Hollywood has given us some great gems in horror over the years. While Bollywood has its own style of horror, we usually look up to the West for some real scares. What a lot of people do not know is that a number of horror movies in Hollywood are in fact, inspired from the East. Movies from Japan, Korea, and even some European countries have been remade by the American film industry and become cult classics. So if you are a horror movie fan, try and watch the original for a new dose of frights. Here are some Hollywood classics that are remakes of foreign films.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
For a lot of us ’90s kids, The Ring (2002) was our introduction to horror movies in Hollywood. But the movie itself was a remake of a 1998 Japanese film Ringu, in which a reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it. Watch the famous scene of Samara (here: Sadako) crawling out of the TV below.
The Grudge (2004) was remade in Hollywood by the director of its original Korean film, titled Ju-on: The Grudge (2002). Takashi Shimizu wanted to recreate the experience for English audiences, which follows a mysterious and vengeful spirit who marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house where it resides. Watch the full original film with English subtitles below.
The Uninvited is a remake of Jee-woon Kim’s 2003 Korean film, A Tale of Two Sisters. It revolves around a family that is haunted by the deaths that happened in the family and focusses on a young girl who wants to protect her sister from her step-mother. This film is more of a psychological thriller – a twist that is revealed in the climax, which you can watch below.
Let Me In
Let Me In (2010) is a remake of the 2008 Swedish horror film Låt Den Rätte Komma In (Let the Right One In). It focusses on Oskar, a boy who is overlooked and bullied by peers. Oskar finds love in Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl, who he later finds out is actually a vampire and she helps him get revenge on his bullies. Watch a scene from the original film below.
Probably not the best movie to watch in present times as Quarantine (2010) follows a television reporter and her cameraman who are stuck in a quarantined apartment building. The movie is a remake of the Spanish film REC (2007), in which the duo along with some emergency workers must face the monsters residing in the building. Watch the climax scene of the film below.
Kiefer Sutherland starrer Mirrors (2008) is a remake of the 2003 Korean horror Into the Mirror. It follows an ex-cop, who works as a security guard in a shopping mall. When a series of mysterious deaths take place in the mall, the guard thinks they are linked to mirrors and uses his cop skills to investigate the truth behind them. Watch the full movie with subtitles below.
Dark Water (2005) is a remake of a 2002 Japanese horror film, which is originally titled Honogurai Mizu No Soko Kara. It follows a mother and her six-year-old daughter who move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water. Soon, she discovers there’s a supernatural force behind it all. Watch the trailer of the original film below.
A remake of the 2002 Cantonese film from Hong Kong Gin Gwai, The Eye (2008) was remade for Hollywood audiences. The film revolves around a blind girl who gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she gets more than what she bargained for when she realizes she can even see ghosts. Watch the full original film with English subtitles below.
The Echo (2008) is a remake of a Filipino film Sigaw (2004). It follows an ex-con who moves into the apartment where his mother died, only to be troubled by his neighbors’ constant arguing. When he decides to take matters into his own hands, he comes to realize that the flat next door has no one living inside it. Watch a terrifying scene from the original film below.
13 Sins (2014) is a remake of a 2006 Thai horror comedy titled 13 Game Sayawng (13: Game of Death). It follows a salesman who receives a mysterious call, asking him to participate in a game of 13 tasks, promising him 100,000,000 Thai baht upon completion. The man takes up the challenge, only to find it gets really horrific. Watch the original trailer below.
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