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Horror Movie Remakes, why most of them suck

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For the past decade, a majority of the horror films presented to the American public have been remakes of old horror movies. It is rather disappointing that the 2000’s doesn’t have a real horror movie icon besides Jigsaw. I have seen different horror movie remakes and out of those 50, 39 of those movies sucked.

Good Bad
The Crazies The Amityville Horror
Carrie Black Christmas
Dracula The Blob
Red Dragon 13 Ghosts
The Fly Children of the Corn
Fright Night Dark Water
The Ring Dawn of the Dead
Let Me In The Echo
Phantom of the Opera The Fog
Cape Fear Friday the 13th
Piranha The Grudge
Halloween
Halloween II
The Haunting
The Hills Have Eyes
The Hitcher
House of Wax
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
I Spit on Your Grave
Last House on the Left
Mother’s Day
My Bloody Valentine
Night of the Living Dead
Nightmare on Elm Street
The Omen
Shutter
Prom Night
Psycho
Pulse
Quarantine
Satan’s School for Girls
The Shining
The Stepfather
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Thing
When a Stranger Calls
The Wicker Man
The Wolf Man

A majority of the problem with most of these remakes is the added amount of gore and violence in these movies, along with the lack of tension. What made movies such as The Thing, Friday the 13th, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre scary was the tension the movie brought to the viewer. One example is the Halloween remake (There aren’t any real spoilers but I recommend watching the original movie first). The original movie had violence, but it didn’t show a ton of blood. The movie also barley showed Michael. Most of Michael’s scenes were at a distance, and very inconspicuous. He looked like something you would notice only at the corner of your eye, but vanish in a second. The movie replicated the feeling of being followed, and that showed true fear. The Halloween remake was a gore fest. Any tension was replaced by violence, and rather than make Michael into a physical representation of evil, they made him sympathetic character, thus removing the fear by removing the monster, removing any detachment from humanity, and giving him the humanity. By giving Michael humanity, it makes it possible for us to identify and reason with Michael, thus making him less scary. Not only has the modern hollywood system ruined Michael, they have ruined Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, the Haunting, The Wolf Man, Prom Night, Psycho, Dawn of the Dead, Black Christmas, and even as we speak, Hollywood is destroying The Thing and has even destroyed video game horror adaptations like Silent Hill and Resident Evil. Remakes of  the Re-Animator, Return of the Living Dead, The Gate and a film adaptation of Bioshock are reportedly being made, so hopefully hollywood can learn from it’s past mistakes, and give these horror icons the respect they deserve.

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3 responses to “Horror Movie Remakes, why most of them suck

  1. Gabby ⋅

    I completely agree with you. Unfortunately, it seems like all Hollywood really cares about is exploiting original horror films to make a quick and easy profit.

    An older remake which I thought was pretty decent compared to the original is called “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” Basically, a group of people find out that the entire human race is being replaced by emotionless clones (in an attempt to create a conformist society). Ever heard of it? Pretty interesting.
    Also, which remake for “The Thing” are you reffering to? (I believe there were three remakes)–honestly, I thought the 1982 remake was great. Kurt Russel does a terrific job intensifying the movie!

    Good post.

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