Remakes are nothing new in Hollywood and, in all honesty, the past decade or two has been chock full of remakes in all genres. However, there isn’t too much emphasis placed on the high-profile horror movie genre reboots and remakes that have assaulted our senses over the past couple of decades. But don’t worry! Rotten Tomatoes has us covered with their top 25 freshest horror remakes that have slain both critics and audience members alike.
It can be difficult to inject freshness into a remake, but there are some notable standouts in the horror genre like Evil Dead (2013) and the remake adaptation of Stephen King’s IT (2017).
Some notable ones that stand out on the Rotten Tomatoes list are:
1. EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN (1987). Certified Fresh at 98%.
The second of three films in the Evil Dead series is part horror, part comedy, with Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) once again battling horrifying demons at a secluded cabin in the woods. After discovering an audiotape left by a college professor that contains voices reading from the Book of the Dead, Ash’s girlfriend Linda (Denise Bixler) becomes possessed by evil spirits that are awakened by the voices on the tape. Ash soon discovers there is no escaping the woods.
2. THE FLY (1986). Certified Fresh at 92%.
When scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly’s cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle’s girlfriend (Geena Davis) is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster.
3. IT (2017). Certified Fresh at 85%.
Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.
4. CAPE FEAR (1991). Certified Fresh at 75%.
When attorney Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) knowingly withholds evidence that would acquit violent sex offender Max Cady (Robert De Niro) of rape charges, Max spends 14 years in prison. But after Max’s release, knowing about Sam’s deceit, he devotes his life to stalking and destroying the Bowden family. When practical attempts to stop Max fail, Sam realizes that he must act outside the law to protect his wife and daughter in Martin Scorsese’s remake of the classic 1962 thriller.
Curious to see what other films made the top 25 list at Rotten Tomatoes? Check out the full list here.