Love ’em or hate ’em, horror remakes often mean big money at the box office. And while some cynical genre loyalists may detest the very idea of them, on occasion they actually manage to surprise us. John Carpenter’s The Thing
weathered initial indifference to emerge a true horror classic at least on par with The Thing from Another World
, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead
even caused some exasperated George A. Romero loyalists to eat a little crow (even without the smart social commentary that helped the original to transcend its genre roots).