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Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For

Updated April 15, 2021 26.5k votes 2.4k voters 30.4k views33 items

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Horror movie remakes are as old as cinema itself, and they're not always a bad thing. After all, John Carpenter's The Thing - considered by fans as one of the scariest horror films of all time - was an update of the 1951 Howard Hawks film The Thing From Another World. Certain movies lend themselves retellings with fresh perspectives, as was the case with The Thing, as well as The Fly (the 1986 David Cronenberg remake of the 1958 original), Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (the 1978 remake of the 1956 original), and even Night Of The Living Dead (Tom Savini's 1990 version is a surprisingly solid update of the 1968 George Romero original).

But then there are the horror reboots that, for all intents and purposes, never needed to be made. Occasionally the results are better than expected - Rob Zombie's Halloween ranks favorably among specific sects of the horror community - but regardless of the film's merits, most horror fans can agree there simply wasn't a need to remake the classic movie in question. And while some of the following unnecessary horror remakes are decent films, others rank among the worst movies ever made

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    Martyrs (2015)

    Troian Bellisario, Bailey Noble
    Martyrs is a 2015 American horror film directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz, and a remake of...  more
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    Quarantine (2008) (Remake Of REC)

    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter
    Quarantine is a 2008 American science fiction horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and...  more
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    Carnival of Souls (1998)

    Shawnee Smith, Larry Miller
    Carnival of Souls is a 1998 horror film, a remake of Herk Harvey's 1962 horror film of the...  more
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    April Fool's Day (2008)

    Taylor Cole, Scout Taylor-Compton
    April Fool's Day is a 2008 American horror film, which is a direct-to-DVD remake of the 1986...  more
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    Let Me In (2010)

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins
    Let Me In is a 2010 romantic horror film written and directed by Matt Reeves and starring Kodi...  more
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    Ritual (2002)

    Tim Curry, Jennifer Grey
    Tales from the Crypt Presents: Ritual is the third and final film spin-off from the HBO...  more
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    The Vanishing (1993)

    Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges
    The Vanishing is a 1993 thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland and Nancy Travis. It...  more
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    Child's Play

    Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza
    Child's Play is a 2019 American horror film directed by Lars Klevberg, and a reboot of the...  more