These Are The Best Horror Movie Remakes Of All Time

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Horror movie remakes are a tricky thing. In some cases, they can be one of the best things that have ever happened to the film industry and then, well… there’s Carrie. All in all, it’s mostly a good idea to remake an old horror movie, simply because of the advents of modern technology and CGI, which can bring a whole new kind of realism to a great film. Of course, some movies do this a lot better than others. Here are the top five best horror movie remakes in film history.

Piranha 3D

A loose remake of the horror film of the same name from 1978, Piranha 3D came out in 2010 and featured Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames, Elisabeth Shue and the legendary Christopher Lloyd. Alexandre Aja did a terrific job with this one and while it can’t be considered an art film, it’s a thriller from beginning to end. Just make sure you never watch the sequel from 2012 and you’ll be fine. But seriously, Piranha 3D is a real catch (pun intended), if only for the incredible massacre scene.

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Sorority Row

Based on the script for the 1983 horror film The House on Sorority Row, this one was released back in 2009. The movie focuses on a group of sisters from a sorority trying to cover up the death of one of their house-sisters after a prank went horribly wrong. Ultimately, the sisters get stalked by a serial killer. The film is an absolute joyride, but at the same time not pretentious and heavy. A light-hearted horror film (well, as light-hearted as horror films can get) that you can easily sit through but that still keeps you on the edge of your seat. Definitely one of the best slashers of the previous decade.

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The Ring

You had to expect that this one would make it to our list. A remake of the Japanese horror film of the same name released in 1998, Gore Verbinski took his own shot at the movie and released his version four years later. The box office for this movie clearly tells you how much of a success it was, grossing over $249 million on a $48 million dollar budget. This film gave birth to the “scary ghostly kid” trope that’s been seen in countless movies and other media since then, and with good reason – we don’t think that any of us will soon forget the scene when Samara Morgan escapes from her TV-set prison and goes on to wreak havoc.

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Dawn of the Dead

The mother and pioneer of all zombie movies, Dawn of the Dead is probably the reason why zombies are so freakin’ popular nowadays. As much as it shocked people back in 1978, Zack Snyder did a terrific job of capturing the eerie tension of the first movie and molding it into his own piece of work. What’s so great about this movie is that it’s so real. Once you get through watching it, you find yourself wondering “Hey. What if this happens?” – which is more than most horror movies can do for you. If you haven’t already, check out both the original and Zack Snyder’s version.

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The Blob

Another masterpiece from Chuck Russell, best known for The Mask from 1994 and Scorpion King. Shot and released in 1988, it’s a remake of a poorly known film from 1958 with the same name. Starring Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith ann Donovan Leitch, it depicts an acidic, amorphous organism similar to an ameba brought to Earth by a meteorite, intent on devouring and dissolving nearly everything in its path. The Blob is exactly what you’d expect from a horror film. It’s eerie, scary, gory. That’s it, but that’s precisely what gives it its charm. That and the simply outstanding special effects, especially when you take into consideration the fact that this movie is more than 25 years old.

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