Some classic horror films are making their return to the big screen this year, this time scarier and darker than ever.
The trend of remaking classic films has popularized over the past few years, with films such as “Jurassic World” (2015) and “Ghostbusters” (2016) taking on the silver screen, but not without paying homage to their predecessors. This year, however, the industry sets its sights on rebooting cult horror films that had us asking our mommy’s to leave the door open a crack and dad’s to check under the bed after tucking us in.
With the amazing technological advances in CGI, filmmakers are seizing the opportunity to make the monsters larger than life and more realistic than before. Here are five hauntingly familiar stories that’ll be making a comeback this year.
- “The Mummy”
The film starring Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts was one of the creepier horror flicks to come out of the 1990s. The remake will hold the same plot, following four medical students that experiment on near death experiences until the consequences begin to put their own lives in jeopardy. Release date: Sept. 29.
Stephen King‘s infamous clown will finally be making a comeback on the silver screen. A group of seven kids who are connected by their encounters with Pennywise must come together after 27 years when children start to disappear in their town of Derry once again. One problem with the 1990 adaptation was that it was made for TV, which robbed much of the terror from the story. However, sources say this film will be terrifying and reaching for an R rating. Release date: Sept. 8.
The Italian horror classic is getting an American remake after 30 years. The new film stars “Fifty Shades of Grey“‘s Dakota Johnson, who plays a young American woman traveling to the prestigious Markos Tanz Company in Berlin in 1977. She arrives just as one of the company’s members disappears under mysterious circumstances. Release date: TBA.
John Carpenter is set to return to his roots and is said to be heavily involved in the remake of his 1978 slasher film. He intends to return to the traditional Michael Myers and make the movie dark and mysterious as it once was. Besides casting aside all subplots and spin-offs, the film will rely on suspense and classic scares. There’s not much information on this film yet, but it’s aiming for a 2017 release date.
What film are you most excited to see re-imagined? Are there any you still wish to see remade?