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Best of old: horror movies

With so many major horror and supernatural remakes coming up both on film and TV, it’s a good time to revisit some of the originals that made their names famous in the first place.
 
Firstly, it’s worth checking out the classics of the horror genre. In the wake of legendary Christopher Lee’s death at the ripe old age of 93, it’s the ideal time to see his renowned series of Dracula films as part of the Hammer Horror company. 
 
While there’s no remake of this one in the works right now, as the second most depicted character in screen history (second only to Sherlock Holmes), there’s almost always someone about to play Dracula. 
 
The Hammer films might seem on the cheesy side to today’s audiences, but sometimes an over the top classic scare is just what you need.
 
There are many types of horror out there and one of the most interesting is often psychological horror. Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 film Don’t Look Now is being remade with the producers of Scary Movie 3 and Non Stop at the helm, oddly enough. 
 
While the original is usually discussed more for its love scene between Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, it’s actually one of those rare horror films that has a poignant message about loss and grief behind it. 
 
In a discussion of horror films, who could forget the slasher movie? Popular films like Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th regularly appeared on screen in the late 70’s and 80’s, but it is Wes Craven’s more light-hearted Scream that continues to keep the slasher movie alive today. 
 
The latest Scream movie graced our screens in 2011, but it’s now being made into a TV show for MTV, set to begin next week in the US. It might be worth checking out, but the original will always be that perfect balance of fun and creepy. 
 
Ghostbusters doesn’t fit into the horror genre but it is a play on a lot of the elements of supernatural films. With a new all-female version being directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) and starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, it’s a great time to revisit the original in preparation for what looks set to be one of the better remakes. It might not be scary, but it is classic supernatural comedy. 
 
Talking about classics, Michael Bay is looking at remaking Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. It’s hard to imagine how someone famous for creating big blockbusters is going to approach this, but the original will remain one of the most subtly sinister horror films ever created. 
 
Finally, if you’re looking for a summer series rather than a film, then what better way to spend all of your free time than catching up on the original series of The X Files. 
 
With Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny already filming a new series expected to air in 2016, it’s the perfect time to catch up on over 200 episodes of brilliance that is the original Mulder and Scully dynamic. Sure, it’s quite an undertaking, but it’s worth the time. 
 
In this time of remakes, it’s always fun to go back and revisit the old horror favourites that made the new versions possible.