Another disastrous remake starring the one and only Nicolas Cage. He deserves his own list to be honest. This original Pang Brothers film dusted up their original Thai script and remade their own film for a broader, ahem, American audience.
Unfortunately for them, Cage does not do it justice, proving to us all that Americans should get used to subtitles and watch more foreign films.
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.
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 Grudge (2004)
Sarah Michelle Gellar without the guidance of Joss Whedon proves to be a grim experience. Even though the film sticks to the blueprint of the original Japanese horror film from 2002 entitled Ju-On: The Grudge.
The remake is predictable and lacks that cutting-edge masterful Japanese filmmaking.
Death Race (2008)
This potentially thrilling remake based on the 1975 film turned out to be another Jason Statham vehicle than anything else. It took over five years to greenlight this script and we are not surprised as to why,
The Paul W.S. Anderson rendition is a big disappointment that was stupidly picked up by Universal Studios after Paramount dropped it.