Today, I want to talk about horror sequels. More often than not, the first horror film in a series is typically better than their sequels. But that isn’t always the case. There are some films that outshine the predecessors. Some horror sequels have become cult classics with die hard fans. Other horror sequels have been swept under the rug, thrown into the internet wastelands, or forgotten. Now, thanks to Arrow Video and Shout! Factory, you can find obscure films for around $30–this includes the sequels I’m going to list below. For individuals who just want to watch and not collect, you can the sequels on streaming services from time to time, or you could possibly rent them from Amazon, iTunes, etc. The films on this list are direct sequels, meaning they are the second film in a series, trilogy, or that rare duology. Most of the sequels in this article were considered box office “flops”. Hey, it happens to the best of them. You can’t always blame the film. You have to look at the bigger picture: PR campaign, film trailers, and promotion. It’s all about how you present the film to its potential audience. If you can’t get buzz around a project and get people talking, then chances are the film will not do well. With that being said, I’ll let the films do the rest of the talking.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge is a unique take on the final girl trope. Instead of having a female protagonist, there’s a male protagonist who goes up against Freddy Krueger. The homoerotic subtext wasn’t well received at the time of its theatrical release. It also throws the rules of the original out the window. It’s a beautiful film. The special effects were cutting edge at the time. I dig the way Freddy Krueger was able to go from the dream realm to the physical realm, coupled with that epic tag line.
I don’t think Troll 2 is liked very much. This was one of the first horror films I ever watched. I watched Troll 2 before watching Troll, and I immediately fell in love with it. The storyline and acting are not that great, but the special effects are excellent. I couldn’t eat corn for a while after watching this film. It is well worth a watch.
I haven’t actually watched this one. I heard A Return to Salem’s Lot was good, though. I thought I would add this one to see if any of you have watched it. If you have watched it, please let me know what you thought in the comments below.
Return of the Living Dead Part II was my first taste of zombies. The story is superb. You probably guessed it. A couple of boys find a barrel full of a toxic substance and they open it. The substance leaks out, spreading across the local landscape, bringing the dead back to life. The living dead are hungry for brains. The acting is wonderful. The special effects are top notch. To me, this one is the best in the series. Brains!
Creepshow 2 is an excellent anthology film filled with tales written by Stephen King. You know it’s magic when George A. Romero, Tom Savini, and Stephen King team up for a second project. If you dig Creepshow, then you will dig Creepshow 2. It contains one of my favorite short stories, which is The Raft.
Pet Sematary Two is every bit as good as Pet Sematary. It’s just as brutal. It’s not as heartbreaking as the original, though. The scenes are gruesome. The acting is solid. The dirt bike scene is unforgettable. This one gave me nightmares.
What’s better than Predator? You guessed it! Los Angeles, of course. And you have Danny Glover as the protagonist. What’s not to like? It doesn’t have a band of well known actors shooting up the jungle, but this sequel has heart. And that’s what counts. Predator 2 is well worth a watch.
I love the way Jaws 2 played out, the cable line and all. Everyone wants to go sailing. Why not? Oh, yeah… there’s there’s a huge great white lurking in the local waters. The sheriff’s boys and their friends get off course and start drifting out to sea. Scary, right? The sheriff has to save the day once again.
What’s not to like about Evil Dead 2? Ash Williams is at it again with his chainsaw and boomstick. This film is just as good as the original and Bruce Campbell’s acting is spot on. I dig the one liners, too.
Night of the Living Dead was groundbreaking. Dawn of the Dead is groundbreaking in its own right, too. Great acting. George A. Romero wrote the script in under a month. The helicopter kill is everything you’d hope for. Tom Savini’s special effects are awesome, too.
Rob Zombie’s Halloween II got a bad wrap when it dropped back in 2009. I think people should give it another chance. I dig the way Rob Zombie approached Michael Myers from a psychological point of view. The visuals were crazy with his mother. I also dig what they did with Laurie and Michael. It felt like a homage to Danielle Harris’ Halloween 4 & Halloween 5 storyline.
What’s not to like about Leatherface and his family? I dig everything about this film. Bill Moseley was great as Chop Top. Dennis Hopper was good, too. A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them. If you like vinyl as much as I do, then you are going to enjoy The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2. I don’t think this film has ever been considered rotten or anything. Give it a watch, guys.
Friday the 13th Part 2 that stars Jason Vorhees as the antagonist. It is before the iconic hockey mask came to be, but the sack-head Jason is my favorite. He uses a pick axe and a traditional wood axe, along with a plethora of other killing devices to savagely kill his teenage victims. Also, the scene where he jumps through the window will make any horror fan jump, even if you know it’s coming.
I hope you guys dig the list. If there’s a film you think I should at to the list, just let me know in the comments below. I hope you find something to watch from this list. Thank you guys for visiting my site.