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(HitFix)   10 horror movie remakes that got it right including....Dark Water. Really   (hitfix.com) divider line 136
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2013-03-21 01:26:59 PM  
the '04 Dawn of thr Dead was a great popcorn flick. It wasn't a fantastic movie, but it was a ton of fun to watch. Romero's original was far better in a literary sort of way. Way more social commentary, etc. It really is a modern horror masterpiece.

Day of the Dead was a freaking abortion though. Captain Rhodes was stereotypical retard that doesn't belong in Romero's universe. However, the Bub zombie was pretty cool.
 
2013-03-21 01:32:37 PM  

MayoSlather: Lackofname: List is useless without Fright Night.

My horror club and I watched the original and remake back to back, and both feel very solid. The remake has no down points, used the original as inspiration but did new and interesting things, and the performances were great.

I really love the remake of Fright Night. It's incredibly watchable, the pacing is fantastic, and much to my surprise Colin Farrell really pulls off the vampire thing. I wish it would have done better at the box office, it didn't get the attention it deserved.


It definitely struck the right note between horror and comedy like the original. I don't think it hurt that the screenplay was by Marti Noxon who wrote and produced on most of the run of Buffy.
 
2013-03-21 01:48:13 PM  

ladodger34: the '04 Dawn of thr Dead was a great popcorn flick. It wasn't a fantastic movie, but it was a ton of fun to watch. Romero's original was far better in a literary sort of way. Way more social commentary, etc. It really is a modern horror masterpiece.

Day of the Dead was a freaking abortion though. Captain Rhodes was stereotypical retard that doesn't belong in Romero's universe. However, the Bub zombie was pretty cool.


Romero came from the hippie generation who disliked the military. Back then there wasn't the "hate the war, love the troops" mentality that we have today.
 
2013-03-21 01:50:52 PM  

dittybopper: StoPPeRmobile: Uncle Tractor: Don't be afraid of the dark: Meh to the remake. Never saw the original.

The scariest thing ever, on TV.

/Besides minor celeb trainwrecks

False.  This was:

[www.downrightcreepy.com image 380x300]




Damnit Bubba! You're right.

Realized my mistake, after I clicked submit.

*shakes tiny fist*
 
2013-03-21 01:51:24 PM  

badlife: dittybopper: StoPPeRmobile: Uncle Tractor: Don't be afraid of the dark: Meh to the remake. Never saw the original.

The scariest thing ever, on TV.

/Besides minor celeb trainwrecks

False.  This was:

[www.downrightcreepy.com image 380x300]

Don't normally say it, but, THIS!


Best part is that it wasn't gory (it was made for TV, after all).  It was just down-right *CREEPY* as all-Hell.

Sometimes, not seeing is worse than actually seeing.
 
2013-03-21 01:52:00 PM  

Mincer: Trollin4Colon: Fail 1: Slideshow Fail 2: Roughly half the movies listed. Texas Chainsaw Massacre with Jessica Biel??? Really? You know what was wrong with that version?  This [content8.flixster.com image 180x270] I'd never seen her in anything else before, so I spent the entire runtime staring open-mouthed at the ridiculous hotness on display.  Totally ruined the movie for me.


Didn't matter that I knew who she was. A showcase of Ms. Biel. Tongue on floor.
 
2013-03-21 02:30:52 PM  
content8.flixster.com

I didn't realize that Geena Davis was "cum-horrified."
 
2013-03-21 02:38:48 PM  
BSery list is BSery. NO Asian horror remakes have ever worked. Not The Grudge, The Ring, and defnitely definitely not The Eye.
 
2013-03-21 03:07:31 PM  

ParagonComplex: BSery list is BSery. NO Asian horror remakes have ever worked. Not The Grudge, The Ring, and defnitely definitely not The Eye.


I liked The Ring but didn't realize it was a remake until way later. Still haven't seen the original but it (mostly) stands up fine on its own.

The Grudge was meh and original "The Eye" was ponderous, boring and just plain dumb I couldn't believe they tried to remake it.
 
2013-03-21 03:07:56 PM  
I haven't see the original, but the American "Dark Water" is a steaming pile of telegraphed, predictable, cliché-riddled, exploitive bullpucky.

1) Why would Connelly move her and her daughter into a building that transparently gawdawful, even if she didn't know it was haunted? The place is a dark, dreary dump. It's very clear there's nothing keeping her from moving to a nice 'burb with good schools, etc.

2) Just having the creepy Reilly and sinister-seeming Postlethwaite as manager and super should be enough to make her say, "Thanks, but no thanks."

3) The foreshadowing throughout the first half-hour is about as subtle as a sledgehammer.

4) From the get-go it's insultingly obvious the identity of the ghost, where the corpse is hidden, and who the killer is.

5) And what few scares the film has rely entirely on that most contemptible kind of cinema horror: putting little kids in peril for cheap thrills.

It's absolute shiat, and that's being kind.

/end rant
 
2013-03-21 03:15:38 PM  
StoPPeRmobile: Uncle Tractor: Don't be afraid of the dark: Meh to the remake. Never saw the original.

The scariest thing ever, on TV.

/Besides minor celeb trainwrecks

False. This was:

[www.downrightcreepy.com image 380x300]


 You are all wrong, now let me in, I'm hungry:

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-21 03:39:53 PM  

badlife: Actually I think I was more frightened by this:
[dirkmancuso.files.wordpress.com image 500x376]

But I was only 5 years old, after all.


I hate you forever.  FOREVER.
 
2013-03-21 04:08:18 PM  

ParagonComplex: BSery list is BSery. NO Asian horror remakes have ever worked. Not The Grudge, The Ring, and defnitely definitely not The Eye.


24.media.tumblr.com

Well, duh.  I mean, you can see the guy's legs.
 
2013-03-21 04:26:19 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: the remake of The Grudge is terrible. I've also seen Dark Water, but damn if I remember anything about it.


Sorry, I like The Grudge... It's been a long time since horror films did anything for me, although I like to still watch them, but The Grudge was fun. I think it's twofold though: 1. I like the Japan horror style, creepy kids showing up out of nowhere, climbing the wall in the background, etc. 2. When I was watching it, I was in the computer room, watching it on my computer. This was right across the hall from my kids' room, and we had gone somewhere that weekend where they got a couple of ballons that were now floating about 3 feet above the ground. The A/C kicked on, and suddenly , out of the corner of my eye, something goes slowly drifting through the dark. Freaked the fark out of me. No matter how good or bad a movie is, If I have that fun of a 'scared' moment to tie to it, it makes it worthwhile.

I stil think the movie was cool anyway. There's a lot on that list I wouldn't have thought of putting on there, but were good choices. Body Snatchers is a good example, somehow I'd forgotten that it was a remake, even though I've seen every version made.
 
2013-03-21 04:54:50 PM  

Trollin4Colon: ParagonComplex: BSery list is BSery. NO Asian horror remakes have ever worked. Not The Grudge, The Ring, and defnitely definitely not The Eye.

I liked The Ring but didn't realize it was a remake until way later. Still haven't seen the original but it (mostly) stands up fine on its own.

The Grudge was meh and original "The Eye" was ponderous, boring and just plain dumb I couldn't believe they tried to remake it.


The Ring was never the least bit scary to me. The Eye was one of my favorite horror movies ever simply because of the twist.
 
2013-03-21 05:31:22 PM  

dittybopper: StoPPeRmobile: Uncle Tractor: Don't be afraid of the dark: Meh to the remake. Never saw the original.

The scariest thing ever, on TV.

/Besides minor celeb trainwrecks

False.  This was:

[www.downrightcreepy.com image 380x300]


I own that on Bluray!  Good stuff!
 
2013-03-21 05:33:40 PM  

Lyonid: I found the Dawn of the Dead remake to be largely forgettable, but I must say that I felt the opening sequence was very well done (in an action movie sense).  After the female lead reaches the mall, the film heads downhill for me.


This.

Opening was solid. Generic from that point on, which could have still been okay, but fast zombies for the ADD generation is what really lost me. Zombies are not fast, that is part of their creepiness.

My biggest zombie movie wish is that they remake Day Of The Dead using the original script which is AWESOME and way different than the movie they ended up making. Second biggest wish is for WWZ to become a mini-series on HBO.
 
2013-03-21 05:55:11 PM  
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake is horrible.

The Thing, however, is wall-to-wall fun.

At least the remake of The Haunting isn't anywhere near this list.  God, that was rancid.
 
2013-03-21 06:01:46 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: buntz: StoPPeRmobile: It's like someone idea of a Romero flick that only knows "Return of the Living Dead" and doesn't get the good parts.

It kills me that the whole zombies "brains" thing comes from Return of the Living Dead but if you asked the average person who says "braaaaaaiiiinnns" when talking about zombies why they say that, chances are they never even SAW Return of the Living Dead!

/dogs can't look up

Dead accurate statement.

/send more cops

paramedics.

Fixt.
 
2013-03-21 06:03:55 PM  

verbaltoxin: thecpt: Also, I really like the American version of the Strangers

Two reasons it's good.

1. Liv Tyler.
2. The bad guys win.

Too many American movies force the happy ending when most of the time, a horror movie should have a horrific ending. The girl shouldn't escape Freddy's dreamworld. Jason should catch the final teenager. Leatherface, Michael Myers, ditto.


What are you talking about? American horrors always have a big "Or is it!?" ending which completely invalidates everything that happened in the movie.
 
2013-03-21 06:07:19 PM  

LoneWolf343: which completely invalidates everything that happened in the movie.


or does it.
 
2013-03-21 06:53:32 PM  

Web_Slinger: StoPPeRmobile: Uncle Tractor: Don't be afraid of the dark: Meh to the remake. Never saw the original.

The scariest thing ever, on TV.

/Besides minor celeb trainwrecks

False. This was:

[www.downrightcreepy.com image 380x300]

 You are all wrong, now let me in, I'm hungry:

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x480]


So true....the only thing scarier to me was the book.  I was reading it one night when the wind was blowing outside and a branch of the tree outside my window kept tapping on the glass.  I didn't sleep that night.
 
2013-03-21 07:16:05 PM  
Of the three new "universal monsters" remakes, the TCM one is definitely the best. Jessica Biel was stunning, R Lee Ermey was genuinely terrifying, and they did some interesting things with Leatherface.

I'd really love to see Critters or Ghoulies remake.
 
2013-03-21 07:31:56 PM  

Web_Slinger: StoPPeRmobile: Uncle Tractor: Don't be afraid of the dark: Meh to the remake. Never saw the original.

The scariest thing ever, on TV.

/Besides minor celeb trainwrecks

False. This was:

[www.downrightcreepy.com image 380x300]

 You are all wrong, now let me in, I'm hungry:

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x480]

Good call!

 
2013-03-21 07:38:27 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Of the three new "universal monsters" remakes, the TCM one is definitely the best. Jessica Biel was stunning, R Lee Ermey was genuinely terrifying, and they did some interesting things with Leatherface.

I'd really love to see Critters or Ghoulies remake.


I don't think either of those would be good.  Because those kinds of horror movies used to be campy fun with some humor thrown in.  Now even old movies like they they try to add tons of gore and make it super dark.  It's like all horror movies now have to be made by emo kids.
 
2013-03-21 08:19:56 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: verbaltoxin: thecpt: Also, I really like the American version of the Strangers

Two reasons it's good.

1. Liv Tyler.
2. The bad guys win.

Too many American movies force the happy ending when most of the time, a horror movie should have a horrific ending. The girl shouldn't escape Freddy's dreamworld. Jason should catch the final teenager. Leatherface, Michael Myers, ditto.

Personally I was frustrated as hell that the invaders seemed to have an infinitely better knowledge of this house than the people who lived there did.  I was baffled.


If I'm not mistaken, the couple didn't live there.  I seem to remember that the home was some kind of vacation home of the boyfriend's family.
 
2013-03-21 10:39:18 PM  

thecpt: Tat'dGreaser: Cause they were stupid!!! There were so many chances to kill the bad guys it was ridiculous. They got bested by a bunch of idiots in masks. COME ON

Granted they were psychopaths and they weren't sure what they were capable of.  They could of sat in that room all day camping that door with the gun, but the sickos would've lit the cabin on fire.  I'm not sure of the number of times they could've killed them, but I don't think it was a high number.


I'm pretty sure a smart person would have grabbed something from the tool shed.
 
2013-03-21 10:48:43 PM  
I would add Funny Games to the list.
 
2013-03-22 03:46:26 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake is horrible.

The Thing, however, is wall-to-wall fun.

At least the remake of The Haunting isn't anywhere near this list.  God, that was rancid.


It's a great example of how it takes so much more than just big FX to effectively tell a story.  They pretty well missed the soul of the original.

Regarding the article, I largely agree that those are remakes that are done right.  However, "The Thing" is the only one of the group that I would suggest is actually done better.
 
2013-03-22 08:30:55 AM  

yeager: I would add Funny Games to the list.


a

h FARK. slag on The Grudge and proclaim the masterpiece TCM.

*snerk
 
2013-03-22 01:35:59 PM  

NeoCortex42: exparrot: StoPPeRmobile: Uncle Tractor: Don't be afraid of the dark: Meh to the remake. Never saw the original.

The scariest thing ever, on TV.

/Besides minor celeb trainwrecks

Pennyworth disagrees.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 190x188]
Not really all that scary.


godammitsomuch
/Don't mind me, just floating down here
 
2013-03-22 08:17:23 PM  
I'd put "The Blob" somewhere in there.
Probably in the top 5.
 
2013-03-22 11:32:19 PM  

yves0010: GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: My opinion here, but I think Dawn of the Dead is probably the most "realistic" (zombies aren't real) zombie apocalypse film. The shortage of weapons and supplies, loss of power after just under a month and internal struggles/personal conflicts in the group all seem very true to an isolated survivor situation. Outside of the whole "zombies won't eat dogs" thing I'd say DotD 2004 is the movie for those "zombie purists" upset with this or that in Walking Dead. Not to mention the extra DVD features of the newscast and the gunstore guy's video diary were great.

[media.screened.com image 600x255]

Andy was my favorite character in that entire movie.


I think fast zombies is why a lot of people hate the movie. To be honest IMO fast zombies make a lot of sense when they first turn not that they would stay that way. But yea they would eat any flesh dogs included. Those zombies were eating everything not just brains.

Also The Ring was pretty good and The Grudge was only ok. It would have been better if in the third act the "rules" of the grudge hadn't become wobbly. It's not the only movie to be guilty of internal structure inconsistancy which is far different from vampires being sparkly. If you establish that people have to come in to the house to be effected then you can't then later in the movie kill someone who never went in the house. If you establish that your warewolves get hairy but can still play basketball that is an entirely seperate matter.
 
2013-03-23 04:35:35 AM  

therecksays: Those zombies were eating everything not just brains.


The thing I always wonder about when I see a zombie movie, is why don't the zombies eat each other?
 
2013-03-23 07:44:39 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: Oh I finally clicked the link. Morans I tell ya.

[www.darkmediaonline.com image 850x637]


I had that saved on my old computer; one of the greatest screen pics EVAR!

I was watching Dawn Of The Dead not long ago and I can't get through it - that head security guard who feels he's the leader of a post-apocalyptic world while having no determinable skill aside from holding a handgun was WAY to farking annoying to deal with.
 
2013-03-23 07:49:49 PM  

Uncle Tractor: therecksays: Those zombies were eating everything not just brains.

The thing I always wonder about when I see a zombie movie, is why don't the zombies eat each other?


ct.fra.bz
 
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