Forget the 13th...
...29 is an unlucky
That's roughly how many years later horror flicks seem to return in
form... give or take. Maybe the horror movie fans (Hi, Katie!)
noticed the wave of remakes over the last few years?
meant to post this
on Friday the 13th the first time around, but my computer had a bout of
really bad luck, and then I even missed it the second go round this
The Body Snatchers (1945)
remade 11 years later: The Body Snatchers (1956)
And remade again 21 years later: The Body Snatchers (1978)
And remade again 19 years later: The Body Snatchers (1993)
And remade again 14 years later: The Invasion (2007)
The Thing from Another World (1951) remade 31 years later: The Thing
Then remade again 29 years later: The Thing (2011)
The Blob (1958) remade 30 years later: The Blob (1988)
And then remade again 23 years later: The Blob (2011)
House on Haunted Hill (1959) remade 40 years later: House on Haunted
13 Ghosts (1960) remade 41 years later: Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Night of the Living Dead (1968) remade 22 years later: Night of the
Living Dead (1990)
The Last House on the Left (1972) remade 37 years later: The Last
House on the Left (2009)
The Crazies (1973) remade 27 years later: The Crazies (2010)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) remade 29 years later: The Texas
Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
The Stepford Wives (1975) remade 29 years later: The Stepford Wives
The Omen (1976) remade 30 years later: The Omen (2006)
Carrie (1976) remade 30 years later: Carrie (2002) (TV)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) remade 29 years later: The Hills Have Eyes
Dawn of the Dead (1978) remade 26 years later: Dawn of the Dead (2004)
I Spit on Your Grave (1978) remade 32 years later: I Spit on Your Grave
Halloween (1978) remade 29 years later: Halloween (2007)
When a Stranger Calls (1979) remade 27 years later: When a Stranger
The Amityville Horror (1979) remade 26 years later: The Amityville
Friday the 13th (1980) remade 29 years later: Friday the 13th (2009)
Prom Night (1980) remade 28 years later: Prom Night (2008)
My Bloody Valentine (1981) remade 26 years later: My Bloody Valentine
The Howling (1981) remade
(rebooted really) 30 years later: The Howling: Reborn (2011)
Children of the Corn (1984) remade 27 years later: Children of the
Corn: Genesis (2011)
The Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) remade 26 years later: The Nightmare
on Elm Street (2010)
The Hitcher (1986) remade 21 years later: The Hitcher (2007)
The Gate (1987) remade 25 years later: The Gate 3D (2012)
They Live (1988) remade 24 years later: They Live (2012)
The Crow (1994) remade 19 years later: The Crow (2013)
Interestingly, the solid
classics from way back took upwards of six decades to receive a true,
faithful, big-budget remake (if any at all). Most of these had
previous remakes as well which are noted. In fact, it should be
pointed out that both Dracula and Frankenstein both were remakes
themselves (in addition to having been based on an existing novel),
having been preceded by Nosferatu (1922) and Frankenstein (1910).
Dracula (1931) remade 61 years later: Dracula (1992). Of the Universal
monsters, Dracula has been more faithfully remade/adapted than the
rest. See also Horror of
Dracula (1958) and Count Dracula (1970), both of which feature
Christopher Lee as the title character.
Frankenstein (1931) remade 63 years later: Frankenstein (1994). Additionally, there
was The Curse of Frankenstein
(1957) as well as loads of sequels and cross-overs with Dracula.
The Mummy (1932) remade 67 years later: The Mummy (1999). See also: The Mummy's Hand (1940) and The Mummy (1959).
The Wolf Man (1941) remade 69 years later: The Wolfman (2010). No
direct remakes were attempted between these two, although obviously
many, many movies incorporated elements such as the full moon, silver
bullet, etc. that were introduced in the first film.
The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) has supposedly had a remake
in the works for years, but the IMDb currently lists no one connected
to the project. If the pattern for the other Universal Monsters
holds, expect the remake between 2014 and 2023.
And there's more
on the way...
(1977) has my vote
for the most over-rated movie in the genre. Looks good, but it
have enough of a plot to sustain it, so it resorts to over-playing the
same musical motif and adding noisy sound effects to keep you
There's talk of a remake, which would be 35 years later if it arrives
Poltergeist (1982) looks to be remade
around 31 years later if the
producers can pull something together by the proposed release date in
Not a remake, but rather a sequel doubling
as a re-boot (i.e., the
original crew gets a new team together). Ghostbusters (1984) next
movie looks to emerge 29 years after the original if they do it by 2013.
The series spawned by Hellraiser (1987)
never commanded serious box
office, and the later sequels were incredibly weak straight-to-video
offerings with only a Pinhead cameo and nominal connection to tie them
to the originals, but the first couple films were awesome.
been talk of a remake for some time now, although that has never gotten
off the ground. And the true fans (i.e., Kristin and I) are fine
that. It's too early. We could stand to wait until 2016 for
do it right. Because that would be 29 years later.
Child's Play (1988) may be remade as soon
as 25 years later if it's out by 2013. But, really, does anyone