ByVicki Mallinson, writer at

For sure, it's a given that everyone always says the original is the best. But, maybe these horror films should have been left in the past for good, as most were immensely successful on their release, which just lead to more disappointment when the re-make was released.

1. Nightmare on Elm Street

This has got to be one of my all time favourite horrors and possibly the first ever horror film I watched, or at least one of the first. I've been pretty obsessed with horror films since I was about thirteen and I would say that's down to this film alone. Without a doubt, no-one could ever replace Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger; he was just too great in that role! They tried, but it wasn't the same. The re-make may have been considerably better if Englund had taken the role as Freddy, but obviously this film had massive success in 1984 and even he thought it should be left in the past.

2. The Grudge

Now, I know a few people may disagree with me here. The film wasn't too bad, but I think, for me anyways, that it's the cast. There is just something about Sarah Michelle Gellar that really irritates me. She is one of my least favourite actresses and when I knew who was going to be in this film, from that point I even knew I wasn't going to like it much. I just preferred the original.

3. Carrie

I genuinely hated this re-make. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this is my least favourite re-make of all time. Don't get me wrong, Chloe Moretz is a brilliant actress. I've loved so many other films that she's starred in from 'Kick-ass' and 'Hugo' to 'Dark Shadows'. I also thought the re-make of the horror 'Let Me In' was brilliant! I just think the original was created being one of those films that can't be re-made. Sissy Spacek played the role so well and was able to create this creepy and intense atmosphere simply from one look.

4. The Amityville Horror

The original is a really great film, but... the re-make, not so much. In the re-make they definitely have not used the haunted house aspect to their full potential as they could have easily made it so much scarier and intense, like the original. When I watched the original, I thought 'this is great, never seen anything like it', but with the re-make, it came across as what can only be described as a third-rate rip-off from 'The Shining'.

5. Friday the 13th

Similar reasons to 'Nightmare on Elm Street' really. Nothing was ever going to beat the original. It's one of those films that can just get to you. Watching this film with a group of friends on Friday the 13th, when things start going bump in the night that's when you think 'What if Jason's out there?!' I didn't hate the re-make, I actually quite liked it to be honest, but the original was always going to be better!


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