Remake Rumble Part 4: The Horror!

This segment will focus on Horror remakes, of which there have been a huge amount of in the past few years.  Even if you don’t count the core Horror movies of the 70s and 80s (Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Etc.), horror is one of those genres that could be seen as mostly made of remakes in some form or another (replace Jason with Mike Myers or any number of movie Serial Killers and you get a very similar movie) but even considering that fact there have been a startlingly high amount of horror remakes in recent years when compared to other Genres.  Keep in mind this list does not include Foreign-to-American adaptation

 Dawn of the Dead (1978) Vs. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

  George A. Romero     [Director]     Zack Snyder

                 David Emge, Ken Foree     [Starring]     Sarah PolleyVing Rhames

   94%     [Tomatometer]     74%

    8.0     [IMDb Score]     7.4

       $2,150,000     [Budget]     $30,023,000

 $16,520,000     [Domestic Gross]     $67,520,000

     The Winner:  Original (I prefer the Remake)

  Rear Window (1954) Vs. Disturbia (2007)

 (Admittedly a looser remake than some)

             Alfred Hitchcock     [Director]     D.J. Caruso

 James Stewart, Grace Kelly      [Starring]     Shia LaBeoufDavid Morse

           100%     [Tomatometer]     68%

           8.7     [IMDb Score]     6.9

                              $8,020,000    [Budget]     $21,010,000

          $209,250,000     [Domestic Gross]     $84,080,000

           The Winner:  Original 

 Halloween (1978) Vs. Halloween (2007)

John Carpenter     [Director]     Peter Segal

        Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis      [Starring]     Adam SandlerBurt Reynolds

     93%     [Tomatometer]     24%

      7.9     [IMDb Score]     6.0

         $1,073,000    [Budget]     $15,760,000

    $155,310,000     [Domestic Gross]     $61,130,000

       The Winner:  Original

 The Hills Have Eyes (1977) Vs. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

       Wes Craven     [Director]     Alexandre Aja

       Suze Lanier-BramlettRobert Houston  [Starring]  Ted LevineKathleen Quinlan

 64%     [Tomatometer]     49%

  6.4     [IMDb Score]     6.4

     $817,000    [Budget]     $16,200,000

        $144,280,000     [Domestic Gross]     $45,150,000

       The Winner:  Tie

     A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Vs. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

    Gary Nelson   [Director]     Mark Waters

         Barbara HarrisJodie Foster  [Starring]  Jamie Lee CurtisLindsay Lohan

   95%     [Tomatometer]     15%

 7.5     [IMDb Score]     5.1

$3,730,000   [Budget]     $35,000,000

      $52,810,000     [Domestic Gross]     $63,075,000

    The Winner:  Original (By Far)

    Psycho (1960) Vs. Psycho (1998)

Alfred Hitchcock    [Director]     Gus Van Sant

              Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh   [Starring]  Vince VaughnAnne Heche

 99%     [Tomatometer]     36%

   8.7     [IMDb Score]     4.5

        $5,873,000    [Budget]     $79,850,000

        $232,900,000     [Domestic Gross]     $28,610,000

    The Winner:  Original (by far)


The Thing (1982) Vs. The Thing (2011)

(Technically a prequel)

  John Carpenter    [Director]     Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

          Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley  [Starring]   Mary Elizabeth WinsteadJoel Edgerton

    79%     [Tomatometer]     36%

     8.2     [IMDb Score]     6.3

         $33,820,000    [Budget]     $38,000,000

   $43,760,000     [Domestic Gross]     $19,629,000

         The Winner:  Original/Remake (by far)

Other Musical/Comedy Remakes

Amityville Horror (2005)

Fright Night (2011)

Friday the 13th (2009)

House of Wax (2005)

My Bloody Valentine (2009)

Prom Night (2008)

Sorority Row (2009)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

The Crazies (2010)

The Fly (1986)

The Fog (2005)

The Hitcher (2007)

The Omen (2006)

The Stepfather (2009)

The Wicker Man (2006)

The Wolfman (2010)

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

Willard (2003)

Village of the Damned (1995)

When A Stranger Calls (2006)

*Budget does not include many significant costs of the film i.e. Marketing Costs.  Budgets Adjusted for Inflation for 2010.

**Numbers given are Domestic Grosses and do not include DVD sales, Merchandising Revenue, or any other sort of revenue that Studios ultimately receive from a film.  Grosses Adjusted for Inflation for 2010.

***Winners are based on critical consensus, not personal opinion.

About r361n4

I'm a student at the University of Washington Majoring Business. I've always loved movies and my goal is to work on the financial side of the film industry. Until then though, I figure I'll spare my friends from my opinions and shout them from a digital mountaintop for anyone who's interested. After all, if a tree falls in a forest and nobody blogs about it, does it really happen?
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8 Responses to Remake Rumble Part 4: The Horror!

  1. For The Thing you say the remake wins…Do you mean the 1982 film since it’s a remake of the 50s film?

  2. I can only relate to the Hitchcock movies lol I’m not too terribly in to horror flicks, but I agree with you that his original works were a lot better than what they tried to reinvent. His scary movies don’t gross me out, and the only thing that he has me worried about on a daily basis is whether some creep with mommy issues is going to kill me in the shower

    • r361n4 says:

      Yeah, I’ve never been a Hitchcock guy myself but I feel like whatever your opinion of him is you can at least admit that his films deserve more respect from the studios than they’ve been getting with the amount of crappy remakes they’ve churned out over the past decade or so. He’s actually the most remade director out there from what I’ve seen

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