10 Worst Horror Movie Remakes:
Black Christmas (2006)
The original Black Christmas is a Canadian independent horror film that tells the story of a group of sorority sisters who are targeted by a serial killer. As Christmas fast approaches, the students begin receiving disturbing phone calls that soon escalate into a series of horrific murders. Released in 1977, Black Christmas is considered to be one of the first slasher horror films. In 2006, the film was remade and received mostly negative reviews. What made the remake so generally disappointing was its inability to capture the same influential style and shocking plot twists that made the 1977 film so original.
The Thing (2011)
John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi horror movie was itself a remake of 1951’s The Thing from Another World. Carpenter’s The Thing surpassed the original by its incorporation of special effects, a grim atmosphere, and an even grimmer ending. The story of a group of isolated scientists in the Antarctic who battle an ancient alien that overtakes human bodies was remade again in 2011. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., the 2011 version is actually a prequel rather than a direct remake. Despite Heijningen’s attempt at adding a fresh vision to the story, the new adaptation failed to hit the mark, as it was unable to reproduce the same atmosphere and suspense that made Carpenter’s version so haunting.
The Amityville Horror (2005)
Originally release in 1979, The Amityville Horror achieved great popularity. The film recounts the supposed real-life experiences of the Lutz family who move into a haunted house where a mass murder had been committed. When the family begins experiencing terrifying and life-threatening paranormal events, the Lutz’s are forced to flee their home in an attempt to save their lives. The classic haunted house film was remade in 2005. The remake, which was produced by Michael Bay and directed by Andrew Douglas, attempted to give the movie a new look for modern audiences. However, in an attempt to revamp the story, the remake ultimately failed since the movie was full clichés and predictable jump scares at every turn.
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
The atmospheric House on Haunted Hill was first released in 1959. The original film stars Vincent Price as an eccentric millionaire who invites five strangers to stay in his mansion for the entire night. Whoever is able to stay until the morning will earn $10,000. What the guests soon realize is that in order to win the money they will have to survive a night filled with ghostly terrors. Dark Castle Entertainment (a production company responsible for making several disappointing horror movie remakes) remade House on Haunted Hill in 1999. The newer movie was unable to capture the same following as the original because it lacked originality and failed to produce any legitimate scares.
The Haunting (1999)
1963’s The Haunting is based off of Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House and is considered one of the greatest haunted house films of all time. A group of people, including the questionably sane Eleanor Lance, journey to the eerie Hill House in order to explore the mansion’s dark history. Soon, the group is terrified by a host of supernatural occurrences. As events escalate, Eleanor comes to the belief that a ghostly presence is trying to keep her at Hill House. Remade in 1999, the modern reimaging of The Haunting was an immense disappointment because of the overuse of terrible CGI and predictable scares.
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho is considered one of the greatest films of all time. Hitchcock’s film portrays the story of a beautiful young woman (played by Janet Leigh) who is murdered by a charming yet deranged motel manager (Anthony Perkins). The classic scene in which Leigh’s character is stabbed to death in the shower changed American film because it allowed for the acceptance of portrayals of violence and deviant sexuality. In 1998, director Gus Van Sant released a shot-for-shot remake of Psycho. Although Van Sant reused much of the same camera techniques as well as musical scores of the original, he failed to recreate the same atmosphere and chemistry in Hitchcock’s version. One of the most dismal failures of the remake was Vince Vaughn’s inability to reproduce anything close to Anthony Perkins’ hauntingly memorable performance.
Released in 1978, John Carpenter’s Halloween is believed to be one of the first slasher horror films. Its overwhelming popularity spawned an explosion of similar films throughout the 1980s. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, Halloween is about a group of teenagers who are hunted and killed by a deranged psychiatric hospital escapee. Rob Zombie decided to remake the classic horror film, which was released in 2007. The remake was greeted with much anticipation by fans of the Halloween franchise. However, Zombie’s film was met with similar disappointment once it was released. The generally negative reviews that surrounded the remake often centered on the fact that Zombie’s version was unable to add anything new to Carpenter’s landmark film.
The Fog (2005)
Following the success of his classic slasher film Halloween, John Carpenter directed The Fog. Starring Halloween’s Jamie Lee Curtis, and Psycho’s Janet Leigh, The Fog is a ghost story about a group of drowned mariners who roll in to shore with the fog in order seek revenge on the townspeople. Although not as successful as Halloween, The Fog was still a commercial hit. Carpenter’s horror-thriller was remade in 2005 and sadly did not receive the same positive reviews as the original. Instead, many thought that the remake failed to produce any scares or anything remotely original.
Prom Night (2008)
Jamie Lee Curtis also starred in the original Prom Night, another slasher horror film released after the success of Halloween. Although Prom Night never became as widely popular as Carpenter’s classic, the 1980 film about a group of friends being murdered during their prom did skillfully contribute to the genre. Director Nelson McCormick released a remake of Prom Night in 2008. Although the remake seemed to be doing well in the box office, the film received many negative reviews. McCormick’s version of the film was criticized for its abysmal acting from actors such as Brittany Snow, as well as the films inability to develop any real suspense.
The Omen (2006)
The Omen, a 1976 horror film, was directed by Richard Donner and stars Gregory Peck. Peck plays Robert Thorn, a father who adopts an orphan after his own child is stillborn. When his adopted son, who is appropriately named Damien, begins being involved in mysterious disappearances and deaths, Thorn is forced to consider that he has perhaps adopted the son of Satan. Director Richard Donner incorporated many original violent and haunting scenes which helped the film to be considered one of the greatest horror movies of all time. In 2006 The Omen was remade by director John Moore, who faithfully copied many aspects of the original film. Similar to Van Sant’s shot-for-shot remake of Psycho, Moore’s remake has been denounced as too pointlessly similar to the original.