The 15 Best Horror Remakes Ever Made

Best Horror Remakes

Recently, I highlighted what I believed to be the worst horror remakes ever made in honor of this week’s release of Flatliners. But enough negativity! Let’s look at some good horror remakes, which do indeed exist! Every once in awhile, a filmmaker will come along, take an original film, and find a creative, exciting way to remake it. Sometimes these remakes even surpass the original films. It’s rare, but it happens, and when it does, that’s worth celebrating. Let’s look at the best horror remakes of all time.

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The 15 Worst Horror Remakes Ever Made

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This week, a remake of Flatliners will hit theaters and leave us all wondering: “Why?” Look, remakes of horror films are nothing new, but was anyone actually eager for a Flatliners remake? Besides, there already was a film that came very close to being a Flatliners remake; it was called The Lazarus Effect, and it was terrible.

Speaking of terrible, in honor (maybe?) of Flatliners, I’ve gone ahead and broken down the 15 Worst Horror Remakes. You may disagree with these picks; in fact, I know for certain that many people enjoy at least one or two of these films. That’s fine! I welcome your defense of them! But these are the bottom of the barrel. The rotten apples. The major disappointments. These are the worst horror remakes.

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John Carpenter's Christine - The Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, John Carpenter has directed a new music video for a track off the director and composer’s new album Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998. Plus, a new episode of Futurama debuted this week, though not in the form you’d think. And The Late Late Show with James Corden had some fun with Stephen King’s It. Read More »

Halloween 2018

It’s been years since fans of horror maestro John Carpenter‘s Halloween franchise have been truly thrilled with a new entry in the series, and now we know they’ll only have to wait one more year to see if that streak is broken.

Producer Jason Blum, the CEO of the budget-conscious and incredibly successful Blumhouse Productions (Get OutParanormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge) has promised that their planned Halloween sequel – the one written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and directed by Green – will definitely be released by its planned date in October of 2018. And additionally, there’s word that Carpenter himself is still interested in providing the score. That’s music to my ears.
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Big Trouble in Little China comic

Big Trouble in Little China celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, but it seems like 2017 is the year that will see the film thrust back into the spotlight. There’s a new board game based on the film coming along and now a new comic book sequel is on the way that continues the story of Kurt Russell’s Jack Burton. Here’s the best part, though: director John Carpenter is co-writing the Big Trouble in Little China comic. Read on to find out everything we know about it so far.
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Halloween Reboot

Starring in an Alien movie, co-writing a Halloween film, and a second season of Vice Principals on the way, it’s a good time to be a Danny McBride fan. McBride and David Gordon Green, who directed most of season 2 of Vice Principals, are working on getting Michael Meyers back in theaters next October.

According to McBride, the man in the iconic mask will no longer be some unkillable entity. Below, McBride discusses the new Halloween reboot and going back to the simplicity of John Carpenter‘s classic.

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Matthew Peak Halloween Print

We’re far from the Halloween season, but that isn’t stopping Bottleneck Gallery from getting in the spirit of the spooky holiday with an astounding new print celebrating John Carpenter‘s original groundbreaking slasher from 1978.

Halloween is a classic, and it deserves some truly stunning artwork to honor it. So who better to design such a poster than the son of a movie poster design legend? Matthew Peak is the son of movie poster illustrator Bob Peak, who famously created the masterful illustrated posters for the entire A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. When you see the print he’s created for Halloween, it’s clear he’s inherited his father’s artistic skills.

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Escape from New York Prequel

We’re coming up on 10 years of development on the Escape from New York remake that originated at New Line Cinema but now finds itself at 20th Century Fox. Over the years, we’ve seen various talents attached such as writers like Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) involved, directors such as Brett Ratner and Breck Eisner once attached, and names like Gerard Butler and Tom Hardy thrown around to play the lead.

As of now, no new talent has come on board since Luther creator Neil Cross was hired last fall, but some new details have emerged on the project that could either be really interesting or extremely frustrating for fans of the original movie. First and foremost, it has been confirmed that the Escape from New York remake is in fact a prequel that will provide some origin details on both Snake Plissken (originally played by Kurt Russell) and the state of the world. However, keep in mind that some of these details might dive into spoiler territory, so continue to read at your own risk. Read More »

The Thing Monster

John Carpenter‘s remake of The Thing is one of the best sci-fi horror films ever made. It has a simple story, an isolated setting, incredible, grotesque practical effects and endless suspense. It’s been watched and rewatched countless times since it hit theaters in 1982, however, there may be one secret of the film that you’ve never noticed before, and it involves the shape-shifting identity of the mysterious monster at the center of the story.

The suspense and tension in The Thing comes from the fact that the titular monster can imitate anyone it comes into contact with almost flawlessly, allowing it to lure in more victims. But if you look into the eyes of any of the characters, you can determine whether or not they are truly human. Find out this interesting tidbit about The Thing monster after the jump. Read More »

Big Trouble in Little China 35th anniversary print

Not only does this year mark the 35th anniversary of Escape form New York, but it also marks the 30th anniversary of one of John Carpenter‘s other beloved films starring Kurt Russell. Yes, it’s been 30 years since Big Trouble in Little China hit theaters, and if you happen to be in Brooklyn, New York today, August 4, then you can celebrate with a special anniversary screening and a very special print of the iconic poster by beloved artist Drew Struzan.

Get the details on the Big Trouble in Little China 35th anniversary print after the jump. Read More »