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7 Horror Movies We're Dying to See Rebooted Next

Which haunting horrors deserve a big screen resurrection?

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We're in an era of nostalgia. Whether it's a complete remake like the 2010 A Nightmare On Elm Street, a reboot that honors the original but tosses aside the sequels like the 2018 Halloween, or a "spiritual sequel" like the new Candyman film coming out August 27th, adaptations are bringing new meaning to vital works in the horror genre. 

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There are always rumors flying about which horror flick is going to get a makeover next—and some reboots actually get green-lit by studios before disappearing into obscurity forever. Granted, there are some remakes audiences widely wish never happened, but there's also a wide pool of films that would benefit from a modern or fresh take.

So what movies do we actually want to see rebooted next? Check them out below.

Jennifer's Body

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Before I start a war over a veritable cult classic, let me lead by saying the original is a near-perfect masterpiece. No one should touch the original film. That statement should perhaps even be written into law. But wouldn't it be incredible if it got the 2018 Halloween treatment?

Let's face it, this 2009 film was ahead of its time—and entirely mismarketed. Two girls, Jennifer Check (Megan Fox) and Anita "Needy" Lesnicki (Amanda Seyfried), have their friendship and lives turned upside down when the indie band Low Shoulder (headed by none other than Adam Brody) rolls into town. 

When the band mistakenly sacrifices Jennifer as a virgin to the devil in exchange for success, Jennifer comes back. With a vengeance. Now a succubus of the worst degree, she survives off eating boys. Unsurprisingly, this doesn't sit too well with Needy.

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Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama, the movie is satire meets feminist masterwork meets genuinely gripping horror. Though it didn't do too well during its initial release, the film has exploded into popularity as the right audience has found it. Now, we want to see Needy and Jennifer at it again, years later. Frankly, there's a number of creative ways to pull it off. 

I Know What You Did Last Summer

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Is it cheating to throw this on the list? Maybe. The film—based on the book of the same name by Lois Duncan—has a reboot allegedly coming to Amazon Prime this fall. However, this adaptation will be a series, which I'm not so sure bodes well for a slasher. 

After all, isn't the tension of a story like this dependent on a fast-paced time crunch that will inevitably drag between episodes? Scream tried this very same approach only to receive mixed reviews.

The 1997 film centers around four friends who are forever bonded after a brutal accident results in the death of a stranger. The teens cover up the man's death, fearing for the consequences the truth may have on their futures. But did he truly die? A year later, the group gathers back in town—just in time for a hook-handed killer to seek his bloody revenge.

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In the film, the mystery of it all seems more incidental than anything. What made the movie so iconic was that the leads—Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Ryan Phillippe—all delivered incredible performances. And the deaths in the film hit hard. Extending the story into episodes seems like it might lead to lower impact deaths of more ancillary side characters.

I Know What You Did Last Summer is far from a perfect film, but it's certainly a staple. Pessimistic thoughts on the series adaptation aside, a feature-length remake of the film could be a game-changer.

The Slumber Party Massacre

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When this film came out in 1982, many dismissed it as one among the great slog of derivative slashers. But one of these things is not like the others: satirical in nature, The Slumber Party Massacre aimed to subvert the blatantly misogynist overtones of the horror industry at the time. Unfortunately, producers on the film still pushed for the classic trope of gratuitous nudity in order to rake in money, somewhat undercutting the point 

When 18-year-old Trish's (Michelle Michaels) parents are away, she decides an empty house is the perfect opportunity to invite some of her friends on the girls basketball team for a sleepover. With tensions on the team over her arrival, new girl Valerie (Robin Stille) turns down an invitation, even though she lives across the street. 

Unfortunately for the girls, their party coincides with the escape of a serial killer with an affinity for power tools. As the killer (Michael Villella) sets out on his rampage, Trish's only hope for survival might be Valerie, tucked safely away next door.

Written by Rita Mae Brown and directed by Amy Holden, two women at the head of the film weren't enough to save it from the studio's hyper-sexualized demands. A remake of the film that was allowed to actually commit to its critique of the genre would do the franchise justice. 

The Wolf Man

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Buzz about a potential remake of The Wolf Man has been floating around for quite some time. Though the 1941 film was remade in 2010 under the similar title The Wolfman, the Benicio Del Toro-led film was a bit like a dark and gritty action movie. Our love of werewolves might make us biased, but it's about time a movie dives a little deeper into the psyche, terror, and trauma of lycanthropy.

In this Universal classic, Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney) returns to Wales following the death of his brother. When a girl in the village is attacked by a beast, Larry steps in to try and save her. He manages to kill the monster, but is bitten in the process. Now taking on the curse of the werewolf himself, he transforms on the full moon, wreaking violent havoc on the community.

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Following the success of the 2020 release of Leigh Whannell's The Invisible Man, a remake of The Wolf Man is actually already in development. However, there hasn't been a lot of recent news about the project, and with ongoing COVID complications, who knows when or if the film will ultimately see the light of day?

But with the deep character work and social mind The Invisible Man had, a remake of The Wolf Man in the same cinematic universe is one I'm rooting for with all my heart.

The Lost Boys

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The Lost Boys is a movie we would sell our right kidneys to get a spiritual sequel of. Brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move with their mother to Santa Carla, California...the murder capital of the world. 

While the younger Sam befriends the Frog brothers—Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander)—who warn him the beach town has a surplus of vampires, the older Michael falls in with a tough gang headed by David (Keifer Sutherland). Of course, David's gang are the very vampires Michael and Sam should be wary of.

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The whole movie is a vibe. With the rise of 80s nostalgia, I'm surprised the franchise hasn't been rebooted already. Not that Warner Bros. hasn't tried—a television series has been in limbo for years, and, allegedly, a prequel musical is going to hit stages in 2022. 

But we want to see The Lost Boys brought back to the big screen in all its mullet and leather glory. And while the loss of Joel Schumacher in 2020 means a reboot would never have quite the same vision, we hope the story comes back with twice the homoeroticism. It's what Schumacher would have wanted.

Rosemary's Baby

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Rosemary's Baby—based on the book of the same name by Ira Levin—has inspired no shortage of movies about demonic pregnancy and bodily autonomy. 

In the 1968 original, Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and Guy Woodhouse (John Cassavetes) are eager to start a family together. After the couple moves into a New York City building known for odd and disturbing occurrences, Rosemary quickly becomes pregnant. Her eccentric neighbors, Roman (Sidney Blackmer) and Minnie Castevet (Ruth Gordon) are incredibly helpful. Perhaps a little too helpful, especially as Rosemary's pregnancy becomes plagued by dread and pain.

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While there was indeed a made-for-TV remake of Rosemary's Baby, it failed to make any real impact one way or the other. A feature-length remake with a female creative team would only add extra layers of nuance to a story already centered on women's liberation. 

The themes of the film have unfortunately remained relevant today, and amidst the uprising of more socially conscious horror films, a remake would be well-suited to modern audiences.

The Fly

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The Fly we know and love from 1986 is actually remake of a 1958 film of the same name, based on a short story from 1957. 

Ambitious scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) has been hard at work on a teleportation device. When he sets his sights on investigative reporter Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis), he attempts to impress her by giving her an inside scoop on his work. However, something goes wrong in his demonstration of his device. A fly has found its way inside the device with him, and Seth's genetic material begins a gruesome and violent change.

This film has long been considered one of the greats of horror sci-fi. One of the major challenges of any reboot would be finding a cast as dynamic and talented as Goldblum and Davis. And with the trend in recent movies relying heavily on CGI, any move away from practical effects would be a huge mistake on such a project. 

A remake for this film has actually been in rumored development for years with Disney, but no solid progress has been made on that front.

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Is Disney up to the task of making a truly great remake? They have the budget, certainly. The story of The Fly is highly adaptable and rife with opportunity for an even more modernized take. It's definitely a reboot we'd be on board for—if handled with extreme care.