Tuesday, 29 September 2020

31 Days of Horror Remakes: The Shortlist

 Okay, here we go... a couple of hundred, narrowed down to a couple of dozen. 

Before I get into it, I'll clarify a couple of things so you don't get all judgy on me. 

Firstly, we decided not to include any of the Universal monster movies because there are just too danged many remakes and we don't want to spend the whole month on those. 

Secondly, we're not including any foreign language remakes this time around. There were just too many movies to choose from and cutting them out seemed an easy way to simplify it. (Don't worry, we're not forgetting them. We're just not including them in the main countdown.)


Right. Now that's out of the way, I give you...

31 Days of Horror Remakes: The Shortlist

The Amityville Horror (2005 remake of 1979 film)

April Fool's Day (2008 remake of 1986 film)

Attack of the 50 ft Woman (1993 remake of 1958 film)

The Bad Seed (2018 and 1985 remakes of 1956 film)

Black Christmas (2019 and 2006 remakes of 1974 film)

The Blob (1988 remake of 1958 film)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2005 remake of 1920 film)

Carrie (2013 and 2002 remakes of 1976 film)

Cat People / Cat Girl (1982/1957 remakes of 1942 Cat People)

Child's Play (2019 remake of 1988 film)

Children of the Corn (2009 remake of 1984 film)

The Crazies (2010 remake of 1973 film)

Cape Fear (1991 remake of 1962 film)

Dawn of the Dead (2004 remake of 1978 film)

Day of the Dead (2008 remake of 1985 film)

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010 remake of 1973 film)

Drag Me to Hell (2009 remake of 1957 Curse of the Demon)

Evil Dead (2013 remake of 1981 film)

Flatliners (2017 remake of 1990 film)

The Fly (1986 remake of 1958 film)

The Fog (2005 remake of 1980 film)

Halloween (2007 remake of 1978 film)

The Haunting (1999 remake of 1963 film)

The Hitcher (2007 remake of 1986 film)

Body Snatchers / Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1993 and 1978 remakes of 1956 film)

It (2017/2019 remake of 1990 mini-series)

I Am Legend (2007 remake of 1971 The Omega Man)

My Bloody Valentine (2009 remake of 1981 film)

Night of the Living Dead (1990 remake of 1968 film)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010 remake of 1984 film)

The Omen (2006 remake of 1976 film)

Piranha 3D / Piranha (2010 /1995 remakes of 1978 film)

Poltergeist (2015 remake of 1982 film)

Prom Night (2008 remake of 1980 film)

Psycho (1998 remake of 1960 film)

Snow Beast (2011 remake of 1977 film)

Thirteen Ghosts (2001 remake of 1960 13 Ghosts)

Trucks (1997 remake of 1986 Maximum Overdrive)

Village of the Damned (1995 remake of 1960 film)

The Wicker Man (2006 remake of 1973 film)

Whelp, that was the easy part. How the heck do we narrow it down from here? We're still working on that bit. Check back on October 1st and (hopefully) we'll have a finalized list of the best horror remakes. 

Or, maybe we'll take it day by day and you'll just have to wait. A little anticipation is good for the soul. ;) While you're waiting, why not get in touch and give us your favourite horror remakes?

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

31 Days of Horror Remakes: The Longlist

This list was a lot easier to make than you'd expect. While we had to hunt down trailers for some of the movies on Wikipedia's list of horror movie remakes because somehow neither of us had ever heard of them (a rare thing - we're horror freaks, after all,) most triggered responses of "Good one," "That was fucking awful," or "BWAH HA HA HA. No." 

(If you wanna know which ones made us laugh ourselves silly, just ask. The world's shit, we'll take humour where we can find it.)

Here are the movies that made the first round of cuts. In some cases, there are at least two remakes of the same movie. If they have different names, I'll list them both. 



31 Days of Horror Remakes: The Longlist

Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998 remake of 1989 UFO Abduction)

All Cheerleaders Die (2013 remake of 2001 film)

The Amityville Horror (2005 remake of 1979 film)

April Fool's Day (2008 remake of 1986 film)

Attack of the 50 ft Woman (1993 remake of 1958 film)

The Bad Seed (2018 and 1985 remakes of 1956 film)

Black Christmas (2019 and 2006 remakes of 1974 film)

The Blob (1988 remake of 1958 film)

Cabin Fever (2016 of 2002 film)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2005 remake of 1920 film)

Carnival of Souls (1998 remake of 1962 film)

Carrie (2013 and 2002 remakes of 1976 film)

Cat People / Cat Girl (1982/1957 remakes of 1942 Cat People)

Child's Play (2019 remake of 1988 film)

Children of the Corn (2009 remake of 1984 film)

The Crazies (2010 remake of 1973 film)

Dark Water (2005 remake of 2002 Japanese film)

Dawn of the Dead (2004 remake of 1978 film)

Day of the Dead (2008 remake of 1985 film)

Dementia 13 (2017 remake of 1963 film)

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010 remake of 1973 film)

Down (2001 remake of 1983 Dutch film)

The Echo (2008 remake of 2004 Filipino film)

Embrace of the Vampire (2013 remake of 1995 film)

Evil Dead (2013 remake of 1981 film)

The Eye (2008 remake of 2002 Hong Kong-Singaporean film)

Flatliners (2017 remake of 1990 film)

The Fly (1986 remake of 1958 film)

The Fog (2005 remake of 1980 film)

Freakshow (2007 remake of 1932 film Freaks

Friday the 13th (2009 remake of 1980 film)

Fright Night (2011 remake of 1985 film)

The Grudge (2004 remake of 2002 Japanese film)

Halloween (2007 remake of 1978 film)

The Haunting (1999 remake of 1963 film)

The Hitcher (2007 remake of 1986 film)

The Horror of Frankenstein (1970 remake of 1957 film)

House of Wax (2005 and 1953 remakes of 1933 film Mystery of the Wax Museum)

House on Haunted Hill (1999 remake of 1959 film)

I Spit on Your Grave (2010 remake of 1978 film)

Invaders from Mars (1986 remake of 1953 film)

Body Snatchers / Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1993 and 1978 remakes of 1956 film)

It's Alive (2009 remake of 1974 film)

Knock Knock (2015 remake of 1977 Death Game)

Chaos / The Last House on the Left (2005 and 2009 remakes of 1972 film)

Let Me In (2010 remake of 2008 Swedish film)

Lights Out (2016 remake of 2013 short film)

Mark of the Vampire (1935 remake of 1927 London After Midnight)

Masque of the Red Death (1989 remake of 1964 film)

Mirrors (2008 remake of 2003 South Korean film)

Mother's Day (2010 remake of 1980 film)

My Bloody Valentine (2009 remake of 1981 film)

Night of the Demons (2009 remake of 1988)

Night of the Living Dead (1990 remake of 1968 film)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010 remake of 1984 film)

Nightwatch (1997 remake of 1994 Norwegian film)

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979 remake of 1922 German film)

The Old Dark House (1963 remake of 1932 film)

The Omen (2006 remake of 1976 film)

One Missed Call (2008 remake of 2003 Japanese film)

Patrick (2013 remake of 1978 film)

Phantom of the Opera (2004, 1989 and 1943 remakes of 1925 film)

Piranha 3D / Piranha (2010 /1995 remakes of 1978 film)

Poltergeist (2015 remake of 1982 film)

Prom Night (2008 remake of 1980 film)

Psycho (1998 remake of 1960 film)

Pulse (2006 remake of 2001 Japanese film)

Quarantine (2008 remake of 2007 Spanish film)

Rabid (2019 remake of 1977 film)

The Ring (2002 remake of 1998 Japanese film)

Satan's School for Girls (2000 remake of 1973 film)

Shutter (2008 remake of 2004 Thai film)

Silent Night (2012 remake of 1984 Silent Night, Deadly Night)

Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming (2013 remake of 1972 Silent Night, Bloody Night)

Solstice (2008 remake of 2003 film Midsommer)

Sorority Row (2009 remake of 1982 film The House on Sorority Row)

The Stepfather (2009 remake of 1987 film)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003 remake of 1974 film)

Thirteen Ghosts (2001 remake of 1960 13 Ghosts)

Toolbox Murders (2004 remake of 1978 The Toolbox Murders)

The Town that Dreaded Sundown (2014 remake of 1976 film)

Trucks (1997 remake of 1986 Maximum Overdrive)

The Uninvited (2009 remake of 2003 South Korean film)

Village of the Damned (1995 remake of 1960 film)

We Are What We Are (2013 remake of 2010 Mexican film)

When a Stranger Calls (2006 remake of 1979 film)

The Wicker Man (2006 remake of 1973 film)

Willard (2003 remake of 1971 film)

The Wolfman (2010 remake of 1941 film)


31 Days of... Horror Remakes

 The countdown to Halloween has begun. Here at Castle Vanian, that means two things: busting out the decorations and horror movie marathons! 

We've done classic horror and we've done modern horror. What's left? Plenty! Starting with...

Horror remakes!


And it all started because I didn't know Thir13en Ghosts was a remake - which led to watching the original, which led to a discussion about other remakes we loved, which led to...

A month of horror remakes!

We plan to spend the month of October discussing remakes that were better than the originals, remakes that should never have happened, remakes of foreign films we probably haven't seen, and maybe even remakes we'd like to see but haven't been made. To get started, we had a look at Wikipedia's list of horror remakes and vetoed the ones we either couldn't stand or couldn't be bothered watching. That left us with... dum dum DUM...

31 Days of Horror Remakes: The Longlist

Okay, we've narrowed down the list (and added a few more) to bring you...

31 Days of Horror Remakes: The Shortlist

Here's the final list: 

31. Night of the Living Dead 1968 vs 1990

30. Dawn of the Dead 1978 vs 2004 

29. Day of the Dead 1985 vs 2008  

28. Snow Beast 1977 vs 2011 

27. Pet Sematary 1989 vs 2019 

26. A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 vs 2010

25. The Amityville Horror  1979 vs 2005

24. Salem's Lot 1979 vs 2004 

23. The Thing from Another World 1951 vs The Thing 1982 

22. Poltergeist 1982 vs 2015 

21. Child's Play 1988 vs  2019

20. The Crazies 1973 vs 2010

19.  Drag Me to Hell 2009 vs Curse of the Demon 1957

18. The Omen 1976 vs 2006

17. Prom Night 1980 vs 2008

16. Carrie 1976 vs 2013 and 2002

15. My Bloody Valentine 1981 vs 2009

14. Black Christmas 1974 vs 2019 and 2006

13. The Fly 1958 vs 1986

12. Evil Dead 1981 vs 2013

11. The Woman in Black 1989 vs 2012 

 We're running a bit late getting these posts out because... you know, 2020 and life and all. We will catch up so keep checking back!

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