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Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For

Updated April 15, 2021 26.1k votes 2.4k voters 30.5k 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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    Psycho (1998)

    Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen

    Released1998

    Directed byGus 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 Bloch's...  more
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    501

    The Mummy (2017)

    Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella

    Released2017

    Directed byAlex 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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    520

    A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

    Rooney Mara, Connie Britton

    Released2010

    Directed bySamuel 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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    Poltergeist (2015)

    Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris

    Released2014

    Directed bySam 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 evil...  more
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    411

    Flatliners (2017)

    Ellen Page, Diego Luna

    Released2017

    Directed byNiels 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 young...  more
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    Carrie (2013)

    Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2013

    Directed byKimberly 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 film,...  more
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    364

    Cabin Fever (2016)

    Samuel Davis, Gage Golightly

    Released2016

    Directed byTravis 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 flesh...  more
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    389

    The Wicker Man (2006)

    Nicolas Cage, James Franco

    Released2006

    Directed byNeil 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 Man,...  more
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    The Omen (2006)

    Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn 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 worldwide on...  more
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    Friday the 13th

    Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker

    Released2009

    Directed byMarcus 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 1980,...  more
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    Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006)

    Brianna Brown, Sid Haig

    Released2006

    Directed byJeff 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 1990...  more
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    The Amityville Horror (2005)

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew 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 Anson,...  more
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    The Fog (2005)

    Maggie Grace, Selma Blair

    Released2005

    Directed byRupert 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 by...  more
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    310

    Prom Night (2008)

    Idris Elba, Brittany Snow

    Released2008

    Directed byNelson 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 queen...  more
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    514

    Halloween (2007)

    Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo

    Released2007

    Directed byRob 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 Halloween...  more
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    One Missed Call (2008)

    Meagan Good, Ariel Winter

    Released2008

    Directed byEric 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. The...  more
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    When A Stranger Calls (2006)

    Camilla Belle, Katie Cassidy

    Released2006

    Directed bySimon 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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    Dracula Untold (2014)

    Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance

    Released2014

    Directed byGary 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 novelist...  more
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    The Thing (2011)

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen

    Released2011

    Directed byMatthijs 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 the...  more
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    Pet Sematary

    Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz

    Released2019

    Directed byKevin 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, a doctor...  more
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    Black Christmas (2006)

    Michelle Trachtenberg, Lacey Chabert

    Released2006

    Directed byGlen 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 Chabert,...  more
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    The Haunting (1999)

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liam Neeson

    Released1999

    Directed byJan 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 directed...  more
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    The Hitcher (2007)

    Sophia Bush, Sean Bean

    Released2007

    Directed byDave 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, and C....  more
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    Pulse (2006)

    Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder

    Released2006

    Directed byJim 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 their...  more
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    The Last House on the Left (2009)

    Sara Paxton, Aaron Paul

    Released2009

    Directed byDennis 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 Potter,...  more