A whole new generation of horror fans are going to experience some classic horror films the wrong way thanks to the Hollywood Machines insistence on remaking the classics. Do not get me wrong I do not hate all remakes I just hate that the horror genre gives the most attention to box office remakes and ignores the true gems like Toby Wilkins Splinter, Jennifer Lynch’s Surveillance or Stephen C Millers Aggression Scale to name just a few.
I knew you had to be curious how many films were being slated to be remade so I went ahead and compiled a list for you. You are welcome! No really.. you are. So without further ado in alphabetical order here is my list of upcoming horror remakes with as little snark as possible!
Audition: Executive producer Mario Kassar is assembling an English-language adaptation of Ryu Murakami’s 1997 novel Audition which will be directed by Richard Gray. The film follows Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence.
Art of the Devil: In 2008 Cerenzie-Peters Productions bought the rights to the Art of the Devil films. Each original film has its own story line but the new one is reportedly going to focus on the second film about a woman who tortures and murders her students. Sounds vicious.
Army of Darkness: Ever since the Evil Dead remake destroyed the box office there has been talk of an Army of Darkness remake. I for one am incredibly excited and hope that they do it right and bring back Bruce Campbell. Sam and Ted Raimi have spoken repeatedly about the potential of doing an Army of Darkness remake and fans are excited based off the level of commentary on our site every time it comes up.
Anguish: Universal is bringing us a remake of the Spanish horror film Anguish. The remake was written by Jake Wade Wall who did AMUSEMENT. Amusement is a great premise that is done VERY badly and has the most frustrating ending ever. He also did When A Strangers Calls and The Hitcher Remake. The original film, directed by Bigas Luna, was a horror-movie-within-a-horror movie. As an audience in a small theater watches a film about an optometrist on a killing spree, a maniac begins killing the moviegoers.
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, the creators of the Internet series “Ask a Ninja”, are writing a script for a reboot of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes with Nichols set to direct. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a classic b-movie which has already been remade and does not need to be remade again. George Clooney was awesome in it and I have a hard time seeing any way you one up the last one.
The Birds: The folks at Platinum Dunes are remaking this one. The film will reportedly star Naomi Watts and will be directed by Martin Campbell. This film is not a true remake since the producers have told us that the film will take its own path. I am one of the few who has enjoyed the Platinum Dunes remakes so I will give this one a shot.
Battle Royale: I don’t even know how you go about remaking one of the most visceral movies ever made but no shock that Hollywood is going to try. No word on who will direct or star or when this one might see the light of day. One thing is for sure it wont be anything like The Hunger Games which is basically a teen knock off of the concept.
Creature from the Black Lagoon: There has been lots of talk on this remake just nothing recently. The last word on this remake was that the incredibly talented Paxton will star but you know how early word can change. Breck Eisner was at one time salted to direct the remake.
Day of the Triffids: Day of the Triffids is being remade by the BBC. It is adapted from the 1951 novel and will be written by ER and Law and Order writer Patrick Harbinson. The remake will be set in the modern day.
Day of the Dead: Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, who produced “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” have just purchased the rights from James and Robert Dudelson. Day of the Dead has been rebooted/remade and spun off with horrendous sequels enough times that I have very little hope this one will be much better.
Dracula: Yep we have yet another Dracula movie coming and this time he is the anti-hero and its an origins story titled ‘Dracula Untold’. From the newly released trailer this one appears to be Braveheart / Troy meets Bram Stokers Dracula.
Eyes of Laura Mars Remake: John Carpenters classic which starred Faye Dunnaway and Tommy Lee Jones is being remade. Chris Fisher who just finished the sequel to Donnie Darko called S.Darko will be reportedly helming and writing the project and is looking to get it off the ground this summer.
The Echo: Do not get me started on this one. Yam Laranas is slated to direct a remake of Sigaw aka The Echo. I am not a very big fan of Asian horror remakes and will be avoiding this one. No word on a release date.
Escape From New York: There has been talk of a new Escape movie for a long time. The script has been put together by Dave Kajganich and rumors had it titled as ‘Escape From Earth’. Names such as Gerard Butler have been batted around to star but its been quite some time since we have heard anything about this potential film.
Faces of Death: Not long ago it was announced that JT Petty would be reviving the series by remaking the original. It is more of a new head start rather than a remake I would say.
FunHouse: The original film is being remade by Universal and StrikeForce entertainment. No word on cast or director at this point. The original told the story of a FunHouse that was anything but fun as the body count builds.
Ghost Busters: This puppy will re-unite the original gang. Columbia Pictures has hired Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky to put together a script. The plan was originally to have the original ghost busters return but instead the film will focus on a new generation of ghost busters with the key players from the original reportedly appearing in cameos!
House on Sorority Row: This puppy is quickly sneaking up on us. To be released this October its big claim to fame is that it stars The Hills Hottie Audrina Partridge. I do not watch the hills, nor will I ever but I definitely checkout the tabloid photos of Audrina and she is hot… accept for those hideous fake doo-dads.
The Host: The Host is a really cool monster movie and one you should all go and checkout. Universal bought the rights to it in 2007 and had tapped Fredrik Bond to direct it. Although the reported director is not very well known the films producer Gore Verbinski is.
Hellraiser: Hellraiser is one movie that messed with my head and gave me some great nightmares. A remake is in the pipes and originally was going to be in theatres for 2009. Pascal Laugier was slated to direct the project and considering he directed Martyrs one of the most terrifying modern horror movies I cant think of anyone better.
How To Kill a Child: Filmmax International have picked up the project and are producing. They had attached director David Alcalde with a script from David Munoz. The only other bit of production news is that according to an IMDB listing Diego Luna is set to star. They have also renamed the film ‘In The PlayGround’
I walked with a Zombie: Twisted Pictures has the rights to this one. Zero word on its status other then Twisted picked up the rights.
I Saw The Devil: One of the best foreign language horror thrillers ever made is going to be remade. Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna’s 1984 Private Defense Contractors has acquired the English-language remake rights to Kim Jee-Woon’s 2010 South Korean serial-killer thriller.
IT (Stehen Kings): Warner Brothers in association with Lin Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment is starting to put the remake together. They had previously announced a Director, Dave Kajganich, who has previously remade Pet Semetary and has written The Invasion as well as the upcoming Escape From New York reboot.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Twisted picture is set to remake Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Twisted Pictures is of course the folks known best for the SAW franchise. I am not sure Twisted Pictures are known for anything else but then that might be the wine talking.. its been a long day. There has been no progress on this one that we have heard of but Twisted Pictures has the rights and its in the pipes.
Kingdom of the Spiders: The 1977 giant spider flick which starred William Shatner is also getting the remake treatment and in 3D no less but it seems to have fallen into development hell. Nuala Barton and Rene Sheridan are producing the remake with Stealth Media Group
Little Shop of Horrors: Declan Obrien who just completed the direct to DVD horror tale CYCLOPS for Roger Corman is being tapped to do another remake of The Little Shop of Horrors. Pretty safe bet Woody Allen wont be in this one.
Lake Mungo: Paramount Vantage has decided to remake the Australian flick. No word on when. In Lake Mungo Sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming in the local dam. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centered in and around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, RAY KEMENY. Ray discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. A series of clues lead the family to Lake Mungo where Alice’s secret past emerges.
Monster Squad: Monster Squad was a really fun film and one that I never even saw until recently. Rob Cohen director of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is going to direct a remake for Paramount. Apparently they have just bought the remake rights to Fred Dekker’s 1987 cult classic.
Maniac Cop: Wild Bunch and Nicolas Winding Refn will be producing the flick, alongside the original director William Lustig. The remake is penned by Ed Brubaker (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and a director is said to be announced at Cannes this year.
Martyrs: Fox has picked up the rights to remake Martyrs originally directed by Pascal Laugier. The original film is highly disturbing and tells the story of a catatonic girl who spent her life incarcerated.
Motel Hell: Originally MGM had the rights to the remake but then sold the rights to Twisted Pictures. No word on any specifics like when the film will see the light of day but rumors are Twisted Pictures plans are to not do a direct remake but turn Motel Hell into an entirely new horror franchise. Update: Turns out this project is back at MGM and Steven C Miller is working on it. Steven C Miller dropped us a line with the update. Tks Steven!
The Omen: Because the 2006 remake wasnt bad enough apparently FOX is eager to make another one. I would interject some more commentary here but I just cant muster it. If there is one film we 100% do not need to see more remakes of its The Omen.
The Monkeys Paw: Todd farmer is doing the script for The Monkeys Paw Remake based on the 1933 original. The Monkeys paw tells the story of an evil paw that grants wishes that have evil unintended results. A woman wishes for her son to return after his death and he does with consequences.
PREDATOR: The rumors have it that another predator remake is in the works which is completely ridiculous given that Robert Rodriguez already remade it. This go around Shane Black who directed Iron Man 3 will direct but it is not clear if he is going to reboot it or do a sequel to Rodriguez’s
Plan 9 From Outer Space: The remake will focus on the serious elements that Wood tried for but failed utterly. For those unfamiliar, Wood’s film dealt with aliens bringing back the recently deceased in order to take over the planet. Cult icon Vampira was one of the two recently deceased for the film. Darkstone Entertainment is set to remake the film with its founder John Johnson directing
People Under the Stairs: Once again from Wes Craven he has plans to remake People Under the Stairs. This movie for me is a classic and I have no interest in seeing anybody remake this one. Admittedly if Wes is involved I will have more interest then if he is not.
Poltergeist: Last we heard Vadim Perelman was in final talks to helm the Poltergeist remake. The film is being written by screenwriters Juliet Snowden and Stiles White. MGM is of course behind this remake that was originally directed by Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg.
PuppetMaster 3-D: Yes kids PuppetMaster is getting the remake treatment and its going to be in 3-D. I know alot of you are big fans of 3-D so no doubt you will be interested in seeing how the classic PuppetMaster looks in 3-D.
Re-animator 3-D: Since My Bloody Valentine 3-D was such a big hit it should come as no shock that producers Ray Haboush and Producer Brian Yuzna are hard at work at Re-Animator 3-D.
Rocky Horror Picture Show: The original film featured Tim Curry in the ultimate camp performance, Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf. The remake will be produced through MTV and Sky Movies and will be using the original film’s screenplay. No cast or director has been attached yet. Executive Producer on the original Lou Adler will also be executive producer on the remake
Room 205: The remake is being done by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures. It has recently also been renamed from Room 205 to the Dorm. Its the studios way of feeling less dirty about the remake I am sure. The story is pretty basic and follows a young girl who goes off to college. First she is living it up until some very unnatural things begin happening in her room. Then she goes on a wild goose chase trying to figure out who lived in her room before her.
SAW 3-D: Although only in early talks Twisted Pictures has made it clear they would like to do SAW in 3-D. Considering that the franchise has just about run its course it does make sense they either take it to space or go 3-D. 3-D is probably more logical then fighting martians.
Scanners: David Goyer wrote the script and SAW director Darren Lynn Bousman is going to be directing. Dimension is apparently in a rush to get it done and Darren told Fangoria while he was still working on REPO that once Repo wrapped up he would be moving straight to Scanners.
Shocker: Wes Craven recently announced plans for a Shocker remake. Frankly Shocker is one of his lesser movies and could probably use a remake. Admittedly I did enjoy it but it could have been alot better. No word on writers, or plans on when it will be released.
The Seventh Victim: The Seventh Victim is the story of a woman who goes looking for her sister in New York and runs into a Satanic Cult that knows all to well what happened to her. Originally shot in 1944 the film has no writer yet but has been announced.
Suspiria: Natalie Portman is rumored to be in talks to star in this remake of Dario Argentos classic. No director has been confirmed but Director David Gordon told MTV he was going to be directing it.
They Live: According to the Hollywood Reporter Universal and Strike Entertainment are in negotiations with Les Mougins, who holds the rights to ‘They Live, for the remake. Strike’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are slated to produce, while Shep Gordon (from Les Mougins) and Carpenter will hold executive producer roles.
Which of these remakes are you looking forward to? Which are you dreading? Sound off in the comments!