With Kong: Skull Island making $73 million at the box office in its first five days, monster movie remakes are what's hot in Hollywood right now! A splurge of monster reboots are on the horizon, from The Fly being remade again to The Mummy starring Tom Cruise (and the Universal Monsterverse it will launch). It's safe to say that monster movies aren't disappearing any time soon.
Since The Fly's 1986 remake is so beloved by horror fans, many are wondering if a (new) new version is really necessary — but let's not judge the film before its release; it could shed a new, modern light on the old body horror story. After all, while Jeff Goldblum's classic performance would be difficult to top, plenty of monster movie remakes have been shockingly better than the originals:
1. King Kong (2005)
Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of the Kong story currently holds an 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, while Kong: Skull Island holds an 80 percent. So, critics give King Kong a slight edge over the latest version of the giant ape story, first brought to life on the big screen in 1933. With spectacular CGI special effects and dazzling cinematography, we finally got to see King Kong in all his glory. (Who knows, 10 years from now, we may be evaluating yet another Kong remake.)
2. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
The first Dracula film hit theaters in 1931 (the '30s could be considered the decade of the monster movies). However, it wasn't until Brom Stoker's Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, that we truly fell in love with the story. The 1992 remake followed the events of the book more closely; Make-up and advances in special effects allowed audiences to fully appreciate the vampire's terrifying danger and sexy allure.
Although the Dracula story has been told many times (and in many different ways) since the 1992 remake, this sexy and blood-soaked version stands the test of time.
3. The Fly (1986)
While the 1958 version was more of a comedic sci-fi film, the 1986 remake was a graphic body horror film. There were plenty of scenes that scared and sickened us. Remember when Geena Davis gave birth to the giant maggot? Yuck!
While most horror fans agree that director David Crohnberg gave us everything we desired for this "science gone bad" film, it remains to be seen whether the upcoming version will offer us anything new.
4. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
Although flawed, the 1994 version of Frankenstein is definitely far superior to the original 1931 film. (I wasn't lying when I said the '30s were all about monster movies!). The remake, directed by Kenneth Branagh, stuck closer to the 1818 source material, losing the ridiculous "bolts in the neck" version of Frankenstein's creature and showing him for the tragic yet intelligent creature that he really was. This version of Frankenstein is shocking, scary and might even make you shed a tear or two.
5. The Thing (1982)
It's hard to believe that the 1982 version of The Thing is a remake, but indeed it is! The original 1951 film was titled The Thing From Another World, and it wasn't nearly as scary as John Carpenter's version. Carpenter really perfected the body-horror aspect of the story, which shocked audiences beyond belief with all of the nasty mutations the alien creature goes through.
The 2011 remake was considered by many to be a fail, because it added absolutely nothing new to the story and just replicated the 1982 version's most glorious moments.
6. Godzilla (2014)
Godzilla has never really found its perfect version of itself. The 1998 Roland Emmerich telling (which I still consider to be a lot of popcorn fun) was completely condemned by critics and most monster movie fans. The 2014 film, however, received more positive reviews for taking the giant lizard seriously; it's the most respected remake of the 1951 original to date.
A sequel to the 2014 version has been announced and will star Vera Farmiga of Bates Motel and Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things, so there's a possibility that Godzilla will finally get his perfect adaption on the big screen.
What old-school monster movie would you like to see get the modern-day Hollywood treatment? Sound off in the comments!