Smart Things Otherwise Horrible Horror Remakes And Reboots Did Right

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The deck is always stacked against horror movie remakes. Genre fans often fall in love with an original film, be it The Texas Chain Saw Massacre or Ghostbusters, and when those films are remade, audiences are ready to tear these new movies apart. Even the best horror remakes have to deal with not living up to the original simply because they're different. 

But even the most superfluous horror remake has something good about it, whether it's an interesting concept (that's not entirely fleshed out) or a really cool scene that's worthy of attention. All of the horror remakes included here are more interesting than just simple cash grabs. If you've been avoiding these movies, you should give them a chance. The best part is that if you hate the changes, you can just go watch the original.


  • Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead is never going to stand up to George Romero's groundbreaking original. Snyder's film immediately upset audiences with its fast zombies and its very 2000s over-the-top vibe. It doesn't match the score, the subtext about capitalism, or Romero's homespun DIY horror, but it does beat out the original film in one important way: It's scary AF.

    Right out of the gate, Snyder hit audiences with a super intense zombie movie that puts gore and brutal violence front and center. As great and important as 1978's Dawn of the Dead is, the opening moments of Snyder's version of the film prove this guy knows how to make a horror movie.

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    'It' (2017) - Separating Flashbacks Into Their Own Movie

    Say what you will about the Andy Muschietti-helmed It remake, but the guy took his time with these films. Rather than smash everything together into one movie or copy the beloved 1990 adaptation by mixing all-important flashbacks and the current day storyline, he and his screenwriter Gary Dauberman allow the story of Derry, ME, to breathe while giving audiences time to connect with the Losers Club two times over.

    This two-part remake really was a no-win situation (albeit one that did gangbusters at the box office). Many audience members first came to Stephen King's work through the ABC It miniseries, and there was no way for It Chapter One and Chapter Two to live up to the monumental expectations set for '90s kids everywhere. However, getting more time with the characters at both periods of their lives is a win for everyone, no matter when you were born.

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    'Halloween' (2018) - Simplifying The Story Back To Its Roots

    For all of its tonal inconsistencies and Jamie Lloyd erasure, Hallow(David Gordon Gr)een does manage to pull off one very impressive feat: It straightens out the Halloween timeline. Following 1978's Halloween, sporadic sequels were released that only muddied the timeline of Carpenter's incredible yet simple tale.

    To make a very long story very short, Halloween II through Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers introduce the concept that Michael Myers is powered by a coven of witches who want to use him to get revenge for... reasons? Oh, and he's Laurie Strode's secret brother. OH! And there's a psychic niece and a cowboy and Paul Rudd and Halloween masks that make your head explode into a pile of snakes and bugs. It's all very confusing.

    David Gordon Green's 2018 spin on the film gets rid of everything after the original Halloween to make the story easier to follow for newcomers, and at the very least, that's an interesting concept.

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  • The worst thing that 2009's Friday the 13th could have done was remake the first film. Not only is that one of the most beloved slashers of the era, but there's no way audiences wouldn't revolt in the theaters if it wasn't perfect.

    Instead, the creators behind this remake made the canny decision to roll the first four films into one big remake with the first two films comprising the first act and the more well-known hockey mask-wearing Jason Voorhees taking up the final two acts of the film.

    Friday the 13th (2009) isn't a perfect movie by any means, but it knows what it is (the 50,000th movie about Jason Voorhees), and it's a lot of fun.

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  • This Michael Bay-produced remake jumpstarted the trend of inescapable Platinum Dunes horror remakes that permeated the 2000s, and even though it doesn't bring anything new to this film, it does succeed in ramping up the gore and brutality of the original.

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is an unstoppable stress-fest that feels like someone just plopped a camera in the middle of a family reunion full of cannibals in the late '70s. While the remake doesn't match the original's intensity, it does carve out space for itself.

    Nothing about this remake feels like it was made on the original's shoestring budget, but that's okay. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) wants to make audiences throw up in their popcorn with its onscreen violence, and if that's something that you're into, then it has to be seen to be believed.

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  • Don't let the haters convince you otherwise, Fede Alvarez's 2013 remake of The Evil Dead returns the series to the brutal horror of the original while introducing a whole new array of terrors. Doing away with the groovy of it all, Alvarez leans into practical gore as well as some genuinely unpleasant visuals.

    The unnerving horror starts early when a man sets his daughter on fire, and it doesn't stop until Mia (Jane Levy) has to go face to face with a demonic version of herself in a torrential downpour of blood. No one is ever going to replace Bruce "The King" Campbell, but 2013's Evil Dead is genuinely worth your time.

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