Oh I like the Evil Dead Remake because of that. Just wouldn't say it's the best remake. I was more thinking of all those other super lame horror remakes that really offer nothing. Texas Chainsaw, Friday 13th etc.
I love The Thing and Invasion of the Body Snatchers too but I wonder if they somewhat suffer from this. A huge part of why I love them is the SFX, but I always understood that the themes of the originals were political (mostly focusing on the Red Scare). The remakes lose that. The horrifying concept of monsters hiding in plain sight and not knowing when you can trust your closest friends translate beyond the original political message though.
And goddamn I love the SFX of that era. These were all body horror done perfectly (and The Fly too).
To this day I am baffled that anyone likes this movie. I saw it in theaters and thought it was absolutely dreadful, like, approaching avatar the last air bender levels of bad. It started off decent enough but descended into pretty by the numbers horror movie slush. Super disappointing in every way. Yuck
No seriously, the praise this movie gets is baffling.
Ehhh I'm not too big a fan of this remake. Let the Right One In had a certain atmosphere throughout that movie that they failed to replicate. Also, the pool scene of the original was more effective. Such a shocking scene, one of my all-time favorites.
As I was reading this thread I happily thought people had finally turned around a bit on the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre Remake, but no, seems some people still REALLY hate it. It was fun.
And obviously The Thing still wins, but as far as more modern remakes go, I'd probably go with a remake of a Japanese film, like The Ring.