The Hills Have Eyes: A Remake To Kick Off Your Spring Break

Happy Spring Break! Hundreds of parents will be herding their kids into cars to brave traffic for a March Break getaway.  To celebrate March Break, in Re-Animated, I’ll be looking at the Wes Craven’s classic ‘family vacation gone wrong’ movie, The Hills Have Eyes. Released in July 1977, The Hills Have Eyes was a modest […]

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The Hitcher Reminds You To Never Pick Up Strangers

At first glance, The Hitcher looks exactly like the kind of movie that Cannon Films would have released in the 1980’s. On one hand, The Hitcher seems to take some cues from Steven Spielberg’s early ‘road trip’ thriller, Duel. Screenwriter Eric Red (Bad Moon) was apparently influenced by The Doors’ song, Riders on the Storm. […]

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Friday the 13th: A Retrospective Look At The Remake After 10 Years

Has it really been a decade? Times flies by fast. Or maybe it’s just knowing that this will be the first decade without a Friday the 13th movie since the original. Indeed, it’s been 10 years since Jason Voorhees slashed his away across a movie screen. And the last time we saw him it was […]

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Pet Sematary: A King Adaptation In Need of a Remake

This will likely be an unpopular opinion. I’m not a fan of the 1990 It mini-series. Aside from Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise, I thought It was a miscast and watered down version of Stephen King’s novel. Last fall, I wrote a piece about Stephen King film adaptations that would benefit from a remake. Without […]

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My Bloody Valentine: Make A Double-Date With The Original and Remake

Valentine’s Day is under a week away! Maybe you hate Valentine’s Day on principal. Perhaps you’re single. Maybe you don’t want to be dragged out for an expensive dinner just weeks after Christmas. Or maybe you’re just a rabid horror fan looking for an ‘alternative’ movie to curl up with on the couch. Fortunately, the […]

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Suspiria Remake Casts Its Own Dark Spell

Dario Argento’s Suspiria is a horror masterpiece. Critics and fans alike hold it as a classic of the genre. To date, Bravo still lists Suspiria as one of the 100 scariest movies ever made. Certainly, Argento’s tale of a dance school concealing a coven of witches wasn’t begging for a remake. Regardless of the necessity, […]

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Maniac: From Grindhouse to Art-House Horror

William Lustig’s splatter exploitation film, Maniac, remains one of the more controversial horror movies from the 1980’s. It never quite reached the levels of infamy of Silent Night, Deadly Night. Nevertheless, Maniac found its way onto the United Kingdom’s Video Nasties List. Critics have alternately accused the movie as tasteless, misogynistic, or both. Among the […]

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Dementia 13 Spins a Passable Tale of Greed and Revenge

Before Francis Ford Coppola revolutionized film-making with The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, he directed Dementia 13. A low-budget, black-and-white chiller, Dementia 13 is the type of movie with which only die-hard horror fans are familiar. In this respect, Coppola’s directorial debut is an ideal candidate for the remake treatment. After making little to no waves […]

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The Saw is Family: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Franchise

After over 40 years, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remains among the most influential horror movies ever made. Tobe Hooper’s re-defining classic is the rare example of a movie that has lost none of its ability to shock with time. Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street – each of these movies owes some […]

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The Wolf Man: Hair of the Dog That Bit You

By the early 1940’s, the Universal Monsters and their respective franchises were losing steam. Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Invisble Man were all into multiple sequel territory. Thus, in December 1941, Universal Studios opted to step outside classic literature, delivering a new monster movie classic – The Wolf Man. The move proved to be a success, extending […]

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