Many horror purists swear that the original is almost always the best. While that may often be the case, there’s no reason to write off recent remakes entirely. Sometimes, given the context of the time, a new director can interpret the story’s subtext differently and give a film a whole new twist, making it more relevant to the audiences of the time. In other cases, a remake can benefit from improved special effects and cinematic techniques thanks to advances in technology that make it worth watching for that reason alone. A movie remake can be a different and inherently enjoyable experience, and sometimes, dare we say it, even better than the original.
The horror genre continues to be a huge draw for moviegoers around the world, and a successful franchise can mean big bucks for a studio. To appeal to new generations, remakes remain big business arachnophobia, The wolf man and An American werewolf in London It’s just a few films, according to Looper, that are reportedly getting the remake treatment. Unfortunately, and probably more so than with any other genre, studios have often focused on quantity over quality and released these remakes without caring about the quality of the script. To save yourself from being consumed by the hundreds of those unwatchable movies lurking out there in the dark, we’ve compiled the list below for you to explore five of the very best horror remakes out there.
5 Evil Dead 2013)
The original evil Dead The trilogy was a groundbreaking exercise in horror excess that laid the groundwork and set the template for the horror comedy genre. Fast forward over 30 years since the release of the legendary original The bad death entry, and this time his feature debut has switched responsibilities from Sam Raimi to Fede Álvarez evil Dead. Álvarez avoided falling into the same pitfalls that so many remakes and reboots fall into by taking a bit of a risk and putting his own spin on an existing classic, knowing full well that it would be nearly impossible to match the suspense that the original generated to recreate with a shot-for-shot remake. This iteration had a much darker tone, resulting in a truly chilling affair that, despite the gamble from fans and critics, was generally well received and a success at the box office.
4 The Fly (1986)
Living legend Jeff Goldblum stars in the 1986 sci-fi horror film as an eccentric scientist who slowly transforms into a flying-hybrid creature after one of his experiments goes wrong The fly. Led by legendary sci-fi and horror director David Cronenberg, known for his expertise in the grotesque cinematic world of body horror, Cronenberg teamed up with famed special effects and makeup artist Chris Walas on this remake of the 1958 classic to conceive the gruesome transformation of the hapless scientist, intended as a metaphor for the aging process. Cronenberg’s decision to make the film a more shocking affair is perhaps a representation of the times and audiences’ growing desire for the extreme, and the film went down in history and has a huge cult following to this day.
3 The Invisible Man (2020)
The idea of the invisible man is something that everyone is familiar with and has been exposed to in some form throughout their lives, so it would have to be something very special for a new iteration to really make a lasting impression. Thankfully, Leigh Whannell has delivered just that in his 2020 version of the classic HG Wells novel. Released to critical acclaim, The Invisible Man was a surprise box-office hit that turned the damsel in distress upside down and thrilled viewers as they watched Elisabeth Moss’ character develop into a totally relatable badass heroine for the ages.
2 Crazy (2012)
At the time of its release in 1981, the original slasher horror Insane, directed on a micro-budget by William Lustig, was berated by critics for its irrevocable violence and particularly uncomfortable themes and tones, was temporarily banned or censored worldwide, but has since developed a small cult following. The 2012 remake, directed by Franck Khalfoun and starring well-known B-movie horror enthusiast Elijah Wood, wasn’t any less gory or brutal, but took an overall more unique and artistic approach to filmmaking, largely drawn entirely from the The serial killer’s perspective was shot in full view, meaning his face (Wood) was rarely seen except in reflections or in photographs. This unique approach paid off, creating a unique, visually stunning piece of grotesque horror art.
1 The Thing (1981)
The original the thing or The thing from the other world (full title) was a black-and-white science fiction film released in 1951 and directed by Christian Nyby and based on the 1938 novella who goes there by John W. Campbell. It was a minor hit at the time of its release and eventually became the highest-grossing sci-fi film of the year. Over time, the film’s appreciation increased, leading to it scoring a solid 86% on film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. By 1982, much of the mainstream audience had long since forgotten the original, and John Carpenter had stepped in, teaming up with an ensemble cast including Kurt Russell to remake the film, which tells the story of a group of American explorers in Antarctica who encounter the “Thing”, a vicious, bloodthirsty alien creature that can mimic other organisms.
Carpenter’s remake of the thingWhile still firmly rooted in the sci-fi genre, it contained far more elements of horror and was a master class in both suspense and suspense and gore and gore. The film was a minor hit at the time, but has since been recognized as one of the most important and influential films in the sci-fi and horror genre, earning particular praise for its use of practical effects (which, according to Far Out, reportedly gobbled up $1.5 million of the film film budgets) and its combination of stunning cinematography and the creation of intense feelings of claustrophobia.