The Initiation of Sarah
How weird is this? This 1978 ABC TV film (ABC was all about those horror TV movies, weren’t they?) was remade in 2006 for ABC Family (now Freeform). The original isn’t that great, but it does boast a fabulously bitchy performance from Morgan Fairchild. Fairchild joined the remake, but this time she was playing Sarah’s mother as opposed to her tormenter. The remake actually has a pretty cool cast. It included Firefly’s Summer Glau, Bride of Chucky’s Jennifer Tilly and even Reba’s Joanna Garcia.
Larry Cohen’s original killer baby film isn’t exactly considered a classic, but the remake makes it look like Halloween. Josef Rusnak directed this direct-to-DVD adaptation that starred Hostel: Part II‘s Bijou Phillips as the doting mother. Not all reviews were negative, but Cohen himself went on the record saying that it was an awful film.
April Fool’s Day
The It’s Alive remake may not be great, but April Fool’s Day is downright atrocious. That may be why you haven’t heard of it (and if you have, I’m sorry). Starring Scout Taylor-Compton, the film is a truly mean-spirited film that is the epitome of unnecessary remake. This is rather disheartening considering that the original, while not bad by any means, is the type of horror film that could do with a proper remake.
A Tale of Two Sisters
The remake of Kim Jee-Woon’s psychological horror film actually isn’t that bad. It’s just a little generic. In fact, you may have seen it already and not even known it was a remake. Renamed The Uninvited, the remake starred Elizabeth Banks and Emily Browning and was released in 2009 without much fanfare. It doesn’t hold a candle to the original, but you could do a lot worse in terms of horror remakes.
The Wizard of Gore
Blood Feast (our review) isn’t the only Herschell Gordon Lewis film to get a remake! 2007’s The Wizard of Gore featured the legendary Crispin Glover as the titular magician Montag the Magnificent. Kip Pardue (whatever happened to him) takes over the lead role as a journalist who tries to expose the magician’s murderous tendencies.
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