Remakes. Most horror fanatics hate ‘em. I love ‘em, if they’re good, and sometimes they’re really fucking good. So here’s my list of my favorite horror remakes, starting at the bottom.

5. Dawn of the Dead - Zack Snyder (2004)

While I’m not much of a fan of zombies, actually I really fucking hate zombies, I have to give it to Dawn of the Dead. See? I don’t let my bias effect my view of horror movies. Anyway, this remake really delivered and not only paid homage to the original but did it justice as well. The opening scene was terrifying and well executed. Really makes you wonder, would you be willing to kill your own family to ensure your own survival? Heavy stuff.

4. The Last House on the Left - Dennis Iliadis (2009)

One thing you’ll learn about me pretty quickly if you keep on reading here, is that I love horror movies in which the victim’s rise up and fight back. It’s an adrenaline rush like no other, and we all love to see the killer get his ass kicked a little bit (Ghostface, I’m lookin’ right at ya). This was a very solid remake, I actually didn’t like the original too much, but loved the updated version (minus the whole, head in the microwave debaucle).

3. I Spit On Your Grave - Steven R. Monroe (2010)

I Spit On Your Grave, another great example of the victim coming back and kicking major ass. I watched this one relatively recently and wanted to kick my own ass for not watching it sooner. In it we see a beautiful young writer who has taken refuge in a secluded mountain cabin to finish her book, get violently raped and left for dead by a gang of local rednecks. What follows is revenge in it’s truest, most visceral form. Loved it.

2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Marcus Nispel (2003)

Aside from the recent remake of Evil Dead, I can’t think of another remake besides this that caused this big of a stir. Anytime a horror classic goes under the remake chopping block our hairs stand on end, but I have to say, Marcus Nispel did a bang up job of re-injecting life into the story of the Sawyers (they’re the Hewitts this time around). Through the amazing use of practical effects it even spawned a prequel, the equally great (in my opinion) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.

1. The Hills Have Eyes - Alexandre Aja (2006)

This one by far tops my list as my all time favorite remake, even though Evil Dead may soon claim that spot. Alexandre Aja is one of my favorite directors, having directed the amazing more recently writing the remake of Maniac starring Elijah Wood. This is another one where I didn’t really enjoy the original at all, but loved the remake. It was also probably the first that literally got me on my feet screaming at the screen the first time I saw it. I warned you, I really love to see the victims come back and kick some ass.

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