.

It’s like a comic book. There are so many versions of the origins of popular characters in different contexts and environments. Zombie’s Halloween is no different. It’s completely its own thing, and that’s better than trying to redo—or especially outdo—Carpenter. Plus, the mask looks great and that’s the number one thing most Halloween movies screw up.



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COMMENTS

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  • Jailton Rocha

    Halloween, Fright Night and Piranha remakes: NO WAY! The rest: Ok.

    • Grimphantom

      I agree on the Halloween and Fright Night but Piranha is one of the decent one of the 3.

    • Jada Maes

      Why not Fright Night?

    • jurgmandr

      whattttt the Piranha remake is awesome, same with Fright night’s remake.

  • Hack Snyder

    The Fright Night remake isn’t as great as the original but it’s good. Piranha 3D is alright although I’ve never seen the original. The Friday the 13th remake is one of my least favorite Ft13th films because it lacks the 80s cheese that the best films of the franchise have but I can’t deny that its writing/acting/filmmaking isn’t any worse than most of the franchise. I really, really hate Rob Zombie’s Halloween.

    The first hour of Rob Zombie’s Halloween is an unnecessary backstory that reduces Michael Myers to a white trash cliche and the second hour of it is just a worse version of the original John Carpenter film. Plus the gore is tedious and unoriginal and almost every character is an irritating asshole who has the depth of a cereal bowl. If you take away the “but it did something different” defense there’s no way to defend Rob Zombie’s Halloween.

    • DS Ullery

      “the depth of a cereal bowl”
      Holy crap, that’s funny. I agree with you completely.

      • Hack Snyder

        Thanks!

    • Nat Brehmer

      My standards are low. “It did something different,” it’s decently shot, and the mask looks good, are all I need to call it acceptable. The screeching redneck weirdness just makes it the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 of Halloween movies. Although I don’t think it’s as good a film as Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

  • quantumbleep

    Fright Night and White Trash Halloween are GARBAGE. Colin Farrell was a great Jerry, but he was surrounded by AWFUL Cgi and McLovin.

    • Grimphantom

      Also not having his own henchmen monsters was also weak since in the original it kinda felt when they entered Jerry’s house felt like they entered Castlevania

  • Grimphantom

    I’m surprise you didn’t added Evil Dead on the list tho you might saw Nostalgia Critic eh? lol

    Anyway i kinda disagree on some stuff you mention. When they tried making a remake in the 80’s we seen the majority like The Thing, The Fly and The Blob where done because everyone was very involved in them. The writers and directors wanted to see something different on what the old couldn’t do like The Thing when it came to making the special effects on the creatures or re-inventing the idea of how a man and fly merged together and start with a horrible transformation for him instead of just swapping heads. Also how some like The Thing being based more on the short story but adding more to it like the paranoia of someone who can’t really trust anyone.

    That’s why everyone praise these movies because they put effort where the 2000 remakes when some did tried to make a good movie most of them are done because Hollywood is greedy for money and don’t care if the movie is good or not just that it brings them the green

    I do agree with some that you mentioned like Piranha i think they did better job on updating the origin of the Piranhas along of having them being more gruesome when it comes to attack people and feels more believable.

    The 90’s Body Snatchers I actually enjoyed along with the 70’s remake. They at least try to go for something different like military base and have different characters and yes, i did found Meg Tilly’s performance very creepy, the scene where she disintegrates still disturbed me.

    Village of the Damned, Carpenter tried but i do feel he could’ve done better with this one. I think there many possibilities of how this movie should’ve turned out and made it really terrifying.

    Fright Night i see many praise it and i do admit that Anton Yelchin is a good actor(rest in peace) along with David Tennant but as the Nostalgia Critic reviewed Evil Dead it’s just another horror movie that we seen many times from other recent movies with a similar atmosphere along that it looks bland compare to the original where you can identify who are the characters where they had more personality than what the remake has shown and don’t get me started with the special effects, the original still holds where the remake, the effects look bland.

    • Ocelot006 .

      Well the Evil Dead remake was well received. I think the idea here is looking at remakes that weren’t so wel received.

      • Grimphantom

        I think Fright Night remake did well too but maybe i’m wrong

        • Ocelot006 .

          It was critically well received but when it came to fans it certainly wasn’t on par with the Evil Dead remake. That had enough success to get sequel talk.

          • Nat Brehmer

            Right on the money. Evil Dead had balance of fan and critical acclaim, Fright Night had some critical acclaim but fans came down on it hard.

    • disqus_uPh3WDxbQy

      People back in the 80’s actually hated The Thing. It was loathed by the majority and flopped hard at the box office. Only after was it given any love. The Thing is one of the best horror movies ever but this happens with many films. They are maligned when they first come out and only appreciated later when the haters go away.

      • Cure4Humanity

        It always troubled me about The Thing. It is still to this day my favorite horror film and one of my favorite films period. I’ve never had another movie deliver a more palpable feeling of dread and paranoia.

      • Grimphantom

        They hated it for obvious reasons: being released at Summer and when the E.T. crazed was still strong. Universal could’ve put The Thing on October or even November also made the boneheaded move to release it just a few days after E.T.

        If they had gone to that route i mention who knows if The Thing could’ve been a success or flop but one thing is for sure is that people later recognized how good this movie had turned out

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    King Kong but the 1933 version and Let Me In are shit

  • Darkknight2149

    The reboot didn’t make “Jason scary again”. In fact, aside from being a killer with a hockey mask, he had absolutely nothing to do with Jason Voorhees.

    His M.O. and killing style were completely wrong, he was selective about who he killed (which Jason should never be), his general character was ill-defined, they tried to over explain things by creating his underground tunnels, and he lacks the unstoppable quality of the other films in an attempt to make him “realistic” (which he isn’t).

    • James

      We was a lot like he was in the second and third and that was not unstoppable. Aside from letting one girl live he really wasn’t selective at all. He killed everyone.

      • Darkknight2149

        I completely disagree. He may have not been indestructible but, even in the first four films, that unstoppable quality was very much there.

        • James

          Which is exactly the feeling I got from the reboot. He was pretty damn relentless.

    • TheDarkShape

      I don’t like Friday ’09 very much – it’s a pacing nightmare and the teens are so unlikable as to be boring – but I thought Jason was fantastic in it. It’s taking the Steve Dash/Ted White Jason and amping him up as far as he can go.

      • Darkknight2149

        That’s likely what they intended, but it didn’t work (in my personal opinion, that is). The 2009 Jason, to me, felt more in line with a Rambo-esque super hunter than the original Jason from parts 2-4.

        He picked and chose who he killed, he set bear traps, took prisoners, took time torturing victims, and a lot of other things that I think Jason simply wouldn’t do.

        • TheDarkShape

          How many things did he do in Part 2 that “Jason simply wouldn’t do,” though?

      • J Jett

        TheDarkShape, exactly right! the ’09 Jason was excellent.

    • J Jett

      Darkknight2149, have you even seen F13’s 1-4? the 2009 Jason V was the best incarnation of this character since part 4. it’s the closest anyone has come to Jason V’s from parts 1-4. yes, maybe the sleeping bag over the flame kill was out of character for him but pretty much everything else was classic Jason (i don’t even acknowledge god awful, lame “zombie” Jasons from 6-Jason X).

  • Tryst V. Umbra

    I’m shocked you missed Night Of The Demons! It was a really fun remake

    • Nat Brehmer

      I completely agree, I just wasn’t sure if people actually hated it. If anything, it’s mostly that people haven’t seen it.

    • david

      I really liked that remake. The only thing that would’ve made it better would’ve been if Shannon Elizabeth would’ve had a nude scene in the movie. Getting to see Diora Baird topless was pretty awesome though. 🙂

    • Fester B. Gone

      Really wish they had of used better lenses to film it though it has that sitcom cheapness look to it.

    • Simon Allen

      It was cheap .

  • jurgmandr

    Let me in was shit compared to the original. I also prefer the fright night remake to the original. Also the Evil Dead remake was awesome and needs to be on here.

  • Prince Of Darkness

    A remake should really be as enjoyable to watch as the original, not try to surpass it if it’s a classic. The best? The Hills Have Eyes. Dawn of the Dead. My Bloody Valentine 3D (I never got into the original so it was it’s own film to me). Maniac. I Spit on Your Grave. I enjoyed Evil Dead mainly because I was never a fan of them turning the series into a Three Stooges short, a return to the horror element was welcomed. I also enjoyed Tom Savini’s Night of the Living Dead remake which gets largely forgotten.

    • J Jett

      Prince, i never thought i’d say this but i agree w/ you 100%. i love every film you listed.

    • DS Ullery

      Excellent choices! Building on your list ( kudos on mentioning MBV3D, by the way. I don’t know why I haven’t seen that movie mentioned on more “best remakes” lists), I’d add Cronenberg’s The Fly, Carpenter’s The Thing and John Badham’s 1979 Dracula starring Frank Langella, which was based on the stage play and not the source novel, making it a remake of the Lugosi film.

  • Carl Chrystan

    Night of the Living Dead (1990), Dawn of the Dead (2004), Carnival of Souls (1998), The Ring (2002), The Hills Have Eyes (2006 – but slightly mentioned) and Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) missing! Suppose you’ll be there all day trying to include everything, though. But my guilty pleasure will always be The Wicker Man (2006).

    • Grimphantom

      NOOO THE BEES!!!!

    • Nat Brehmer

      Night of the Living Dead and Hills Have Eyes are both in my top five remakes. But I think they’re both pretty warmly regarded by fans.

    • Hack Snyder

      The Wicker Man (2006) is an intentional comedy masterpiece. It’s The Room of horror remakes.

  • Abandoned_Being

    I like most of the films on the list except for Halloween, Let Me In and Fright Night.

  • NoGutzNoGory

    Sorry, but the boogeyman wasn’t born because of a redneck upbringing… piss on RZ!

    • Cure4Humanity

      Amen

    • Max

      Nor were the Jupiter family born by an atomic bomb and the mutations it caused, but I don’t see people complaining about that. While we’re at it, I dislike that Ghost Rider is actually a ghost of a murderous uncle in a body of his nephew, but guess what? GROW THE FUCK UP, NOBODY FUCKING CARES. I got two words for you: crative, freedom. Look them the fuck up.

      • NoGutzNoGory

        LOL big RZ fan I take it?

        • NoGutzNoGory

          and the Hills remake was badass!! Way better than the original.

          • Max

            We agree there, and sorry for saying shit like “grow up”, it really wasn’t my day. Anyways, I am not a big RZ fan(movies, nor music) but I do love two remakes of Halloween and I like Devil’s Rejects. I do love the original, and respect what it has done for the genre, but I think that not many people really gave the remake a chance. Is dialouge forced and stupid? You can bet your ass it was(as like every RZ’s film really goes), but in my opinion, it excells in every other part. Malcom McDowell was excelent as Loomis(and no matter how his good side was tarnished in the H2, he did a serve a purpouse like that), Tyler Mane was terrifying as Myers with his towering physique and no matter how much I despise shaky-cam, it really did help intensify most parts it was used in. I’m not saying it’s really a great movie, but I do see it as a good movie. Sorry if I’m dragging on, this is all just my opinion anyways.

      • Hack Snyder

        Crative isn’t a word.

        • Max

          Sorry, I meant to say creative. My fault. I can be a grammar nazi sometimes so i have no idea how that one slipped by me.

  • marklola12 .

    only one that was OK was the body snatchers

  • celinda guley

    Zombie ruined “Halloween”,he is fascinated with white trash and he ruined it.UGLY and not very visionary.Lets face it,ANYONE could have trashed this up….UGH!BTW the “EVIL DEAD” remake was PHENOMENAL!!!!FUCKIN” AAAAAA!!!!

  • Stefan Heikel

    I totally agree about Friday the 13th. A former friend and I would argue about that movie constantly LOL

  • Aaron Johnson

    I agree on all of them except for “Halloween”. Terrible writing and acting. White trash skanks everywhere. I appreciated there being a bit more of an origin story, but I don’t need to see some greasy dude garble “Hey smoke my pole you fat fucking pig bitch.” while spitting a mouthful of cereal across the kitchen. Just gross and unnecessary. Not to mention, every female that died in the RZ movie died topless, soaked in blood, moaning and crawling across the floor for 10 minutes. Not necessary.

    • RJ MacReady

      I totally agree. RZ’s Halloween was awful. One of two movies I’ve walked out on in my life.

  • lonestarr357

    Loved the Fright Night remake. Scary and fun.

    Also, I’d like to add the Willard remake. Well-acted and sharply made, with a fantastic score.

    • DS Ullery

      Yes! Glad to see someone else showing the Willard remake some love. With all respect to the original, I thought the newer film was the better take. Crispin Glover was an inspired choice and the infusion of dark wit into the story made it feel like something Hitchcock might have directed (I love that the mother renames him “Clark”, then proceeds to call him that for the remainder of the film). That scene where the rats terrorize the cat while the song “Ben” plays was pure genius.

  • Kaid Smith

    F13 was AWFUL. It was the Texas Chainsaw remake in the woods, with more boobs and a cameo from Jason. I hated it.

    • Weresmurf

      On the upside, it’s officially part of the TRANSFORMERS universe? So it’s got that going for it???

    • Barry El Beardo

      I thought the opening 20mins were promising and interesting but the film needs to be set at Camp Crystal Lake with Jason killing camp counsellors. With the differences in attitudes and technology since the original, a remake would be great if it concept was stuck to the original but updated.
      Think about what Aja’s The Hills Have Eyes remake was to the original. THATS what a Friday 13th reboot needs to do

    • Simon Allen

      IF ONLY it was “Texas chainsaw massacre in the woods” ….It wishes it was that good .

  • DS Ullery

    Rob Zombie’s Halloween is a textbook example of how not to remake a classic.
    There’s the hint of an interesting film very early on when the story focuses on young Michael, but things quickly deteriorate in the face of standard issue brutality and an inexplicably stupid decision to move the story from recognizable, middle American suburbia to a sleazy, white trash hell hole. Zombie seems to have completely missed the fact that The Shape was terrifying because he arose from the sort of community we tend to generalize as being safe and decent. That’s the horror of it – Michael is an enigma. There’s no explanation to why he’s so evil. He just is.
    But Zombie pissed all of that away by placing the boy in an environment so hostile it would be a mystery if he didn’t turn out to be a psychopath.
    Even worse, the graceful suspense and atmosphere Carpenter invested into his classic is gone in the remake, replaced by extreme violence. Zombie gave us Halloween reinvented as blunt force trauma. It was vicious, but not scary. For all of the blood and thunder on display, there isn’t a single scene in Zombie’s remake that is as frightening as the moment in the 1978 film when Jamie Lee Curtis realized the door to the Doyle house was locked and we see Michael approaching from across the street. No gore, no flashy colors, loud noises or frenetic editing…Just a man in a mask walking towards a panicking woman and it’s able to have viewers on the edge of their seats in a way the 2007 film never came close to achieving.
    Rob Zombie’s Halloween isn’t underappreciated and it doesn’t deserve a reevaluation. It was a terrible, pointless mishandling of an enduring story, a hack job directed by a man who should have known better.

    • Abandoned_Being

      Well said.

      • DS Ullery

        Thanks!

    • Max

      It was a new spin on the fucking old movie. I would say that remake wasn’t needed…if and only if, the franchise had stopped at H20. Since it didn’t, it was time to do something different. Rob Zombie had the right idea and done most of it right. He only made few callbacks to the scenes of the original(even in the 2nd half that people call “shot-for-shot remake of the original” which makes me wonder if they really have watched both of the movies or just skimmed through the synopsis) and best of all, he sparked “nature vs nurture” debate in Halloween for fucks sake. I find the remake to be more believable (even with it’s celing breaking) because I don’t believe someone can naturally be “evil”. And come on…they kept a 6 year-old kid in an asylum for 17 fucking years. The kid doesn’t even know the consequences of the murder. And he only killed one person. Sure, Michael is maybe getting beaten up from all fronts in the remake which makes it hard to believe for some, but as a person that knew kids and families like that, ultimately i favor the remake. Also,not to mention that RZ used totally different filming techniques making Halloween remake it’s own entety.

      • DS Ullery

        It was a graceless, pointless and failed spin on an old movie. And the remake absolute follows the formula of the original once adult Michael returns to Haddonfield and reclaims his mask. It’s essentially the same movie at that point, with the style and skill Carpenter brought jettisoned in favor of unlikable characters and stumbling attempts to terrorize the audience by assualting them with graphic violence that wasn’t even handled well. At least when the 1981 Halloween II amped up the bloodshed, it did so in a way that still added to the overall creepiness. The remake just beats the audience over the head with it.
        To further point out how worthless this piece of shit is, there’s the reframing of Loomis as an arrogant dick, which did nothing for the character except dilute him. And the film is actually boring in the final act. That entire chase through the old house was repetitive and not even remotely frightening. By the time they made it to the front yard again I just wanted the damned credits to roll.
        But no scene demonstrated that Zombie’s movie is a failed train wreck more effectively than the final shot of the theatrical version. We went from the haunting, history making absence of the killer’s body as his breathing dominated the soundtrack to a fucking ludicrous shot of a hysterical woman with blood all over her face. All that noise and chaos and it still didn’t manage to creep audiences out the way the ending of the original was able to . The remake sucks on every level.

  • J Jett

    Nat, this is a great list! i like or love pretty much every film you listed (although i actually prefer Zombie’s H2 over his H1).

    • Nat Brehmer

      Thank you! H2 is a mixed bag for me. There’s brilliant stuff in it. If it wasn’t so focused on being a “realistic” follow-up, it could have been a surrealist masterpiece. It’s bonkers and I admire its weirdness, I just wish it went full weird.

  • ChainSawCrossBow

    Off of this list the only two I can agree with are Fright Night and Piranha 3D. They are both really more fun then scary though. Those Rob Zombie Halloweens are the absolute worst right next to the Nightmare on Elm St remake.Let me in is okay but to be honest i prefer Let The Right One In. I tend to like my remakes darker and a bit gritter filmed though like the The Hills Have Eyes which may be my favorite horror remake.

  • jurgmandr

    Wait, how have we not mentioned I spit on your Grave’s remake or The Last House on the Left’s remake? Last House on the Left’s remake is still savage but also manages to build more empathy for mari than the original imo.

    • Barry El Beardo

      Doesn’t take a lot to shock me but the violence and sexual violence really hit home in the Last House remake

      • Simon Allen

        It was pretty nasty ….more so because it was lovely Monica Potter committing a fair bit of it .

        • Barry El Beardo

          Even the initial attack on the girls, throwing Paige’s head against the sink basin…that sounded hard!

          • Simon Allen

            Now you made me want to see it again !!!

          • Barry El Beardo

            Come over I’ve got it in blu ray for crystal clear brutality 😉

  • Redsam6

    I didn’t think I would but I liked the Fright Night remake.

  • Bloodspatta

    Piranha is loved by many. Doesn’t need to be on this list.

  • Simon Allen

    Village of the Damned id one of Carpenters worst ….so boring !!!!
    Who doesn’t love Piranha 3D ?
    Not on the list but I love The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake ….it really shocked me when I first saw it because I’m not too keen on the original and in my mind the remake did exactly what it should have done .
    It is also one of the most beautifully shot horror movies I’ve ever seen and it’s damn vicious !!
    Shame that Nispell went on to make the limp Friday reboot .

    • Piranha 3D and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are really good films.

    • Matt

      Who doesn’t love Piranha 3D ? You got me, guilty as charged. To each their own, but I found it to be juvenile, disgusting (not in a good way), and it boasted sub-syfy level CGI and FX. That’s just my opinion. I’m glad that many love this one, but sadly I’m not one of them.

      • Simon Allen

        Well if we all liked the same stuff we’d have smaller supermarkets .

        • Matt

          Well said.

    • Barry El Beardo

      Piranha 3D delivered on all accounts. Blood, guts, gore, T&A, peen, fish!!

      • Simon Allen

        It’s such a hoot …we need more like it !!

  • Chance LeBoeuf

    I don’t get the hatred for the Friday the 13th remake. Like, for better or worse it was just another Friday the 13th. And it had some cool, sensible touches when it came to Jason too. He didn’t just walk around and magically appear to catch up with everyone, he was relentless chasing the people down. And he also had this brutality to him.

    Maybe the biggest thing here, is that some people need to realize their beloved series was never as good as they thought it was. I might get some hate for this, but when we stack that series up against other classic horror franchises, Friday the 13th has always been the weak link with not enough as memorable or appreciable elements.

    Not trying to say the series is all terrible, but take off those rose tinted nostalgia goggles for a bit and actually look at the franchise.

    Like many others have said though, the one I can’t agree with at all is the Halloween remake. Yea sure, the intention to make it its own entity is admirable, but he turns it into the most generic and uninspired possible thing he could come up with while also kind of missing the point of Michael.

    • Nicolas Caiveau

      I agree. Friday the 13th 2009 is very good. All the things that people complain about this movie, were already in the former movies, it’s a pure Friday the 13th movie.

      • Melissa Sharp

        I liked the film as a whole but the part i didn’t like is the whole jason kidnapping and holding the girl hostage. The.film didn’t need that. The rest was a lot of fun!

        • Nicolas Caiveau

          Sure, it wasn’t perfect. But none of the original movies were. And I could accept it as it was a reboot, so another Jason, not the real one. But yeah, that was the part I liked the least, indeed.

    • The first ~fifteen minutes before the title are near perfect. The rest of it is okay, but turned into something similar to the TCM or Hills Have Eyes remakes. Also, the kills after the opening could have been more creative, particularly in the effects which pretty much amounted to some blood.

  • bigval

    Surprised you didn’t list The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003). I thought it was one of the better horror movies of the last 15 years or so. The Maniac remake was cool too and the I Spit on Your Grave remake was decent.

    • Nat Brehmer

      Texas Chainsaw Massacre had a pretty good fan response, especially when it first came out. Maniac was really critically praised as well. Thought about ISOYG, but ultimately that one didn’t work as well for me, so I kept it off.

  • Charles Cumella

    Evil Dead!!! Please tell me you forgot to put it on the list!

    • Nat Brehmer

      Kept Evil Dead off because I think it’s pretty well-received. People definitely seem to love that one. And I love it too.

  • Richter Belmont

    I’ve seen every version of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers and Meg Tilly in the ’93 version is the scariest body snatcher of them all! Also worth a watch for Gabrielle Anwar’s full frontal nudity!

    Village Of The Damned is really fascinating in that it starred Superman, Luke Skywalker, and Saavik. Actors from the biggest franchises of the ’70s and ’80s. My entire childhood all there in one film! Props for that alone.

    And the Fright Night remake was absolute garbage! The worst remake off this entire list. Yes, even worse than Zombie’s Halloween.

  • Bloated Butcher

    my problem with the Friday 13th 2009 is they made all ALL of the main characters unlikable. Even the biggest dork (Ned,Shelly), the biggest asshole (Andy, Teddy) and the biggest slutty girl (Sam, Tamara) in the original 8 films were really likable, but they went out of their way to make the audience hate these people so much. I wanna see all the teens get hacked up but I wanna like the character also, not just “oh I can’t wait till these douchebags get it”

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