THE HORROR REMAKE BLOODY BRACKET
Sixteen remakes battled it out for horror supremacy and now only two remain: Alexandre Aja’s The Hills Have Eyes and Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac. Hills beat The Wicker Man, Halloween, and Dawn of the Dead on its way to The Finals while Maniac took down Evil Dead, Piranha 3D, and My Bloody Valentine. Which film achieves ultimate victory and reigns supreme in The Horror Remake Bloody Bracket? We here at Morbidly Amusing decide.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Dr. Morbid: So here it is boys and girls, Dr. Morbid’s pick for the victor of the horror remake bracket. 16 movies entered but only one film can be crowned the winner.
The original Hills Have Eyes and Maniac were low-budget exploitative films that would fit right in at a sleazy Grindhouse theatre. The remakes updated not only the production value and special effects, but also made the films significantly better. While The Hills Have Eyes remake was a bloody, entertaining time, I would have to give the edge to the more artistic Maniac, which had great cinematography and an amazingly creepy performance by a former Hobbit.
Maniac scalps the radiated mutants of The Hills Have Eyes, but the real winner here is Alexandre Aja who had his sick, twisted hands on both films, one as director and the other as producer.
Ross Tweedy: What a final! I honestly didn’t think a little seen remake and a remake of a mediocre original film would be facing off in the finals, but these brackets can be unpredictable! Most aspects of these films could not be more different, and that is truly a great thing. Maniac is an intimate portrait of a crazed killer, whereas Hills is a grotesque freakshow of a film on a much bigger scale. Both films benefit from their look and the feel they strive for, but the one major thing they have in common is Alexandre Aja. Is he the great horror filmmaker of this generation? I’d say no, but he is a very good talent who has done some solid stuff within the horror genre. All that said, Maniac is the better film as it offers more thoughtful ideas in regards to the genre that Hills just doesn’t. The ability of Elijah Wood to be sad and scary at the same time is what separates this flick from all the rest.
That Other Raimi Brother: My what a long, crazy journey it’s been. When we here at Morbidly Amusing began this bracket all the way back at the start of October, I could have never imagined that we would wind up here, with The Hills Have Eyes and Maniac as the last two horror remakes left standing. In fact, before this month, I had not seen either film. I’ve known Alexandre Aja’s reputation amongst the horror crowd for quite some time now, but honestly I had never really felt that his Hills remake was a must-see. Boy was I wrong, as it not only proved to be an entertaining horror flick, but it actually improved upon Wes Craven’s original. As far as Maniac is concerned, I have never seen the original so it’s not a horror property that I had a vast knowledge of beforehand. I have always enjoyed Elijah Wood as an actor, however, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Fortunately, the Maniac remake proved to be one of the best horror films I’ve seen in quite some time. It’s bloody, scary, and an artistic achievement the likes of which is rare in the horror genre. As far as I’m concerned, no film deserves this victory more than Maniac.
Maniac dominates Aja’s Hills and cruises to the winner’s circle, 3 votes to none.
Maniac Wins The Horror Remake Bloody Bracket.