ByAmy Martin, writer at
Amy Martin

Horror is a genre that is well known for producing countless remakes, reboots, prequels, and most of all - sequels. Lots and lots of sequels. More than often lots and lots of bad sequels, so today I've compiled a list of what I think are the 5 best horror movie sequels that I have seen to date. Tell me in the comments if you agree, or of course if you disagree! Please note that these are not in any particular order :)

Phantasm II (1988)

Phantasm doesn't get enough credit as a horror franchise. End of story. The first one was absolutely brilliant, but I personally preferred the second one more. What I find so great about the Phantasm series is that they are not strictly horror, but more horror,action sci-fi thrillers - they have a little bit of everything! The second installment in the franchise has added more gore and action than the original, and in my opinion has the better story line. Saying this, the whole series in general is great, as none of the sequels feel unnecessary, which tends to happen in a lot of the more successful franchises.

Wolf Creek 2 (2013)

I've heard a lot of people argue that this entry in the 'Wolf Creek' series is a lot better than the original. Now although I don't entirely agree that it is better, I would just about put it on par. It jumps straight into the action, and holy f**k is it brutal. There was also an edge of dark comedy to this movie, and as it wasn't overpowering the horror aspects of the film, I thought it worked really well.

Halloween II (1981)

Yes, I'm talking about the original Halloween II, no need to worry. What is so great about the sequel to John Carpenter's classic 'Halloween' is that it follows on from the exact same night as the original film. It's totally believable and the continuity is great - one of the best follow up movies I have seen to date.

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Also carrying straight on from the original, Hellbound: Hellraiser II really set the standard for successful movie sequels. Continuing with the same original cast (and a few extras) it was more like a continuation of the original film, opposed to a sequel with a different story line. Hellraiser II kept up the standard for practical effects and originality that the first entry did, yet somehow introduced something different that Hellraiser (1987) lacked. The sequel also introduced one of the best interpretations of 'Hell' that has been put to film.

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

I'm beginning to think that the eighties could be considered the best decade for sequels in film history. Now I'm sorry for saying, but I think Friday the 13th Part 2 was a hundred times better than part 1, and I'll be surprised if many people disagree. Part 2 introduced Jason Voorhees, now one of the most well known slasher characters to date, as well as a great deal of successful (and sometimes not so successful) sequels. It's likely the best, or at least one of the best entries in the never ending franchise, and you've gotta admit, potato sack Jason is pretty awesome.

Of course it's close to impossible to name just five of the best horror sequels, so I've added some honorable mentions!

Final Destination 2 (2003)

Child's Play 2 (1990)

Aliens (1986)

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

The Evil Dead 2 (1987)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

Halloween H20 (1998)

Do you agree with my list, or are you absolutely infuriated by it? Tell me in the comments below!


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