It isn't easy for a horror remake to get any respect. The filmmakers are merely reusing material, hiring inexpensive unknown stars and collecting their money with seemingly no concern for quality. There's certainly a massive selection of remakes that never should have been, like 'Black Christmas,' 'One Missed Call,' 'House of Wax,' 'Halloween II,' 'Prom Night' and more, but there's also a selection that really aren't all that bad. The new 'Friday the 13th' and 'Nightmare on Elm Street' certainly can't compare to the originals, but at least both films featured some decent performances and delivered some disturbing death scenes. In fact, there are even some remakes out there that trump their predecessors. Breck Eisner recently gave George A. Romero's 'The Crazies' a much-needed update and the result is wildly entertaining.
But Eisner's 'The Crazies' is one of few horror reboots that received approval from moviegoers and critics alike. It's generally expected for this type of film to earn a 30% or below on Rotten Tomatoes, have an impressive opening weekend and then nosedive from there. Unfortunately for Summit Entertainment, 'Sorority Row' didn't fair too well with critics or with moviegoers. The film only managed to earn a 22% on the Tomatometer and couldn't even crack $12 million at the domestic box office during its eight-week run. When you've got absolute garbage like 'Prom Night' that was downright despised by critics pulling in over $20 million in week one, it's baffling that something that's actually a fun film couldn't manage to attract more horror fans.