At first when I heard remake, I cringed. I said to myself, "Here they go ruining another classic."
However after reading your picks I could see it work. But you're right, the kid is key so he better be able to pull it off.
That kid has his work cut out for him. The 1st Gage was creepy as hell! I stayed away from the bottom part of my bed where someone could cut my tendon. I'd jump to my bed. Lol!
Finally I realized how silly I was being. But I still get a bit nervous.