10 horror movie remakes done right
'The Grudge' (2004)
Released at the height of the "J-Horror" remake craze, Takashi Shimizu's "The Grudge" - a remake of the director's very own "Ju-on" - is a highly-effective little chiller that joins Gore Verbinski's "The Ring" as one of the few such efforts to actually terrify. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as an American nurse living in Japan who becomes caught up in a horrific supernatural curse that claims the lives of everyone it touches, the film is a truly scary exercise in mood and paranoia that pays off in several nail-biting sequences of horror, including one unforgettable bit in a high-rise apartment complex. Shimizu's masterful use of sound design and good old-fashioned suspense to ramp up the tension could rightly be termed "Hitchcockian," though he would unfortunately fail in replicating the same success with his subsequent American efforts, including a poorly-received 2006 sequel (the verdict is still out on his upcoming Ryan Kwanten horror film "7500").
- Chris Eggertsen