I will throw in my two cents here, and add The Thing
(2011) on to the list. Yes, I know that it is supposed to be a prequel of sorts to the outstanding 1982 Kurt Russell vehicle, but aside from the use of English-speaking Norwegians and the questionable logic of assigning a couple of women to a remote Antarctic weather station full of dudes who are most likely horny as hell, the movie's plot really didn't deviate all that much from the vastly superior 1982 film of the same name. "Vastly superior" due, in large part, to the simple fact that CGI gore is just not that scary.
The practical effects used in the 1982 film is really what made that movie so impressive; Rob Bottin was really at his best in that one, I've always believed. So when you have CGI tentacles bursting out of a CGI body, your CGI-weary eyes that were weaned on 20 years of bad Jurassic Park
cartoony effects are going to call b.s. whenever they see it (check out the most recent Hobbit
movie for a great example of when CGI goes wrong), subsequently you're not going to get scared.
It really added nothing to the overall story, since it was supposed to be a prequel, then we must include the 1982 film as part of the story as well. But this movie still felt like a remake and not a prequel, because the 2011 film plot and scene sequencing basically mirrors the 1982 film almost exactly, except with different characters. The acting done in the 1982 film was also much better, with bigger named actors going on to do bigger and better things after that one (Kurt Russell, David Keith, Richard Masur, etc.). Though, I must admit, Mary Elizabeth Winstead was a large reason why I rented the 2011 film because...well, just look at her.!
Ultimately though, the world could have done without the 2011 film, as it really added nothing to the overall story. It merely revisited it, which to me qualifies as a remake, and was therefore pointless.