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8 Terrible Horror Movie Remakes We’re Still Angry About

05 June 2013 | Features, Film Lists, Guest Posts | by Jesse Gumbarge

terrible horror movie remakes

Remakes and reboots are a touchy subject for horror movie fans. Sometimes we hold onto our precious classic films and refuse to even acknowledge the fact that a filmmaker plans to retell the story that they grew up with as a child.

Sometimes a remake could be done right, for example David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’ is viewed as superior to the original. Most of the time though they suck!

So let’s take a look back at some of the worst of the last decade and a half. This may seem like beating a dead horse but till this day these movies can still make genre enthusiast upset whenever they happen upon them last night on cable.


8. Evil Dead (2013)


Why not start with the horror remake that’s probably the freshest on all of our minds. The reboot of the Sam Raimi/Bruce Campell classic Evil Dead; the story of course follows a bunch of young folks who screw around with some evil book, awaken some demons and lose a few limbs.

The newer one has its moments. The main character withdrawing from a drug addiction was a nice touch to add to the ‘is this really happening’ effect.

Though, when you really think about, 10 years from now what will you find yourself wanting to watch, this stylized film or the gritty and FUNNY Raimi trilogy? Thought so…


7. Psycho (1998)

Psycho 1998

A frame-by-frame. Shot-by-shot remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic? Who exactly was asking for this? Not I said the cat; this movie should go into history as the most unnecessary remake of all time and the thought of it makes my blood boil. I feel like I shouldn’t waste any more breath on it, for health reasons.

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  • Skylar Van Oosterhout

    Evil Dead is probably one the better horror remakes.
    Obviously remakes will (almost) never be better than the original, Evil Dead was a rare occasion where I would rate the remake just slightly lower than the original.(9/10 for original 8/10 for remake) There were tons of references and nods to the original movie. and they changed enough of the story to make it interesting but not so much it changed the story.

    I would put Fog remake there instead. Original was terrifying when i saw it as a kid and the fog still gives me goosebumps

    • simplysarah

      So glad to know I’m not the only one that gets freaked out when it’s foggy because of the original Fog.

    • James Tracy

      Thank you. Evil dead was not half as bad as soe people make it out to be

    • WoWed

      the best part of the remake is it is a remake, but it’s not. Ash still exists in this world and it is more or less another group of people going through what he went through

  • Andrés Gómez

    This one isn’t much of a Remake, more of an adaptation, but Quarantine was made a year after [REC], A spaniard movie about a reporter team getting into an apartment whose people are infected with a Zombie-like disease.
    I saw both and I didn’t liked Quarantine at all, it’s so…clear, you can see all the blood, all the creatures , everything perfectly fine…

    It was so easy to put subtitles, rather than making a whole film…

  • Christian Gaddy

    What? No Wickerman remake? Or is that one so bad its good?

    • WoWed

      well, i’d say so bad it’s good. I can watch it multiple times to see if there was some Cage craziness i missed the other times.

  • Phil Bailey

    My worst remakes,The Haunting-House on haunted hill-House of wax.

  • Harrisone

    The writer of his article should actually be a horror fan instead of a duchebag who wants to pretend to be a fan of the genre. 3 glaring errors I will touch upon include: 1) Evil Dead, you mention Raimi’s original FUNNY trilogy. Well this wasn’t supposed to be funny, it was balls to the walls HORROR, and it succeeded in strives. Just like what Raimi’s was aiming for with the original Evil Dead, it was designed to make you sweat ad think what’s next. 2) Texas Chainsaw. The reboot was a great restart to this story without a story. Point. None of the sequels have much todo with the other films, which is why the intros past part 2 include the terms “similar but unrelated incidents”. But that’s besides the point. You clearly reference the new Texas Chainsaw 3D as a continuation of the reboot series and completely missed the fact that its a direct continuation to the original 74 film. 3) ill keep this one short, you mention the thing 2011 in your remake article, this was meant to be a sequel to the original, not a remake. Other glaring errors aside, stop writing columns on horror films, you should at least watch more than 4 before calling yourself an expert

    • John Whatmeworry

      speaking of experts, The Thing 2011 was a prequel, not a sequel.

  • matheus

    WTF?! I love the Evil Dead

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  • Levi Everaerts

    Before you start bashing remakes, make sure you know what a remake is. Evil Dead, Friday the 13th and Halloween were not remakes.

    • Arthur A.

      What exactly was Halloween then?

      • Levi Everaerts

        It’s a retelling/re-interpretation, much like the new Carrie was. The original elements were still there, but it was done in a different way and we were given much more information than in the source material. Characters were interpreted differently and the overall thing was much more fleshed out. Standard remakes don’t do this, they take the material and update it to fit the current time. Halloween did much more than this and is therefore a re-interpretation.

        • Arthur A.

          That’s semantics and ridiculous. In your definition only shot-for-shot remakes count? Halloween is a remake, just with a different ending. You could potentially argue for Evil Dead being a sequel and maybe Friday the 13th being one too, but Halloween is a remake. Plain and simple. You could say that in your opinion it is a god remake, but it is still a fucking remake.

          • Levi Everaerts

            Halloween just has a different ending? Oh, okay. I can’t remember ever seeing the full 70 minutes of origin story we get in the original.

            Evil Dead can indeed be a sequel, but Friday the 13th takes scenes and deaths from the first four flicks and puts them together. I’d say this is more of a reboot than a sequel, but it works just as well as a sequel.

          • Arthur A.

            It doesn’t matter, Halloween takes the whole idea from the original and just fleshes it out. It is stll a REMAKE, a fact that I am sure not even Rob Zombie would deny.

            And as for F13, well, things is that most of the F13 films are so similar and interchangeable that it doesn’t really matter whether the new film is a sequel or a remake.

          • Levi Everaerts

            Fine, just say you don’t care about what a remake, reboot or re-imagining is. That’s cool. You obviously really don’t care and that might be the best way to watch those films anyway. Just don’t argue about something you couldn’t care less about.

          • Arthur A.

            I do care about other being wrong. The whole “re-imagining” terminology is semantics. An invention to sell a remake as something other than a remake. You buy into the concenpt. Thats cool. Just don’t argue about something that you don’t seem to know much about.