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Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For 

Christopher Shultz
Updated March 8, 2020 20.1k votes 2.1k voters 28k views 33 items

List Rules Vote up the most unnecessary reboots.

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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The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
The Mummy (2017) Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis

Directed by: Alex Kurtzman

The Mummy is a 2017 American action-adventure horror film directed by Alex Kurtzman. It is a reboot of The Mummy franchise and the first installment in the Universal Monsters shared universe. ...more
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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Vince Vaughn

Released: 1998

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Psycho is a 1998 American horror film produced and directed by Gus Van Sant for Universal Pictures, a remake of the 1960 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Both films are adapted from Robert ...more
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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Rooney Mara, Connie Britton, Katie Cassidy

Released: 2010

Directed by: Samuel Bayer

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 2010 American slasher film directed by Samuel Bayer and written by Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer as a remake of Wes Craven's 1984 film of the same name, which ...more
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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer

Released: 2013

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film. It is the third film adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, though Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Screen Gems, who produced the ...more
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Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt

Released: 2014

Directed by: Sam Raimi, Gil Kenan

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by ...more
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Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev

Directed by: Niels Arden Oplev

Flatliners is a 2017 science fiction psychological horror film directed by Niels Arden Oplev and written by Ben Ripley. The film is a sequel to the 1990 film of the same name, and follows five ...more
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The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Nicolas Cage, James Franco, Leelee Sobieski

Released: 2006

Directed by: Neil LaBute

The Wicker Man is a 2006 American horror thriller film written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Nicolas Cage. The film primarily is a remake of the 1973 British cult classic The Wicker ...more
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Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Samuel Davis, Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario

Released: 2016

Directed by: Travis Zariwny

Cabin Fever is a 2016 American horror film directed by Travis Zariwny, and a remake of Eli Roth's 2002 film. A group of college students on a weekend getaway in a remote cabin are exposed to a ...more
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The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Chloë Grace Moretz, Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Nichols

Released: 2005

Directed by: Andrew Douglas

The Amityville Horror is a 2005 American horror film directed by Andrew Douglas. It is a remake of the 1979 film of the same name which itself was based on the novel of the same name by Jay ...more
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The Omen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Mia Farrow

Released: 2006

Directed by: John Moore

The Omen is a 2006 remake of Richard Donner's The Omen. Directed by John Moore and written by David Seltzer, the film stars Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, and Mia Farrow. It was released ...more
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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris

Released: 2007

Directed by: Rob Zombie

Halloween is a 2007 American slasher film written, directed, and produced by Rob Zombie. The film is a remake/reimagining of the 1978 horror film of the same name; it is a reboot of the ...more
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The Fog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Maggie Grace, Selma Blair, Tom Welling

Released: 2005

Directed by: Rupert Wainwright

The Fog is a 2005 horror film directed by Rupert Wainwright and starring Tom Welling, Selma Blair and Maggie Grace. It is a remake of John Carpenter's 1980 film of the same name and was produced ...more
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Night of the Living Dead... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Brianna Brown, Sid Haig, Greg Travis

Released: 2006

Directed by: Jeff Broadstreet

Night of the Living Dead 3D or Night of the Living DE3D is a 2006 horror film made in 3D. It is the second remake of the 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead. The first was released in ...more
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Prom Night is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Idris Elba, Brittany Snow, Jana Kramer

Released: 2008

Directed by: Nelson McCormick

Prom Night is a 2008 American slasher film from Screen Gems directed by Nelson McCormick. The film is primarily a remake of the 1980 Canadian slasher film of the same name which starred scream ...more
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Dracula Untold is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Luke Evans

Released: 2014

Directed by: Gary Shore, Andy Cockrum

Dracula Untold is a 2014 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Gary Shore in his feature film debut and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Rather than focus on Irish ...more
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Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
mbilhuber added Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti

Released: 2009

Directed by: Marcus Nispel

Friday the 13th is a 2009 American slasher film written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, and directed by Marcus Nispel. The film is a reboot of the Friday the 13th film series, which began in ...more
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One Missed Call is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Meagan Good, Ariel Winter, Margaret Cho

Released: 2008

Directed by: Eric Valette

One Missed Call is a 2008 American supernatural horror film and remake of Takashi Miike's 2003 Japanese film One Missed Call, which itself was based on the Yasushi Akimoto novel Chakushin Ari. ...more
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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton

Released: 2011

Directed by: Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr.

The Thing is a 2011 science fiction horror film directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and written by Eric Heisserer based on the novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell. It is a prequel to ...more
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When a Stranger Calls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Camilla Belle, Katie Cassidy, Tessa Thompson

Released: 2006

Directed by: Simon West

When a Stranger Calls is a 2006 American horror thriller film directed by Simon West and written by Jake Wade Wall. The film stars Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan, Katie Cassidy and Clark Gregg. ...more
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The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liam Neeson, Owen Wilson

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jan de Bont

The Haunting is a 1999 remake of the 1963 horror film of the same name. Both films are based on the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, published in 1959. The Haunting was ...more
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Black Christmas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Michelle Trachtenberg, Lacey Chabert, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Released: 2006

Directed by: Glen Morgan

Black Christmas is a 2006 Canadian-American slasher film written and directed by Glen Morgan and starring Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Hudson, Lacey ...more
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Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
gunner.gould added Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow

Released: 2019

Directed by: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer

Pet Sematary is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, based on the novel by Stephen King. When his toddler son is killed in an auto accident, ...more
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The Hitcher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Sophia Bush, Sean Bean, Neal McDonough

Released: 2007

Directed by: Dave Meyers

The Hitcher is a 2007 horror thriller film starring Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, and Zachary Knighton. It is a remake of the 1986 film of the same name starring Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, ...more
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Pulse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder, Christina Milian

Released: 2006

Directed by: Jim Sonzero

Pulse is a 2006 American horror film directed by Jim Sonzero, it is a remake of the Japanese horror film Kairo. A group of co-eds attempts to stop an evil force from taking over the world after ...more
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The Last House on the Le... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For
Sara Paxton, Aaron Paul, Monica Potter

Released: 2009

Directed by: Dennis Iliadis

The Last House on the Left is a 2009 American film directed by Dennis Iliadis and written by Carl Ellsworth and Adam Alleca. It is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name, and stars Monica ...more