Five Timeless Horror Films that will never be remade

Five Timeless Horror Films that will never be remade

Updated on August 29, 2023 11:15 AM by Emily Hazel

Here are five unique horror films that have never been seen before

A motion picture needs to have one or more of the following essential components to leave an enduring impression: creativity, unpredictability, and originality. Unfortunately, many of today's horror film directors simply recycle plots that have been done countless times before (family or group of teens find themselves in a haunted house, cheap jump scares, etc.) out of a desire to play it safe rather than risk offending the sophisticated audiences who have long since lost their tolerance for clichés.

Have we set the bar too high? Maybe. That's not to argue, though, that some of the fright-inducing movies from the 2010s and 2020s lack inventiveness. Nothing, though, seems to come close to matching the influence that some of the most well-known horror films from the 1990s and its forerunners had on the genre. We'll examine a few of the timeless classics that shook the world and continue to haunt viewers for various reasons in this post.

The Shining

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The Shining (1980), a masterpiece by Stanley Kubrick, continues to be one of the most watched and analyzed horror movies ever. The story follows a husband, his wife, and their child and the horrific events that occur after the family decides to stay at a desolate hotel as a means for Jack to cure his writer's block. Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, one of his most famous villain roles, and Shelley Duvall plays Wendy Torrance. The movie suddenly turns dark as we learn that Jack needs to treat more than just his writer's block; specifically, his rapidly escalating insanity.

According to The Independent, Stephen King, who also penned the book, described The Shining as "a big, gorgeous Cadillac with no engine inside it" and that it didn't win any major accolades. Nevertheless, it eventually rose to fame as one of Kubrick's most recognizable works and gave us one of the most infamous villain quotes in movie history: "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are."

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The Silence of the Lambs

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The Silence of the Lambs (1994), based on Thomas Harris's book and directed by Jonathan Demme, is a crime thriller/horror that tells the tale of FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), who enlists the aid of a psychopath cannibal (Anthony Hopkins) in order to track down a serial killer who dresses in the skins of his victims.

The movie solidified its reputation by taking home five Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound for both Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. The Silence of the Lambs is one of the few instances of a movie that comes as close to perfection as is humanly possible. It features an exciting and fascinating plot in which the protagonist partners up with the antagonist as a last-ditch effort to solve the ultimate serial killer case. It also features incredibly riveting performances and complete technical expertise. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie currently has almost flawless ratings from reviewers and viewers.

The Blair Witch Project

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The Blair Witch Project (1998) by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez is a found footage horror movie that depicts the tale of three film students who vanish in a cursed woodland after attempting to record a documentary about the witch that lives there.

The crew succeeded in producing a profoundly horrific experience that still terrifies audiences more than two decades later on a tiny estimated budget of just $60,000. They achieved a feat that very few directors have been able to come close to, which has won the movie a top rank among the genre's most popular movies to date. They did this with a small cast and without the use of any special effects. According to BuzzFeed News, The Blair Witch Project offered an experience that was so authentic for its period that viewers initially thought it was a genuine documentary.

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The protagonist of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film “Psycho'' is a money-laundering secretary (Janet Leigh as Marion Crane) who checks into a remote motel and meets a teenage host/receptionist (Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates). As Bates is revealed to be a psychotic killer with split personality disorder, the narrative takes a grim turn.

Perkins's character created history by providing viewers with a real insight into the mind of a deranged nutjob murderer infatuated with his dead mother. The movie was loosely based on the true story of Ed Gein, a notorious serial killer, and body snatcher. The world was stunned at the time when the British maestro of suspense broke Hollywood scriptwriting conventions by murdering his lead character 30 minutes into the film. Psycho has earned its fair position in the horror film hall of fame and continues to be Hitchcock's most frequently seen film. With a 96% rating from critics and a 95% rating from viewers, the movie now has a nearly flawless Rotten Tomatoes rating.

Cannibal Holocaust

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The 1980 found-footage horror movie Cannibal Holocaust by Italian director Ruggero Deodato tells the tale of a film crew that travels to the Amazon jungle in an effort to interact with local tribes. The gang goes to unbelievable extremes, including arranging instances of horrifying real-life brutality, in an effort to load their film cans with a video that will shock viewers.

The film that reinvented the found-footage genre and was dubbed "the most contentious film ever created" by The Telegraph, Cannibal Holocaust was able to shock the globe unlike any other film in history. Due to its intense realism, it also led to Deodato's incarceration because the director was charged with being at fault for the cannibal-caused deaths of the film crew. The performers were eventually discovered to be in good health, and Deodato had manufactured a PR stunt to propel the film into the stratosphere. He received a lot of flak for forcing his crew to kill actual animals in front of the camera.

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