Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Horror Movie Remakes: The Good

In the past I have voiced my dislike for Horror movie remakes. With that said I thought I'd try and put a positive spin on it with this post, this is just part 1 of 3 though. I will be doing "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" 3 posts on the best, the worst and the plain awful. 

There's no doubting that there has been very well done remakes, in rare cases the remake has even bettered the original. This list is of ten remakes that I think are some of the best done, it's in no particular favourite order, if you want to view the film trailer just click on the film poster.

"I Spit On Your Grave"
A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead. This remake of the controversial 1978 film did well to bring the story up-to date without ruining the original which is loved by many.

"Nosferatu: The Vampyr"
Jonathan and Lucy live in Wismar and the Count wants a house there. Varna is a port on the Black Sea, close to Dracula's castle. This film is often overlooked, which is a shame. The 1922 original film is a classic silent film but this German remake does what a-lot of remakes miss out on, it shows it's respect to the original.

"Invasion Of The Body Snatchers"
In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. This is a perfect example of a remake bettering the original, the 1956 version is great b-movie fun but the 1978 remake shines above it, mainly because of the great performance from Donald Sutherland.

"Dawn Of The Dead"
A group of survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. Hands up, who was mad when we heard the classic 1978 Romero film was being remade.....Okay, keep your hands up if you thought this remake sucked, yeah not many. This 2004 remake was done perfectly, it was made even better with cameos from Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger and Tom Savini from the original film.

"The Blob"
A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. This 1988 remake of the b-movie greatness of the Steve McQueen classic is a great example of bringing a film up-to date without ruining the original. It kept the humor, the campness yet still brought the gore and scares. It was like watching an homage to the original, which is no bad thing.

"The Crazies"
As a toxin begins to turn the residents of Ogden Marsh, Iowa into violent psychopaths, sheriff David Dutton tries to make sense of the situation while he, his wife, and two other unaffected townspeople band together in a fight for survival. Yes another Romero remake, but once again done very well. The low budget 1973 film is a great film, but the 2010 remake kept the suspense and brought the scares.

"The Thing"
Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. A remake of yet another b-movie, the 1952 film The Thing from Another World. John Carpenter showed the world you really can better an original, even though the original is often quoted by Carpenter himself as one of his all time favourites. Also the performance from Kurt Russell is outstanding, as well as the rest of the cast.

"Evil Dead 2"
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. Promoted as a sequel to the 1981 classic but obviously a remake with a bigger budget. This 1987 sequel/remake is easily one of the best out there and the fact it was the same team from the original keeps it in line with the original, which is great.

"The Fly"
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. How do you better the 1958 Vincent Price classic?! Well David Cronenberg shows us how. This 1986 remake is an amazing film, when a Horror film wins an academy award you know it has to be something special. Jeff Goldblum put's in an amazing performance, as does Geena Davis.

"Mothers Day"
The sadistic members of a villainous family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new home owners and their guests. The 1980 original was a very hard film to watch. It was gruesome & horrifying, yet you couldn't turn away. This 2010 remake switched the genre of the original, whilst the 1980 release was more of rape revenge film, the remake was more of a thriller with Horror elements, which works very well. Darren Lynn Bousman did a fantastic job and it works great as a stand alone film nevermind a remake.

Honourable mentions


  1. i would have to agree 100% with this post my good man! i do however wish you had touch on 'the toolbox murders' that is one of my favs and i was unaware there was a re-make.

  2. I'm glad you like the list. Sorry I didn't touch on "The Toolbox Murders", I'll do it here for you, seeing as it's one of your favourites :)

    Tobe Hoopers 2004 remake of "The Toolbox Murders" starring Angela Bettis was bloody fun (pun intended). It keeps the camp low-budget factor of the original, it has his special touch that you witness with his classic "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". "Toolbox Murders" is a quirky, suspenseful, tension filled, gory film. It's a true example of how a re-make can be done without ignoring it's predecessor.

  3. wonderful. wonderful, Tobe Hooper is one of my favorite directors and is severely under rated in my opinion. i will be finding this film and watching it the very first chance i get chance. Thanks for the little review mate! i feel special!