The 25 Best Horror Movie Remakes, Ranked

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With Fire starter ahead, let’s raise our glass to the best horror movie remakes of all time.

As the box office booms in 2022, Hollywood proves that nature heals with remakes of Fire starter and Salem Bundle looking to haunt audiences this summer.

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With that in mind (and more no doubt along the way), I’ve decided to take an optimistic look at remakes by reviewing and showcasing the 25 best remakes in horror history!

25.

night of the living dead (1990)

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The directorial debut of SFX maestro Tom Savini, the remake of night of the living dead lives up to its predecessor’s namesake while employing modern and inspired technical and visual effects not available in the original film.

24.

Child’s play (2019)

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This 2019 remake Child’s play wisely departs from the supernatural elements of the original series in exchange for a more original “AI toys gone crazy” concept that lets it shed that “horror remake” stigma and go wild during its darkest moments. more wicked.

23.

The last house on the left (2009)

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This clever and suspenseful remake of Wes Craven’s exploitation classic tones down the unrepentant sordidness and sadism of the first film while injecting Last house on the left with memorably brutal endings for the film’s extremely despicable villains.

22.

The Mummy (1999)

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On the border between adventure film and horror, Jaws or Submarinethe 1999 remake of The Mummy is pure big-budget genre entertainment from start to finish.

21.

The hills Have Eyes (2006)

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Alexandre Aja’s English-language debut effort remains one of the most thrilling horror remakes of its time, delivering new scares and gory excitement while remaining exceptionally faithful to the source material.

20.

Suspiria (2018)

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It may be far more surreal, contemplative, and convivial than the dazzling nightmare of Dario Argento’s original, but there’s no denying that there’s nothing quite like Luca Guadagnino’s harrowing and perversely singular vision. Suspiria.

19.

black christmas (2006)

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The core creative team behind X files and Final destination pull no punches with this dastardly, violent remake of Bob Clark’s slasher pioneer, though its unapologetic approach to its innovative kills, gruesome gore, and transgressive subject matter is commendable.

18.

The city that dreaded sunset (2014)

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While the original is far from a staple in the horror movie lexicon, this meta remake warrants mirroring some more outrageous kill sequences. Additionally, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon brings a visually engaging style to the film that controls and transforms the atmosphere as it sees fit.

17.

Invasion of the Body Thieves (1978)

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Filled with paranoia and tension, Invasion of the Body Thieves is the first “modern” horror remake to possibly surpass its predecessor; in fact, its shocking finale remains one of the most iconic and effective endings in horror movie history.

16.

Let me enter (2010)

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While matching the uncanny excellence of Leave the one on the right in seemed like an impossible task, Matt Reeves Let me enter did a legitimately good job of emulating its Scandinavian-inspired unique blend of drama and horror.

15.

wax house (2005)

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Dark Castle Entertainment used its macabre magic (and a solid storyline of Conspiracy writers, Chad and Carey Hayes) to create this twisted and terrifying update to the classic 1953 Vincent Price chiller.

14.

Crazypeople (2010)

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Breck Eisner’s take on an underrated George A. Romero property ended up turning heads among horror fans, as many argued that this suspenseful and chilling tale could be the definitive version of this story.

13.

The invisible Man (2020)

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Modern horror master Leigh Whannell delivers an incredibly intense remake of The invisible Man it allows you to question every lingering shot as if you were in the gas-lit lead.

12.

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

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A Bit of Mythology Goes a Long Way in Dark Castle’s Redesign Thir13en Ghostswhich uses incredible creature design and production, plus a cast of great characters, to make for one of the most entertaining horror movies on this list.

11.

My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009)

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Trashy, bloody and absolutely enthusiastic about making chaotic use of its native 3D cinematography, My dear love is a gory bash that runs at a leaner, meaner beat than the original cult favorite.

ten.

the blob (1988)

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Director Chuck Russell and SFX guru Tony Gardner expertly crafted this gross but visually stunning remake of the kitsch ’50s horror offering of the same name.

9.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

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To tell the story of Dracula Back on the big screen, Francis Ford Coppola used every fancy technical trick available to a filmmaker of his pedigree, ultimately shooting an A-list adaptation with practical effects that still amazes audiences 30 years later.

8.

dawn of the dead (2004)

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By redoing a masterpiece like dawn of the dead could be a no-win situation at the hands of lesser filmmakers, Zack Snyder’s brash direction and James Gunn’s subversive screenplay have helped create a beast very different from what horror fans expected…and surprisingly embraced.

7.

House on the haunted hill (1999)

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Director William Malone shoots the campy classic, House on the haunted hill, in a rather spooky and gruesome endeavor with this well-cast and inventive 1999 remake.

6.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

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Michael Bay may have been incredibly hit and miss with his horror remakes of Platinum Dunes, but his take on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a home run on many levels, from the spooky backdrops to the unsettling atmosphere piercing through every frame.

5.

Maniacal (2012)

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Elijah Wood takes on one of his most sinister roles ever in Franck Khalfoun’s depraved but piercing remake of Bill Lustig’s chilling cult classic about the prowling serial killer who collects women’s scalps to resolve psychological trauma of his childhood.

4.

Fly (1986)

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Fly is considered by many to be the “quintessential” remake, mining romance and emotional drama of the sometimes silly original film while taking advantage of its imaginative conceit to create some of the most awe-inspiring (and sickening) SFX of all time, with the courtesy of filmmaker, David Cronenberg, and effects supervisor, Chris Walas.

3.

evil Dead (2013)

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It’s pretty amazing to remember that the tough and horrible evil Dead remake was Fede Alvarez’s debut, who had something to prove to fans of the series by subverting their expectations and delivering a much darker film than the last entry in the franchise.

2.

the ring (2002)

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Before embarking with the Pirates of the CaribbeanGore Verbinski brought the Japanese horror hit Ringu in the United States with remarkably stunning results.

1.

The thing (1982)

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John Carpenter fires every cylinder with his era-appropriate update of The thing from another worldhaving finally created one of the best horror films of all time that remains endlessly quotable, phenomenally petrifying, and uniquely harrowing.

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