March 26, 2014

Carrie and three other horror remakes that surpass the original…
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Carrie and three other horror remakes that surpass the original…

Next week sees the release of Carrie, the second Hollywood adaptation of Stephen King's horror classic, on DVD and Blu-Ray. Starring Kick-Ass's Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore and Gabrielle Wilde, it follows the travails of Carrie White, a girl who's unpopular at school and forced to live with her religious fanatic mother who abuses her constantly. Suddenly, things change for Carrie when she discovers she can move objects with her mind if she concentrates hard enough, which leads to things going a little crazy...

The book has been adapted a number of times over the years, making this new version not strictly a remake, more a new adaptation, in fact one that director Kimberly Peirce was keen to stress is actually more faithful to King's novel. Nevertheless, it got us thinking, which horror remakes actually surpass the originals?

Whether Carrie itself surpasses the 1976 version is up for debate, it's certainly slicker and, in Moretz, has a tremendous leading lady, but there's plenty to be celebrated about De Palma's original too. Either way, we've compiled a list of five other horror remakes that surpassed the original, see what you think…


The Fly

Originally adapted into a movie in 1958, just one year after George Langelaan's 1957 short story had come out, this 1986 reworking is an absolute cult classic. Directed by David Cronenberg and starring a young Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, the film tells the story of a brilliant but eccentric scientist who begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. Crawling with Cronenberg's creepy touches and with a truly eerie soundtrack, this looks as terrifying today as the day it hit cinema screens.


The Thing

Virtuoso horror director John Carpenter's 1982 re-telling of the 1951's sci-fi adventure The Thing From Another World is still absolutely chilling. Starring Kurt Russell, the film follows a group of scientists on an expedition in the Antarctic. Things start to go really wrong when they run into a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. Taut and terrifying, it's not aged a bit.


Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

This 1978 remake of the 1956 film of the same name is perhaps the greatest of all. Starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright and Leonard Nimoy, this adaptation of Jack Finney's novel The Body Snatchers, follows the fortunes of Elizabeth Driscoll (Adams) and Matthew Bennell (Sutherland) who discover that humans beings are being replaced by aliens, aliens who appear to be perfect copies of the humans they replaced, just devoid of emotion.

It's chilling, eerie and still captivating over 35 years on.


Carrie is released on Monday (March 31st) on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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