May Monster Madness 2013 – Day 4


Welcome to May Monster Madness 2013! Hosted by the totally awesome Annie Walls – author of The Famished Trilogy, Emma from Little Gothic Horrors, and Ked from Something Wicked this Way Comes.

Horror Movie Remakes

Remakes are the theme for this edition of May Monster Madness. Some movies need to be remade so they can evolve into something more relevant, others are perfect left to their classic style and shouldn’t be messed with. I generally favor the classic, but I do understand why old movies are remade — youngsters these days probably wouldn’t ever watch the original, or have even heard of it, without the remake. I’m obviously not going to post every horror movie ever remade, as the list is far too long. I have carefully selected a handful of movies that I believe to be true classic horror movies. If I’ve missed something that you feel should be matched up, please feel free to discuss in the comments.

For the following horror movie remakes, who do you think did it better?


Original: 1960
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Joseph Stefano (screenplay), Robert Bloch (novel)
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Remake: 1998
Director: Gus Van Sant
Writers: Robert Bloch (novel), Joseph Stefano (screenplay)
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore

* My opinion: I prefer the classic. Something about it being filmed in black & white gives it a more haunting vibe. While I feel that Gus Van Sant did an impeccable job with this remake, and that Vince Vaughn delivered an amazing performance in this role, Anthony Perkins IS Norman Bates for me.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Original: 1974
Director: Tobe Hooper
Writers: Kim Henkel (story), Tobe Hooper (story)
Stars: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Remake: 2003
Director: Marcus Nispel
Writers: Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper, Scott Kosar
Stars: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leerhsen

* My opinion: The original film was slightly more disturbing in this case, but the remake scared the shit out of me too. I would be happy to watch either one. Any movie based on true events is especially creepy to me.

The Evil Dead

Original: 1981
Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Sam Raimi
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor

Remake: 2013
Director: Fede Alvarez
Writers: Fede Alvarez (screenplay), Rodo Sayagues (screenplay), Sam Raimi (based on the motion picture “The Evil Dead”, written by)
Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci

* My opinion: I have not yet seen the remake of The Evil Dead so I would love to hear opinions on this match up! I adore Bruce Campbell so I’m not certain how I feel about this one being remade, but I do feel compelled to check it out.

The Fly

Original: 1958
Director: Kurt Neumann
Writers: George Langelaan (story), James Clavell
Stars: David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price

Remake: 1986
Director: David Cronenberg
Writers: George Langelaan (short story), Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay)
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz

* My opinion: I have to go with the remake on this one. I love everything that Jeff Goldblum is in. He is such a remarkable, eccentric actor. Goldblum is the epitome of captivating.

The Omen

Original: 1976
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: David Seltzer
Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

Remake: 2006
Director: John Moore
Writer: David Seltzer
Stars: Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick

* My opinion: I LOVED The Omen movies when I was younger. In fact, my favorite was always the second one — most likely because I had a major crush on Jonathan Scott-Taylor, the actor that played Damien in the sequel. 🙂 I obviously had a thing for the bad boys. In this case, the son of satan.

Wasn’t he a cutie? Or, as we said back in the 80’s, a babe. lol. I was only five years old when the second movie came out, but by the time I saw the movie I was pretty close to the same age he was in the movie.


So… which is better – the original or the remake?

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  • Shah Wharton’s WordsinSync

    Of the ones of these I’ve watched, I prefer all the originals best. Especially Psycho, The Omen. I haven’t seen the original The Fly, but I loved the Jeff Goldblum interpretation, and I haven’t seen the latest The Evil Dead, but I so will have to. I loved the original of that so much though, I doubt it’ll be topped.

    I’m largely the same about music – hate most remixes, and re-recordings. Great post. X

  • Ben Ellis

    Originals for sure… except maybe Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the remake was pretty cool… maybe equal???
    Did you see the remake of Fright Night? SSssoooooo bad!
    Cool post and sorry for the comments confusion, I am such a doofus sometimes!


    • Ben Ellis

      Oh and here’s my day IV MMM at Design du Jour!

    • I did see the remake of Fright Night. It was horrible. I loved the original!

      No worries about the comments 🙂

  • There are things I like about the remakes, but out of these ones I prefer the originals.

  • Jenn_FiveDollarShake

    I prefer the remakes to most of these originals. Except Evil Dead,I haven’t seen the remake, nor do I plan to. I really liked The Omen remake and have seen it several times. Both Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies scared the crap out of me! I don’t plan to ever watch them again. lol..

    • That’s because you’re a scaredy cat, Jenn. lol. I’m surprised you’ve watched The Omen remake more than once! 🙂

      • Jenn_FiveDollarShake

        Yes, I am! I’m really picky when it comes to horror movies. I have to really be into the storyline, and like some of the cast to enjoy it.

  • Natasha Duncan-Drake

    Remakes can be such a contentious issue can’t they. Personally I wish they’d do more original stuff than all the remakes that keep coming out. That being said, some are great. I think the original Psycho is better; I haven’t seen TCM; I adore the original Evil Dead and haven’t seen the remake, but I want to; I think both the original and the remake of the Fly are well done; I haven’t seen the remake of the Omen, but then I wasn’t fond of the original either. One that wasn’t exactly a remake, but kind of was, was The Thing 2011, which I thought was really good in places, but had to forward wind in others because I was bored. The original of the Fog was way better than the remake, however, I love both the original and the remake of Salem’s Lot.

    Great post.

    Tasha’s Thinkings

  • While I love the originals, sometimes the graphics and monsters are cooler in the remakes since technology has improved. It’s a toss up!

    • I completely agree with your thoughts on the topic, Kim. Some movies I don’t believe should be remade though, like The Crow. They keep talking about remaking that, but I considering that blasphemy!

  • Yvonne – MyHauntedAttic

    I definitely prefer original movies most of the time,
    but agree with you, a lot of films would be forgotten if
    they weren’t remade.

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake was really
    quite good, as was The Fly and The Omen.

    There have been many Dracula remakes too – making it
    difficult to choose the best, but I will always favour
    Bela Lugosi’s original depiction of Bram Stoker’s fiend.

    My MMM post for today – The