ByRon Villanova, writer at
Ron Villanova

Today we are in the age or remakes/reboots/sequels and to be honest its getting sickening. But Hollywood is running out of ideas and every movie is based off a old idea. And most people agree that most horror remakes suck(Platinum Dune horror remakes anyone?). However there are some that are amazing and even tops the original and here are the top 10.

10 Quarantine (2008)

This 2008 movie is a remake of the Spanish movie REC. Both movies are about a reporter and her cameraman, firefighters, and tenants stuck in a apartment building. I like this one better because the plague made sense. REC is awesome but demonic possession working like a virus just seems silly, and even unrealistic for the feel the movie is going for. Mutated Rabies is much more realistic and makes much more sense then demon virus.

9. The Ring(2002)

This movie is a remake of Hideo Nakata's 1998 film Ringu. The movie is about a journalists, and her son dealing with a cursed video tape that kills people in over seven days. The atmosphere of the movies gives off a mystery style, its also shot in blue like style which is really nice.

8 Night of the Living Dead (1990)

This is a remake of George A. Romero's 1968 classic which started the the modern zombie genre. If you haven't seen these amazing movie, its about a zombies outbreaks and a group of people try to survive the night but they cant get along. Romero's movie had amazing atmosphere, but Tom Savini gave this movie GORE! This movie also has a good slow atmosphere that really looks great at night.

7. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Another Remake of a George Romero Zombie movie, this time Directed by Zack Snyder. Like the original this movie is about a group of people trapped in a mall during a zombie outbreak. The gore of the movie works out great, and the gritty, dirty look really makes the movie looks awesome. Another thing is they modernized this movie, and they did it perfectly. I also like theyre idea of escaping to a island but the island isnt safe either, which fits with the original film, the idea that in the apocalypse no where is safe.

6. The Grudge (2004)

I really wonder if this movie can be considered one sense its directed b the original films director Takashi Shimizu, but Im counting it anyway. Both this movie, and the original(Ju-on) are about a family dealing with a curse, the curse of a woman named Kayako, and her son Toshiro, they died in extreme grief and sorrow, and a curse is put on anyone who enters the home. The film has great visuals, and has slow chills, that build to great scares. Another thing great about this movie, is having american family. I know people hated that but they handle it very well, with most of the family being unfamiliar with Japanese customs

5. Willard (2003)

This movie is a remake of the 1971 films directed by Daniel Mann. its about a social awkward man taking care of his ill, and abusive mother, as well as dealing with a mean boss. He later befriends a legion of rats that soon turn on him. The movie has a wonderful score done by Shirley Walker, and Crispin Glover does a wonderful job as the awkward Willard. You actually feel sorry for him and want him to find peace.

4. Dracula (1958)

This remake is a classic. This remake of Dracula is one of the best ever. Christopher Lee is one of the most ferociousness, inhuman, but gentlemen like of the Dracula's. He rivals Bela Lugosi for best Dracula. The movies gothic look fits the movie perfectly, and the music is amazing. Also this movie had some gore, which was surprisingly shocking in 1958

3.Evil Dead(2013)

People either love or hate this movie. I love it. It has badass gore, and a now holds bar splatter fest, but also it does something new with the plot. Its focusing on a junkie trying to recover, and her becoming a demon is a lot like her going back to drugs and having withdraws. The Acting done by her and her brother is so well done, it almost looks real. You can can see the concern for her on his face and the fear on hers.

2. The Thing (1982)

John Carpenter has shown to be a fan of the 1951 film The Thing from another world. He even recreated that badass title sequence. The movie stars Kurt Russel, and Keith David. The movie is about a american antarctic research crew trapped at their facility with a shape-shifting alien creature. The movie has amazing effects. Possibly some of the best standard effects in all horror films.The film also is very disorienting, you can get confused on who is who, which for me makes it scarier, you wont know who the Thing is.

1. MANIAC (2012)

In 2012, a french-american remake of amazing 1980 horror film of the same name is considered one of the best modern horror remakes, and it is done amazingly. In my opinion. Its better then the original. The movie is about a schizophrenic-anxiety prone serial killer who cuts off women's hair and puts them on mannequins. While Joe Spinell was terrfying, and sympathetic, Elijah Wood beat his performance. Here is why in the 1980 Maniac you see Spinell and say yea thats the killer no doubt, but you see Wood and will have second thoughts. A lot like casting a young man for Norman Bates in the original Psycho, you wouldnt be able to tell Wood is the killer. His innocent face brings in sheer fear and terror. Also another thing that makes this movie amazing is the POV perspective. Almost every scene in the movie is shot through Wood's eyes. Every thought, sight, and thing you hear is from him. Unlike the original which made you feel like you were watching violent acts being done, this one makes you feel like you ARE doing all the violent acts.

If you enjoyed this list and want to list your favorites tell me in the comments below, also let me know some of your own favorite remakes.


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