Dust off your colons and gear up for the follow-up: We are in the era of the long-awaited horror sequel! True, some have popped up quicker than a violent streak on Purge night, but some we've been waiting for since the darkest recesses of the early noughties —
Starting with the shortest waits and leading up to the most trying, torturous times between movies, check out some of the horror sequels that are finally coming 2016–2017
1. The Purge: Election Year
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Two years after choosing not to kill the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlene Roan, the front runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge.
Most Recent Movie in Series: The Purge: Anarchy (July 18, 2014)
So, how long have we been waiting? 2 years
2. The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist
Release Date: June 16, 2016
Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Most Recent Movie in Series: The Conjuring (July 19, 2013)
So, how long have we been waiting? 3 years
3. The Strangers 2
Release Date: December 2, 2016
The plot follows a family of four who have been evicted from their home due to the economy, and are paid a visit by the same three strangers from the first film.
Most Recent Movie in Series: The Strangers (May 30, 2008)
So, how long have we been waiting? 8 years
4. Trick ‘r Treat 2
Release Date: 2017 (projected)
Official Synopsis: None yet, but director Michael Dougherty said of the upcoming sequel:
''I feel like the first film really just scratched the surface in terms of exploring what really goes on in the shadows of Halloween, and it was, for me, the first film is really just introducing audiences to the notion that, yes, strange creepy magical things do happen on Halloween and here’s a peek behind the curtain, and so, with the next film, we do want to peek behind the curtain more into asking why.''
Most Recent Movie in Series: Trick ‘r Treat (December 9, 2007)
So, how long have we been waiting? 9 years and counting
Release Date: October 28, 2016
Julia is a high school student whose college boyfriend, Holt, has grown distant. Fearing they’re drifting apart, she travels to see him and finds out that he’s part of a club of college students who pass Samara's tape between each other. Julia discovers Holt watched the cursed tape six and a half days ago, meaning that by the end of the day, he would die. The curse is what brought them back together, but it’s also what threatens to kill them.
Most Recent Movie in Series: The Ring Two (March 18, 2005)
So, how long have we been waiting? 11 years
6. Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral
Release Date: 2017 (projected)
A successful mother Patricia Trish Jenner teams up with witnesses to a murdering spree by a winged flesh-eating monster in hopes to end his disastrous killings once and for all.
Most Recent Movie in Series: Jeepers Creepers 2 (August 29, 2003)
So, how long have we been waiting? 13 years and counting
7. Phantasm V: Ravager
Release Date: 2016 (projected)
The film follows the continued exploits of brothers Mike and Jody along with family friend Reggie as they battle the Tall Man, a supernatural undertaker and his evil minions from another dimension for the final time.
Most Recent Movie in Series: Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)
So, how long have we been waiting? 18 years