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Horror Sequels Part III: Good Horror Sequels

So, now that we’ve talked about the bad and the ugly in terms of horror sequels, it’s time to wrap up this series with a positive note. If you missed the first two posts in the Horror Sequels series, in which I discuss horror sequels I’ve seen and horror sequels so bad I refused to watch them, then check them out after you’ve read this installment about good horror sequels.

I can’t say for certain that any of these are of the same standard as the first in their series, but I find them to be sequels that I have watched numerous times and still enjoyed, not because they are stupid or fun, but because they are good movies.

 

aliensAliens

Even though this movie did not have the same level of creep and cinematography as its predecessor, it is still a great movie. Sigourney is just as wonderful in this one as she is I the first, and it has Michael Biehn. What more does it need? Sure, we also see the creepy kid cliche, which worked in this movie. Ripley was no longer vulnerable enough, so the kid was added to help build that suspense and likability to the Ripley character. At least Newt wasn’t that child trope where you really wished the monster would eat her and put us, and the other characters, out of our misery. Add in a badass mech battle and a dripping Queen, and we’ve got ourselves an awesome movie. Strangely enough, I was occasionally more creeped out by Bishop than some of the other things in this film.

 

insidious2Insidious Chapter 2

I’ll admit, I had my hesitations on this particular movie. I loved the first Insidious, and as you can tell, I’m extremely opposed to having unnecessary sequels. This one was a movie I almost said no to. Honestly, I gave it a try only out of curiosity, and there’s something about Patrick Wilson that I really enjoy. Sometimes, he can be so creepy, but he’s also pretty charming in a weird way that I can’t quite put my finger on. Insidious II had a great twist to it that made it worth while as a sequel. I won’t spoil it, but I love the fact that this series focuses on the idea of astral projection rather than some other typical horror trope.

 

 

scream2Scream 2

The Scream series is one of my favorite slasher series; I’ve probably watched all of the movies (except 4) a million times. As far as sequels go, Scream 2 was a satisfying watch. Was it as good as the first one? I wouldn’t say so. However, it had some cool things going on. One thing I loved was that there was real effort to keep the identity of the killer secret. Just like in the first movie, it was just about red herrings and dramatizing the obvious choice. The Scream movies always tried to actively keep the audience guessing. Also, Timothy Olyphant is one of my favorite actors and plays a fantastic psychopath (sociopath?). I will have to say, though, that I just about table-flipped when a certain dorky horror movie buff was brutally murdered. That was one death that I’m still mad about… even though the movie is over 15 years old.

 

Other sequels that are good include Silent Hill Revelation (which was way more true to the game franchise), Halloween H20, and Saw II, among others. There are also sequels that I watch out of loyalty to the franchise… at least until they get too stupid. For example, I enjoyed all of the Resident Evil movies even though a couple of them were a bit… uncouth. Are there sequels you enjoy? What about ones that surpass the first?

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Horror Sequels Part II: Sequels So Terrible I Refused to Watch Them

If you missed last week’s installment of the Horror Sequels series, you should check it out! I discussed terrible horror sequels I’ve seen. In this week’s installment, I’ll be discussing horror sequels so terrible I flat out refused to watch them.

To save this part of my list from being hundreds upon hundreds of movies long, which it easily could have been be given my stance on horror sequels, I’ll pick my top three. It was incredibly hard to narrow the list down, but I was able to. Okay, these aren’t entirely my TOP three, but among the top sequels I refuse to watch on principle (or out of wanting to protect my braincells).

hostelpartiiHostel: Part II
Here’s the thing about this movie. One of the biggest reasons I refused to watch the second one was because the first one was probably the biggest piece of shit I’ve ever been forced to watch. The first 3/4 of the movie was practically a low budget porno that made me yawn and nearly roll my eyes out of my head with sarcastic boredom, and the final 1/4 was so absurd with the gore that I spent the entire glaring at the screen with hatred. Don’t get me wrong. I like gore and absurd ways to die, but this was so far out there in the realm of unbelievable and stupid that my brain seriously stopped functioning. Never in a billion years will I understand how the first movie was praised so much. So, why on earth would I watch the second one?

 

 

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Child’s Play: Seed of Chucky

As I’ve mentioned before, I like bad horror movies—one of my absolute favorite F horror is Scarecrow Gone Wild, HILARIOUSLY AWFUL—but Seed of Chucky is one I couldn’t do. The thing is, I even enjoy watching the third movie in this franchise, which EVERYONE hates, and wasn’t even as bad as Bride of Chucky, but I could not bring myself to even grace Seed of Chucky with my presence. I stood up and said, “NOPE.” They might as well have made Chucky in Space, or some other equally ridiculous concept.

 

 

 

0334541Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
I know I already spoke about this franchise before, but this gem is just way too much to not include. I feel like there was a time in the 90s, and the first some-odd years into the 2000s, where the worst of the worst sequels were being created. We couldn’t just stop at Assblasters; oh no, we had to take the Back to the Future approach and go to the wild west. Not only that, this movie is supposed to be a prequel. A PREQUEL. One that stars Michael Gross who is acting as his character’s ancestor. Did anyone notice that the town’s name is REJECTION? Get it? Rejection-Perfection? Har, har, har! Genius!

 

 

Some other sequels that I flat out refused are The Hills Have Eyes II, The Evil Dead II, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Messengers 2: The Scarecrow, and Leprechaun in the Hood (and in Space). Generally, I realize, it’s either first movies I adored or hated that I refuse to watch sequels to. There is no middle ground on this. Can you guess which ones listed are from movies I loved and which I hated? You might be surprised!

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Horror Sequels Part I: Terrible Sequels I’ve Seen

When I originally thought of this post series, I had intended on writing a “Top 5 Terrible Horror Movie Sequels” to discuss some of the awful sequels that have come out. As I tried to write my list, I realized that I actually haven’t watched as many bad sequels as I thought. It’s not that I haven’t watched sequels or watched about a million horror movies both good and hilariously bad, but I realized that the problem was that I pretty much refuse to watch shitty sequels to horror movies that shouldn’t have had a second (or third, or thirteenth) movie in the first place.

In the end, I decided that I would keep the lists short by giving three of each instead, and do it in a three-part series, which I’ll release once a week for the next three weeks. Imagine it as my “The Good, the Bad, and the Really Freaking Ugly” list. For Part I, I’ll talk about the “bad.”

After discovering that I’ve watched very few sequels due to straight up refusing to watch them, I had very few to choose from for my list. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen my share of sequels that fall into the “meh” range (I Know What You Did Last Summer and a few of the decent Halloween sequels, for example), but the following are three with enough substance to talk about. So, here are three terrible sequels I’ve seen.

 

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Do I really need to say more? I mean… TEN movies? The first two: okay, I get it, and they weren’t that bad. But really, anything after that was just too stupid. Let’s think about this: Jason… IN SPACE. I can’t even imagine how this went down during the conception and writing stage, and I definitely can’t think of anyone who would think this was a good idea. I often wonder what was going through the minds of these sequel writers. Did the guys purposely do the stupidest thing they could think of? Or were they actually serious here? (It should be noted that there were a lot of dumb sequels coming out at this time, so maybe it was just a phase in the horror genre?)

 

 

poltergeist-2-the-other-side-movie-poster-1986-1020209532Poltergeist II

Even though this one could have been way worse, it was an extreme disappointment of a sequel to an awesome first movie. Maybe we all had high hopes and they were just dashed at every turn. While the movie has a really creepy old guy leering at a little girl all the time—and let’s face it, that IS creepy—it still doesn’t make for a good movie. Let’s put it this way, I fail to see the horror in swallowing a possessed worm from a tequila bottle and then, in turn, becoming possessed. Well, I do see the horror in its absurdity. Otherwise, it’s just too ridiculous.

 

 

 

tremors-3-back-to-perfection-movie-poster-2001-1020552218Tremors 3: Back to Perfection

Just look at that Photoshop job. Ah, gotta love that crap. Okay, before you start laughing so hard you can’t continue reading, let me at least mention this one. While the original Tremors wasn’t exactly the greatest horror movie ever, it still had its merits. I like B horror movies and spent most of my childhood (and adulthood!) watching them with my dad and sister, but Tremors III isn’t even close to a B movie. I don’t know if it was the loss of Kevin Bacon (after 1) and then Fred Ward (after 2) that made it go awry, but I just can’t enjoy an alleged horror movie with butt-blasting monsters who fart explosives in order to fly. As if that isn’t bad enough, the humans spend the rest of the film (which is most of it) referring to them as “Assblasters.” I’m sorry, but no. Just no. Don’t get me wrong, if I’m having a crappy horror movie marathon, I might watch this one (or if it’s a Tremors marathon), but otherwise… no.

 

There are, of course, some others that are worth mentioning that, for whatever reason, I have seen: Bride of Chucky, Halloween 2, and Nightmare on Elm Street 2. Man, I really had to rack my brain for some of these. Just like I can predict the “twist” in a movie about five minutes in (I’m talking about you, The Unborn), I can tell when a sequel is not worth my time. In the next installment, I’ll talk about sequels so terrible I refused to watch them.

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Five Netflix Movies Perfect for Halloween

As everyone is gearing up for the most haunted holiday of the year, I thought it would be fun to talk about some movies that are readily available on Netflix. Most, if not all, of these movies aren’t big name films and most people have probably never heard of them. If you are looking for some great Netflix movies perfect for Halloween, then I would recommend any of these. I will, however, add a disclaimer that some of them are B horror movies, while others might seem like they were done by a group of college students. Low budget doesn’t mean the movie doesn’t have a cool story or some interesting ideas/elements. So, I’m picking these ones because they are the ones that people might not think to watch, but their uniqueness is what makes them so awesome.

 

OccupantThe Occupant – This movie reminded me a lot of the Silent Hill 4 video game. This young man won’t leave his apartment, but continually more weird and disturbing things happening. It’s very difficult to tell whether there is something evil in the apartment or if it’s just the guy losing his mind. The Occupant isn’t a fast-paced gorefest or anything, but it takes its time building the mania. I consider this one a Netflix gem even though it’s not perfect.

thePossessionOfDavidOreillyThe Possession of David O’Reilly – Okay, so this movie is a bit weird. From the first time we see the demon, the the end when all hell breaks loose, this is a strange and ambiguous concept. (You’ll notice ambiguity is my favorite horror motif.) These three friends are being tormented by a foul demon that only one of the characters can see. It’s basically about them trying to survive this thing that thrives in the darkness, but their only defense is a guy who is increasingly becoming a liability.

theSignalThe Signal – This is a strange movie that has a slightly different twist on the concept of zombie. People become violent and crazy, they murder each other, and it’s insane, but this isn’t about the walking dead or anything. Basically, the main girl is cheating on her husband with this guy who ends up being the hero. We can see the husband is a total ass, and even though the two lead characters are flawed, the guy goes to incredible lengths to find and rescue the girl. Think Shawn of the Dead meets Stephen King’s Cell. It’s this bizarre movie, but you spend the entire time hoping this guy reaches the girl.

theWardThe Ward – Now, this one isn’t exactly horror in the traditional, Halloween sense, but it’s an interesting movie nonetheless. The Ward has this strangeness to it, and by the end, it makes you go, “Say whaaaat?” Basically, this girl is in a psych ward because she burned down a house. While there, she meets other girls with mental problems while being haunted by a ghost. Eventually, the girls start disappearing. I really love John Carpenter movies, and this one is no exception. It also has a pretty epic ending, but I don’t want to spoil it!

TheTravelerDVDThe Traveler – I know this one is a lot more widely known than most of the others I’ve listed, but I thought I would mention it. Val Kilmer is pretty cool in this even if he’s looking a rough lately. So, Val Kilmer turns himself in to the police, claiming he is a murder… but the murders haven’t happened yet. And yet, while he is locked up, the victims begin to die in the exact manner in which he claims. It’s a pretty cool movie, but it’s a bit predictable.

 

Really, I wanted to put From Within on this list, but sadly, it disappeared from Netflix instant within a day or so of my typing this entry. I was very sad about this. Of course, there are some others that are fun to watch, but are really terrible (in a good way!). For example, Chain Letter. This movie is hilariously bad, but the ending is pretty epic.

At any rate, that is my list! Please let me know what you think if you watch any of them or if you’ve already seen any of them. Also, if you haven’t signed up for the Week of Creep giveaway, yet, then please make sure you do it before Thursday!

 

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