Top 5 Horror/Monster Movies Due for a Remake

Mike Matei / November 1st, 2014

The movie industry is so busy remaking 80’s horror movies. What if they actually remade some horror classics that could actually use a remake? Here’s Cinemassacre’s Top 5 picks, for horror and monster movies that would be cool to see a modern big budget remake (in theaters worldwide).


  • November 1, 2014 at 10:54 am

    There was a theatrical Jekyll and Hyde movie in the mid 90’s called “Mary Reilly” with John Malkovich.

    • Valikyr

      November 1, 2014 at 11:08 am

      It was pretty bad though.

      • November 2, 2014 at 10:16 am

        never could get through it myself, bored me to tears

    • Lars Björkman

      November 2, 2014 at 7:17 am

      Edge of Sanity(1989). I liked that one. Anthony Perkins at his best.

  • November 1, 2014 at 11:21 am

    If they ever remake KK vs Godzilla,Legendary would have to share the money with RKO, Universal and Toho, becasue if i get it rigth, Universal dosen’t have the full rigths to kingkong

  • synthfreek

    November 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

    The BBC miniseries Jekyll was pretty good. Not even worth a mention? I realize it wasn’t a theatrical release but at least it was good.

  • Grandmasterp

    November 1, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Nice! Another video. You guys run a cool website.

  • polterghost

    November 1, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Well, Godzilla would be nerfed to the ground for the fight with King Kong, which I dont like. One atomic breath will wipe Kong out.

    • dcco

      November 1, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Actually I think it was originally the other way around, where they made King Kong 40 stories tall, when normally he’d be tiny compared to Godzilla.

      • November 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

        especially the new Godzilla which is huge

  • Quetzalcoatl

    November 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Toho actually tried to remake King Kong vs Godzilla during the early 90’s to celebrate the original’s 35th anniversary. Unfortunately, they couldn’t wrestle the rights to Kong away from Turner Entertainment, who appear entry owned the rights at the time. Basically, they “didn’t think Kong belonged in a Godzilla film.” They tried to get by with Godzilla vs MachaniKong, but that would’ve violated the copyright as well, which sucks as they were working on this trippy concept of scientists actually going inside Godzilla and discovering he contained within him different worlds or universes, or something like that. That would’ve been awesome.

    • doug rattmann

      November 1, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Did you just spell “apparently” as “appear entry”?

    • Claude Lilford

      November 2, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Yeah it would’ve been. Someone needs to make some new copyright laws to prevent c**p like that from happening.

  • Joker83

    November 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Jeckle and Hyde, and White Zombie remakes sound appealing, not so sure about the other suggestions. King Kong vs godzilla and turning universal monsters into the avengers are definitely not something I would be interested in. I thought the most recent godzilla and dracula movies were atrocious, but others mileage may vary.

  • TheKingDuke

    November 1, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Fun fact: There’s already a obscure animation film of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. You can look at Phelous’s review. Not to be confused with Dr. Jekyll that he also appeared in the Pagemaster (1994). There’s a movie about a mummy in the Netherlands, but was made for kids and it’s called: Dummie de Mummie. Based on the book. Agreed with James, i wonder if a crossover with King Kong and Godzilla will exits in the future. Let’s hope what Skull Island looks like. I’ll thumb for you, James.

  • fcabanski

    November 1, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Fight Club was Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde.

  • Don Skiver

    November 1, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I’d like to see a big budget remake of Manos: The Hands of Fate.

  • November 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I totally disagree. I dont think these should be remade at all. I think thay could be looked to for ideas, but people need to move on. Look at Robogeisha for example. It takes a giant monster movie and adds a bunch of huge elements. I have never seen it, but you can see my point. There is no Godzilla in it or King Kong as far as i know, but many of the features of the giant monster movies are there but with entirely new creative twists.

  • Thifurious

    November 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    A modern Kong vs. Godzilla would be awesome. It was badass whenever Godzilla finally clashed with the monster in the new movie. It reminded me of when Kong and the T-Rex clashed in the 2005 movie.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    November 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    CGI really ruins the show for me, like a lot. I mean, when the scene is something you can’t do without CGI i accept it, but now they’re using it even when they could’ve done some physical effects. If they have the option and they go for CGI, i immediately choose to not watch it, but i can help but cringe. I’m only 27, but my family watched a lot of good movies so i learned how to have my own taste. So i prefer to avoid cringe worthy moments for me and skip to the good ones for my taste.

    • Satnav

      November 1, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Well, practical effects aren’t automatically better (the CG aliens in DIstrict 9 look better and move more natural than some jerky animatronics in their place would) and sometimes the budget can’t accommodate it.

  • handsome pete

    November 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    For some reason, every studio wants to make their own Marvel Studios thing with Orci and Kurtzman, two guys who can’t even make a good sequel.

  • November 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    You forgot about the Creature from the Black Lagoon. For whatever reason it’s barely been touched. It seems like a no-brainer to me… it’s Jaws only Jaws can follow you out of the ocean when you swim away.

    They really need to do a Freddy Vs Jason 2 before Englund gets too old and maybe get Pinhead in there this time. It should be obvious to the studios at this point that these 80’s remakes of horror franchises just don’t work.

    In terms of remakes my general rule of thumb is you can’t do a remake unless the original is over 40 years old or the original was so terrible that you are just trying to fix it. I think the problem with remakes today is they take awesome properites that are barely 20 years old and try to do a remake… it’s too soon and unless the people you have working on it are amazing, it’ll fall short.

  • November 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Ehm James, i don´t know how to tell you this but….EVERYONE IN THE FRIKKIN WORLD N
    In fact i was already established in the worlds conscience in the eraly 20th century and that is why none of the films followed the book. Becuse everybody already knew. Sorry James but i can´t imagine how you couldent figure that one out for yourself.

  • GameDudeMat

    November 1, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    You should round up all the Christmas horror themed movies, videos etc. And make a type of monster madness for Christmas.

  • Jimmy Reed

    November 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm


  • CrushingC10996WM

    November 1, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    King Kong Vs Godzilla! I want to see a remake of that bad!

  • Ace

    November 1, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    How about a movie based on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde video game? 4 hours of walking to his wedding while getting bombed, stung, birdshit on and whatever the hell else was supposed to be going on there…

  • Uncle Sporkums

    November 1, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    There was a Tony Todd Hyde adaptation in the 2000s that tried to use an altered version of the mystery ending.

  • ZomboCombo

    November 1, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    thanks for letting us down easy after Monster Madness ended 🙂

  • November 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Horror express or day of the trifids

  • fantasticfink

    November 1, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I always thought it a good remake would be Basket Case….wait, hear me out.

    If they take it seriously, a man keeping his severed brother with him at all times, would be very creepy. Cut out all the puppet running around killing people, and make it the man who is doing the actual killing. He still talks to it, sorta Psycho-esqe.

    Maybe the brother will pop out at the end like the original Friday the 13th scare.

  • Kevin McLaughlin

    November 1, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    There’s a possibility that the movie Skull Island is being made to lead up to a crossover with the current version of Godzilla. But we will have to wait and see.

  • Mega-Gojira

    November 1, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Best List EVER!!!!!

  • November 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    I’ve always wanted to see a remake of Werewolves on Wheels. Or a trilogy of new films based around Hammer’s Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter.

    • Claude Lilford

      November 4, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      I agree with you; both of those movies need a remake. Especially Werewolves on Wheels.

  • Satnav

    November 1, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I want to see another big-budget, properly done Dracula. Closer to the book, with no romance between Dracula and Mina, no trying to make Dracula a good guy like in the recent prequel, just make him fucking scary again. Make him a decaying corpse sociopath, and you can combine the strengths of modern practical sets and CGI stylization to make atmospheric backdrops that can give the film a whole new visual feel.

    Of course it’s not likely and some romantic shit would be shoehorned in…but if I had a Hollywood budget and crew, I’d love to do it myself.

  • diddymuck

    November 2, 2014 at 12:24 am

    The Mummy was remade…by Hammer’s The Mummy, Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, The Mummy’s Shroud, etc.

  • diddymuck

    November 2, 2014 at 12:29 am

    J & H got several modern treatments via TV; the best IMO was a late 70’s starring Jack Palance.

  • diddymuck

    November 2, 2014 at 12:30 am

    The best post-Universal Monster Mashup probably was the Monster Squad (1987) featuring the best Frankenstein Monster outside of Karloff…Tom noonan.

  • Rod Zombie

    November 2, 2014 at 12:32 am

    I’d like to see an updated version of this movie, starring Christopher Lee.

    City of the Dead (Horror Hotel) Trailer –

  • Ferdi Memishovski

    November 2, 2014 at 1:18 am

    They already started on the universal monster movies. dracula untold just came out a few weeks ago. i haven’t seen it but i think.the new monster movies are going to be more of an action movie then horror. I’m surprised you haven’t reviewed dracula untold yet.

  • November 2, 2014 at 4:32 am

    I´m not against remakes, as long as they can keep the inflationary CGI/FX-usage under control.
    …to be candid, I don´t think they´ll do.

  • Claude Lilford

    November 2, 2014 at 8:12 am

    It seems to me that modern studioes use the term ‘remake’ as an excuse to take an old successful movie and basically rerelease it with everything we hate in modern movies completly missing the point of what a good remake should do.
    I agree with all of James’s picks except King Kong vs. Godzilla and I think the following films should also be remade:
    How to Make a Monster, The Monster and the Girl, Planet of the Dinosaurs, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, The Phantom of the Opera (I love the musical but I mean a proper scary one), Octaman, The Manster, and Food of the Gods.
    For those of you who are still interested in this topic look up Top Thirteen Horror Films That Should Be Remade, the guy never finsihed the list but he makes some good arguments and picks some good ones.

  • November 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Hell yes to all of these! I looked at which version of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde I have. Turns out its the 1920 silent version. Its on a public domain DVD set, so figures. But especially your number 1, that needs to happen.

  • bigbold1023

    November 2, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    need a giant claw remake with the original puppet of course

  • November 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    The thing you don’t understand James… is the fact that not many other people are nostalgic about “classic” monster movies like you.

  • November 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Here is a really good Jekyl & Hyde remake film. I, MONSTER (1971) Starring Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing (this is one of the best if not the best Jekyl & Hyde films ever. Only thing is the names are changed) The film is made by Amicus which was Hammers main competition in the UK.

  • George

    November 2, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    You should checkout Mary Railly which was made 1996. It is remake of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

  • Necramonium

    November 2, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    What about the Gremlins? It’s just strange how such a popular movie never got passed two movies.

  • November 2, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Definitely missed Creature from the Black Lagoon, which somehow hasn’t been remade ONCE yet.

  • November 2, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    James and Mike, I’d love to know what you guys thought of Dracula Untold!

  • November 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I think one version of the Universal monsters together is called Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl. Although it doesn’t have much common with the “real” monsters..
    I’d want to see a official take on the subject for sure.

  • WoodyBBad

    November 3, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    It would be so cool if in Skull Island, on the way there, Godzilla would make a cameo appearance. Just his back and tail in the water, or something like that.

  • BigCisME

    November 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Hahaha! James will keep begging for King Kong V. Godzilla until the day he dies!

  • November 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Bruce lee mobies!

  • LegallyBlindGamer

    November 8, 2014 at 2:36 am

    I agree with you on the Universal monster mash idea. Who knows? Maybe they’ll collaborate with Konami and make a Castlevania movie?

  • Edson Zagal

    November 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I agree with you.

  • November 10, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    In the 80s we had vampyres,in the 90s dinos,and in the 2000 zombies everywhere.Nowadays i dont think that the audiences will give so much attention to the clasic dudes,people are more deticated to superheroes and zombies as i mentioned above.So my guess is that those would be awesome for the older generations not todays.

  • November 23, 2014 at 1:52 am

    it felt like a great addition to Monster Madness!

  • colt

    December 8, 2014 at 1:13 am


  • December 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    JAMES great news…or not… Dracula untold is attempt to create a shared universe for the iniversal mosters :PP

  • December 12, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Ah, I’m quite sad to not see Gillman on this list. He’s always been my favorite.

  • dansims

    December 26, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    The only movie I’d like to be remake is the 1967 version on Quatermass and the pitt.

  • Quetzalcoatl

    October 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm

  • December 4, 2016 at 7:11 am

    The Mummy is coming soon.

  • December 4, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Nearly everything on this list is getting remade soon.

  • horrorlover1994

    August 4, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    I’m Starting To Collect DVD’s Again But Only Just Horror Movies (1920-2019).

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