Movie sequels tend to have a bad reputation as being the worst thing to happen to movies, but sometimes people get them right. Here is a list of Horror movie sequels that are good, don’t kill me for saying this, but maybe even better than their predecessor.
8. Scream 2 (1997)
The whole Scream franchise, one could say, is one of the most overlooked of the Slasher genre. The recent release of the TV series, has shined new light on the franchise. Scream 2 makes my list because of the overall message of the movie, which can be broken down to violence in cinema and movies don’t necessarily create psychos, but help make them more creative. Ghostface, or Mickey’s, character in the movie is dark, smart, and his reasoning behind killing is chilling in itself.
7. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
This choice I feel is a little out there, but I have my reasons. This movie was everything the first movie wasn’t. When Texas Chainsaw Massacre came out in 1974, it was dubbed the “goriest movie ever,” when in actuality there was very little gore. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 came out and just filled the movie with loads of gore. Hooper always wanted the sequel to have more of a comedic touch to it, which it did, so overall this movie accomplished everything it was set out to do.
6. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Romero can easily be considered the king of the whole entire zombie phenomena, starting with Night of the Living Dead back in 1968. This is one of those sequels a lot of people will argue is better than the first. This movie takes place in a large shopping mall and packs a lot more scares, gore, zombies, and creative zombie kills than the original did. This movie isn’t for those who don’t enjoy long movies though considering it has a ridiculously long running time of about 2 hours and 7 minutes.
5. Evil Dead 2 (1987)
Sam Raimi’s independent release of the Evil Dead in 1981 shocked a lot of people at the time with the absurd amount of blood it had in it. When Raimi made the sequel to this movie, he was sure to include even more of a shock factor within the first act of the film. This movie is more absurd than the first one, and Bruce Campbell is far crazier. The Evil Dead started off as a cult classic, and started gaining even more popularity with the remake that came out in 2013 and the upcoming TV show Ash vs Evil Dead which is set to premiere around Halloween this year.
4. Halloween 2 (1981)
The biggest success for this movie sequel is that it takes place on the exact same night as the original. This movie literally picks up right where the first one ended. The continuity is believable and it makes it work. This movie ups the body count from the first one and reveals the reason why Michael is so set on Laurie Strode, as we all hopefully know by now, she’s his sister. This movie is also what a lot of people would consider the last of the franchise that actually works, which I disagree with because I thoroughly enjoyed the 4th installment as well.
3. Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988)
This sequel accomplished what every sequel is supposed to accomplish: continue everything good about the first one, explain things that may need an explanation, and expand on the preexisting story. Aside from the further expansion of the original mythology, it gives us an inside look at what hell is supposed to be like. Hellbound packs a lot more gore and in-your-face torture sequences than the first one, which makes it harder to watch at times, but even harder to look away.
2. Aliens (1986)
This is one of the rare sequels that would still work even without its predecessor. Ridley Scott’s Alien was a very slow burning science fiction film with an overall creepy atmosphere, filled with terrifying extraterrestrial monsters. James Cameron’s Aliens doesn’t even leave you any time to catch your breath. Cameron expanded on the story and introduced an entire colony of xenomorph predators, and made this movie faster paced and a hell of a lot scarier than the first one.
1. Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
This movie is hands down the best of all the sequels to Nightmare on Elm Street, my personal favorite of the entire franchise. This movie is overall a fun horror movie and has some of the best Freddy one liners, primarily: “Welcome to prime time, bitch.” The scene where he turns Phillip into a human puppet by cutting out his tendons in his wrists and feet, is in my opinion, the most memorable scene in the whole franchise. This movie brings back the beloved Nancy Thompson, and most importantly, gives us the origin story of Freddy.
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