I'm a huge fan of the original horror classics and was horrified to hear they were going to remake one of my favourite Wes Craven movies. And I definitely did NOT expect to say that this is a far superior film to the original.
The original, though it has some great scenes and Michael Berryman was superbly cast, had its flaws and has not dated very well. The shocks and violence, I didn't think was quite possible seem as though the original was quite shocking (especially for its time), are upped: everything is EXTREME and for fans of the sick (like me) this is for you!
When it kicks off, it does NOT STOP and is non-stop VIOLENCE for the remainder of the film. The scene with Pluto and Doug is one of the best battles and most violent scenes I think I've seen (and definitely one I've rewound a million times).
A nice change to see a horror remake that's actually worth the time and money and an all too rare remake that BETTERS the original. If you're a fan of the original and/or like your horrors sick and ultra-violent, this is for you.