Fright Night is finally in theaters and the buzz is that it's a pretty fun and really scary flick. Phew! You never know with horror remakes. Most of the time they prove to be pretty unnecessary, failed attempts to top the original film that they're based upon. However, there are a few that didn't fall victim to sucking hard.

The Last House on the Left

Fans of Wes Craven's super-violent The Last House on the Left were pretty pissed to hear that the classic was being updated, but everyone was pretty stoked when the film was released. Director Dennis Iladis delivered a film that hung onto what was great about the original and lost what was crappy comic relief to deliver a really brutal film.

The Crazies

The Crazies remake is fantastic. With awesome make-up effects and really inventive plot turns, it's a movie that just keeps giving you more without getting dull or derivative. It's actually like six movies in one that blend together without feeling scattered. That's not easy to do when dealing with zombie rednecks.

Dawn of the Dead

Like The Crazies, this is another George Romero update that stands well on its own. The script from James Gunn is terrifying, action-packed, and also effectively funny when needed. It was the world's first glimpse of what Zack Snyder is capable of, and in my opinion, his best work. Very creepy and very cool.

The Blob

If you haven't seen this, see it immediately. It's one of the best horror movies to come out of the 1980's, but would you expect anything less with a script by Frank Darabont? It's such a cool blend of sci-fi and horror and it doesn't pull any punches. If you're a fan of movies where you get to know the characters before they are dissolved by outer space goo, you really can't miss this.

The Hills Have Eyes

Alexander Aja's take on Wes Craven's classic is one of the most disturbing horror films of the last decade. It's very scary and just plain deranged. After seeing this, I swear that I'll never put myself in a situation where I get stranded in the desert surrounded by rapey mutant cannibals. It seems like a real vacation-killer.

The Fly

David Cronenberg's take on The Fly is probably one of the grossest films ever made. And not just because of Jeff Goldblum's butt. After a lab accident fuses his DNA with that of a fly, Goldblum's scientist character slowly transforms into an arm-breaking, vomiting freak. But still likable. Like Steve O.

The Thing

John Carpenter's The Thing will always be considered the Holy Grail of horror remakes. It completely eclipses the original on which it is based and builds its own world. The special effects were revolutionary and still some of the grossest you'll ever see. Even thirty years later, it stands on its on two legs. Granted they are growing out of its head.