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Top 10 Horror Remakes

  • Jul 27, 2009
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My list of the Top 10 Horror Film Remakes be it a modern retelling of an American classic or a Western take of a popular Asian horror film.
The Ring
I have to confess that this one of my all-time favorite movies. It exhibits the immersion we, as a society, have with media and how ubiquitous it really is. The Ring manages to scare audiences around the world without spilling a drop of blood. This film is actually what ignited the Asian-horror remake trend we have now. Any remakes that followed were fast-tracked and not scary at all.
The Fly
The original movie basically transplanted the head of a fly onto a human’s body. This remake took things to the next level with recombinant DNA. Jeff Goldblum made this movie as Seth Brundle, the troubled scientist infected with Fly DNA. His transformation into the Brundle Fly was more than just merely physical. The emotional and mental conflict between the fly and human minds were brought to life by Goldblum, which is why this sits at number 2.
Dawn of the Dead
Zack Snyder took George Romero’s classic social commentary on materialism and remade it into an action-packed zombie flick. The biggest difference between the two films? In this one, the zombies can run. I don’t know if running zombies actually makes them scarier though. It just portrays them as consumers with horrible credit (and the endless supply of accompanying credit cards) on Black Friday. I suppose the only mob scarier would be the ladies present at the taping of the Oprah’s Favorite Things show.
Bram Stoker's Dracula
The vampire genre has probably been done to death, but I strongly believe that the best modern take has to have been this film. Some may say that Interview with the Vampire is better, but I feel that it’s too romanticized. This is a visceral retelling of the Dracula mythos without having to bring out the Victorian-era style touches.
A movie starring Robert De Niro
Some people were turned off by this movie, but I actually liked it. It was a different take on the Frankenstein character, but not enough that it was unrecognizable. De Niro as the aforementioned creature was a good move.
The Hills Have Eyes (Unrated Edition) (2006)
Remakes this day and age are produced haphazardly with hastily written scripts. It’s all about money, folks. But this one isn’t that bad since it was written by the same guys who did the French horror film, High Tension.
The Thing (1982 film)
This remake of ‘The Thing From Another World’ builds tension and suspense without spilling much blood. Well, except for that one critical scene, that is. But that’s a sign of a great horror movie. I hope the rumored remake will be even remotely good. Chances are that it won’t.
A movie starring Brendan Fraser
This remake is less of a remake, and more of a reboot. It lost its scare-factor in favor of a more comedic-action film. I have to admit that I almost passed on this because of Brendan Fraser. Can you blame me? His last film before this was George of the Jungle. Thank the lord for Gods and Monsters, though.
King Kong
While it’s not a true horror remake, as this version is much more action-adventure oriented than the original, it was still a great movie. At least it looked that way in HD.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
I’m not exactly enthralled by this remake, but it’s hardly a bad one. The biggest problem is that it’s more gory than scary. Well, actually the biggest problem is Jessica Biel. I’ve always been more of a Ruthie fan than a Mary fan, but that’s just me.

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