Hey there Horror Hounds, It's time for a countdown. Jay's Top 10 Favorite Part 3 Entries In Horror Movie History, to be exact. Part three isn't usually renowned as horror movie gold, often the third installment of a franchise either changes direction, or it attempts a course correction after glaring miscalculations have been made by it's Part 2 predecessor. Let's take a look together at a few of the best.
10. Child's Play 3 (1991)
Child's Play 3 is a 1991 horror film that made the statement "Chucky's here to stay". It is the direct sequel to 1990's Child's Play 2 and is the third installment in the Child's Play series with Brad Dourif returning as the voice of Chucky. The film became notorious in the United Kingdom when it was suggested it might have inspired the real-life murder of British child James Bulger, a suggestion rejected by officers investigating the case.
Personally I liked this movie even though I'm very aware that many fans suggest that this film nearly killed the franchise. In my mind it was the last time that Chucky was really himself and not just a bad imitation of Jack Nicholson in "The Shining." (6/10)
9. Beyond Re-Animator (2003)
Beyond Re-Animator is a 2003 Spanish horror film directed by Brian Yuzna and starring Jeffrey Combs, Jason Barry, Simón Andreu, Elsa Pataky and Santiago Segura. The film premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel, though it was produced independently and acquired by the channel only as a distributor; this showing was cut to a TV-PG rating. The subsequently released DVD was rated R, but there is a slightly longer unrated cut available in some countries. It also received a limited theatrical run in the U.S.
I love this franchise and even though this film had a little less production value than previous entries, it still maintained the spirit of the earlier films in the series. (6/10)
8. Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth is a 1992 American-Canadian horror film and third installment in the Hellraiser series, directed by Anthony Hickox and starring Doug Bradley, Terry Farrell, Paula Marshall, and Kevin Bernhardt. It was the first Hellraiser film to be made outside the United Kingdom.
It's honestly my third favorite film in the now direct to DVD franchise. Not as hellacious as the first two films but I really enjoyed the pillar of souls storyline. Doug Bradley is always worth watching (no matter how good the film is) especially here where he devours his masterful horror monster in somewhat dual/duel roles. (6/10)
7. Saw III (2006)
Saw III is a 2006 Canadian-American horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell and story by James Wan and Whannell. Wan and Whannell directed and wrote Saw and Bousman wrote and directed Saw II. It is the third installment in the seven-part Saw franchise and stars Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen, Bahar Soomekh and Dina Meyer.
To be honest, I liked parts four and six the most after the original but the third entry into the franchise gives us all the blood we crave plus it's integral to the overall jigsaw mystery. (6/10)
6. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
Oh Boy! I know I'm going to take some heat here. Paranormal Activity 3 is a 2011 American supernatural horror film, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. It is the third installment of the Paranormal Activity series and serves as a prequel, mostly set 18 years prior to the events of the first two films. In my humble opinion, it is the best film of the franchise to date.
Director Ariel Schulman was the guy that also brought us Catfish and he is pretty amazing here. Some creepiness is added to the franchise by taking it old school and the inventive (found footage) camera use in this film is my favorite in the sub-genre so far. (7/10)
5. Alien 3 (1992)
Alien 3 is a 1992 science-fiction horror film, and the debut feature film of director David Fincher. This film is the third installment of the Alien franchise. Continuing after the events in Aliens (1986), an escape pod from the Colonial Marine spaceship Sulaco crash-lands on a prison-run refinery planet, killing everyone aboard except Lieutenant Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). Unknown to Ripley, an Alien organism was also aboard the escape pod, which then begins a killing spree in the prison.
While not presented on the epic scale of the previous two entries this 1992 film is a very good and completely underrated horror film. The grand feel of it all may be missing here but the acting is unbelievable and the film is simply beautiful. I love this film for crossing the line and accepting it's capability as a pure breed horror monster franchise. (7/10)
4. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Friday the 13th Part III is the third film in the Friday the 13th series. It was released theatrically in 3-D in 1982. This is the first film to feature Jason wearing the signature hockey mask, which has become a trademark. It is the direct sequel to Friday the 13th Part 2 and in all honesty should probably have been named Saturday the 14th.
Alone it's not really that memorable of a horror film, however in the genesis of a true horror icon it’s truly a must see. Think of it as the first time that Jason is really himself. It’s also the first time that we as an audience really know who the killer is from the beginning of the film, as well as what we expect from him. (7/10)
3. The Exorcist III (1990)
The Exorcist III is a 1990 American supernatural horror film written and directed by William Peter Blatty. It is a film adaptation of Blatty's novel, Legion (1983). The film stars George C. Scott and Brad Dourif. Ok, so the truth is that most of the people involved in making this film ended up hating it. It's true the studio changed the end of the film despite serious concerns from Blatty. (You can't have an exorcist movie without an exorcism in it) It's true that George C Scott himself once stated that the only thing missing from the studio ending was that they didn't have Madonna sing a song at the end.
You just have to trust me my horror fan friends, this film is one of the most psychologically terrifying horror films ever made. It scares you, both visually and emotionally. I believe the film is a true classic and I don't care if the writer/director and all the actors that worked on it called it mediocre, I love it and I'm right...right? (8/10)
2. Day of the Dead (1985)
Day of the Dead is a 1985 American horror film written and directed by George A. Romero and the third film in Romero's Dead Series, being preceded by Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978). Romero describes the film as a "tragedy about how a lack of human communication causes chaos and collapse even in this small little pie slice of society.
This film was able to add to Romero's legacy of politically conscious horror as well as being considered by many to be Tom Savinis gore effects masterpiece. Another one of my all-time favorite films Day of the Dead proves that sometimes great minds do think alike. (8/10)
1. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a 1987 American slasher fantasy film and the third film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The film was directed by Chuck Russell, written partly by original creator Wes Craven and co-written by Bruce Wagner, and starred Craig Wasson, Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund and Patricia Arquette in her first role.
Easily the second best film in the franchise, the perfect blend of Wes Craven's creativity and Bob Shay's commercialism. Freddy becomes the wise cracking horror icon that we all knew and loved. A complete turnaround from his ridiculously horrible second outing, Freddy brings back the fear of closing your eyes. (8/10)
Well there you have it my horror fan friends, my top ten favorite part three films ever. Don't forget to folow me here for more great horror articles and reviews.Let me in on your list and let me know what your favorite third installment to a horror film franchise is below.