Hollywood loves a remake. Some are good (The Thing, Ocean’s 11, True Grit), most are bad (Clash Of The Titans, The Pink Panther, Psycho). Here’s 3 horror movies that shouldn’t have been remade EVER!
I think it’s safe to say that the 1970s and the 1980s were the golden years of the horror movie genre. These times have seen the emergence of such legendary monsters as the Xenomorph, the Predator, the Cenobites, Jason Voorhees, Freddie Kruger, and many others. In the later years, Hollywood has become much more cautious and eager to make profit, so the number of original horror franchises has diminished, the horror genre losing a lot of its previous importance. And, instead of taking the chance of introducing new monsters (with a few notable exceptions, of course), they often choose the safer path of remaking classic horror movies instead.
Horror movies, in turn, are not slot machines. A slot machine can be remade easily – all it needs is a bit of tweaking here and there to become actual. The Royal Vegas has many such slots that have been remade to match the modern times – they got new graphics, new aspect ratio, possibly even new music. It’s easy for the Royal Vegas to do so, especially since the game they re-release remains the same at its roots – it merely gets an updated look. When it comes to horror movies, it’s not only about looks and feels – the vision of the director helming the projects leaves an important mark on it.
When the classic version of the movie is made by a legendary director, the remake often not only fails to live up to the original but also to the expectations of the public. Much like in the case of these movies below.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
For all horror fans growing up in the 1980s, actor Robert Englund is Freddie Krueger. During the initial seven years of the franchise (we don’t count Wes Craven’s New Nightmare and Freddy vs. Jason), we’ve seen Freddie evolve from a silent (and rather one-sided) dream killer into a character with depth, and a kind of twisted sense of humor.
Compared to the classic six-part series, the 2010 remake of the movie was dull and boring. It has received a mere 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. All of its critics agree that it’s “visually faithful but lacking the depth and subversive twists that made the original so memorable”.
I think we can all agree that Alfred Hitchcock was one of the greatest suspense directors of all times. One of his classics, the genre-creating Psycho, has a distinguished position on the list of the 7 scariest movies of all time. Unfortunately, a modern-day director thought he could do a better job – thus the 1998 remake of the movie was born, which can only be described with the word “pointless”.
The 1998 remake of the movie was the story re-told in a less exciting, less fear-inducing, and overall less memorable way. It doesn’t improve on the story in any way. Posterity will surely not remember director Gus van Sant for this remake.
Poltergeist was one of the scariest supernatural horror movies of the 1980s. Written and produced by Steven Spielberg, and directed by horror legend Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist has become a cult classic and has also received three Academy Award nominations (along with several Saturn Awards, and a BAFTA).
The remake of the movie, released in 2015, although it has big names like Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert behind it, fails to add any value to the franchise. Although it’s a “competent homage to the original”, it lacks the haunting nature of the classic, thus being just another pointless waste of time as many others.