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20 Classic Horror Movies That Should Never Be Remade

05 October 2013 | Features, Film Lists | by David Zou

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Hollywood loves sequels and remakes, and one of the genres that has been hit the hardest is horror movies. It is the tolerance movie fans show that encourages the production of terrible horror sequels and remakes one after another. The story is always secondary, as long as the way people are scared or the characters died is changed, people are buying it.

Fortunately, there are still many classic horror movies that haven’t been touched by Hollywood yet, and we sincerely hope they will never do it, just for true horror fans’ sake.


20. The People Under The Stairs


Original Version: Wes Craven does home invasion, except this time it’s a young kid from the ghetto invading the house of a family of nutters.

When Fool (Brandon Adams) breaks into the home of his family’s landlords, he ends up trapped there – and discovering it’s more of a circus funhouse than an actually home.

If They Had To Do It: Chan-wook Park did wonders in Oldboy’s early ‘captivity’ scenes.

We’d love to see what he’d do with a house like the one in People Under The Stairs.


19. The Pit


Original Version: Canadian horror flick about a 12-year-old boy who discovers a pit in the forest that’s home to four creepy monsters called Tra-la-logs.

The mean-spirited ending has to be seen to be believed.

If They Had To Do It: Relocates the action to London, where a pit in Regent’s Park starts devouring vagrants.


18. Roadgames


Original Version: Jamie Lee Curtis is likeable doing her eighties wise-cracking thing and Stacy Keach brings new meaning to the term ‘craggy’ as the truck driver who picks her up on the road.

The ensuing cat-and-mouse thrills are Grindhouse at its best – Roadgames is dark and visually gorgeous, with admirably lofty ambitions.

If They Had To Do It: Director Mark Tonderai pretty much already updated Roadgames for modern day with Hush, which means a remake proper is unlikely.

Still, a stunt-filled, post-Fast & Furious version would be awesome.


17. Basket Case


Original Version: Micro-budget horror about Siamese twin brothers who were separated as children. One of the brothers is a deformed monstrosity who lives in a basket. Naturally.

It spawned two sequels, both of which were the very definition of dreadful.

If They Had To Do It: Basket Case is B-movie to the max, so a remake would have to play it for laughs.

We’re thinking The Muppets vs Basket Case – Kermit attempts to track down the scary Basket Case, who’s making a bad name for puppets by killing people. Can a song about being misunderstood fix things?

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