With a ton of horror sequels coming down the pike in coming months including Jigsaw and The Predator, you can argue that Hollywood is out of ideas, or welcome potentially creative innovations. While we live in an environment of reflex remake hate, but the fact of the matter is, our genre is strewn with examples of sequels and reboots that do their predecessors proud.
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Our friends at Looper just put together a video essay highlighting 9 killer sequels (pun intended!): The Best Horror Sequels That Were Ever Made! Give it a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section! Did your favorite sequel make the list? What are some other incredible sequels that deserve a shout out? Let’s discuss!
If you can’t stream, the 9 films are listed below the video, along with trailers and synopses. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: More often than not, horror sequels are downgraded ripoffs of the original, wear out what may have been a novel concept to begin with, or resort to extreme gore and jump scares to one-up their predecessor. That’s true of most sequels, really, but it seems especially common in this genre. There are exceptions to every rule, however—and these sequels not only live up to their horrifying predecessors, they’re even better…
Evil Dead II (1987, Directed by Sam Raimi)
Official Synopsis: The second of three films in the Evil Dead series is part horror, part comedy, with Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) once again battling horrifying demons at a secluded cabin in the woods. After discovering an audiotape left by a college professor that contains voices reading from the Book of the Dead, Ash’s girlfriend Linda (Denise Bixler) becomes possessed by evil spirits that are awakened by the voices on the tape. Ash soon discovers there is no escaping the woods.
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981, Directed by Steve Miner)
Official Synopsis: The second entry in the long-running horror series focuses on a group of teenage would-be counselors converging on Camp Crystal Lake for training under the tutelage of head counselor Paul (John Furey). Inevitably, Paul relates the story of Jason Voorhees (Warrington Gillette), a boy who ostensibly drowned at the camp and whose mother murdered a group of counselors in revenge. No one takes the tale seriously until a very much alive Jason begins gruesomely eliminating people.
The Devil’s Rejects (2005, Directed by Rob Zombie)
Official Synopsis: After a raid on the rural home of the psychopathic Firefly family, two members of the clan, Otis (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie), manage to flee the scene. Heading to a remote desert motel, the killers reunite with Baby’s father, Capt. Spaulding (Sid Haig), who is equally demented and intent on maintaining their murder spree. While the trio continues to torment and kill various victims, the vengeful Sheriff Wydell (William Forsythe) slowly closes in on them.
Saw II (2005, Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman)
Official Synopsis: On the hunt for the twisted vigilante and serial killer Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), Detective Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) and his team must apprehend the elusive murderer to rescue eight people trapped in an abandoned house, before they succumb to his torturous and murderous games. One twist to this task is that Matthews’ own son, Daniel (Erik Knudsen), is among the eight people Jigsaw has chosen to test for their lack of morality. With nerve gas pumping through the house, every second counts.
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994, Directed by Wes Craven)
Official Synopsis: Reality and fantasy meet in unsettling ways in this installment of the long-running horror series, which finds director Wes Craven and actors Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund all portraying themselves. As Heather (Heather Langenkamp) considers making another film with Craven, her son, Dylan (Miko Hughes), falls under the spell of the iconic disfigured villain Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). Eventually, Langenkamp must confront Freddy’s demonic spirit to save the soul of Dylan.
Scream 2 (1997, Directed by Wes Craven)
Official Synopsis: Sydney (Neve Campbell) and tabloid reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) survived the events of the first “Scream,” but their nightmare isn’t over. When two college students are murdered at a sneak preview of “Stab,” a movie based on the events from the first film, it’s clear a copycat killer is on the loose. Sydney and Gail, as well as fellow survivors Deputy Dewey (David Arquette) and Randy (Jamie Kennedy) have to find out who is behind this new murder spree, before they all end up dead.
The Purge: Anarchy (2014, Directed by James DeMonaco)
Official Synopsis: One night per year, the government sanctions a 12-hour period in which citizens can commit any crime they wish — including murder — without fear of punishment or imprisonment. Leo, a sergeant who lost his son, plans a vigilante mission of revenge during the mayhem. However, instead of a death-dealing avenger, he becomes the unexpected protector of four innocent strangers who desperately need his help if they are to survive the night.
Dawn of the Dead (1978, Directed by George A. Romero)
Official Synopsis: As hordes of zombies swarm over the U.S., the terrified populace tries everything in their power to escape the attack of the undead, but neither cities nor the countryside prove safe. In Pennsylvania, radio-station employee Stephen (David Emge) and his girlfriend, Francine (Gaylen Ross), escape in the station helicopter, accompanied by two renegade SWAT members, Roger and Pete. The group retreats to the haven of an enclosed shopping center to make what could be humanity’s last stand.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006, Directed by Jonathan Liebesman)
Official Synopsis: Chrissie (Jordana Brewster) and her friends (Matthew Bomer, Taylor Handley, Diora Baird) set out on a road trip for a final fling before one is shipped off to Vietnam. Along the way, bikers (Lee Tergesen, Cyia Batten) harass the foursome and cause an accident that throws Chrissie from the vehicle. The lawman who arrives on the scene kills one of the bikers and brings Chrissie’s friends to the Hewitt homestead, where young Leatherface (Andrew Bryniarski) is learning the tools of terror.
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