Best Top Horror Movie Remakes List

Best Top Horror Movie Remakes List

With so many bad horror movie remakes, we decided to make a top horror movie remakes list. Most horror remakes are pretty terrible, but there are those select few that we would like to highlight here as great stabs at continuing the franchise with a good remake. Famous directors who continued the stories or even reimagined the stories in the remake include Zack Snyder, David Cronenberg, Alexandre Aja, Francis Ford Coppola, Fede Alvarez, Rob Zombie, and Matt Reeves. This list includes over 30 movies, so there is quite a few that every horror/sci-fi fan should find desirable and a few that may not appeal to you specifically. Enjoy the movies list and tell us if we missed one of your favorites.

The Blob (1988)

Synopsis: A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.
Cast: Bill Moseley, Beau Billingslea, Frank Collison, Robert Hammond, Jeffrey DeMunn, Rick Avery, Noble Craig, Clayton Landey, Candy Clark, Billy Beck
Directors: Chuck Russell
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

AKA(s): Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead
Synopsis: A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.
Cast: Tom Savini, Matt Frewer, Ken Foree, Boyd Banks, Kevin Zegers, Ving Rhames, Lindy Booth, Mekhi Phifer, Kim Poirier, Michael Kelly
Directors: Zack Snyder
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action

The Fly (1986)

Synopsis: A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
Cast: David Cronenberg, Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Michael Copeman, Leslie Carlson, Shawn Hewitt, Joy Boushel, George Chuvalo, Carol Lazare
Directors: David Cronenberg
Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

Synopsis: A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization.
Cast: Greg Nicotero, Ted Levine, Robert Joy, Billy Drago, Kathleen Quinlan, Michael Bailey Smith, Laura Ortiz, Ezra Buzzington, Tom Bower, Vinessa Shaw
Directors: Alexandre Aja
Genres: Horror, Thriller

The Ring (2002)

AKA(s): Ring, Seven Days, Static
Synopsis: A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.
Cast: Brian Cox, Joe Chrest, Keith Campbell, Vincent Hogarth, Daveigh Chase, Adam Brody, Chuck Hicks, Sasha Barrese, Gary Carlos Cervantes, David Dorfman
Directors: Gore Verbinski
Genres: Horror, Mystery

The Thing (2011)

AKA(s): The Thing: The Beginning
Synopsis: At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Edgerton, Jonathan Walker, Kristofer Hivju, Michael Brown, Eric Christian Olsen, Ulrich Thomsen, Jørgen Langhelle, Jan Gunnar Røise
Directors: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery

The Amityville Horror (2005)

Synopsis: Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before.
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jesse James, Melissa George, Rachel Nichols, Philip Baker Hall, Danny McCarthy, Marie Joelyn, Ryan Kross, Jimmy Bennett
Directors: Andrew Douglas
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery

Black Christmas (2006)

AKA(s): Black X-Mas
Synopsis: An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.
Cast: Michael Adamthwaite, Crystal Lowe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ron Selmour, Aaron Pearl, Jerry Wasserman, Karin Konoval, Kristen Cloke, Jill Teed, Christian Sloan
Directors: Glen Morgan
Genres: Horror, Thriller

Body Snatchers (1993)

Synopsis: A teenage girl and her father discover alien clones are replacing humans on a remote U.S. military base in Alabama.
Cast: R. Lee Ermey, Meg Tilly, Forest Whitaker, Phil Neilson, Billy Wirth, Christine Elise, G. Elvis Phillips, Kimberly L. Cole, Stanley Small, James P. Monoghan
Directors: Abel Ferrara
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery

Carrie (2013)

Synopsis: A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
Cast: Julianne Moore, Chris Britton, Judy Greer, Chloë Grace Moretz, Barry Shabaka Henley, Kim Roberts, Peter Hewitt, Michelle Nolden, Hart Bochner, Joshua William James
Directors: Kimberly Peirce
Genres: Horror, Drama

The Crazies (2010)

Synopsis: About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply.
Cast: Glenn Morshower, Justin Welborn, E. Roger Mitchell, Larry Cedar, Radha Mitchell, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Joe Anderson, Mark Oliver, Danielle Panabaker, Timothy Olyphant
Directors: Breck Eisner
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Dracula (1992)

AKA(s): Bram Stoker's Dracula, D
Synopsis: The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor's fiancee and inflict havoc in the foreign land.
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, Monica Bellucci, Winona Ryder, Nancy Linehan Charles, Ele Bardha, Michael Laren, Cary Elwes, Richard E. Grant
Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
Genres: Horror, Romance

Evil Dead (2013)

Synopsis: Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Jim McLarty, Rupert Degas, Bob Dorian, Ellen Sandweiss, Jane Levy, Elizabeth Blackmore
Directors: Fede Alvarez
Genres: Horror

The Grudge (2004)

AKA(s): Untitled 'Ju-on: The Grudge' Remake
Synopsis: An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.
Cast: Ted Raimi, Bill Pullman, Takashi Matsuyama, Clea DuVall, Takako Fuji, William Mapother, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryo Ishibashi, Yuya Ozeki, Yoshiyuki Morishita
Directors: Takashi Shimizu
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Halloween (2007)

AKA(s): Halloween: Retribution, Rob Zombie's Halloween, Untitled Rob Zombie Halloween Project
Synopsis: After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger.
Cast: Brad Dourif, Danny Trejo, Bill Moseley, Dee Wallace, Udo Kier, Danielle Harris, Sid Haig, Daniel Roebuck, Sheri Moon Zombie, Tyler Mane
Directors: Rob Zombie
Genres: Horror

House of Wax (2005)

AKA(s): Wax House, Baby
Synopsis: A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit.
Cast: Jon Abrahams, Emma Lung, Damon Herriman, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Robert Ri'chard, Thomas Adamson, Murray Smith, Sam Harkess, Andy Anderson
Directors: Jaume Collet-Serra
Genres: Horror, Thriller

I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

AKA(s): Day of the Woman, Night of the Woman
Synopsis: A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.
Cast: Tracey Walter, Rodney Eastman, Jeff Branson, Andrew Howard, Saxon Sharbino, Sarah Butler, Daniel Franzese, Chad Lindberg, Mollie Milligan, Amber Dawn Landrum
Directors: Steven R. Monroe
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Crime

The Last House on the Left (2009)

Synopsis: After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.
Cast: Tony Goldwyn, Spencer Treat Clark, Michael Bowen, Josh Coxx, Monica Potter, Riki Lindhome, Sara Paxton, Garret Dillahunt, Aaron Paul, Martha MacIsaac
Directors: Dennis Iliadis
Genres: Horror, Thriller

Let Me In (2010)

Synopsis: A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.
Cast: Elias Koteas, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Dylan Kenin, Dylan Minnette, Jon Kristian Moore, Jon McGarrah, Sasha Barrese, Chris Browning
Directors: Matt Reeves
Genres: Horror, Drama, Mystery

Maniac (2012)

Synopsis: As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.
Cast: Elijah Wood, Brittani Cox, America Olivo, Megan Duffy, Jan Broberg, Alex Diaz, Rochelle Rudolph, Mike McCarty, Steffinnie Phrommany, Sammi Rotibi
Directors: Franck Khalfoun
Genres: Horror, Thriller

Mother's Day (2010)

Synopsis: The sad**tic members of a villainous family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new home owners and their guests.
Cast: Frank Grillo, Lloyd Kaufman, J. LaRose, Shawn Ashmore, A.J. Cook, Andrew Bryniarski, Alexa PenaVega, Jaime King, Matt O'Leary, Lyriq Bent
Directors: Darren Lynn Bousman
Genres: Horror, Thriller

My Bloody Valentine (2009)

AKA(s): My Bloody Valentine 3-D, My Bloody Valentine 3D
Synopsis: Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he's innocent.
Cast: Tom Atkins, John W. Iwanonkiw, Marc Macaulay, Jeffrey Jones, Kerr Smith, Edi Gathegi, Todd Farmer, Bingo O'Malley, Giovanna Yannotti, Jaime King
Directors: Patrick Lussier
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Piranha 3D (2010)

AKA(s): Piranha 3-D
Synopsis: After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.
Cast: Greg Nicotero, Eli Roth, Bonnie Morgan, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Dina Meyer, John Stewart, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Elisabeth Shue
Directors: Alexandre Aja
Genres: Horror, Comedy

Silent Night (2012)

Synopsis: The police force of a remote Midwestern town search for a killer Santa Claus who is picking off citizens on Christmas Eve.
Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Lisa Marie, Brendan Fehr, Donal Logue, Cortney Palm, Jaime King, John B. Lowe, Rick Skene, Clayton T. Stewart, Ali Tataryn
Directors: Steven C. Miller
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Comedy

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Synopsis: After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers.
Cast: John Larroquette, R. Lee Ermey, Erica Leerhsen, Terrence Evans, Kathy Lamkin, David Dorfman, Harry Jay Knowles, Mike Vogel, Andrew Bryniarski, Eric Balfour
Directors: Marcus Nispel
Genres: Horror

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

AKA(s): 13 Ghosts, Thirteen Ghosts
Synopsis: When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family. All including his house, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts!
Cast: Matthew Lillard, Embeth Davidtz, C. Ernst Harth, Tony Shalhoub, John DeSantis, Laura Mennell, JR Bourne, Xantha Radley, Shannon Elizabeth, Jacob Rupp
Directors: Steve Beck
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

Synopsis: 65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called 'moonlight murders' begin again...
Cast: Danielle Harris, Raiden Integra, Gary Teague, Lance E. Nichols, James Paul, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson, Dodie Brown, Nathan Tremaine, Joshua Leonard
Directors: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

We Are What We Are (2013)

Synopsis: The Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family.
Cast: Larry Fessenden, Michael Parks, Nick Damici, Bill Sage, Wyatt Russell, Odeya Rush, Laurent Rejto, Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Eric Stanze
Directors: Jim Mickle
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama

Fright Night (2011)

Synopsis: A teenager suspects that his new neighbor is a vampire.
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Bonnie Morgan, Chris Sarandon, Fileena Bahris, Toni Collette, Alma Sisneros, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Imogen Poots, William H. Burton Jr., Tait Fletcher
Directors: Craig Gillespie
Genres: Horror, Comedy

House on Haunted Hill (1999)

Synopsis: A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.
Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Greg Nicotero, Famke Janssen, Ali Larter, Ivana Milicevic, Geoffrey Rush, Taye Diggs, Chris Kattan, Slavitza Jovan, Lisa Loeb
Directors: William Malone
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

The Omen (2006)

AKA(s): The Omen 666
Synopsis: A remake of the 1976 horror classic The Omen (1976), an American official realizes that his young son may literally be the devil incarnate.
Cast: Liev Schreiber, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, MyAnna Buring, Pavel Cajzl, Sara Houghton, Janet Henfrey, Julia Stiles, Harvey Stephens, Michael Gambon
Directors: John Moore
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Quarantine (2008)

AKA(s): Quarantined, Quarantined
Synopsis: A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC, after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers.
Cast: Doug Jones, Jay Hernandez, Johnathon Schaech, Bernard White, Rade Serbedzija, Andrew Fiscella, Jennifer Carpenter, Joey King, Denis O'Hare, Steve Harris
Directors: John Erick Dowdle
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi

Silent House (2011)

Synopsis: A girl is trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt the house with mysterious energy and consequences.
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Julia Taylor Ross, Haley Murphy, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Adam Barnett
Directors: Chris Kentis, Laura Lau
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Straw Dogs (2011)

Synopsis: L.A. screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.
Cast: James Marsden, James Paul, James Woods, Dominic Purcell, Alexander Skarsgård, Anson Mount, Joanna Theobalds, Tim J. Smith, Walton Goggins, Laz Alonso
Directors: Rod Lurie
Genres: Horror, Thriller

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