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People who added this item 219 Average listal rating (263 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
IT (2017)


Directed by: Andy Muschietti ('Mama')

With: Bill Skarsgård

Was the original - It (1990) - worth a look?
Even though the directing and acting were nothing really amazing, it was still a fascinating story. Indeed, usually, I have a hard time to care about Stephen King's fantastic and horror stories, but this was absolutely a great story, easily one of King's best, and I might even consider reading the book at some point. And, of course, Tim Curry was just downright impressive and he delivered here one of the most unforgettable bad guys ever.

Will I ever watch this remake?
In fact, I had planned for quite some time to watch this remake in the movie theater but, at the very last moment, Nick, my step-son, chickened out and we went to see something else after all. Eventually, it turned out to be a huge box-office success and I will definitely check it out at some point, especially since I really enjoyed the first version.
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People who added this item 200 Average listal rating (127 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 4.9
Poltergeist (2015)


Directed by: Gil Kenan ('Monster House', 'City of Ember')

With: Sam Rockwell

Was the original - Poltergeist (1982) - worth a look?
Even though Tobe Hooper had some major success with 'The Texas Chainsaw massacre', his following features never had much critical or financial success. The only exception would be this feature but many argue that this movie belongs to Spielberg. But how was it eventually? It was not bad at all but I can't say I was really blown away by the whole thing. Of course, I thought that the special effects were pretty impressive, however, if some scenes worked pretty well, some others didn't and the whole thing was not really well written in my opinion.

Will I ever watch this remake?
Well, since I didn't really care much for the original version and since this remake was a big flop when it was released, I can't say I'm really dying to watch the damned thing. On the other hand, since I always had a weak spot for Sam Rockwell, I might still check it out at some point.
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People who added this item 709 Average listal rating (382 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.9
Carrie (2013)


Directed by: Kimberly Peirce ('Boys Don't Cry', 'Stop-Loss')

With: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Ansel Elgort

Was the original - Carrie (1976) - worth a look?
It has been a while since I have seen this flick and maybe I should give it a 2nd chance at some point but, to be honest, I was really blown away by the whole thing. I mean, it was a decent watch but I didn't care much for this story. In fact, I even read the book at some point and it was definitely not the best thing written by Stephen King, as far as I'm concerned.

Was this remake worth a look?
Apparently, this movie was massively reedited during post-production, they have allegedly removed 45 mins and the end-results turned out to be a critical and commercial flop. Eventually, the whole thing felt indeed rather out of balance and while the prom scene took at least a 1/3 of the whole running time, there was barely any development of the characters. Above all, I wish they developed more Carrie White’s background.
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Evil Dead (2013)


Directed by: Fede Alvarez

With: Jessica Lucas

Was the original - The Evil Dead (1981) - worth a look?
It has been a while since I have seen the damned thing and I should definitely re-watch it at some point but there is no denying that it is pretty much a massive classic and a must-see for any decent movie lover.

Was this remake worth a look?
I thought it would be pretty neat to check this remake, especially since it was rather well received when it was released. Well, to be honest, I really had a hard time to care about the damned thing. I mean, sure, it was technically well done, I also appreciate the fact that they wanted to go into a really different direction than with the original movie and it was pretty neat to see all these nods to the original trilogy but, eventually, the whole thing turned out to be really boring. It comes down to what would you get if you would remove the humor and Ash from 'The Evil Dead'? Basically, a rather typical and tedious slasher flick.
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Fright Night (2011)


Directed by: Craig Gillespie ('Lars and the Real Girl', 'Mr. Woodcock')

With: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Was the original - Fright Night (1985) - worth a look?
I haven't seen it but the ratings are pretty good and it has a decent cult following. I will probably check it out when I have the opportunity.

Was this remake worth a look?
Basically, it is yet another vampire movie dealing with some teenagers and even though it was more rewarding than 'Twilight', it was still not original enough to be really amazing but, still, I thought it was fairly entertaining. Concerning Craig Gillespie, you have to give the guy some praise for trying something totally different from one movie to the other with some fairly good results on top of that ('Mr. Woodcock', 'Lars and the Real Girl', this movie and 'Million Dollar Arm').
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The Thing (2011)


Directed by: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

With: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen

Was the original - The Thing (1982) - worth a look?
It is basically a chilling horror flick with some rather gruesome special effects. I was rather amazed to read that this movie was a flop and was critically panned when it was released. Anyway, nowadays, it is rightfully considered by many as the best movie directed by John Carpenter and it is another great example that you can take an old movie, give it a fresh look, modify the story to fit our modern world with some tremendous results.

Was this remake worth a look?
To be honest, it is not even a remake but a prequel to the classic directed by John Carpenter. However, I still think it deserves a spot on this list as it was obviously marketed as a remake. Indeed, the title is the same, the poster is really reminiscent to its predecessor and even the letter type for the title is exactly the same. I think it's really lame to make such an effort to make it look like a remake when actually, it isn't supposed to be one. To make things even worse, I thought that the plot was really similar and they try really hard to make you believe that the whole thing is not an updated version . I have to admit it, it wasn't bad at all but except for some new fancy special effects, they didn't add much to the whole thing and it felt rather unnecessary.
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Let Me In (2010)


Directed by: Matt Reeves ('Cloverfield')

With: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas

Was the original - Låt den rätte komma in (2008) - worth a look?
Yeah, definitely. It must be one of the most striking and original vampire flicks to be released in the last 10 years. The funny thing is that when it came out, the 'Twilight' franchise was breaking box-office records. Anyway, this movie is the proof that you can combine vampires and teenage anxiety with tremendous success.

Was this remake worth a look?
Precisely like I was expecting, I had some rather mixed feelings about the whole thing. Indeed, even though the cast is decent, the director is all right and the whole thing was actually pretty good, they didn't add much to the original and, in this case, it seemed rather pointless to remake it only two years later (I had the same issue with 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo').
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Directed by: Steven R. Monroe

With: A bunch of unknowns

Was the original - I Spit on Your Grave (1978) - worth a look?
Even though it has become somehow a cult classic, some other viewers like Roger Ebert consider it as one of the worst movies ever made so it is a matter of taste, I guess...

Will I ever watch this remake?
Like its predecessor, it has its fans and, like its predecessor, Roger Ebert thought it was completely awful and not entertaining at all. I guess it is once again a matter of taste but I'm not really interested...
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Mother's Day (2010)


Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman ('Saw II, Saw III', 'Saw IV')

With: Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King, Deborah Ann Woll

Was the original - Mother's Day (1980) - worth a look?
I haven't seen it but it seems to be the perfect example of an average and rather obscure horror flick from the 80's.... Why remaking this? Because all the GOOD horror movies have all already been remade, I guess...

Will I ever watch this remake?
I'm not sure about this one... On one hand, it seems to be another superfluous remake of another average horror flick. On the other hand, Rebecca de Mornay could be awesome in such a flick. Furthermore, the rating for this movie is actually pretry high on listal so I'm actually curious about this one.
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Directed by: Samuel Bayer

With: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Kellan Lutz, Clancy Brown

Was the original - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - worth a look?
Even though I'm not really a fan, I still thoroughly enjoyed it and it is a must see for any decent horror fan (Hell.... I even have a box-set with the first 7 movies!).

Will I ever watch this remake?
Even if Jackie Earle Haley was actually a pretty cool choice to portray Freddy, a part from that, I still think it is an utterly unnecessary and unworthy remake.
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The Crazies (2010)


Directed by: Breck Eisner ('Sahara')

With: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker

Was the original - The Crazies (1973) - worth a look?
Honestly, before making this list, I had never heard of this movie but when I discovered it was directed by George A. Romero, I became interested right away. Everything directed by Romero is worth a look if you are into this genre.

Was this remake worth a look?
Romero's flicks are always liked by remakers. It is already his 4th movies remade and since the original zombie trilogy has already been remade (sometimes even several times), they are now looking for his more obscure movies. Honestly, I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. Of course, it is nothing really amazing but I thought it was a well made virus themed feature and I had a fairly good time watching this.
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The Wolfman (2010)


Directed by: Joe Johnston ('Captain America: The First Avenger', 'Jurassic Park III', 'Jumanji', 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids')

With: Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving

Was the original - The Wolf Man (1941) - worth a look?
I haven't seen this one yet but since it is such a classic, it is definitely worth a look even though it must look pretty cheesy nowadays.

Was this remake worth a look?
It has been years in production which was pretty stormy with Mark Romanek dropping out. Eventually, when it was released, it was received by some lackluster reviews and it wasn't a success at the box-office either. In my opinion, it was originally a good idea to remake this flick and, in spite ot its flaws, it is still worth a look, especially for its cool cast.
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Directed by: Dennis Iliadis ('Hardcore')

With: Monica Potter

Was the original - The Last House on the Left (1972) - worth a look?
Finally, I saw this one and, honestly, it didn't grow old very well. I mean, it is a notoriously violent movie but, 40 years later, it looks pretty tame. Still, it remains a solid feature directed by the great horror master, Wes Craven.

Was this remake worth a look?
Not really. Basically, it was one of those rather tedious horror-porn flicks which inflict you one nauseous scene after the other just to see how much you can take. Unfortunately, I was never interested in this genre.

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Directed by: Patrick Lussier ('Drive Angry', 'White Noise 2: The Light', 'Dracula 2000')

With: Jensen Ackles, Jaime King

Was the original - My Bloody Valentine (1981) - worth a look?
I don't know, it really looks like one of those average and forgettable flick from the 80's...

Will I ever watch this remake?
Oh man, this looks bad... I have my doubts on the original version but this remake really seems to be lame.
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The Uninvited (2009)


Directed by: Charles Guard & Thomas Guard

With: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Banks

Was the original - Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003) - worth a look?
It looks quite awesome (just check the poster!) and I hope I'll see it one day. Anyway, it seems to be one of the better horror movies coming from South Korea.

Will I ever watch this remake?
For some reasons, some viewers won't watch some Asian horror because they refuse to read subtitles and because they want the newest upcoming actresses from Hollywood starring and not some unknown Asian chicks. For those reasons, the best and even less good Asian horror flicks are remade. This one doesn't look too bad actually but it is pretty obvious that it is not an improvement on the original.
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Directed by: Marcus Nispel ('Conan the Barbarian' (2011), 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'(2003) )

With: Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker

Was the original - Friday the 13th (1980) - worth a look?
From all the older classics, it is actually my favorite. Yeah, in my opinion, it is better than 'A Nightmare in Elm Street', 'Halloween', 'The Texas Chainsaw massacre', 'The Exorcist',... Maybe it has to do with the fact that I saw it almost 20 years ago, way before the rest and that I'm being nostalgic and all. Anyway, it remains a must see for any decent horror fan.

Will I ever watch this remake?
The best thing with the original was that Jason wasn't the murderer but his mother but, unfortunately, they got rid off this and what remains is yet another forgettable slasher flick...
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Sorority Row (2009)


Directed by: Stewart Hendler

With: Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Audrina Patridge

Was the original - The House on Sorority Row (1983) - worth a look? Again, another midly interesting slasher flick from the 80's... Is there really nothing else to remake?!?

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This flicks seems to be some kind of lame excuse to get some (uninteresting) young actress together.... The original seems rather uninspiring and this remake seems to be even worse...
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Directed by: Nelson McCormick ('Prom Night'(2008) )

With: Penn Badgley, Amber Heard

Was the original - The Stepfather (1987) - worth a look?
I must admit, I have a weak spot for Terry O'Quinn and it looks pretty cool but I don't think it is really mind-blowing.

Will I ever watch this remake?
Since I have a weak spot for for Amber Heard, I will check this flick at some point but I'm not really optimistic...
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Directed by: Eric Valette

With: Shannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns, Meagan Good

Was the original - Chakushin ari (2003) - worth a look?
It has been years since I saw something directed by Takashi Miike so I would definitely check this one out if I get the opportunity.

Was this remake worth a look?
Honestly, even though it was pretty average, it was not that bad. Basically, it is a combination of 'The Ring' which I love (The Japanese version) and 'Final Destination' which was not bad. The directing and the acting were average and the special effects were pretty shabby but it remained watchable with a (very) few scary moments. Still, it remains an average horror remake and it is not really worth a look, even if you like the genre.
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Quarantine (2008)


Directed by: John Erick Dowdle

With: Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez

Was the original - [Rec] (2007) - worth a look?
Even though it is not really original and rather far-fetched, it is a pretty good and a really entertaining 'found footage' flick. If you don't mind the shaky cam, it is definitely worth a look.

Was this remake worth a look?
It must be one of the quickest remakes ever made. Indeed, it was released just a year after the original. I had some low expectations for this one but I thought it was actually pretty entertaining. However, it is basically a replicate of the Spanish version and they didn't add anything new to the whole thing. So, even though it is a decent and entertaining remake, it is and remains rather useless.
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The Eye (2008)


Directed by: David Moreau & Xavier Palud ('Ils')

With: Jessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola, Parker Posey, Rade Serbedzija, Chloë Grace Moretz

Was the original - Gin gwai (2002) - worth a look?
After watching 2 of their American procuctions, 'Bangkok Dangerous' and 'The Messengers', I can't say I'm convinced by the Pang brothers. Still, it seems to be a solid Asian horror flick.

Was this remake worth a look?
Following the foot steps of Naomi Watts and Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jessica Alba hoped to find some success with this remake of an Asian horror flick but, unfortunately for her, the end-result was rather disappointing. Personally, I was more interested by the whole psycholigical aspect than the horror setting which reminded of a half-baked version of 'Final Destination' (of which I wasn't a big fan in the first place).
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Directed by: Steve Miner ('Friday the 13th Part 2', 'Friday the 13th Part III', 'Halloween H20: 20 Years Later')

With: Mena Suvari, Nick Cannon, AnnaLynne McCord, Ving Rhames

Was the original - Day of the Dead (1985) - worth a look?
Even though it may not be as prestigious as the two 1st zombie movies directed by Romero, it is still a solid effort and a must see if you like this genre.

Will I ever watch this remake?
This looks pretty bad... The ratings are really low and it is basically a cash-in following the success of the 'Dawn of the dead' remake. It even has the same actor (Ving Rhames) showing up in a different part but, honestly, I only heard bad things about this flick.
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Prom Night (2008)


Directed by: Nelson McCormick ('The Stepfather'(2009) )

With: Brittany Snow, Kellan Lutz, Ming-Na, Idris Elba

Was the original - Prom Night (1980) - worth a look?
Back then, Jamie Lee Curtis was the mega Scream Queen but, a part from that, I don't see much anything interesting about this movie. Another forgettable 80's flick...

Was this remake worth a look?
Check the ratings.... It seemed pretty lame and it was indeed really weak. Seriously, it must be one of the worst slasher flicks I have seen in many years. It is just seriously boring and you should pretty much avoid it.
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The Invasion (2007)


Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel ('Der Untergang', 'Das Experiment')

With: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, Jeffrey Wright

Was the original - Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) - worth a look?
It must have been pretty neat to see this movie in the 50's, when the formula was completely new. Furthermore, I wish they didn't force Don Siegel to add an introduction and this happy-end because the movie, above all with a bleaker ending, would have worked better. Still, it is a really solid horror flick, terribly effective and entertaining.

Was this remake worth a look?
The big question with this flick is why did they think it was a good idea to make a 3rd remake?!? In my opinion, it is not the worst version, I liked Ferrara's even less but it is still pretty average. It's too bad since there was actually an impressive cast but they didn't add anyhing new to the whole concept. Watch it at your own risk...
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I Am Legend (2007)


Directed by: Francis Lawrence ('Water for Elephants', 'Constantine')

With: Will Smith, Alice Braga

Was the original - The Omega Man (1971) - worth a look?
I don't know.... It is not really a classic but it doesn't look bad either. Maybe if I bump into it, I will check it out.

Was this remake worth a look?
I know that many people didn't really like it but I thought it was pretty good. I mean, it is, of course, not a masterpiece whatsoever but for a blockbuster, I thought it was not bad at all. It was often visually impressive, the story was entertaining enough and Will Smith delivered a decent performance. Definitely worth a look.
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Funny Games (2007)


Directed by: Michael Haneke ('Das weisse Band', 'Caché', 'La pianiste' , 'Funny Games'(1997), 'Benny's Video')

With: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt

Was the original - Funny Games (1997) - worth a look?
In my opinion, it is one of the best movies ever made. Ok, it is a personal opinion and definitely an acquired taste but I just love this flick. It provides more than just scary moments and it goes deep into the psychological side of the characters and even of the viewers. Some deep sh*t, man...

Was this remake worth a look?
What's the point of remaking EXACTLY the same movie (it is said that the house even has the same dimensions) ? Who cares when it is directed by the great Haneke?!? I have to admit it, it was rather pointless to make the same movie again but it remains a great story and I loved it almost as much as the amazing original version.
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Halloween (2007)


Directed by: Rob Zombie ('Halloween II'(2009), 'The Devil's Rejects', 'House of 1000 Corpses')

With: Malcolm McDowell

Was the original - Halloween (1978) - worth a look?
It is one of the most legendary horror flicks ever made and has been completely influtential on all the slasher movies that came afterwards. A must see.

Will I ever watch this remake?
I usually wouldn't care about such a movie but I keep hearing here and there good things about it and Rob Zombie has a rather impressive reputation as a horror movie director so why not?
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The Hitcher (2007)


Directed by: Dave Meyers

With: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush

Was the original - The Hitcher (1986) - worth a look?
The original is rather cheesy and trashy, a typical 80's flick, but Rutger Hauer is at the top of his game and only for his performance, you ought to yourself to check this one out.

Will I ever watch this remake?
I don't think it is really good but I have a weak spot for Sean Bean and I'm really curious to see if he can compete with Rutger Hauer the Stalker Master. Just for this reason I will check this one out but I don't expect anything great.
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The Omen (2006)


Directed by: John Moore ('Max Payne', 'Flight of the Phoenix'(2004), 'Behind Enemy Lines')

With: Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Mia Farrow, Michael Gambon

Was the original - The Omen (1976) - worth a look?
Honestly, for some reasons, I don't think this classic was really amazing but I still enjoyed most of it. Above all, Gregory Peck gave a very solid performance and Richard Donner did a good job too.

Was this remake worth a look?
'In a few years, it will be 2006. Let's make a remake of The Omen!' What a lame idea... I mean, Liev Schreiber was actually pretty good but that's about it, I'm afraid... The boy was not good, Julia Stiles was miscast and the whole thing was just plain average.
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Directed by: Simon West ('The Mechanic'(2011), 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider', 'Con Air')

With: Camilla Belle, Katie Cassidy

Was the original - When a Stranger Calls (1979) - worth a look?
Again, a midly interesting horror flick but it doesn't look really impressive...

Was this remake worth a look?
It has been a while since I have seen such an uneventful movie. Indeed, for most of the duration, you have Camilla Belle answering the phone and then you have an uninspired confrontation with the bad guy at the end. That's it... If you ask me, I would say that you should definitely watch something else.
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Directed by: Alexandre Aja ('Piranha'(2010), 'Mirrors', 'Haute tension')

With: Vinessa Shaw, Emilie de Ravin

Was the original - The Hills Have Eyes (1977) - worth a look?
Even though it is now pretty old, back then it was rather shocking for the audience. For today's standards, it is still a pretty good horror flick and it is definitely worth a look. Anyway, anything directed by Wes Craven is worth a look in my book.

Was this remake worth a look?
This one is rather difficult judge. It is rather well directed and entertaining somehow but except for some gallons of blood and some gruesome scenes, what does it add to the original? Nothing much, I'm afraid... Watch it at your own risk.
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Directed by: Glen Morgan

With: Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Was the original - Black Christmas (1974) - worth a look?
According to my good friend the giraffe, the original Black Christmas is the slasher film that inspired Halloween and all the rest. It would be the first slasher film, though that credit is more due to Peeping Tom (which he also highly recommends). And thus Black Christmas is worth checking out, even though it's not the best slasher film in his opinion. So, yeah, I'm definitely interested now.

Will I ever watch this remake?
I don't know... It looks pretty bad.... Maybe if I don't have anything else to watch and I'm dying to see another average horror remake?
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Pulse (2006)


Directed by: Jim Sonzero

With: Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder, Christina Milian

Was the original - Kairo (2001) - worth a look?
Since I have a weak spot for Japanese horror movies, I would definitely give this one a chance even though I'm not sure if it is any good.

Will I ever watch this remake?
At this point, they are remaking almost anything coming from Asia and the end result is usually not really impressive... I'm not dying to see this one.
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The Fog (2005)


Directed by: Rupert Wainwright ('Stigmata')

With: Maggie Grace, Selma Blair

Was the original - The Fog (1980) - worth a look?
As a matter of fact, I have just seen this movie and I thought it was pretty good. It may not have the same reputation as some other flicks directed by John Carpenter but, 30 years later after being released, it still is one of the best ghost movies ever made.

Will I ever watch this remake?
According to IMDB, this is basically the worst remake on this list so I shouldn't expect much from this one even if Selma Blair is actually a pretty cool actress.
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Directed by: Andrew Douglas

With: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Chloë Grace Moretz, Rachel Nichols

Was the original - The Amityville Horror (1979) - worth a look?
I haven't seen it but even though the ratings are rather low, it is still a classic so I think it is still worth a look.

Was this remake worth a look?
First of all, I want to give some credit to Ryan Reynolds. He keeps trying some different genres and that's a good thing but it is a such shame that the movies in question are far from being impressive. I mean, it wasn't really bad but it is just a really pedestrian and generic haunted house flick.
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House of Wax (2005)


Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra ('Unknown', 'Orphan')

With: Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki

Was the original - House of Wax (1953) - worth a look?
I haven't seen this one but since it is starring Vincent Price, of course, it is worth a look.

Was this remake worth a look?
Actually, I thought it wasn't that bad. Let me put it this way... Before watching this, I thought it would be completely terrible but eventually, it was indeed nothing impressive but still rather watchable. Even Paris Hilton didn't bother me too much. Watch it at your own risk though...
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Dark Water (2005)


Directed by: Walter Salles ('Diarios de motocicleta', 'Central do Brasil')

With: Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Pete Postlethwaite

Was the original - Honogurai mizu no soko kara (2002) - worth a look?
Since it is directed by Hideo Nakata, the guy who made the amazing 'Ringu', I'm definitely curious about this flick and it must be worth a look.

Was this remake worth a look?
It is probably one of the most disappointing movies I have seen... There is a terrific cast, a very good director and I was expecting at least a decent horror flick. It wasn't really awful but the whole thing was just really slow and honestly rather boring. Not really worth a look, in my opinion.
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2001 Maniacs (2005)


Directed by: Tim Sullivan

With: Robert Englund, Peter Stormare

Was the original - Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) - worth a look?
I'm not so sure... Since it is 50 years old, it may have some historical value but a part from that, I don't know...

Will I ever watch this remake?
I have a lot of respect for Robert Englund but this doesn't look really good...
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Directed by: Tobe Hooper

With: A bunch of unknowns

Was the original - The Toolbox Murders (1978) - worth a look?
Honestly, like some other movies here, before making this list, I had never heard of this flick and, honestly, it looks rather trashy (check the poster)... But who knows? Maybe it is a fun watch...

Will I ever watch this remake?
While making this list, I realized that, besides 'The Texas Chainsaw massacre', I have seen only a few movies directed by Tobe Hooper and only for this reason, I would check this movie if I get the opportunity.
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The Grudge (2004)


Directed by: Takashi Shimizu ('Ju-on', 'Ju-on 2', 'The Grudge 2')

With: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Clea DuVall, Bill Pullman

Was the original - Ju-on (2002) - worth a look?
I always had a weak spot for Japanese horror movies and I will definitely check this one out when I got the chance.

Was this remake worth a look?
Since it was a success at the box-office and since I heard that this movie was really scary, I was definitely intrigued. However, I thought it was utterly disappointing... Sarah Michelle Gellar is a quite charming but she's not an impressive actress and it was far from being frightening. Just some really average stuff...
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Directed by: Zack Snyder ('Sucker Punch', 'Watchmen', '300')

With: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi, Kevin Zegers

Was the original - Dawn of the Dead (1978) - worth a look?
It is a huge classic and arguably the best zombie flick ever made so it is a must see, especially if you are interested in this genre.

Was this remake worth a look?
It is definitely one of the best remakes on this list. There is a good cast, it is visually impressive and the whole thing is really entertaining. On the downside, Znyder has dropped the whole reflection on consumerism which made the original so stricking but still, this is definitely a good example of how to make an interesting remake.
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Directed by: Marcus Nispel ('Conan the Barbarian'(2011), 'Friday the 13th'(2009) )

With: Jessica Biel, Eric Balfour, R. Lee Ermey

Was the original - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - worth a look?
In my opinion, it is a little bit old now and not really frightening anymore and the ending is a total mess. Still, it remains a classic and a solid horror movie and a definitive milestone for this genre.

Was this remake worth a look?
As you can see on his resumé, Marcus Nispel is some kind of remake 'specialist'. He has already made 3 of those but none of them were well received by the critics and I can't say that for this movie it wasn't deserved. I mean, R. Lee Ermey was actually pretty good, Jessica Biel was quite charming but that's about it.... It is just another lazy cash-in with which they try to surf on the reputation of its predecessor but, at the end of the day, it is basically a boring and uninsteresting slasher flick.
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The Ring (2002)


Directed by: Gore Verbinski ('Rango', 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End', 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest', 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl', 'The Mexican')

With: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, Amber Tamblyn

Was the original - Ringu (1998) - worth a look?
It is definitely one of my favorite horror movies of all time and it is pretty much the flick that brought Japanese horror to the worldwide audience so you should definitely watch it.

Was this remake worth a look?
In my opinion, I think it is rather overrated. I mean, it is not bad at all, the directing is allright, Naomi Watts delivers a decent performance but compared to the Japanese version, it is actually rather weak. Furthermore, it is because this movie was so succesfull at the box-office that we get all those worthless remakes of Asian horror flicks...
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Directed by: Steve Beck

With: Tony Shalhoub, Embeth Davidtz, Matthew Lillard, Shannon Elizabeth, F. Murray Abraham

Was the original - 13 Ghosts (1960) - worth a look?
It is yet another (very) old classic but I'm not sure it if it is really any good.

Was this remake worth a look?
In the 90's, they remade for a while some rather old horror flicks but actually none of them was actually successful and they dropped the whole thing after a while. This movie was the last one they made. Well, I have finally watched the damned thing and it was indeed pretty lame. It is basically a B movie with a B cast and it is not really worth a look.
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The Haunting (1999)


Directed by: Jan de Bont ('Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life', 'Speed 2: Cruise Control', 'Twister', 'Speed')

With: Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Lili Taylor, Virginia Madsen

Was the original - The Haunting (1963) - worth a look?
I haven't seen it yet but it looks pretty awesome. It is a classic and definitely on my 'To-watch' list.

Was this remake worth a look?
The first time I watched it, I thought it was really dreadful but I watched it again recently and I thought it was actually watchable. There is a nice cast, some cool special effects, it's just too bad that the story was so worthless. For Jan de Bont, it would be one of his last directing features and his career never really recovered from this failure.
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Directed by: William Malone

With: Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs, Ali Larter, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras

Was the original - House on Haunted Hill (1959) - worth a look?
Since it is directed by the legendary William Castle and starring Vincent Price, I would say why not?

Was this remake worth a look?
Oh dear... It was even worse than I thought it would be. It must be one of the weakest haunted house movies I have seen so far... Basically, you wait during the whole thing for something scary to happen but nothing remotely frightening happens during the whole duration. Compare to this, the remake of 'The Haunting' is almost a masterpiece...
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Psycho (1998)


Directed by: Gus Van Sant ('Milk', 'Paranoid Park', 'Last Days', 'Elephant', 'Gerry', 'Good Will Hunting', 'To Die For', 'My Own Private Idaho', 'Drugstore Cowboy')

With: Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Heche, William H. Macy, Robert Forster, Philip Baker Hall

Was the original - Psycho (1960) - worth a look?
It is already more than 50 years old but it is still one of the best horror films ever made, forget what I just said, it is still one of the best movies ever made. If you haven't seen it yet, shame on you...

Was this remake worth a look?
This must be one of the most hated remakes ever made and I must be one of the few people on Earth who actually think it is actually worth a look. Of course, Vince Vaughn is no Anthony Perkins but I still think it is an interesting experiment and should be seen as an hommage to Hitchcock's genius. Watch it at your own risk and make up your own opinion.
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Frankenstein (1994)


Directed by: Kenneth Branagh ('Thor', 'Sleuth'(2007), 'Hamlet', 'Much Ado About Nothing', 'Peter's Friends', 'Dead Again', 'Henry V')

With: Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter, Aidan Quinn, Ian Holm, John Cleese

Was the original - Frankenstein (1931) - worth a look?
80 years later it is still considered a masterpiece and I definitely have to watch it some day.

Was this remake worth a look?
There was a huge buzz before this movie was released but it didn't turn out to be the masterpiece that so many of us hoped for. However, I did like it, the cast was awesome, the directing was pretty good and it remains a fascinating story. The second half tends to drag down a little but it is definitely worth a look, in my opinion.
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Directed by: Abel Ferrara ('The Funeral', 'The Addiction', 'Dangerous Game', 'Bad Lieutenant'(1992), 'King of New York')

With: Meg Tilly, Gabrielle Anwar, R. Lee Ermey, Forest Whitaker

Was the original - Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) - worth a look?
It must have been pretty neat to see this movie in the 50's, when the formula was completely new. Furthermore, I wish they didn't force Don Siegel to add an introduction and this happy-end because the movie, above all with a bleaker ending, would have worked better. Still, it is a really solid horror flick, terribly effective and entertaining.

Was this remake worth a look?
Back in the 90's, I was a huge fan of Abel Ferrara's work and I have watched many of his movies. However, in my opinion, this flick was the worst he has made. I thought it was a boring and uninsteresting horror flick. Maybe I should give it another try since I have seen it more than 15 years ago but I'm not really optimistic...
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Dracula (1992)


Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola ('The Godfather: Part III', 'Apocalypse Now', 'The Godfather: Part II', 'The Conversation', 'The Godfather')

With: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Cary Elwes, Sadie Frost, Tom Waits, Monica Bellucci

Was the original - Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) - worth a look?
Wow, man... It is almost a 100 years old... How awesome is that! It is black and white, it is silent and yet it is totally spellbinding. I wonder how many so-called horror fans have still to watch this masterpiece?

Was this remake worth a look?
There was a huge buzz before this movie was released and it didn't turn out to be the masterpiece that so many of us hoped for. It was the last big production directed by Francis Ford Coppola and there were still many things to enjoy in my opinion. First of all, the directing was really good and the cast was also terrific, above all Gary Oldman was just awesome. The only issue was probably that it tries too much to be faithfull to the original source and since we all know the story, there is not many surprises when watching this. Still, I think it is definitely worth a look.

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I'm aware that there are many more and even better remakes of 'Dracula' but I think it would be rather tiresome to add all of them here so I prefer to focus on one which is pretty famous and that I have actually seen.
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It has just been announced that they will remake 'Carrie' starring Chloë Grace Moretz but I'm not so sure if it is something we should be happy about. Indeed, lately, they keep making remakes of Horror movies but the end-results are rather mixed. I wanted to have a closer look on this.

There is indeed an interesting pattern. At the end of the 70's and in the 80's, they started to make some horror remakes but they were always high quality new version, sometimes even better than the originals. Than, in the 90's, they started to make, occasionally, some poor versions of old classics. But then nowadays, they make every year at least 5 remakes of basically anything going from Asian horror to some average and forgotten horror flicks from the 80's.

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Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Apr 23 14:15
Nice list & good notes, my friend. I recommend you watch more of the originals though to make this list even better. ;)

By the way, for I Am Legend you have listed The Omega Man as the original, but The Omega Man was the 2nd (official) film adaptation of I Am Legend. The first was The Last Man on Earth (which is definitely worth a look, moreso than The Omega Man IMO).
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Apr 23 14:28
@the giraffe, eventually, I will watch most of the originals but as, you know, my movie schedule is quite busy so it may take a few years...

I see what you mean about 'I am legend' and I had my doubts about which movie I should put as the 'original'. Eventually, I followed IMDB. 'The Last Man on Earth' is another version of the same book whereas 'I am legend' is based on the screenplay of 'The Omega Man' as well as the original novel. That's why I made that choice.
( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480249/trivia?tab=mc )
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Apr 23 14:36
Fair enough. Not sure if you want to add more to this list, but I don't see The Last House on the Left (1972, 2009) here.
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Apr 23 14:37
The 1956 version of "Invasion of The Body Snatchers" is fun to watch but almost in a campy way. It is one of the classic American cold war (red scare) films. So, yep... the 1978 version remains my favorite.

The original "My Bloody Valentine" scared the snot out of me at the time but I think it might be dated and cheesy by this point. I haven't had the courage to watch it again.
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Apr 23 14:38
@the giraffe, indeed, my friend, I forgot this one...
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Apr 25 20:32
The Psycho remake... SMH. "Not good" is an understatement... The only parts I liked of it are William H. Macy and Viggo Mortensen.
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Apr 25 23:38
Great list, and some good assessments of the movies.
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Sep 4 6:19
The Thing (2011) is a prequel FYI.
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Sep 4 7:11
@AVPGuyver21, FYI have you read the comment I wrote....
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Sep 4 8:13
Great list, as usual and great analysis on each!

I've seen 8 remakes and 7 originals! Pretty close!

Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Sep 7 21:40
Great list!

I suggest you watch "The Thing" 2011 prequel, then re-watch the Carpenter film.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 7 4:47
Great list I am now considering some of these movies. BTW you should watch 13 Ghosts it is actually really good. A little Cheese-e and sometimes feels like a comic book movie but that actually is apart of its charm! :)
Posted: 4 months, 1 week ago at Jul 13 19:46
You know, I think there are a couple of solid horror remakes.

I really enjoyed Evil Dead. It was gloriously violent.
My Bloody Valentine turned out to be an enjoyable, trashy slasher. So was Friday the 13th and Halloween.
The Hill Have Eyes though. That's a brilliant remake.
Posted: 4 months, 1 week ago at Jul 14 4:48
@Bml93, I guess it is a matter of taste. As far as I'm concerned, I didn't care much for any of the remakes you mentioned, at least, among the ones I have seen so far.
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