The horror genre has produced some remake junk. In the case of these ten treats, the update delivers something definitive.
Hollywood loves a remake. From the earliest days of the artform, studios have sifted through previous hits (and a few near misses) to reformulate and resell the same stuff to audiences who don't seem to care about the subterfuge. Over and over again, similarity has struggled against individuality for celluloid recognition. For example, Love Affair, the 1994 Warren Beatty/Annette Bening vehicle was actually an update of the Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr weeper An Affair To Remember...which itself was a take on 1939's... Love Affair. There have been several A Star is Borns and dozens of Draculas. In fact, horror seems to stoke the fires of reconfiguration more than any other genre. Go down a list of classic fright films and you'll see a smattering of originals - and a whole lot of reduxes.
As a result, the dread devotee has more to fear than the monster in the closet. Again and again, the creative forces behind the bean counters want re-imagined versions of beloved spook shows because (1) they can easily market the movie based on the original, and (2) the built in audience for fear will buy into almost anything. Indeed, as long as it is remotely scary, the macabre geeks will show up in droves. With aficionados dodging a major bullet this week (the new Thing hitting theaters is a prequel, not a remake...of the John Carpenter remake...) it's time to look back and determine when the horror remake was actually done right. While some may argue with the choices, what is clear is that - to paraphrase Jud Crandall in Pet Sematary (itself worthy of a do over) - "sometimes, redone is better."
So here they are, the 10 Greatest Horror Remakes of All Time, beginning with a goofy gorefest so fun you'll actually laugh at all the lost limbs...