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10 Horror Movie Remakes You Probably Didn’t Know Existed!

Unknown Horror Remakes

As much as it may hurt to admit it, horror remakes are one of the most profitable types of films for the genre (they’re not all bad though). Sometimes a high-profile remake flies under the radar and, as you will see in the following list, are forgotten entirely. Below are 10 such horror movie remakes that have mostly been forgotten by audiences and critics alike. Have you seen any of them?

The Bad Seed

Paul Wendkos directed this 1985 ABC TV movie adaptation of the 1956 original (or William March’s 1954 play, depending on which you prefer). Christa Denton portrayed the devious Rhoda Penmark, and Lynn Redgrave (in her first of two appearances on this list) portrayed the concerned neighbor Monica Breedlove. The late David Carradine even starred as the doomed caretaker Leroy Jessup.

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Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

This 1962 camp classic, itself an adaption of Henry Farrell’s 1960 novel, has returned to the spotlight thanks to Ryan Murphy’s Feud, which chronicles the behind the scenes drama between its two stars: Bette Davis and Joan Crawford (seriously though, it’s really good). Most people don’t know what it was remade in 1991 (again by ABC) starring both Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave as Baby Jane and Blanche, respectively.

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A Bucket of Blood

Roger Corman’s 1959 black comedy horror film A Bucket of Blood got the Showtime treatment in 1995, with Anthony Michael Hall replacing Dick Miller as the dopey busboy Walter. Fun Fact: A Bucket of Blood was Will Ferrell’s film debut and also showcased Christopher Guest muse Jennifer Coolidge in one of her earliest film roles, playing (I kid you not) “Stupid Girl.”

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to remake this classic 1920 German Espressionist film, but this remake is a film that exists. Genre staple Doug Jones takes over the role of Cesare, and the entire movie being filmed in front of a green screen to capture the look of the original.

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Everyone knows about the 2010 Alexandre Aja remake, but Joe Dante’s Piranha was remade as yet another TV adaptation (also airing on Showtime) in 1995. That version starred William Katt and Soleil Moon-Frye (her death scene gave me nightmares as a kid). Considering screenwriter Alex Simon essentially copied Dante’s screenplay but chose to remove all of the humor, this remake wasn’t as well received. It was Mila Kunis’s screen debut, so there’s that.

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  • President Thorn

    The Nina Dobrev movie “Never Cry Werewolf” was basically a remake of the original “Fright Night”.

  • Graham

    Reading about the April Fool’s Day remake reminds me of how excited for it I was back in 2008. Even knowing it was DTV, I was such a fan of the original that I was willing to embrace whatever the remake had in store. Until I saw it. Such a disappointment because, as you say, the original really could use a remake (although at this point I’m more interested in a blu-ray release for it than a remake).

  • pablitonizer

    Alexandre Ajan’s Piranha was released in 2010, not 2011

  • Mi chiamo “Dee”

    I vaguely remember that “Piranha” remake. It was part of a slew of remakes Roger Corman ordered, plundering his own back catalogue.

    • lonestarr357

      Showtime’s “Roger Corman Presents”. Just the ticket for an undiscerning 14-year-old on the lookout for boobs and action in the mid-90s.

  • CalUni

    Can’t believe Baby Jane was remake and with the Redgrave sisters no less! That I might have to seek out. Initiation of Sarah also looks like it could be fun.

    • Forca84

      Initiation of Sarah the remake is corny but fun to watch. I haven’t seen it on TV since ABCFamily changed to Freeform.

      • CalUni

        Thanks for the heads up.

  • Elizabeth

    Ugh, I accidentally watched the April Fool’s Day remake because the Roku channel had it listed as the original. As soon as it started I obviously realized it wasn’t but I decided to watch it out of curiosity. Never getting that hour and a half back.

  • Tarman_85

    Lynn Redgrave’s performance as Jane Hudson was so restrained compared to Bette Davis’ performance. I remember not liking the remake at all, and I’m not an anti-remake kind of person.

  • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

    Most of these sound like sh*t, probably why not heard of.

  • Terry Powell

    Wasnt there a lame tv remake of Humanoids from the deep as well?

    • ArmitageX

      Yes, there was.

  • Horrible Day

    But what about the remake of Silent Night, Bloody Night? Bet you didn’t know about that one and I think its better if you don’t know about it

  • Michael Hill

    There needs to be an article on remakes which are better then the original.
    Here’s the 1st: Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    • Silhouetters

      Nice meme.

    • Jerry

      I concur. Great movie (i love the second one with Bomer too). When they replace Biel with a man who will be able in late stage of the movie fight against the killer it will be the perfect motherfookin slasher. Fook throw some kind of soldier/cop/whatever in Wrong Turn woods and you have a masterpiece. One thing though, i rewatched Texas Chainsaw Massacre lately and i remember vaguely that at the end Leatherface was sitting in the back of the car with Biel and he killed her and now i watched and she ran away. Was there more than one ending?

      • You’re getting the 2003 remake and the 2006 prequel mixed up. Biel gets away on the remake and Jordan’s Brewster gets killed in the prequel.

        • Jerry

          Lol thats probably it. Thanks.

    • Blood Boil

      Wrong in every way.

    • Blood Boil

      The Blob, The Fly or The Thing

    • william Stalker

      I know it is 4/20 and all but you really must be high to think Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake is better than the original.

    • DannX68

      I agree.

    • ShadowInc

      It was a decent modernization of the material, but I wouldn’t say it was better.

  • Chip

    I’d call Gingersnaps a bit of a remake of American Werewolf in London. Heavily inspired enough anyways, right down to borrowing a lot of the same camera tricks to make the werewolf work, like attacking from the side, so that nobody can see that half the werewolf has a puppeteer’s legs sticking out of it. They hit similar plot points besides that.

    Even stranger though is Gingersnaps III, which is not only basically a remake of the first movie, but also manages to cram The Last of the Mohicans in there as well.

    • JoeInTheBox

      I would even argue that Ginger Snaps 3 rips off a lot from Brotherhood of the Wolves.

  • Trent Owens

    April Fools Day god i hated that remake anytime anyone says worst remake this always pops into my mind

  • Trent Owens

    What about Satan’s school for girls? it was remade and even more cheesy then the original

  • Ms. Ripley

    The three part television mini series of “The Shining”. I have to admit I didn’t watch the whole of it but what I saw was disastrous.

    • rocker_15-c

      Funny thing is that Stephen King hated the version of Stanley Kubrick so he was involved writing the scripts in that piece of crap.

  • Blizzard S.

    What about Carrie?, it was remade in 2002.

    • Waldir Segundo

      its not a remake of the movie, its a tv mini adaptation directly from the book

  • James Allard

    The Caligari remake is bizarre, just in the notion of its existence. Overall, worth at least one viewing just to see what they did.

    • There is also a very loosely based remake(THE CABINET OF CALIGARI) from the 60s that actually is very good.

  • DannX68

    I saw the Baby Jane one, but don’t remember a thing from it. I have the original on Blu-ray in my to-watch stack.
    Also… yes, the “remake” of A Tale of Two Sisters is REALLY bad. Stripped all originality and mystery away.

  • IT’S ALIVE actually is a classic,considering it had a popular(and successful) theatrical re-release in 1977(which warranted the mediocre sequel IT LIVES AGAIN[a.k.a.: IT’S ALIVE 2]) and has been a popular VHS video and DVD title.

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