Top Ten Classical Horror Remakes
I present a selection of the 10 best horror films. But these will not be ordinary films, but remakes.
Before yelling that remakes are disgusting, pause and think. Usually, they aren’t that bad, and they give a new touch to the good old classics. And they are quite good for a spooky night during some camping trip in Saskatchewan or Ontario—you just turn them on, and evening entertainment is ready. And how sure can you be anyway, maybe your favorite movie was a remake after all?
'The Thing', 1982
For a long time, John Carpenter did not agree to take on a remake of one of his favorite thrillers The Thing from Another World, which was rumored to be shot by Howard Hawks himself, because the tape seemed to him almost perfect. But then Carpenter realized that he would like to change—he did not like the monster, it too clearly resembled a man in a ridiculous costume. Turning to the original source—John Campbell's story “Who is going?” The famous director relied on the alien monster's ability to imitate other life forms, and made a big step for all cinema in the field of design and special effects.
The original self-titled film of 1932, directed by Howard Hawks, is not widely remembered today, but for its time, The Scarface, in which the main role was played by Paul Mooney, has certainly become an iconic film. Due to the abundance of screen violence, the tape had problems with censorship, but after the release of the screens, it was named by critics as one of the best gangster tapes of the beginning of the last century.
'The Fly', 1986
The original version of The Fly in 1958 now looks quite funny, although the scene of the fight with the spider, even today, can not be noted. Painting David Cronenberg—a unique rethinking, multi-faceted history, which, even with all the improvement of special effects remains a landmark film, and one of the best works of the master. The line of caring for the incurably sick makes Kronenberg's Fly a much deeper film than the original, and there’s nothing to say about the meaning for descendants.
The next remake of the old and familiar film has a standard stitch (rustles, strange and frightening things, unexplained incidents), but it is qualitatively different in technical terms. The family moves to a new home, on the very first night, strange sounds are heard from the neighboring rooms, lights, and electrical appliances turn on by themselves. The apogee of the plot—the abduction of the ghosts of the younger daughter. Against the backdrop of monotonous horror, Poltergeist—a rare and stunning phenomenon. I treat this genre with irony, but nevertheless, during the whole session, I squeezed into a ball, and closed my eyes during certain scenes.
'The Ring', 2002
Japanese The Ring is definitely a cult film, but it’s too specific. It is slow; there are many references to Japanese culture and traditions. With all that a scene in which a gloomy girl with long black hair crawls out of the TV, one of the worst in the history of horror, the rest, little touches the viewer. We must pay tribute to Gore Verbinski—he didn’t just transfer the plot of The Bell from East to West, he made the characters deeper, he added motivation, he outplayed the original in everything.
'Dawn of the Dead', 2004
The merits of George Romero are indisputable—in 1978, with his Dawn of the Dead, he actually opened a new genre that unites social undertones with mass screen cruelty and violence. Zack Snyder, with his eponymous remake, revived the zombie movie, marking the place for two decades, and fanned a new fire of interest in the living dead. Part of the laurels to revive the genre, of course, belongs to 28 Days Later, but it was Snyder who turned the zombies from slow-moving corpses into fast-moving monsters.
'The Grudge', 2004
This is another Japanese horror remake, which received the support of his contemporaries, allowing the director of the original film Takashi Shimizu to lead the iteration in the United States. The remake was not well received by critics, but the non-linear narrative, and Sarah Michelle Gellar make him look.
'Friday, the 13th', 2009
Yes, it is clear that one can say here—but still, the alteration of Marcus Nispela seriously ennobled the rather inconsistent series about the maniac-blockhead in the mask of the hockey goalkeeper. The film may have been simple, but it was exactly the way it should have been done.
'The Last House on The Left', 2009
Another remake of the early classics of Wes Craven. The Last House on The Left is actually somewhat less perverted—and a little less gloomy—than its predecessor. It is still a hard time, and potential viewers should be warned that the original sexual abuse was not mitigated. The advantage of this remake is a strong cast.
'Dark Water', 2005
Some complained that the Brazilian Walter Sellis in his first Hollywood swim turned the sullen atmospheric horror of the Japanese Hideo Nakata into an ordinary drama—I, on the contrary, welcome such a turn. The director came out, not just a retelling the events of another film, but he created a fully-fledged personal work with his own thoughts, and the excellent work of good actors. Why else take on the remakes, if not for this?
Presenting the author
My name is Amelia, and I work in freelance as a digital manager on most times, occasionally I write reviews for iGaming products, and do some travel blogging on the side. I am not a big fan of horror, but I do love movies. And remakes are quite interesting in movie studies, since they add something new to the movie while presenting its spirit. And horror movie remakes are quite a theme, besides you can always compare the after-scare.