Evil Dead, It and the 15 greatest horror movie remakes of all-time

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1. It: Chapter One (2017)

The 2017 remake of Stephen King’s It is one of the rare remakes people were happy to see come to fruition. The original adaptation wasn’t even a film, it aired as a two-part miniseries on television.

The most exemplary thing about the 1990 version is Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise. Even if you grew up horrified of the dancing clown because of the miniseries, being exposed to it now doesn’t convey the same feeling you may have felt when it initially premiered.

Many of the older horror movies aren’t as scary now as they were then, but there is a reason It was never considered a classic among the ranks of films like The Exorcist or Poltergeist – it was never all that terrifying.

The new film succeeded in condensing a behemoth novel into an exceptionally frightening film and made the smart move of splitting the story into two movies, one for the Losers’ childhood and one for their eventual adulthood.

Even better, It: Chapter One maintained the weirdly humorous spirit of Pennywise while still being genuinely disturbing. Andrés Muschietti, the film’s director, managed to amplify the horror of Pennywise without losing his camp.

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The other major achievement of the 2017 It is the casting. Bill Skarsgård is a worthy successor of Tim Curry and the kids are pitch-perfect, especially the addition of Stranger Things break-out, Finn Wolfhard. Not only is It: Chapter One a fantastic remake, but it’s one of the best horror movies of the last decade on its own merit.

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