Films that didn't need a remake...

We all know that Hollywood loves to ruin a great movie by remaking it... So let's have a look at which movies were just fine the way they were. :)
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1.
Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides. (92 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ Even though it was remade by the original director, one of the many things that ruined the remake: Sarah Michelle Gellar. ” - Bataeu
 
2.
Total Recall (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real, or does he? (113 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ You can't remake a classic Arnie movie! ” - Bataeu
 
3.
The Punisher (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
When Frank Castle's family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as the Punisher. (89 mins.)
Director: Mark Goldblatt
“ Whilst the 2004 film technically isn't a remake, Dolph did it so much better. ” - Bataeu
 
4.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Alfred Hitchcock, enough said. ” - Bataeu
 
5.
Hairspray (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. (92 mins.)
Director: John Waters
“ Even though John Waters approved the musical and he is in the musical film, you can't do better then Ricki Lake as Tracey Turnblad! ” - Bataeu
 
6.
Death Race 2000 (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill's brutality. (80 mins.)
Director: Paul Bartel
“ Nothing will ever beat Sylvester Stallone's belch! ” - Bataeu
 
7.
Ring (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ruthlessly murdered by her father, the ghost of a seer's daughter kills all those who watch a wired video after 7 days; unless the viewer finds the escape clause. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
“ The remake lacks the atmosphere of the original. ” - Bataeu
 
8.
Trollhunter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter. (103 mins.)
Director: André Øvredal
“ Not remade yet but it is in talks for an American remake. :( ” - Bataeu
 
9.
Arthur (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions at any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which... (97 mins.)
Director: Steve Gordon
“ Whilst I am a fan of Russell Brand, this classic did not need a makeover... ” - Bataeu
 
10.
Piranha (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal. (94 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ I love Alexandre Aja, but Piranha 3D was absolute sh*t. ” - Bataeu
 
11.
Shaft (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter. (100 mins.)
Director: Gordon Parks
“ Sorry Samuel L Jackson, you just didn't capture the total bad-ass attitude of Shaft! ” - Bataeu
 
12.
Batman: The Movie (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The Dynamic Duo faces four super-villains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people. (105 mins.)
“ Not a direct remake, and I do LOVE Tim Burton's Batman, but nothing beats the original! Zap! Kapow! ” - Bataeu
 
13.
The Mummy (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. (73 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
“ I do enjoy Brendan Fraser's romp through the desert, but doesn't hold a flame to Karloff. ” - Bataeu
 
14.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. When the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Wes Craven is a visionary! The remake is absolute tripe. Boring and does not capture any of the fun/thrill of the original. ” - Bataeu
 
15.
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A decades old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day, turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead. (90 mins.)
Director: George Mihalka
“ The original: Masterpiece! The remake: A coaster on my coffee table. ” - Bataeu
 
16.
Death at a Funeral (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
“ An english movie remade in.... English????? ” - Bataeu
 
17.
It's Alive (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The Davies expect a baby, which turns out to be a monster with a nasty habit of killing when it's scared. And it's easily scared. (91 mins.)
Director: Larry Cohen
“ An absolute classic. Why they destroyed this is beyond me. ” - Bataeu
 
18.
I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge. (101 mins.)
Director: Meir Zarchi
“ Mier Zarchi's masterpiece. The most unsettling film I have ever seen. The 40 minute rape/chase sequence is harrowing. ” - Bataeu
 
19.
One Missed Call (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths. (112 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ You can't remake Takashi Miike... No one can... ” - Bataeu
 
20.
Prom Night (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A masked killer stalks four teenagers, responsible for the accidental death of a little girl six years earlier, at their high school's senior prom. (92 mins.)
Director: Paul Lynch
“ Jamie Lee Curtis is the Scream Queen!! ” - Bataeu
 
21.
Halloween (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
On Halloween night of 1963, 6-year old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Same reason as #20... Rob Zombie made a good movie, but turned a suspenseful film into a gritty, nasty, exploitation film. ” - Bataeu
 
22.
The Last House on the Left (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A pair of teenage girls are headed to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, the girls are kidnapped by a gang of psychotic convicts. (84 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Nasty, unapologetic and unsettling film with one of the greatest final scenes ever filmed- duelling chainsaws! ” - Bataeu
 
23.
Friday the 13th (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A group of camp counselors is stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning. (95 mins.)
“ I don't see the 2009 film as a remake, because Pamela Voorhees is the killer in the original... ” - Bataeu
 
24.
The Wicker Man (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
“ The atmosphere of this film is very hard to replicate. Only a film made in the 70s could have this kind of look and feel. Nicholas "Horseface" Cage and his wooden acting killed the whole thing. ” - Bataeu
 
25.
The Omen (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the anti-christ? The devil's own son? (111 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ The reason why the original wins hands down is due to the best beheading ever committed to celluloid. ” - Bataeu
 
26.
The Hitcher (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked, framed for the hitcher's crimes, and has his life made into hell by the same man he escaped. (97 mins.)
Director: Robert Harmon
“ Jennifer Jason Leigh torn in half and the overall suspense was lacking in the remake. ” - Bataeu