Graveyard Shift

Underrated Horror Remakes From The Early 2000s That Are Actually Worth Your Time

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Vote up the horror remakes from the early aughts you think deserve more credit.

During the 2000s, horror remakes reigned supreme. J-horror, '50s shock-a-thons, slashers, zombies, Wes Craven properties galore - they were all being remade with mid-size budgets and were raking in the cash, but how many of them can you name off the top of your head?

Horror fans may look back at the 2000s as a genre wasteland, but there are plenty of gems from the DVD era that deserve your attention. Whether you skipped the following remakes because you were born in the mid-'90s or because the prospect of watching Paris Hilton act gives you the heebie-jeebies, we're here to tell you exactly why you should park yourself in front of the TV and catch up on the classics. Well, remakes of the classics.

  • Thirteen Ghosts, to put it bluntly, slaps. This remake of the William Castle 1960 B-Movie takes the basic premise and turns it into a roller-coaster ride that's both scary and fun for the whole family (well, maybe not the entire family).

    The 2001 remake takes the original's premise - a family moves into a house built to capture ghosts - and adds a manic Matthew Lillard performance alongside some seriously cool supernatural world-building.

    Over-the-top Matthew Lillard performance aside, the real draw is the ghosts. Not only are they scary, but they each have their own personality, look, and backstory that helps make this film more than an average reboot. If you've somehow slept on Thirteen Ghosts all this time, pick it up on VHS or HD-DVD today.

  • Zack Snyder was never going to make a faithful adaptation of Dawn of the Dead. He makes jacked-up, over-cranked action movies that are often connected to pre-existing intellectual properties with little care for the source material.

    In the case of this hyper-violent zombie movie that happens to share a title and basic premise with George Romero's groundbreaking 1978 horror masterpiece, we have no problems with Snyder working his ultra-violent magic.

    This adaptation of Dawn of the Dead places its action in a mall and gives the audience a hodgepodge of characters who are dispatched in a variety of gory ways by zombies moving at Olympic decathlon speeds. If you can forget about the moral implications and subtext of the original Dawn of the Dead, then Snyder's remake is a pretty fun flick.

  • Alexandre Aja's remake of The Hills Have Eyes is straight-up nasty, and that's a good thing. Many 2000s horror remakes feel toothless, but this 2006 update of Wes Craven's post-Last House on the Left/pre-A Nightmare on Elm Street genre entry has enough gore to make a decade's worth of horror fans puke in their popcorn.

    The Hills Have Eyes (2006) not only ups the gore quotient, it fills out the backstory of the hillbilly mutants at the heart of the film. It's great to see a remake that's not only reverential to the original but that takes some of its more conceptual ideas and executes them better than the first film ever could. Watch this back to back with the 1977 original to have a night of disgusting, dusty horror.

  • If you slept on House of Wax because it's sort of a remake of a cheesy 1950s horror movie (House of Wax) that's actually more of a remake of a late-‘70s mannequin murder movie (Tourist Trap) that features Paris Hilton, then it’s time to wake up.

    On paper, the House of Wax remake sounds like a bottom-of-the-barrel 2000s horror movie, but this movie is wild. Humans are turned into wax mannequins, Jared Padalecki gets his skin ripped off, there's a whole evil twin thing happening that barely makes sense, and there's an entire town full of fake people.

    Don't believe the bad reviews. House of Wax is one of the most over-the-top, ridiculous horror movies of the 2000s - and that's a good thing.