The Haunting Remake Substitutes Loud Noises For Atmosphere and Scares

Sixty years after its release, Robert Wise’s 1963 adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House remains a horror classic. In addition to Wise’s haunted house chiller, author Shirley Jackson’s Gothic novel provided the source material for the critically acclaimed Netflix series. Somewhere in between those two interpretations, action director Jan de Bont (Speed, Twister) delivered […]

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Assault on Precinct 13 Remake a Perfectly Fine Pulpy Action Thriller

Hollywood remakes of 80s horror movies defined the early 2000s alongside ‘Torture Porn‘ and J-horror. Many of these remakes pillaged from the VHS shelves of the slasher subgenre. Terror Train, Prom Night, When a Stranger Calls, and The Stepfather all received forgettable retreads. Not surprisingly, John Carpenter’s illustrious filmography has seen a handful of remakes […]

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One Missed Call J-Horror Remake Gets a Busy Signal on Scares

Found-footage, Torture Porn, J-horror, and remakes defined horror in the aughts. Not surprisingly, the remake craze eventually moved on from 80s slashers to the hot Japanese horror market. Things started off well enough as Gore Verbinski’s American update of Ringu proved to be a great horror movie in its own right. And The Grudge – […]

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Children of the Corn Re-Imagining Needs To Be Put In a Time-Out

Nearly 40 years have passed since Children of the Corn stalked cineplexes. Among Stephen King adaptations, the 1984 mix of supernatural horror and slasher basics falls slightly on the lower end of the scale. Yet somehow Children of the Corn has become a B-horror movie franchise similar to the Hellraiser and Puppet Master series. To […]

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The Fog Remake Was The Nadir of the 2000s Horror Remake Craze

John Carpenter is a modern ‘master of horror’ so it’s not surprising that Hollywood eventually pillaged a handful of his movies for the remake treatment. While the Assault on Precinct 13 remake was decent and Rob Zombie’s Halloween update has its fans, the 2011 update of The Thing was pretty underwhelming. However, each of these […]

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Let Me In is the Rare Remake To Capture Lightning in a Bottle

When Americans remake Asian and European thrillers and horror movies, the results are often predictably bad. Every once in a while you get an American version of a foreign classic, like The Ring, that understands what made that concept work. Typically, you get something like the American remakes of Martyrs, Inside, or Pulse. These tepid […]

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Goodnight Mommy Fails as Both a Remake and Standalone Psychological Horror

Some movies just don’t need to be remade. Jaws, The Godfather, Goodfellas – these are just a few examples of movie that work every bit as well as they did upon release. Amongst the better horror movies of the 21st century, Austrian creepfest Goodnight Mommy wasn’t crying out for a remake either. Subtly unsettling, atmospheric, […]

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Diabolique Remake Lost Something in the Translation

In the 1980s and 1990, Hollywood took a fancy to remaking European classics – the horror movie remake wouldn’t begin in earnest until the turn of the century. More often than not, these remakes missed what made these movies classics in the first place. One of the most common flaws of American updates of Euro-thrillers […]

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