With a few exceptions, everybody knows that horror remakes SUCK. And Buzzfeed.com has put together a list of Eleven Classic Horror Films That Should Have Never Been Remade. Here they are . . .
1. "The Shining": Stanley Kubrick's 1980 version of the Stephen King novel is a MASTERPIECE. But it's not totally faithful to the book, and King himself never liked it.
So he wrote the script for a new version that aired as an ABC miniseries, starring the oh-so-menacing Stephen Weber from "Wings".
2. "Frankenstein": The 1994 remake starring Robert De Niro as the monster was more faithful to the book than the classic 1931 Boris Karloff flick . . . but it got mixed reviews and bombed at the box office.
3. "The Haunting": The 1963 original is regarded as one of the great haunted house movies. The 1999 remake starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Liam Neeson is not . . . even though Owen Wilson gets beheaded.
4. "Invasion of the Body Snatchers": This one is kind of complicated, because the original, which came out in 1956, is amazing. And the 1978 remake starring Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum may be even BETTER.
It's the 2007 version starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig that Buzzfeed objects to.
5. "The Wolf Man": It's hard to argue against those classic Universal monster movies of the '30s and '40s, including the original "Wolf Man", which starred Lon Chaney Jr. and came out in 1941.
The 2010 version starring Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins was a critical and commercial failure. (I kinda liked it, though.)
6. "House on Haunted Hill": The 1959 Vincent Price classic was remade in 1999 with Geoffrey Rush in the lead role. (This is another one that, frankly, wasn't so bad.)
7. "The Wicker Man": Nicolas Cage SWEARS his 2006 remake was purposely absurd and over the top. Unfortunately, even if he's telling the truth, it was totally the wrong direction to take it.
The 1973 original is a masterpiece of understated creepiness and slow-burn terror . . . and it's honestly one of the best and coolest horror movies ever made. A remake that doesn't even TRY to replicate that is just destined to fail.
8. "The Omen": The 1976 original probably shouldn't have been messed with . . . and the 2006 remake starring Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles proved it, both at the box office and with critics.
9. "Village of the Damned": The original came out in 1960. John Carpenter remade it in 1995 with Christopher Reeve and Kirstie Alley. It wasn't one of this best.
(Interestingly, Carpenter is also responsible for one of the BEST remakes EVER . . . his 1982 version of "The Thing", starring Kurt Russell, Keith David and Wilford Brimley.)
10. "Willard": The 1971 movie about a creepy guy who becomes friends with an army of killer rats seemed like a PERFECT vehicle for Crispin Glover. And he's actually pretty awesome in the 2003 remake. But the public didn't bite.
11. "Psycho": Director Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot 1998 remake was completely uninspired and just a bad idea from the get-go. Although it's interesting to see Vince Vaughn play a character that's so different from the ones he usually does.
If you dig "Psycho", the 1983 sequel "Psycho 2" is great. It stars the original Norman Bates, Anthony Perkins, and it's a direct sequel to the 1960 original.
2 of the most famous scenes in Horror Film History: