Horror movies have been around for a long time and their remakes, too. Such a remake does not always fail to impress, as the best horror movie remakes have exciting stories and thrilling plotlines that are as captivating and suspenseful as their originals. Here, we look at ten of the most scintillating horror movie remakes, sure to send chills down your spine:
The 2003 remake of ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ is one of the most popular horror movie remakes of all times. It follows the original plotline, where a group of travellers is terrorised by family members with a chainsaw. The remake is more violent than its predecessor and has some of the most disturbing images of all remakes.
The 2010 remake of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ was highly anticipated. Staying true to its origin, the remake follows Freddy Krueger as he terrorises the teens that live on Elm Street in their nightmares. It has stellar performances, a chilling soundtrack and plenty of twists and turns to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
The 1998 version of ‘Psycho’ remains one of the best horror movie remakes, stealing from the original film but making it modern and far more graphic. Directed by the same director of the 1960’s version, Alfred Hitchcock, the 1998 version remains controversial but highly enjoyable.
‘Friday the 13th’ is among the most iconic horror films of all time, and the 2009 remake tries it’s best to do it justice. Following a group of camp counselors escaping the clutches of the machete-wielding serial killer, the remake stays true to the original while having enough surprises to keep viewers entertained.
Remakes That Broke the Unwritten Rules of Horror Movies
‘The Hills Have Eyes’ from 2006 unleashed one of the most thrilling remakes of all times. It features a family in the Nevada Desert which is stuck in a brutal fight for survival against mutants. It is nothing like the original and went against the unwritten rules of horror films, driving viewers wild.
‘The Ring’ in 2002 was incredibly successful and commercial in nature, following a reporter investigating a mysterious Video Tape that kills its viewers upon so many days of watching. The visual imagery and its unforgettable scare scenes make it one of the most compelling horror movies of all times.
The 2016 remake of ‘The Witch’ can be considered the most unexpected horror movie remake, primarily because the original was made by an independent studio. The remake pays its dues to the old era, with an impressive aesthetic, perfectly timed silences and breathtaking visuals.
Horror Movies Tapped Into New Age Technology
An enjoyable and inventive remake of ‘Jaws’ in 2015 was well received. With impressive special effects and the state-of-the-art technology the remake expects a great deal from its viewers; it has the potential to bring sharks a leash closer to us than what we ever expected.
‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ from 2007 hit the ground and instilled fear in viewers all around the world. With excellent performances and extraordinary cinematography, the remake tapped into the new age of technology and pushed the boundaries of horror remakes.
The 2018 remake of ‘Suspiria’ was unlike anything cinematic history has ever seen, with exceptional performances, an eerie sound design and a grand scope. It felt avant-garde, captivating viewers up until the very end.
Remakes With Flawless Performances
The 2006 remake of ‘When a Stranger Calls’ was as terrifying as the original film and will never go out of style. The performances from the cast are unparalleled, making it one of the scariest remakes ever.
Another popular horror film, ‘The Blob’, had a 1988 remake that was well-received. Highlighting the effects of toxic pollution, the remake managed to enrapture its viewers thanks to its creative plotline and flawless performances.
Finally, the 2011 remake of the ‘Straw Dogs’ was not only terrifying but also incredibly thought-provoking, re-enacting the same events that happened to the original but in a much more violent way. It generates riveting tension between its characters — as well as within viewers — and continues to captivate horror lovers everywhere.