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Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Special: CineMarvellous' TOP 10 Best-Reviewed Horror Remakes of the 10's


1. Let Me In (2010)
Overall summary: Truly beautifully shot, subtly creepy and thoroughly compelling, "Let Me In" is one of those extremely rare cases, where the remake surpasses the original in every way. The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking and deserves a special mention.

2. Mother's Day (2011)

Overall summary: Although it goes slightly over-the-top at times, "Mother's Day" is a disturbing, and utterly uncompromising depiction of sheer terror, that gets under your skin and stays there long after the credits roll. It's pretty much 'The Mother' of all 'home invasion' flicks.
3. Godzilla (2014)

Overall summary: Led by a capable cast, and Edwards' more than solid direction, that smoothly balances terror and human drama, "Godzilla" is a technically well-made epic monster of a film that provides spectacle of mass destruction monster fights, and sheer mayhem.
4. Piranha 3D (2010)

Overall summary: Offering buckets of blood, campy humor and huge amount of nudity, Aja's "Piranha 3D" is one of the funniest and most entertaining films of the year so far, and also one of the goriest. A great example of how a horror remake should be done!
5. Evil Dead (2013)

Overall summary: Not only it doesn't hurt the classic original in any way, but Fede Alvarez's "Evil Dead" remake stands on its own, providing its anticipating audience with a heavy dose of ultra-gory gruesomeness, some brutally nasty kills, and a couple of good scares.

Overall summary: Although it's predictable and lacks the haunting chills of the original movie, "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" is still an effective and atmospheric horror remake, that delivers solid scares, good old-fashioned thrills and some truly creepy images.

Overall summary: Thanks to its precise direction, arresting visuals and sheer bone-chilling brutality, "I Spit on Your Grave" is, surprisingly, the second horror remake released in 2010, along with "Let Me In", that easily surpasses the original in terms of quality and execution.
8. The Thing (2011)

Overall summary: Compared to Carpenter's 1982 masterpiece, it may be disappointing, but Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr.'s "The Thing" is still an entertaining, solidly-crafted and visually-adequate prequel, that delivers plenty of tense moments, slick gore and grotesque images.
9. The Crazies (2010)

Overall summary: The 2010 remake of "The Crazies" can be considered an upgrade from the original film. Is it a unique concept? No, not really. Yet the film remains entertaining, partly due to the great cinematography, plus, here are quite a few interesting kills, and the make-up and CG effects.
10. We Are What We Are (2013)

Overall summary: Superior to the Mexican original on many levels, yet still far from brilliant, "We Are What We Are" is a dark cannibal horror with religious undertones, that provides enough gore, without compromising on the acting.

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