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Not every remake has to be bad. Some are marked improvements over the original,
others are able to reimagine things just enough to stay fresh and interesting. Let’s take a look at a genre that often does
well with modern updates: horror. This is a bit of an odd one. Fantasy Island was a TV series that debuted
in the late 1970s and ran for seven seasons. It starred Ricardo Montalban as Mr. Roarke,
the caretaker of the titular island where guests paid a premium fee to live out their
deepest fantasies. The show typically dealt in intrigue, wonder,
and the occasional drama, although some of the guests’ fantasies took a turn into Twilight
Zone-esque territory. Just a little twist, and you’ve got yourself
a horror movie. Blumhouse is bringing Fantasy Island to the
21st century and the big screen, leaning hard into the horrific potential of the concept. This time, the island is shown twisting people’s
wishes beyond their control and creating dangerous, horrifying scenarios. The movie stars Michael Pena in Montalban’s
role, and also features Lucy Hale, Michael Rooker, and Parisa Fitz-Henley. It’s directed by Jeff Wadlow, who directed
Truth or Dare and has produced some successful horror television. Fantasy Island is an interesting choice for
a horror reboot, as the show always had a sinister undercurrent but generally shied
away from outright scares. Hopefully making the horrors of granting secret
wishes more overt won’t dilute the appeal. For being such a product of the ’90s, the
original version of The Craft still holds up pretty well. The story of a group of high school girls
exacting revenge through magical powers is a good one, and the central cast of Robin
Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, and Fairuza Balk go through awesome transformations as
the film builds to its conclusion. “Aw, relax, it’s only magic.” The reboot of The Craft is coming along nicely. Blumhouse has announced that the witches in
their new version will be played by Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, and Zoey
Luna. The remake is written and directed by Zoe
Lister-Jones. One thing that bodes very well for The Craft
reboot is how many people who were involved with the original film are also involved with
the update. Douglas Wick, who produced the original, is
back as a producer on the reboot, and the original film’s director, Andrew Fleming,
is also involved in a producer role. There have been a lot of very unsubstantial
rumors floating around out there about a return to Elm Street, especially with the runaway
success of 2018’s Halloween reboot-slash-sequel. Now, according to Bloody Disgusting, we can
really expect a new Nightmare on Elm Street film to start production in the near future,
but that’s about all we know so far. “Actually, it’s been giving me Freddy nightmares.” In 2010, there was an attempt to reboot A
Nightmare on Elm Street with Jackie Earle Haley playing the lead villain. Unfortunately, the reboot was panned by critics
and audiences alike, and the franchise faded into the background. In September of 2019, Wes Craven’s estate
regained the rights to the character and franchise. Bloody Disgusting reports that the horror
master’s estate is actively seeking pitches for the return of Freddy Krueger. The site reports that they are accepting pitches
for both a feature film and a possible HBO series. Obviously, this information is all tied to
the very beginning of the process. That said, it seems it won’t be too long before
A Nightmare on Elm Street comes back to haunt us. Interestingly enough, what’s thought of as
the classic version of The Fly is, itself, a remake. Most people think of the 1986 film led by
Jeff Goldblum as the definitive version, but the original film actually came out in 1958
and starred horror legend Vincent Price. Despite radically different tones and levels
of disturbing imagery, the two start from the same basic concept, and both the 1958
film and the 1986 one spawned sequels. Considering it’s been over 30 years since
Goldblum portrayed Dr. Seth Brundle, of course it’s about time for a reboot. Some were worried that Disney’s purchase of
Fox would put the kibosh on more adult fare like The Fly, but apparently that isn’t the
case. According to Movie Hole, The Fly is in no
danger of falling by the wayside. It will be interesting to see if they keep
with the teleporter as the culprit, or if they switch things up in the third go around. Despite the fact that it was essentially riding
on the coattails of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer actually became a pretty hot
property in the late 1990s. The original film was a veritable who’s who
of heartthrob actors: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and
Freddy Prinze Jr. all did battle with “The Fisherman” in the campy slasher flick. Fans can rejoice: I Know What You Did Last
Summer is returning, this time as an Amazon Prime series. “What are you waiting for, huh?!” James Wan is attached to the series as a producer,
and Bloody Disgusting reports that the series’ pilot is written by Shay Hatten. Hatten also wrote the screenplay for John
Wick 3: Parabellum. No director that we know of is attached for
the pilot episode at this point. I Know What You Did Last Summer told the story
of a group of teens who run over someone with their car and dump the body in the ocean. The next year, the group starts receiving
threats from someone who knows their secret, and they begin to get killed by a person in
a raincoat carrying a hook. Night of the Comet is an oft-forgotten classic,
and a reboot of the low-budget science fiction flick could do wonders for the story. Roxanne Benjamin, who started out as a producer
on horror films like V/H/S and The Devil’s Candy before moving into writing and directing,
is attached to the project. Night of the Comet finds the earth passing
through the tail of a comet, wiping out almost all of humanity. Our heroes are two sisters who try to search
for answers while fighting off zombies. It’s a campy girl power film that has become
a bit of a cult favorite in the years since its release in 1984. The original film starred Catherine Mary Stewart
and Kelli Maroney. Benjamin told Birth.Movies.Death that she
has submitted her screenplay for the reboot, and that she hopes the studio will approach
her to direct the movie if they decide to go ahead with it. Don’t expect it anytime soon, however, as
it’s, quote, “still very early days.” Wrong Turn is a surprisingly recent film to
be receiving the remake treatment, but well, that’s how the business works these days. The original film came out in 2003 and spawned
several sequels, with the most recent being 2014’s Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort. Strangely, the reboot is being penned by Alan
McElroy, who created the franchise to begin with. That’s good news for fans of the series; if
anyone can get a reboot right, hopefully it’s the man who created the series. The Domestics’ Mike P. Nelson is attached
to direct, with a cast led by Emma Dumont, Dylan McTee, and Charlotte Vega. The original Wrong Turn followed a group of
friends who get lost in rural West Virginia, and are terrorized by a cannibalistic family
as they struggle to escape. According to Coming Soon: “The Wrong Turn reboot will feature a cross-country
hiking expedition that puts a group of friends in the land of an inclusive society called
The Foundation, described as people who have lived in the mountains since before the Civil
War.” Another reboot with some strange names attached
to it is Saw. The original film was released in 2004, and
quickly became a horror juggernaut. Despite a paltry budget of just over one million
dollars, Saw made over $100 million worldwide and spawned a massive franchise. Director James Wan has gone on to become a
huge star in the industry, and the latest sequel came out as recently as 2017. And now, Chris Rock; yes, that Chris Rock;
is rebooting the franchise for Lionsgate. Rock will feature in the film and serve as
the executive producer. Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed the second,
third, and fourth Saw films, is at the helm again. Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel
L. Jackson star. The original Saw series got more and more
insane as the sequels piled up, but it originally focused on a serial killer who placed people
in elaborate puzzles to see “how much they wanted to live.” “I want to play a game.” With Rock and Bousman’s reboot, hopefully
some of the magic will return to the franchise. Quick quiz: how many Hellraiser movies have
there been? Answer: Ten! There are ten. And the most recent one, Hellraiser: Judgment,
came out in 2018. That said, Spyglass Entertainment is trying
to revitalize the franchise a bit with a reboot. Yes, the Lament Configuration is headed back
to the big screen, bringing Pinhead and the rest of the Cenobites with it. The Dark Knight’s David S. Goyer is attached
to the reboot as both a writer and producer. Clive Barker, who wrote the original story
the series is based on and directed the first film in 1987, is also attached. Hellraiser never quite reached the level of
massive horror franchises like A Nightmare on Elm Street or Halloween, but its dark and
twisted narrative and memorable villain did help the series carve out its own fandom. The story revolves around a puzzle box that,
when solved, unleashes a gang of demons into our world. The leader of these demons is Pinhead, one
of the most iconic horror villains of the 1980s. Goyer is excited to be given a chance with
the franchise. He told Deadline: “Having the chance to reimagine Pinhead and
the Cenobites for a new audience is a nightmare-come-true.” What’s that? A successful movie from another country? In true American fashion, Train to Busan is
getting a western remake; the buzzworthy zombie film out of Korea is in development from James
Wan and Gary Dauberman. If you like zombie films, you can’t do much
better than Train to Busan. The 2016 film follows a group of people stuck
on a moving train as a zombie virus spreads. It features some absolutely gruesome scenes
and some very inventive set pieces, and the naturally claustrophobic setting is prime
for an outbreak. There aren’t a lot of details on the remake
at this point in time, but it should be in good hands with Wan and Dauberman, two of
the leaders in recent horror success stories. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Dauberman
explained his approach to the source material: “I’m being very careful how we translate it
over here. And really my rule is, Don’t f– it up!” This one is still extremely early in development,
but we do have a few concrete details on the remake of this obscure gem. Audrey Rose was released in 1977, a bizarre
little horror mystery starring Marsha Mason and Anthony Hopkins. Mason plays Janice, a woman with a daughter
whose life is turned upside down when Hopkins’ Elliot Hoover shows up. He insists that Janice’s daughter is actually
a reincarnation of his own dead child, and all sorts of creepy events start occurring. It’s a slow burn, but one that could be very
impressive with the right people telling the modern adaptation. All we know so far about the remake of Audrey
Rose is that it is being released by Orion Pictures and the screenplay is being hammered
out by Chloe Okuno. Okuno seems like just the writer to put together
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100 thoughts on “Horror Movie Reboots You Didn’t Know Were In The Works

  1. I’m sorry but train to bus an was my favorite of this list… I don’t know how I feel… they gunna call it Train to NY?

  2. American remakes of movies like Train to Busan, The Grudge and The Ring justified: Americans don't like to read subtitles. 😑 A chance for Hollywood to cash in intelectual property that other parts of the world has previously watched. With subtitles. That way, many people will learn not to appreciate other countries' cultural manifestations.

  3. Not all remakes have to be bad???? I'm a horror lover, but none of these original movies were any good to begin with, IMO. And the acting was pretty bad as well. The guy in Saw that cut his own foot off was one of the worst actors ever!!!

  4. I heard they were rebooting Paranormal Activity. As probably one of the few people who loves that franchise, I hope it’s interesting!

  5. Jeffery Reddick has also confirmed a Final Destination reboot, though I'm nervous about it cuz those are sacred to me

  6. Non reboots suck and are lazy I'll never go to the movies again cause I'm not a mindless drone so desperate for somethin to do that I spend my money on somethin that came out years ago.

  7. You know what would be funny is if chris rock is the next person behind the jigsaw puzzles and this saw movie is about him getting back at the people who voice stared in skrek films

  8. None of these remakes is needed, the film industry is barren in creativity and completely lacks imagination to create decent new IP. Instead they rape old classics to try and justify their own existence.

  9. I know about the reboot of saw and fantasy island

    I'm not happy about the fantasy island remake leave my classic shows alone

  10. Well, when you have no original ideas, it's to be expected. And its why I havent been to a movie in ages and have no plans to return.

  11. I guess no one in Hollywood have any original ideas. I'm sure they are going to whitewash and fuck up Train To Busan.

  12. Oh Lord! First of all, Saw doesn't need to be remade. Leave it alone, it's just fine the way it is.
    Secondly, Nightmare? Hell no!! Doesn't need to be fucked up again!
    Thirdly, leave Hellraiser the hell alone!! Or we'll raise hell!!
    Come up with NEW ideas and fantasies, please! Use some creativity!!

  13. 3:45 I got the feeling they might rely too much on visuals (either CGI or practical… probably CGI) and forget about story and/or characters. I hope I'm wrong.

  14. HBO has already greelit a miniseries based on Boong Jon Ho's film parasite, which will probably be a remake for american audiences "in true, american fashion"…

  15. Clive Barker is not attached to the Hellraiser reboot. David Goyer is and it's the first film to be made by a new independent film company called Spyglass entertainment.

  16. Questionable to No thanks and some leave alone (the Craft being 1 that should be left alone..Like one guy said in your video don't F it up).

  17. I really hope Saw: The Organ Donor is just a continuation. Rebooting the franchise would be a terrible idea. If it isn't broke, don't fix it!

  18. All I see are a bunch of classic films that will be destroyed by shitty reboots from unoriginal, uninspired, and out-of-ideas studios.

  19. While I am not enthusiastic in seeing yet another reboot of Nightmare on Elm Street, my only wish is they keep Judy Graham as the designer/maker of the sweater.

  20. I like original Fantasy Island when it was on tv i would watch it all the time when i saw it was good show at the time it was not about horror at all it was about fantasy all the time sometimes fantasy wouldn't not come out right sometimes and Mr. Roarke had to go and get sometimes before something go's mad for them or their would died in it that what was the show all about it was about fantasy and yes sometimes it good be a horror show sometime but it is about fantasy.

  21. Reboots should only be done for films that had a good idea, but was executed poorly. Doing reboots for good/successful films can only lead to them being seen as pale imitations or cash grabs.

  22. 0h I knew Saw was getting a reboot and OH BOI BITCH I CAN'T WAIT FOR CHRIS ROCK TO BRING IT BACK , I LOVE HOW COMEDIANS ARE BRINGING THEIR OWN PERSPECTIVE OF HORROR …………..

  23. Remaking foreign movies a couple years later is one of the cheapest, laziest, stupidest things in cinema today! Please stop. It's a waste of time. LEARN TO READ SUBTITLES NERD!

  24. The 2010 remake of Nightmare on Elm Street sucked at the Box Office only because Robert England didn't play Freddy Kruger. Enough said.

  25. They have released another grudge remake as well. America should just stop making movies. Literally all they do is making shitty remakes or bullshit horror movies about possession and call it the scariest horror movie ever. Which obviously it's not. America fails with literally everything.

  26. Fantasy island looks like a typical teenage horror movie. That movie Will not get a higher score then a 4 on IMDB lol

  27. Hollywood totally out of imagination one reboot after another and always inferior to the original they need to start making original stuff again otherwise Hollywood will soon become irrelevant.

  28. None of them why the hell should I pay to be scared out my skin!. Why don't modern people just stop teaching hate to our youth!!

  29. This reboot crap is just a callus move to reduce marketing costs, it assumes we are all idiots and will pay to see anything.

  30. Train to Busan is perfect as is. The only reason to remake it in English is to pander to morons too stupid to read subtitles.

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