5 Films That Actually Deserve a Remake


While it is relatively easy, and in a lot of instances, right for horror fan’s to bemoan at the constant remakes of the genre’s iconic film’s it constantly surprises me why more filmmakers don’t look at older, less classic films that have a great concept but did not reflect this in their execution. Look at Texas Chainsaw 3D for example.

We really don’t need another TCM film that will only have the effect of diluting the franchise dry. This years remake of We Are What We Are has me really intrigued and is a whole different story however since the original didn’t impress that much but had an interesting story. Furthermore the director behind it previously directed the very impressive Stakeland. Nuff said. So here are in my personal opinion the top 5 pick of horror films that deserve a remake.

1. Cronos (1993)

In my opinion Del Toro’s weakest film. It contains Del Toro’s imaginative elements but not an equally expert execution as in later film’s like The Devil’s Backbone or Pan’s Labryinth. The performances and, crucialy the story is solid; and quite original.

The visual elements, though interesting don’t have the same mesmerizing impact as his later films however and a remake (perhaps by Del Toro himself) would provide a another opportunity to better explore the central story in a more interesting direction and perhaps improve the visual elements so they are at a level of impact we now come to expect of Del Toro.

2. Serpent and The Rainbow (1988)

An interesting and relatively original story that harks back to older films like White Zombie and I Walked With a Zombie with some interesting sequences but a forgettable film from Wes Craven as a whole.

Would love to see it with modern practical effects. A remake could in my view make it a whole lot more atmospheric and scarier. We really havent seen these kinds of voodoo zombie films for a long time and I for one would be very interested in a modern take on it.

3. The Stand (1994)

The original adaption of this was in my view absolutely terrible. Was mis-cast, contains mediocre acting and very clearly limited by its budget. Kings original novel has quite an original apocalypse story at its heart that could make a great feature length film if properly realised.

4. Rabid (1977)

As much as Shiver’s is my favourite film of Cronenberg’s, as an early film in Cronenberg’s cannon Rabid is less refined than his late films and doesn’t have the same impact throughout it’s running time as, even Shiver’s. Would be interesting to see a director’s new take on it. I feel that such a opportunity could really improve the central story and narrative. Would also be guaranteed to benefit from improved acting and performances.

5. Resident Evil (2002-2012)

Despite a decent first film the rest of Sony’s current franchise are all in essence CGI heavy action fests that have no relation to the video games series horror high points. A faithful film adaptation of the original great material could provide an awesome opportunity for some top-notch practical effects, a fairly original zombie film narrative, interesting character’s and above all a properly terrifying horror film.


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      1. HorrorMovies January 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        Great post Vasquez. I think The Stand was an excellent mini series but if you were to redo it then it needs to be longer and follow the formula of The Walking Dead and Stakeland.

        • Maxwell Dean January 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm

          Thx. I was a bit wary of putting The Stand on the list because i know a fair amount of people like it, but personally I just really didn’t like it. Its probably because I read the book first.

        • HorrorMovies January 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm

          True I did not read that novel. I would be ok with a remake with the right team behind it. I might have to do a list on that very topic… or you can :)

        • Michelle January 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

          I love the book, read it 3 times, and I loved the movie. But I also agree The Stand could use a remake. They could easily do it as a mini series on HBO or as a trilogy of theatrical movies. The story is so amazing, it definitely needs a more faithful adaptation.

        • HorrorMovies January 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm

          agree. But not on HBO I cant afford HBO. get AMC to do it that way it gets a digital release I can watch like they do with Walking Dead.

        • Michelle January 21, 2013 at 3:08 am

          I agree! I can’t afford HBO either, AMC would rock The Stand but it would have to be an epic spanning several nights. Off topic slightly but I have also felt the same about The Witching Hour, if you haven’t read it, you must! IMO, its Anne Rice’s best story. It would make an incredible mini series.

      2. Riley January 20, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        I’ve always thought Pet Semetary should be remade. They left out a semi-important character from the book and I was never a huge fan of the actors who play Louis and Rachel.

        • Courtney Fiorino February 8, 2014 at 11:35 pm

          They are remaking this movie

      3. darin gress January 21, 2013 at 12:07 am

        I thought cronos was actually quite good and rabid is just grotesque fun. Neither should be re made in my opinion. I can agree with the other choices though.

      4. Ross Aaron Keeling January 21, 2013 at 8:22 am

        Grammar and punctuation-don’t blog any more until you master them. Yes, even if your topic is horror cinema remakes

        • Maxwell Dean January 21, 2013 at 11:57 am

          Sorry about that. I genuinely try to be thorough as possible in regards to grammar and punctuation.

        • Herner Klenthur March 4, 2013 at 12:16 am

          Max dont let one guy being a prick stop you from sharing great articles

      5. UltraViolent January 21, 2013 at 9:51 am

        Remake serpent and the rainbow and Cronos. Blasphemy!

        • Maxwell Dean January 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

          Dont get me wrong I like quite a lot of Del Toro’s stuff. In fact The Devil’s Backbone is in my top 10 horror films of all time. Just felt that Cronos was a early film that showed the potential of Del Toro but a approach/direction that was much more improved in later films.

        • UltraViolent January 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm

          It isn’t his best but nooo don’t remake it. EVER! The Devils Backbone is my favourite of his but I do love most of his work. The guy is a genius for his imagery and Cronos has it all.

      6. thesinisteredge January 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm

        As much as I appreciate your opinion, how in the world can you put The Stand on this list?!?! Haha. That was a really a really good movie and yes, far better book.

        Now I know this doesnt count as a horror movie, but I am going to throw this out there because of the horrifying acting. Its about time for Battlefield Earth to be re-made. Imagine the movie done on a larger scale 3 part movie? Peter Jackson? Spielberg? Even Del Toro?

        • Maxwell Dean January 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm

          as i said I felt it was TOTALLY mis-cast, had mediocre to bad acting by the cast and was very clearly limited by its budget. A lot of the scenes were just not directed very well and didn’t come of as convincing to me.

      7. Jeff Carson January 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

        I know I’ll get sh*t for this but Jaws. Seriously if you watch it now to me the shark looks so frigin cheesy! I’d like a shot by shot for that one.

      8. Marco February 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm

        A reboot of Slumber party massacre!!! Pleassssssssssssssssssssse!!!!!!!

      9. Ron Damian March 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm

        Sleepaway Camp deserves and would benefit from the remake treatment in my opinion. I love the original and the sequels too for some cheesy b-movie goodness. But SC, despite a great twist ending, the horror aspect is lacking. And since its not very well known outside of the horror arena, the twist would still be affective.

      10. Dread World (@dread_world) March 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm

        Love the idea of remaking Serpent and The Rainbow.The third act of that film is a mess.The effects look awful. I hate cg but that’s one place where it could actually be beneficial. Good column.

        • Vasquez March 4, 2013 at 12:55 am

          Thx. If people are looking for a good early Wes Craven Flick then they should check out Deadly Blessing rather than Serpent and The Rainbow in my opinion.

      11. Lee Vervoort March 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

        I’d like to see a remake of “Silent Rage”, Tourist Trap”, “Fortress” (the Rachel Ward movie), and “The Burning”.

      12. Wolfman 1959 March 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        what’s the point of remaking any of them? none of them are that old. aren’t there enough damn unnecessacery remakes out there? what’s wrong with the originals? i’ll tell you, nothing! so what’s the point?

      13. DirtyGirl March 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        I would love to see Rawhead Rex remade. Although the original certainly has it’s charms, a remake is needed! It is a Clive Barker story after all…

      14. K Hutch (@72nivek) April 15, 2013 at 11:05 am

        I agree with the Stand, in fact I would put many of Kings book/movie combos in the same category, especially those made in the 80s and early 90s.