He fellow movie fans and horror lovers! With so many horror remakes on the horizon, including the often delayed Hellraiser Reboot remake and the highly anticipated Carrie remake, I figured now would be a great time to take a look at what I think are the 10 best horror movie remakes of all time. Horror remakes are a touchy subject because most of the time, Hollywood gets it wrong and angers the legions of devoted horror fans. However, sometimes Hollywood gets it so very right. So, here my choices for the top ten horror movie remakes, in no particular order:
1) Friday the 13th (2009) Say what you will about the movie, but it stayed true to the original series (which translates to plenty of killing, pointless sex scenes, inter-changeable plot, and gratuitous nudity and gore), which all equals up to a fun and entertaining slasher film. It's no secret that the original series has become a cult favorite slasher series and the remake is actually better than the weaker entries in the series. I'm looking at you, Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning.
2) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) Of all the horror remakes I've seen, this is the one I love the most and consider the best. It is every bit as scary, gritty, and unnerving as the original, but a little less campy. The reason I could never put this on an list that actually counts down from 10 to 1, with 1 being the best is because a lot of fans love the camp of original, where as some don't. So, the lack of the original's camp factor may alienate some viewers who grew up on the original and cause a huge debate over it's place on the countdown. I personally welcome the film losing the more campy and out there moments. The lack of camp factor aside, I think this film may be the best thing to ever come from Michael Bay and/or Platinum Dunes.
3) The Fly (1986) This film is as old as I am, but it still holds up today. It was strange, bizarre, and gross horror film--which is why I love it. I think some of the best horror movies are the ones that dare to strike a nerve or break convention. I mean, horror movies can get boring if every one of them follows the same basic formula. Vincent Price may be the king of horror, but Jeff Goldblum is amazing as the lead in the remake.
4) Fright Night (2011) With such a great cast (Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennent, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, and Dave Franco), I had high hopes for this movie. I still have never seen the original (how BAD of me, I know), but this movie is so good that there is no way it could be a horrible remake. I mean, you have seen The Fog, right? Now that is a dreadfully awful remake.
5) A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) Okay, okay, okay...I know a lot of you are gonna disagree with me on this, but this film being a good remake is a stance I am quite passionate about. By the time Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare came around, Freddy was cracking jokes, killing people with video game power gloves, hanging out on the beach in sunglasses, turning people into cockroaches, and being bested by guys in hockey mask. Anything, ANYTHING that could take him far away from that and make him scary again is a good thing in my opinion. I know a lot of people were upset about Robert Englund not playing Freddy, but he felt he was too old for the part so even if we got another sequel or a Freddy vs Jason 2, he would have been replaced, anyway. As far as the make-up goes, I understand they are trying to be more real and also more true to how Wes Craven wanted Freddy to originally look, but it takes a little getting used to and may be my only true complaint with this film. Also, having the kills be reminiscent of the original film was a great tribute. All in all, the remake stands head-and-shoulders above at least 3 films in the series in my opinion.
6) The Thing (1982) John Carpenter is one of the biggest and most prestigious names in horror and his remake of the 1951 movie, The Thing From Another World was so good, it makes one question "if the first remake was so good, then why mess it up trying to remake it a second time?" To it's credit, the 2011 remake is not bad, it's just mediocre. John Carpenter's version will always be the best version. And in defense of the 2011 remake, it's hard to mess with a John Carpenter film and come out looking anywhere near as good.
7) The Ring (2002) While America doesn't have a great track record with adapting great J-horror films (see Pulse and The Grudge), The Ring was a rare home-run for Hollywood when it came to taking a genuinely frightening Japanese horror movie and remaking it for American horror fans. The Ring's influence on horror films can still be seen today. Not to mention, The Ring gave us The Ring Two, which is not as good but features the iconic and unnerving deer scene that may just make you avoid watching Bambi for years to come...
8) The Blob (1988) While I didn't really think The Blob was a spectacular film, as far as remakes go, it stands side-by-side with better ones. The film is good and improves vastly upon the original, it's just that the Blob was never one of my favorite horror movie monsters. However, watching it from a non-subjective and impartial point of view, do I think it deserves a place on this list? Yes, yes I do.
9) Dawn of the Dead (2004) I don't much care for zombie films other than the Resident Evil series and at this point, I feel that zombies are over-saturating the market to a degree reminiscent of Twilight and vampires, but this is by far the best zombie movie in my opinion. Long before Walking Dead, if you wanted a quality zombie experience, George A. Romero was your man. Although I feel the recent sequels to Dawn of the Dead are getting tired and repetitive, the remake (as well as the original) is always a go-to film in any definitive zombie playlist.
10) Evil Dead (2013) Sam Raimi may have mucked up a few things on Spider-Man (That 70's Venom and dancing emo Spider-Man to name a few), but the guy created one of the most fun horror movie trilogies to ever come along. While Ash and Evil Dead are iconic, like most movies back then, it limited by the technology and advancement in horror movie effects. The remake has full creative license to cast that limitation aside and just run wild. It stays very true to the original while still bringing something new to the table. This movie is fun and frightening and will stand for years to come as how to do a horror remake right.
Honorable Mention: Halloween (2007) Halloween is my favorite horror series and you cannot compete with the originals. While I don't agree with the recast of Jamie in Halloween: Curse of Micheal Myers or how Halloween H20 decided to make Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, and Halloween: The Curse of Michael years no longer canon, I didn't feel as if the series should be remade. I disagreed with a lot of choices in direction after Halloween 5, but I feel it wasn't too late to save the series with a proper sequel. We never got a sequel and was instead treated to Rob Zombie's Halloween. At first, I was outraged that they would remake my favorite horror movie, but I loved Zombie's The Devil's Rejects, so I had hopes that he wouldn't mess it up. I felt a lot of the back story was a bit unnecessary and brought the film down a bit, but when it switched into the remake portion, it was a pretty good movie, just that portion of the movie was far too short. Less back story and more of the actual remake might have landed Halloween a spot on this list.