Get Ready to Hide Under Your Bed! The 10 Scariest Horror Movie Remakes Ever

With Carrie in theaters now, see other new takes on the classics that had us shaking in our seats

On October 18, the 1976 classic Carrie comes to life in a remake starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. And this film looks like it will be a spot-on hit!

The best remakes pay homage to the original film -- and when it comes to scary movies, there have been plenty of goodies. Get ready to scream in fear (and delight!) at 10 of the best remakes in horror movie history.

'Carrie' (2013)

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Carrie, the best-selling novel that launched Stephen King's career, was turned into a movie, starring Sissy Spacek and John Travolta, in 1976. The film has been remade before, but none have come close the original -- that is, until now. The story follows Carrie White (Mortez), a shy girl who is sheltered by her extremely religious mother (Moore) and is bullied by her peers. Carrie soon discovers that she has telekinetic powers, and unleashes them on her classmates when a prank at prom goes too far.  

'The Ring' (2002)

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After seeing The Ring, we can never watch a VHS tape the same way again. Based on the 1998 Japanese film Ringu, Rachel (Naomi Watts) tries to solve the mystery of the cursed videotape that killed her niece (Amber Tamblyn) before it kills her and her son. The movie has been dubbed the best Japanese horror movie remake in history because of its eeire atmosphere and horrifying visuals.

'Dawn of the Dead' (2004)

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It's hard to remake a George Romero film, but director Zack Snyder pulls off the 1978 classic without a hitch. The cast and visuals make this zombie film standout from all the rest. When Ana (Sarah Polley) wakes up to find her husband being attacked by a zombie -- and subsequently turned into one himself -- she escapes and finds refuge in a mall with other survivors. 

'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' (1978)

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Don Siegel's 1956 flick Invasion of the Body Snatchers is considered to be one of the best horror films in history, but Philip Kaufman's 1978 remake has earned a place in history as well. When Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) hears his friends complaining that their relatives and friends are acting different, he soon discovers emotionless clones are replacing people. 
 

'The Hills Have Eyes' (2006)

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Director Alexandre Aja took on the task of re-creating the 1977 film The Hills Have Eyes and succeeded in both remaking a classic and keeping us up for weeks! When the Carter family takes a detour from their trip through the American Southwest, they not only become closed off from society, but also discover they are being hunted down by psychotic people. 

'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' (2010)

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It's impossible not to be afraid of the dark after watching this film! When Sally (Bailee Madison) is sent to live with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) in their creepy new home (where an artist dissapeared), Sally finds creatures that want to take her. The remake is just as chilling as the 1973 original. 

'Friday the 13th' (2009)

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There have been a ton of Friday the 13th sequels over the years, but nothing has produced more screams and nightmares than the 2009 remake of the 1980 original. A group of young adults set up a tent near an abandoned summer camp where Jason Voorhees drowned years before. The group is brutally attacked by him. Weeks later, Clay (Jared Padalecki), the brother of one of the victims, visits the area to distribute missing posters of his sister. Clay teams up with Jenna (Danielle Panabaker) to figure out who has been killing their friends. 

'Dracula' (1992)

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Compared with other Dracula films, the 1992 remake of the 1931 original is one of the most closely related to Bram Stoker's classic novel. When Dracula (Gary Oldman) travels to London after seeing a photo of Mina Murray (Winona Ryder), he begins to drain the life out of her friend Lucy (Sadie Frost) as Lucy's friends attempt to destroy Dracula. 

'Night of the Living Dead' (1990)

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This is another George Romero retread that succeeded in being just as good as the original. The remake of the 1968 classic begins in a cemetery, where the recently deceased suddenly return and attack the living. Barbara (Patricia Tallman) escapes the zombies, and finds shelter in a farmhouse with others as they try to survive. 

'Frankenstein' (1994)

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With Robert De Niro as Frankenstein and Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth, the 1994 Frankenstein adaption has to be better than all the others! After scientist Victor Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh) rejects a man he created, the monster seeks revenge on Victor by trying to steal his wife, Elizabeth. 

Dishonorable Mention

'House of Wax' (2005)

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We had to mention a remake that made us laugh more than scream! The cheesy adaption of the 1953 House of Wax movie starred Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray and Jared Padalecki. It seems like a star-studded cast, until you get to Paris Hilton. (Seriously, were they trying to sabotage the film?) Following a group of friends who get stranded near a strange wax museum, they must fight to survive before brothers Bo and Vincent (Brian Van Holt) turn them into wax figures.

Teresa Roca is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.
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