I love watching a horror movie remake do it right so here are a few horror films that did just that. Movies for these remakes feature classic originals from the previous era. This top list omits remakes based on newer films like The Evil Dead and Stephen King’s It. Thanks to WatchMojo for posting this video, do not forget to like and share.
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Top 10 Horror Movie Remakes
Directed by Tom Savini
Official Synopsis: A remake of George Romero's 1968 black-and-white classic that begins in a cemetery, as the recently-dead return to life - from an unknown cause - and attack the living as their prey. One woman escapes the frightening zombies to take refuge with others in a farmhouse, as every cadaver for miles around hungers for their flesh. Will they make it through the night...that the dead came back to life?
Cast: Bill Moseley, Tony Todd, John W. Iwanonkiw, Tom Towles, William Butler, Rik Billock, Don Brockett, William Cameron, Bill 'Chilly Billy'…
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Directed by Francis Lawrence
Official Synopsis: Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone. Mutant victims of the plague -- The Infected -- lurk in the shadows... watching Neville's every move... waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind's last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered... and quickly running out of time.
Cast: Mark Steger, Will Smith, Alice Braga, John Grady, Matt Lauer, Dash Mihok, April Grace, Logan Fry, Vince Cupone, Asa Liebmann,…
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi
Directed by Philip Kaufman
Official Synopsis: The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion from a small town to the city of San Fransisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed as they deny everything or make lame excuses. As the invaders increase in number they become more open and Bennell, who has by now witnessed an attempted "replacement" realises that he and his friends must escape or suffer the same fate. But who can he trust to help him and who has already been snatched?
Cast: Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum, Donald Sutherland, Michael Chapman, Brooke Adams, Art Hindle, Kevin McCarthy, Leonard Nimoy, Lelia Goldoni, Tom Dahlgren,…
Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi
Directed by Chuck Russell
Official Synopsis: Meg Penny is a cheerleader out on her first date with one of the football players, Paul Taylor. It doesn't go very well. Before they get where they're going, an old vagrant runs out in front of Paul's car, screaming in terror. The old man is closely followed by Brian Flagg, the local teen rebel, complete with long hair, black leather jacket, motorcycle and tough-guy attitude. Paul blames Brian for chasing the old man, but after the threesome takes him to the doctor's office, it becomes clear the vagrant had more to worry about than some young tough. He was screaming because of the acid-like substance on his hand - a substance that spreads over his body and eventually consumes him. Soon, the growing red blob, which sprouts tentacles to attack its victims, becomes a menace to the small town of Arbeville, Colorado. The military soon arrives in Hazmat suits, led by the wide-eyed Dr. Christopher Meddows. They're from the government, they say, and they want to help; but Brian's distrust for authority figures proves justified when he learns of their true motives.
Cast: Bill Moseley, Beau Billingslea, Frank Collison, Rick Avery, Jeffrey DeMunn, Noble Craig, Robert Hammond, Billy Beck, Jack Nance, Jamison Newlander,…
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Official Synopsis: While celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, a couple are caravanning through the desert with their 3 children, son in law and their baby granddaughter. While the rest of the family agrees there are plenty of better and more appropriate things to do to celebrate an anniversary, they make do with what they have, but things take a turn after a sketchy gas station attendant informs them about a "short cut" that will take them in between a series of hills in the desert. It doesn't take too long before they realise they're not alone and the hills indeed do have eyes.
Cast: Greg Nicotero, Ted Levine, Robert Joy, Billy Drago, Ezra Buzzington, Kathleen Quinlan, Michael Bailey Smith, Laura Ortiz, Tom Bower, Vinessa…
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Directed by Zack Snyder
Official Synopsis: Ana goes home to her peaceful suburban residence, but she is unpleasantly surprised the morning that follows when her husband is brutally attacked by her zombified neighbor. In the chaos of her once picturesque neighborhood, Ana flees and stumbles upon a police officer named Kenneth, along with more survivors who decide that their best chances of survival would be found in the deserted Crossroads Shopping Mall. When supplies begin running low and other trapped survivors need help, the group comes to the realization that they cannot stay put forever at the Shopping Mall, and devise a plan to escape.
Cast: Tom Savini, Matt Frewer, Ken Foree, Boyd Banks, Kevin Zegers, Ving Rhames, Kim Poirier, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Kelly, Lindy Booth,…
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
Directed by Matt Reeves
Official Synopsis: In Los Alamos, New Mexico, the twelve year-old Owen is a lonely and outcast boy bullied in school by Kenny and two other classmates; at home, Owen dreams of avenging himself against the trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve-year-old next door neighbor, Abby, who only appears during the night in the playground of their building. Meanwhile, Abby's father is a wanted serial-killer who drains the blood of his victims to supply Abby, who is actually an ancient vampire. Abby advises Owen to fight Kenny; however, soon he discovers that she is a vampire, and he feels fear and love for the girl. Meanwhile a police officer is investigating the murder cases, believing that it is a satanic cult.
Cast: Elias Koteas, Richard Jenkins, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chloë Grace Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Dylan Kenin, Dylan Minnette, Jon McGarrah, Sasha Barrese,…
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Fantasy
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Official Synopsis: Rachel Keller is a journalist investigating a videotape that may have killed four teenagers (including her niece). There is an urban legend about this tape: the viewer will die seven days after watching it. If the legend is correct, Rachel will have to run against time to save her son's and her own life.
Cast: Brian Cox, Joe Chrest, Keith Campbell, Vincent Hogarth, Daveigh Chase, Adam Brody, David Dorfman, Jane Alexander, Chuck Hicks, Sasha Barrese,…
Genres: Horror, Mystery
Directed by John Carpenter
Official Synopsis: A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They are trying to kill a dog that has escaped from their base. After the destruction of the Norwegian chopper the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it is an alien life form. After a while it is apparent that the alien can take over and assimilate into other life forms, including humans, and can spread like a virus. This means that anyone at the base could be inhabited by The Thing, and tensions escalate.
Cast: Kurt Russell, Adrienne Barbeau, John Carpenter, Keith David, Norbert Weisser, Charles Hallahan, Larry Franco, Wilford Brimley, David Clennon, Richard Dysart,…
Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Directed by Rob Zombie
Official Synopsis: The residents of Haddonfield don't know it yet... but death is coming to their small sleepy town. Sixteen years ago, a ten year old boy called Michael Myers brutally kills his step father, his elder sister and her boyfriend. Sixteen years later, he escapes from the mental institution and makes his way back to his hometown intent on a murderous rampage pursued by Dr Sam Loomis who is Michael's doctor and the only one who knows Michael's true evil. Elsewhere a shy teenager by the name of Laurie Strode is babysitting on the night Michael comes home... is it pure coincidence that she and her friends are being stalked by him?
Cast: Brad Dourif, Danny Trejo, Bill Moseley, Dee Wallace, Udo Kier, Danielle Harris, Daniel Roebuck, Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Kristina…
Genres: Horror, Fantasy