Another Top 10 Worst Horror Movie Remakes
VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Matthew Thomas.
The first scare is oftentimes the best scare; so imitations, replications or re-imaginings aren't always necessary. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down another top 10 worst horror movie remakes. For this list, we've picked movie remakes in the horror genre based on a mix of their lack of originality, negative reviews, poor acting and/or production, as well at those that seemed completely unnecessary and/or that they were re-done only to make money.
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Script written by Matthew Thomas.
Another Top 10 Worst Horror Movie Remakes
The first scare is oftentimes the best scare; so imitations, replications or re-imaginings aren’t always necessary. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for another top 10 worst horror movie remakes.
For this list, we’ve picked movie remakes in the horror genre based on a mix of their lack of originality, negative reviews, poor acting and/or production, as well at those that seemed completely unnecessary and/or that they were re-done only to make money. If you didn’t see a film you thought should be on this list, be sure to check out our first video of the Top 10 Worst Horror Movie Remakes.
#10: “House of Wax” (2005)
When you decide to remake one of the best regarded horror films of the 1950s starring horror heavyweight Vincent Price and one of your biggest known names in the cast is Paris Hilton, you just know something is not right. Horribly acted and very “by the numbers,” this new version of “House of Wax” lacks any of the charm of the original - and other than the title, it had little to nothing to do with the 1953 flick of the same name. Whoever came up with the idea to use the title of a legendary film for an unrelated project was a silly, silly person, as the film had nothing to gain from the comparisons and everything to lose; this 2005 American-Australian horror never stood a chance.
#9: “Friday the 13th” (2009)
With 8 films in this franchise made during the '80s alone, was a reboot of the "Friday the 13th" in the 21st century really that necessary? The 2009 slasher is the 12th installment gives us a bit of look into the past of the hockey mask-wearing serial killer Jason Voorhees but mostly follows as he kidnaps young girl that reminds him of his mother and terrorizes and murders a group of friends camping at Crystal Lake. While it did quite well at the box office, the same couldn't be said about its reviews, with critics and audiences targeting its lack of real scares, instances of humor and anything else usually associated with a good horror flick.
#8: “The Island of Dr. Moreau” (1996)
H.G. Wells’ 1896 novel had already been adapted two times before this John Frankenheimer-directed version hit our movie screens, and considering the amount of negative reviews it earned as well as that the studio ended losing money on the production, then 2 movies were probably enough. Though the cast boasted actors like Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer, the 1996 sci-fi horror flick had a hard time finding its focus, and was uneven at best. Plagued with set issues, “The Island of Dr. Moreau” also nabbed half a dozen Razzie nods when it was all said and done.
#7: “The Wolfman” (2010)
One of a select few characters that helped pioneer the horror movie genre, the Wolfman’s time in the spotlight seems to have passed him by these days, with much dust gathering on his fur - unlike his compatriot Dracula, who gets re-imagined seemingly yearly. If anyone could have envisioned how disappointing this version would be for a new generation, then it probably never would have been made. Not even the immensely talented Benecio del Toro could save the mediocrity of this boring, long-winded remake.
#6: “The Hitcher” (2007)
“The Hitcher” may not be the most renowned horror film in history, but for anyone who has seen the 1986 version, they’ll know just how much of an embarrassment the early 21stcentury remake is. In the original, an innocent man is on the run from a maniac who will stop at nothing to get him, and every second of it ratchets up the tension, with it all coming to a satisfying end. Too slick for its own good, the polish with which the later movie is put together strips audiences of the ability to relate with the protagonist and ultimately care about the film.
#5: “Black Christmas” (2006)
The best thing that we can say about this film is that you can rest assured during the unpleasant experience of watching it that it’s unlikely to stick with you when it’s over. Bringing very little new to the genre, “Black Christmas” doesn’t even manage to embrace its sorority house location and strive for overt sexuality to make up for its obvious deficiencies. Tedious and stupid, we can only hope they had a fun time on set since nobody watching will.
#4: “The Haunting” (1999)
Nominated for five Razzie awards, including worst picture, director and screenplay, it’s safe to say this film was not at all well received by critics. At the time of “The Haunting”’s release, it was the film with the biggest opening weekend of all time that did not break 100 million dollars at the domestic box office – and this is a testament to the horrible word of mouth surrounding it. Disliked by the masses and critics alike, the failure this remake achieved was grand in scale, even if its story wasn’t.
#3: “Day of the Dead” (2008)
What do you get when you combine a cast largely comprised of nobodies or has-beens with poor production values and an inconsistent script? Well, if it’s a remake of a previous horror classic, you get a place on this list. Though we briefly mentioned some of the elements that make this movie so bad, all we really should have had to reveal to earn “Day of the Dead” its spot is the fact that it features what is possibly a vegetarian zombie. Don’t believe us? Don’t worry, we watched the film and still barely believe it ourselves.
#2: “The Eye” (2008)
Any good horror film relies on the lead performer to act as the audience’s guide into the world of danger and intrigue, and the ability of the movie to scare hinges on all of this. So when you cast an actress that is widely considered to be lacking the ability to emote, and then have her start off feebly attempting to appear to be blind, your failure is nearly ensured. Poorly adapted and woefully lacking scares, “The Eye” is a pale comparison to the 2002 original and most other horror films as well.
Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable, or in this list’s case, dishonorable mentions:
- “Thir13en Ghosts” (2001)
- “Mirrors” (2008)
- “The Invasion” (2007)
- “The Stepfather” (2009)
#1: “When a Stranger Calls” (2006)
A remake of a film that was bookended by much potential, with an uneven middle that meanders more than it entertains, this film could have outshone the original far easier than most of the others on this list. All they needed to do was expand on the good parts and ignore the bad, but instead the filmmakers largely opted to ignore all of it and delve into teenage drama and clichés. Even going so far as to ruin their own surprise scare in the trailers, there seemed to be a lack of understanding of how to scare audiences at all by the people behind this remake of “When a Stranger Calls.”
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