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20 Horror Movies That Should Be Remade

Because Hollywood Has Already Redone Everything Else

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Phantasm (1979)

Phantasm DVD
© MGM
Although it's spawned three sequels, Phantasm hasn't really gotten its due of widespread notoriety. The original might suffer a bit from its semi-linear narrative and occasionally surreal nature -- not to mention the dated '70s look -- but it has such a rich mythology, with the iconic villain The Tall Man and an anything-can-happen supernatural flair, that today its out-of-the-box plot would stand apart from the glut of slashers, ghost stories and torture porn.

Prince of Darkness (1987)

Prince of Darkness DVD
© Universal
John Carpenter's provocative plot involving demonic possession, alien life forms, time travel, zombies, theoretical physics and the resurrection of Satan through a sentient fluid is a bit "out there," but it's a welcome risk-taker that can benefit from a remake's increased budget and scope.

Pumpkinhead (1988)

Pumpkinhead: Collector's Edition DVD
© MGM
Pumpkinhead is one of the great, truly intimidating movie monsters, but his films have never used him to his full frightening potential -- particularly the later direct-to-video efforts that rendered him in cheesy CGI. Why not "reboot" the franchise with the butt-kicking demonic glory that we know Pumpkinhead is capable of?
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Raw Meat (1972)

Raw Meat (Death Line)
© MGM
This overlooked British flick is sort of like The Subway Has Eyes, with descendants of railway workers buried in a turn-of-the-century cave-in living in the subways and picking off stray passengers as food. A remake would infuse some adrenaline and twists into a simple story whose pace is slow, thanks to attempts to humanize a cannibal as a sympathetic Frankenstein figure looking for a mate.
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Road Games (1981)

Road Games
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During the heyday of slashers, this Australian production dared to go a Hitchcockian route -- despite the presence of scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis -- in this tale of a trucker who suspects a fellow traveler of being a serial killer. Sort of like Rear Window on the open road. A remake could eliminate some of the talkiness and focus on the action, with an outcome along the lines of The Hitcher or Joy Ride.
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Shivers (1975)

Shivers DVD
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The movie that served as the springboard for David Cronenberg's career still proves thrilling to this day, but it suffers from a low budget. The apocalyptic mayhem of a disease spread through a contained apartment building -- later exploited in Quarantine -- combines with a social statement about sexual promiscuity, seeing as the parasite is spread through sexual arousal and contact.

The Stepford Wives (1975)

The Stepford Wives DVD
© Anchor Bay
Yes, it was remade in 2004, but how about we return to the original's darker, creepy edge and not go for the cutesy comedic angle?
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The Stuff (1985)

The Stuff
© Anchor Bay
The Stuff, in which an ice cream-like food turns out to be a living creature that eats people from the inside, is like Invasion of the Body Snatchers (itself always ripe for a remake) with a dark comedic spin satirizing consumerism. A remake could provide fun commentary on our diet-conscious culture, fears about disease, the tobacco industry and the war on drugs, while also fixing the poor editing and cheap special effects.
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The Uninvited Guest (2004)

The Uninvited Guest
© HBO
This challenging Spanish film has one of the most ingenious, yet most simple setups in recent memory: a man lets a stranger inside his mansion to use the phone, and after a few moments out of his sight, the stranger is gone. Slowly but surely, he begins to suspect that the man never left and becomes paranoid, obsessed with finding him. A series of intriguing twists makes for a delicious thriller that needs more exposure.
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Warning Sign (1985)

Warning Sign DVD
© Anchor Bay
Warning Sign was something of a precursor to Resident Evil, with a government facility locked down after an experimental virus contaminates the workers, turning them into murderous semi-living beings. A remake could tap into the appeal of not only the Resident Evil films, but also pics like 28 Days Later and Quarantine.
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