It's hard being an obsessive movie fan. We don't just go to the theater on opening weekend. We devour even the tiniest bits of information about an upcoming film as we count down the days to its release. Then, afterward, if the movie kicked ass like we hoped it would, we return to cinemas for repeat viewings and start day counting all over again, waiting for the home release. You guys on this site know what I'm talking about. One of the worst parts is definitely the waiting. Especially if you're a horror fan. Sometimes, when a movie comes out and makes a killing at the box office, the sequel gets a release date almost immediately and it's almost certain that the film will hit theaters on that day. But in the horror genre, delays are commonplace. This is a short list of horror sequels we were told were coming, but now appear to be stuck in development hell or completely dead.
1. Jeepers Creepers 3
When the end credits rolled on the underrated 2001 horror film Jeepers Creepers, all I could think about was a sequel. I wouldn't have to wait long. In 2003, Jeepers Creepers 2 was released. Sadly, it was not the sequel I had hoped for at all, but that simply made me long for a third film to right what I felt was a very wrong sequel. 10 years later, we still haven't seen Jeepers Creepers 3. It seems like every year I hear news about it. The script is finished, it's close to shooting. And then the next year, instead of getting the film, I get the same news again about how it's coming. I've given up on this one until the day photos from the set or a trailer for it show up.
2. The Strangers 2
I love The Strangers. I think it's a very underrated horror film. Released in 2008, the film made over 80 million on a 9 million dollar budget. With that kind of success, a sequel was virtually a guarantee, right? Wrong. Like Jeepers Creepers 3, I've heard a number of times over the last 5 years that this movie was coming and we still haven't seen it. With the success of home invasion films this year like The Purge (89 million) and You're Next (not a huge hit, but it was made for 1 million dollars and made 25 million, which is a success), one would think the people behind The Strangers would be working hard to get a sequel out there as soon as possible. It's now rumored to be coming out in 2014. We shall see.
3. Halloween 3D
Michael Myers is my favorite horror icon of all time. I adore the original Halloween and as some of you may know if you've read any of my other articles on this site, I'm no fan of the Rob Zombie directed remake and its sequel. That said, I'm still waiting on Halloween 3 (or 3D, which was announced the day after The Final Destination in 3D beat H2 at the box office). One might think, "Why would you want a sequel to films you don't like? At one point, the writer and director behind My Bloody Valentine 3D (one of the better slasher remakes) were attached to Halloween 3D and they intended to take Michael back to his John Carpenter roots, making him a silent, scary stalker without clear motivation again. As of now, no one is attached to the project and Dimension Films doesn't seem that concerned with doing it, either. I imagine we'll see the film if Dimension ends up in a position where they're about to lose the rights (like when they released an awful Hellraiser sequel just to ensure that they could hold on to the rights longer and do a remake). As a Myers fan, waiting on this one truly sucks.
4. Scream 5
Before the release of Scream 4 in 2011, it was announced that the film was intended to be the first in a new trilogy, if it was successful. So where the hell is Scream 5? On numerous occasions I've heard people say Scream 4 was a flop, but the film made almost 100 million on a budget of 40 million. Sure, it under-performed based on previous expectations, but at the end of the day, it was still a box-office success. So again, where the hell is Scream 5? According to some, it may still be coming, but we'll likely be seeing the MTV Scream spin-off show before a new film. An R-Rated franchise becomes a show on the same channel famous for Teen Mom, The Real World and The Jersey Shore? Lame. I know I'm judging something I haven't seen, but I've said before, if it was going to premiere on F/X or Starz or Showtime, I'd be excited.
So there are 4 sequels I'm waiting for. Do you guys agree with any of these? Is there another sequel you've been waiting on for a quite awhile now that still hasn't come, horror or not?