Remakes, remakes, and more remakes! For some reason, this seems to be the only thing that larger studios are releasing nowadays, aside from the unhealthy obsession with sequels. We, as an audience, have seen many failed attempts to remake classic films such as Psycho, The Haunting, One Missed Call, The Fog, and the most recent horror remake Poltergeist. Most of the time, I'm not exactly sure what these remakes were thinking due to the fact that they are just a huge mess, but I do appreciate the attempts.
Before I begin listing off these remakes, I would like to say that I don't have a problem with remakes. In fact, I love it when they try to bring back older classics in a new way. It allows a new audience to be introduced to a tale that many of us have heard before. I can't say that I was alive during the time frame when Halloween, Psycho, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday The 13th were released, but I am glad I can enjoy them now. I wouldn't say that I'm necessarily upset about this, only because I like seeing things done differently. The last thing I want to say before this list starts is that I do not think that any of these movies surpass the originals in any way. That would be a disgrace to my horror religion. With that in perspective, these are the 6 remakes that I believe are just as fun and disturbing as the originals.
1. The Last House on the Left (2009)
One of the things that I've realized about Wes Craven remakes is that if the original writer/director is involved, then there will most likely be something good to come out of it. Compared to the original film which was released in 72', the movie takes a darker and more serious turn. Though the original had horrifying moments, the use of comedy was used to relax the audience from the brutal torture they were witnessing. The newer version goes down the same route, but subtracts the humor, which just leaves the audience with nothing but the feeling of disgust. The remake of Last House on the Left is an impressive retelling that made me feel sick to my stomach and hope that justice was served before the credits ran.
2. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
This specific remake brings out the blood and gore unlike any other! (Until Evil Dead 2013) Just as he did for the remake of Last House on the Left, Wes Craven produces this splatter-fest of a remake and brings out the horror and torture that wouldn't have been possible back in the late seventies. Liked among many fans, one of the best things about this remake is Wes Craven's involvement. Remember I said that if the original writer/director is involved then it must be good? Wes Craven has definitely been one of the better writers/directors in terms of knowing when to be involved with remakes of his own films.
3. My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009)
I love a good, old throw-back to slasher films. It's almost like you're back in the 70s and 80s heydays of movies like Prom Night, Slumber Party Massacre, and so on. Having seen the original film just a couple times, I viewed this movie without the original in my mind. I knew that it would take its own direction while still keeping the main story a focal point, so I had no worries there. What I was worried about was the 3D. Would this movie be one that was all about 3D and no story? This movie is obviously all about 3D but it doesn't rely on it to make sure you have a great time. The storyline may be thin, but the kills are strong and bloody fun!
4. Fright Night (2011)
Chris Sarandon can never be replaced, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he can't have some competition. I know a lot of people who were devastated when they heard that 1980's Fright Night was getting the remake treatment. As for me, I didn't watch the original film before viewing this one, so I had nothing to compare it to. The result? This is a clever, updated and witty remake that has laughs, scares and over-the-top CGI that fits in with the feel of the movie. It may not be a masterpiece, but it definitely serves as one of the better remakes in the horror genre.
5. Evil Dead (2013)
This was one of those announcements that made the world stop and stare for a few seconds...or an hour...or until the movie was released. When Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell were a part of the project as producers, the nervousness calmed down a little and Campbell assured fans that this would be something extreme and special. Upon it's release in 2013, theaters filled with curious movie-goers everywhere and what was released on the screen was one of the bloodiest and most bad-ass remakes I've EVER seen. The brutality and non-stop demonic possessions fully satisfied me as a horror fan and still have me flinching just thinking about it!
This one can be considered a bit controversial so I saved it for last
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Wes Craven obviously knew that this wasn't a good idea. I know a lot of fans have crapped on this rendition of Elm Street, but to be completely honest, it's not as bad. When word hit that a remake of Wes Craven's most popular and horrifying film was in the works, fans across the globe it a huge slap in the face. If fans had the ability to demolish a film for it's casting, this movie would have been it. Robert Englund was done playing Freddy and when he wasn't going to be part of the remake, it was like the world was going to end. For me, this wasn't a huge deal. I had never seen the original to begin with. When I first laid eyes on the original, I didn't enjoy it. I thought it was cheesy stuff. Therefore I went into the remake expecting better. Before I get shunned by horror fans around the world, I have to say that I didn't know much about horror back in those days. I've matured. The original film is far better than the remake, however, the remake has many things in it that I liked. Freddy has become a darker, sadistic person that is just out to murder these kids. Some can argue that that's how Freddy was in the original, but not as dark as Jackie Earle Haley. The movie tried new things while throwing homages from the original. I enjoyed this particular remake!
If anything, remakes shed light on the originals, so are they really all that bad?