Horror remakes often get a bad rap. For fans, nothing is quite as fast as the announcement of a remake of a highly regarded original. But while there have been a lot of malicious horror remakes over the years, there have also been a significant number of great movies that recreated the genre’s favorite movies. some of which managed to echo the original as well as the 1986s Fly or 1982 Thing,
This week’s streaming highlights select worthwhile remakes; There are some that you might not have even realized that these are remakes.
As always, here’s where you can stream them now…
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House on Haunted Hill – hoopla, tubik
Dark Castle Entertainment launches with William Castle remake House on Haunted Hill, Written by Dick Beebe From the original 1959 story by Rob White and directed by William Malone, the 1999 remake is relegated to a foreboding psychiatric hospital for its haunted setting. This time the ghosts were very real and very vengeful. Watch Jeffrey Combs as the principal ghost of the Institute, and a highly inspired performance by Geoffrey Rush for Vincent Price. Huge, impressive set pieces, eerie ghost designs, and a lot of blood set the bar high for Dark Castle.
Call – netflix
Call There is a South Korean remake of 2011 the caller, In 2019, Kim Seo-yeon lost her phone while visiting her ailing mother. In her efforts to find it, she uses an old cordless phone found in her childhood home and obtains the phone of a distressed young woman, Oh Young-sook, who is being tortured by her mother. The more the pair talk, Seo-yeon learns that Young-sook has been living in the same house, but since 1999. The women use the strange difference in time to their advantage until Seo-yeon realizes too late how dangerous her new friend is. Call A twisty time-bending thriller full of heart and suspense. And blood, of course.
we are who we are – Pluto TV, Tubi, Vudu
from the director of stake Land, Jim Mickle, and its star Nick Demisi, this remake tackles the 2010 Mexican film. It follows the reclusive Parker family, a religious group that follows ancient customs, including ritual fasting and feasting. The unexpected death of their mother forces Iris (Ambier Childers) and Rose (Julia Garner) to assume responsibilities that no normal person has to bear. This remake is a slow build of unsettling horrors and gives a unique approach to cannibalism. It also stars Bill Sage, Wyatt Russell, Kelly McGillis and Michael Parks. Parks’ performance as a man suspicious of the family after his daughter’s disappearance would be worth watching alone, but the gruesome climax pays off much more than a careful depiction of religious fervor.
slaves of the devil – AMC+, Shudder
A loose remake/prequel of the 1980 Indonesian horror film, writer/director Joko Anwar creates incredible scares. Set in a remote home, a family struggles to survive when mother Mavarni Suwono’s long battle with illness wipes out all royalty from her once lucrative music career. Her death triggers a series of supernatural events that suggest that Mother may have made a deal with the devil, and that he has come to collect. The isolated atmosphere, the atmosphere and the endless flood of fear make it a fascinating haunted story that will leave chills.
Mad – tubik
This remake of the 1980 film evokes sympathy for Frank Zito, thanks to a very humble presentation by Elijah Wood. Frank is a troubled man with a traumatic past and skins women to keep his memory of a happy childhood alive. Enter Anna, a photographer with whom Frank is so infatuated that he attempts to piece together his act. Too bad it’s a horror movie, and there’s a delightfully never-after menu on the menu for these surprisingly sweet characters. Frank Jeeto commits heinous acts, yet you want him to get the help he needs. This remake also takes the killer’s perspective too literally, framing everything from Frank’s point of view.