The Halloween season is upon us. With that comes the remake of the classic 1976 horror film, “Carrie.” From what we’ve seen, it stacks up pretty well against the original, so we’ve compiled a list of our top five remade horror flicks:
1. “Carrie” (1976 / 2013)
Stephen King popularized the story of Carrie, a shy, high school girl, in his 1974 novel. “Carrie” was adapted into a movie in 1976, and depicts a lonely teenage girl who is constantly bullied at school and begins to show signs of supernatural powers. Once she reaches her breaking point at the prom, a telekinetically-infused, murderous rage ensues, with Carrie getting revenge on the entire school.
The 2013 reboot follows a similar story, focusing on Carrie and the growing realization that her hidden powers can be used in her favor. It’s too soon to tell how the new “Carrie” will be viewed in the public eye, but Stephen King novel finding its way to the silver screen is rarely a bad thing.
2. “The Omen” (1976 / 2006)
“The Omen,” directed by Richard Donner (“The Goonies”) and originally released in 1976, stars the legendary Gregory Peck as an American diplomat who adopts a son, Damien. After several mysterious and unaccountable deaths take place, he begins to realize that Damien is the Antichrist and must attempt to kill his own son to stop the world from ending.
30 years later, the remake of “The Omen” was released, this time starring Live Schreiber and Julia Stiles. It may not have the pedigree of the original, but the spot-on redo touched on everything that scared us the first time – inexplicable murders and demonic presences.
3. “Friday the 13th” (1980 / 2009)
The 1980 edition of “Friday the 13th” made everyone wary of going away to summer camp. Everyone seems to forget that Jason’s mother was the franchise’s original killer. Upon learning of the intentions to reopen Camp Crystal Lake, Pamela Voorhees sets out on a murderous rampage to avenge the death of her son, Jason, at that very camp several years prior.
Meanwhile, the 2009 reboot mostly sidesteps Mama Voorhees to bring in everyone’s favorite hockey mask-faced killer. One by one, Jason chases after a slew of familiar TV faces, including Jared Padalecki to Amanda Righetti (“The Mentalist”), we suspect Jason isn’t finished. Since there have already been 12 films in the series, it would be a shame if there wasn’t a 13th installment of the Crystal Lake killer.
4. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984 / 2010)
1984’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street” tells the story of a vengeful killer that stalks his victims in their dreams. Unhappy about his death at the hands of the townspeople 20 years ago, Freddy Krueger vows to haunt the citizens of Springwood, Ohio. Freddy proceeds to attack numerous teens, including Johnny Depp in his on-screen role, appearing in their nightmares and slaying them in real life.
The 2010 remake picks up on a scrapped concept for the original and dials up the gore with scarier, more realistic makeup and special effects as Freddy stalks the dreams of the fearful Elm Street residents. Though it’s hard for any remake to live up to the original, it’s safe to say that both movies made it tough to fall asleep.
5. “The Wolfman” (1941 / 2010)
One of the pioneers of the horror genre, the classic 1941 “The Wolfman,” tells the story of Larry Talbot, a man bitten by a werewolf who subsequently begins terrorizing the townspeople as an uncontrollable beast himself. The classic film shows Talbot slowly coming to terms with his tragic truth as he pursues his love for a local woman named Gwen, while still managing to be pretty spooky.
Nearly 70 years later, a remake of “The Wolfman” was released with an all-star cast including Benicio del Toro, Emily Blunt, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Hugo Weaving. The new version kept the soft touches of the original while showing off what the past decades have done for special effects, winning an Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup.