When America takes a foreign horror movie and remakes it, I'm always interested in what the major difference is between the two. From what I've seen in foreign horror movies, there is nothing that necessarily needed to be fixed. Outside of America, it seems as though horror is handled in the careful hands of some kind of Grim Reaper; it knows exactly when and where to strike. Every now and then, however, it seems as though America is able to crawl up into the hands of that Grim Reaper and steal a little bit of that magic that makes horror movies great.
Here I've compiled a list of the 5 best American remakes of foreign horror films.
1. The Ring (2002)
Having seen the American remake of this film first, I was just as curious as to how the original Japanese film, Ringu, would hold up next to it. The answer to that? I now understand what made The Ring a fantastic movie. Ringu was a simple yet creepy movie that knew how to deliver scares and unfold a story. The Ring brought some different and new elements which made it stand out amongst American remakes.
2. The Grudge (2004)
The original Japanese film, Ju-On, is one of my all time favorite scary movies. It is also one of the movies that makes it difficult for me to sleep at night. The American remake is directed by the original director of Ju-On, Takashi Schimizu. The remake still has the same method of storytelling, with sequences being told out of order, and it's able to bring new life to the story with the simple twists and turns it adds.
3. The Uninvited (2009)
This American remake is one of my personal favorites. The original Korean film, titled A Tale of Two Sisters, is a beautiful story about two sisters who have lost their mother. When their father gets a new girlfriend, it seems as though she's hiding a dark secret. This American remake was able to capture the bond of the two sisters that was presented in the original while delivering scares at the same level as the Korean version.
4. Quarantine (2008)
Although I find it completely unnecessary to have shot-for-shot remakes of other movies, I couldn't help but really enjoy this one. I remember watching this remake when I was around 13 or 14. It was late at night and I was terrified. After watching the original Spanish film, REC, I can't help but look at it as the same movie. In this case, that's exactly what it is. I will say that even though it is a copycat, either way both films are sure to disturb you!
5. Let Me In (2010)
There is always a small tear that begs to be released when I watch this film. Let Me In is an American remake of the 2008 Swedish horror film Let The Right One In. Both films find a way to capture the innocence and horrors that the world is filled with. Whichever film you watch, they won't disappoint!