Very recently, I had a hard time writing about remakes that sucked and that I down right hated, and when I say hard time, I mean it was much more difficult than I had originally thought, turns out I don't mind a lot of them, and this list will mention, I hope, at least a few of them.
When I think of remakes, and ones I love, I immediately think of the remake of The Fly. The original is alright, it's not a great film, but it's also not terrible, it's just okay. You watch it once and you've seen it. Whereas the remake, the remake, gosh! The remake blows me away, every time. Not only is it a brilliant story, with brilliant actors, and it throws in a not very sickly love story too, it has some of the best gore in it. It also has much more depth than the original, you care more and get to know the characters more - the new one is a lot more thought out. I feel I shouldn't really compare them, as they are two films, in two different times, but one is a remake, so here, I think it is accepted.
This remake I might lose some readers over, I probably will actually, because a lot hate it and would disagree with what I am about to say.. This number is Friday the 13th, and, my next part, you might want to sit down for this, I actually enjoyed the new one more than the original.
Now everyone knows that this film is about, a camp in the summer, where most turn up dead by a mysterious killer, and this is the same in both films - give or take a few details. The first one is set in a camp site, like the normal summer slasher movie, whereas the new one is at a rich kids summer house, both work, I don't prefer one over the other location wise, or really story wise. Take out everything of each film, and just give me the screenplay or script, and I would like them both the same, but add in everything and the new one is hands down better in my eyes.
I feel the new one has, in some ways, better acting, taking out all of the acting boobs, as this goes on boobs and sex a fair bit, but mainly, the thing that holds this film above the original; the gore and the death. The reason I love slasher movies like this is the gore and the death, I love waiting to see original deaths, and this has plenty. I also love tension, but mainly I watch slashers for the death - and this one does not let you down. The originals gore and death has dated a little, so if you want gore, steer from the classic.
Another one that is very similar to the above film, and might have the same reaction is my next choice, and one that is here for pretty much the same reasons; House of Wax. House of Wax is about a group of people who find an old wax museum, only to find it has a pretty grim secret, and like Friday the 13th, I prefer the new one to the original. And for pretty much the same reasons, the gore and death is a lot better than the original, and that is some of the reasons I watch slasher films like this.
I feel bad saying this all, as the originals are classics but if I think about which I would rather watch right now, it would be the new ones, hands down. And that might or might not be helped with Jared Padalecki being in both... Nahh, doubt it, he's an ugly mug... If you turn your back from him..
Now, everyone loves Ryan Reynolds, (just go and watch Deadpool if you don't.), so, a lot may have seen the remake of the Amityville Horror just for him, I know at least one person who did.. Pushing him aside though, sorry Ryan, the new one is not a bad film.
A family move into a new house, and strange things start to happen, making them believe it could be haunted. See what I said there, haunted, this film was said to have been haunted and I was about to go on about how the new one might be a little better than the original. NOT A CHANCE. I do not want to be cursed in anyway, let's go with the fact that both are good films. And one is an old classic and one is a good remake - and cross fingers no one is cursed.
This list has become a lot bigger than I had imagined, so, you'll be pleased to know, one more installment to come; the not so much better than the originals, but the okay or on parr... The remakes you don't mind.