Everybody knows that Hollywood is going overboard with the remakes, but not all of them are terrible. If done correctly and provided enough time has passed, it is possible to bring some of our favorites into the modern world. Unfortunately, this does not happen too often, as the machine that is Hollywood likes to churn these movies out as quickly as possible, thus foregoing the quality and letting the fans down. I'm sure I will have a lot of people disagreeing with my picks, but if you don't like it, submit your own damn list. Anyway, these are what I think are the top 10 best remakes out there:
10. My Bloody Valentine 3D(2009)
I think this one made the list due to expectations. I went into it thinking it was going to be terrible, and walked away pleasantly surprised. I think the 3D version did justice to the original, and they mixed it up just enough so it wasn't a total ripoff.
9. Last House on the Left(2009)
Honestly, I can't believe this is here. I was downright pissed about this movie and went into it knowing I would hate it. I didn't see how they could possibly pull this off. The original was so raw and sleazy in a way that could never be matched. The remake certainly had a different feel to it, but overall I think it was very well done, thus earning it a spot on this list.
I can't think of anyone better than Crispin Glover to have such an intimate relationship with a rat. He totally nailed the part and brought a creepiness to the role that I felt was absent in the original. Not to mention that the cat scene certainly goes in my book of all time favorite horror moments. I know many will disagree, but this is one of those rare instances where the remake outshines the original.
7. The Hills Have Eyes(2006)
I am not going to say that this remake was superior to the original, as the original was great for its time, but was in severe need of being updated. They certainly pushed the limits with this one, but did not overdo it.
6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(2003)
The success of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake has led to the current craze in Hollywood. They actually did get it right with this one. The story of Leatherface turned into a disaster in the original movies and needed to be corrected. Between this film and "TCM: The Beginning", I think they did justice to an iconic horror legend that truly deserved to be resurrected.
David Cronenberg's adaptation of the 1958 classic starring Vincent Price, while very different from the original, was a really solid movie in its own right. Updated to reflect the numerous advances in technology since the 1950s, this "re imagining" delivered everything we had come to expect from Cronenberg. Overall, it is a great film, lets just hope they don't try it again in 3D.
4. The Blob(1988)
I must say that Kevin Dillon is certainly no Steve McQueen, but he managed to pull this off, as did the rest of the cast. This movie was in serious need of an updating at the time. It is a great story, but it was hard to make the blob intimidating in 1958. "The Blob" not only belongs on the top of this list, but also really represented the 1980's very well. Definitely a well done remake and I just hope Rob Zombie doesn't screw up the upcoming remake like he did Halloween 2.
I know that I'm gonna get a lot of shit for this, but I really enjoyed Rob Zombies remake of "Halloween". True fans are split down the middle on this topic with one side saying that Michael was fine the way he was and that no back story or motivation is what made him scary. I disagree with that. I think the depth added to the character in the first half of the movie made him more real, therefore scarier. Getting an in depth look at why and how he became the monster we all know and love just enhanced the experience even more for the second half of the movie. The cast was incredible, as was the soundtrack, not that we would expect less from a Rob Zombie film.
2. Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Tom Savini's adaptation of the 1968 Romero classic "Night of the Living Dead" was absolutely dead on. While nothing can compare to the original, Savini did an excellent job staying true to the 1968 version. It was obvious that the whole cast and crew had great reverence for Romero's masterpiece and they delivered spot on performances. After a debut like this, I can't believe Savini has yet to direct another feature film.
1. The Thing(1982)
"The Thing" is not only #1 on this remakes list, but also ranks up there as one of the best films of all time. John Carpenter's adaptation of the classic "The Thing From Another World" from 1951, far surpasses the original and is a must have for any serious collection.