One of the most criticized aspects of Hollywood filmmaking has to be the movie remake. Remakes are generally derided for being proof of the film industry being unable to create original films, instead relying on bringing back proven concepts in order to avoid risks. This is a legitimate argument, as the case can be made for many remakes existing purely because they are safer investments than anything new. However, there are also many remakes that are considered to be among the best films ever made, even taking the fact that they are not “original” concepts into consideration. Remakes can definitely be empty fare designed to turn a profit but they can also be fine examples of another artist’s interpretation of a story. The following 10 films are some of the best remakes to ever be given the greenlight.
10. Fright Night
Horror films are pretty much synonymous with the term ‘remake” but many of them aren’t very good, or are too similar to the original film. Fright Night was an obscure 1980s vampire flick before getting the reboot treatment in 2011. Both films are entertaining in their own right, making it difficult to say one way or the other which is superior. Still, the remake is worthy of recognition for putting effort into paying homage to the original while putting its own spin on the proceedings. Colin Farrell turns in a flamboyant performance as a vampire who moves in next door to Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), but it’s David Tenant who steals the show as Gothic Las Vegas magician Peter Vincent, a clever inversion of Roddy McDowell’s washed-up horror film legend from the original.