Penn Badgley of “You” fame stars in this one, so brace yourself for some top-notch acting. The film about a guy who grows suspicious of his mom’s unusually friendly new boyfriend was trashed by critics.
If you want to watch real tension and psychological horror, go for the 1987 original.
The Japanese horror film "Kairo" was remade for American viewers and called "Pulse." In the original, spirits insidiously sneak their way into people's homes via the internet. The film shows two parallel narratives of characters facing the paranormal intrusion.
In the American remake, the sophisticated story-telling was thrown into the trash and the film relies more on scary imagery than anything else. One critic called it a"dull Americanization of one of the finest examples of subtle, moody J-horror out there." Yikes.
The Haunting (1999)
If we have learned anything from this list, it's that you can't flood a film with special effects and CGI and replace it with a good script and a credible plotline. It takes more than flashy effects to create a good scare.
More importantly, nothing involving Owen Wilson can be haunting. His blond mop should stick to the goofy romantic comedies and stay out of the horror genre.
Black Christmas (2006)
It seems eerily coincidental that Bob Calrk, director of the original "Black Christmas" film from 1974 died the same year the new one was released. The glamorized and glossy remake paled in comparison to Clark's film.
The remake depicts everything that can go wrong in horror filmmaking. It made us miss Margot Kidder more than we ever expected.
Swept Away (2002)
Guy Ritchie tried to give Madonna, his then-wife a more legitimate film career by rehashing this old Italian film from 1974. The attempted film boost did not quite pan out as expected and ended up being a total box office flop.
Ritchie should stick to gritty crime dramas and Madonna should stick to pop music. Stay in your lane, folks.