Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Horror Movie Remakes I Want!

(Above: Would you put Paul Giamatti in "Gargoyles" remake? I would!)

We know it's true. They're going to keep remaking all the horror movies, but the ones that don't need it, like "Fright Night" and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." They will do horrible remakes like "The Haunting" and "Amityville Horror." But, will the moviemakers ever get what we really want?

Here's some remakes and casting I'd like to see and would go out of my way to watch:

This 1980 classic (above) "The Changeling" was amazingly chilling. The scene with the EVP session being replayed afterwards to hear the voice of the child was one of the scariest scenes I ever saw in a horror movie. The hidden room. The body in the well. Wow! Let's remake it. I'd cast either Adrian Brody or Hugh Jackman to play John Russell (George C. Scott) role.

This 1980 classic (above) "Watcher in the Woods" I would actually like to be done the folks who did "The Covenant." Something a bit more hip and sexy and dark and atmospheric.

This 1972 made-for-tv movie (above) "Gargoyles" was wicked awesome! I'd love to see someone do it with slightly better costumes. In the role of Cornelius Wilde, I'd put Paul Giamatti.

Now, a few horror movies I'd like to see sexed up and made into NC-17:
"Legend of Hell House" (1972)

"Mortuary" (1982)

Okay, what's on your list?


  1. They have announced Laurence Fishburne as Perry White in Man of Steel the new Superman movie ,
    and guess what ?
    I just don't see it .
    Not being racist either. First off It's a reboot which is slang for remake.

    Let's call it for what it is.

    Second you bringing up Gargoyles , and these other classics. They are great choices for remakes I wouldn't watch . They need to leave the old shit alone , and either continue the a story , or start from the beginnings which I would probably watch. I am tired of watching the same old stuff over ,and over again .
    Does anyone remember the remake of Psycho ?
    It was frame for frame ...word for word , and not one damn thing was original .
    Give me the creepy ass black and white Anthony Perkins anytime over that shit sandwich that was in color with Vince (hey now that's gay) Vaughn !
    Okay , Okay ... that was my thought , or rant .
    I shall crawl back in my hole now.

  2. All these movies are before my time! lol.I will give them all a watch though and see what all the buzz is about. :)

  3. I enjoy a good remake. Sadly, like films of any type, the good ones are rare.

    Some monster movies simply have to be remade every generation or so. I'm waiting not very patiently to watch a blockbuster reboot of Creature From the Black Lagoon. I'll take Emma Blunt as the damsel, John Turturro as the Creature and Johnny Depp as Doctor Reed.

    Fright Night? Seriously doesn't need a remake.

  4. Paul Giamatti is great in almost any role he plays. ("Lady in The Water" comes to mind)

    I'd like to see somebody remake what is often regarded as the worst movie ever made, "Plan 9 From Outer Space" - after all, it certainly couldn't be done any worse! (Plus it's got zombies, which are pretty popular these days)

  5. Mortuary could definitely use a remake. Such a great idea and cast, such poor execution.

  6. This is a blast! I love hearing what everyone would remake and why. I always think in terms of ones that I felt the first time around were like Chinese food and made me feel a little hungry afterward.

  7. Tod Browning's Freaks, although standing on its own, would be excellent if remade by someone who loves the original.

  8. Bror;
    I totally get you on "Freaks." I wonder if it could have the impact nowadays as it did back then when such people with birth anomalies were kept hidden from view. Their lives in a circus would be their only option. That movie freaked me out as a kid. It was really just the weird circus-like dark mood of it. It wasn't the people so much as how they were portrayed.

  9. Personally, I'd a like to see a really decent remake of Frankenstein, SteamPunk style. I'd cast Ron Perlman (Hellboy) as the Creature, and Christian Bale (American Psycho) as Frankenstein. But I'd make sure to really amp up the SteamPunk factor of the film!

  10. Oh, HN! You are brilliant! I'd soooooo buy that without even watching it because I'd know it'd be ideal. Damn!!! (Well, the exception would be if Tim Burton did it--I detest that guy's work)

  11. There IS a 'Plan 9 from Outer Space' remake brewing under the original title of 'Grave Robbers from Outer Space'. Nothing but artwork on the website so far, but there is a Facebook page that is updated with pics of the actual movie. Looks like it will be decent :)

  12. Oh, that sounds actually exciting--I'd like to see where they'd take it.

  13. hmm like all writers (knowing pushing the limits gets ya noteriaty) i would redo entity and push the limits hard alos on that list would be witch board the same way but rewrite the whole thing. Now gargoyls was excellent and i agree with ya casting. i would also rewrite galaxy of terror and demonic toys. now there a few more i would spice up as well that would be night breed, lord of illusions, and maybe a steemy version of gremlins