Sequels always get some hate. That is mostly because sequels are associated with money. The first movie needs to make an impressive amount of money for there to be a sequel. This is the case with the two movies coming out this week, The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist and Now You See Me 2. Looking at Box Office Mojo, the movie they predict is going to get more is The Conjuring 2. I’m really hoping that The Conjuring 2 is going to be a wonderful sequel. With this information, this week i’ll be ranking the seven best horror sequels. Let’s begin!
7. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
In my opinion, this is the best Halloween sequel. Although I did love Halloween II, I found H20 to be more creative and an overall better movie. Jamie Lee Curtis’ return to the franchise was breath of fresh air. Also, the fact that they finally closed the franchise for good was a bold move. However, it was then revived in Halloween: Resurrection. I’ll keep that one for the worst horror sequels list.
6. Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
One of the movies which I do not agree with the critics. The first Insidious was and still is the best modern horror franchise. James Wan’s old school scares with a modern twist is brilliant. He keeps it Insidious: Chapter 2. The performances are what grounds the movie because without it the movie would be silly. However, it never gets to that point because James Wan’s direction is smart.
5. Aliens (1986)
It is still an on going debate if Alien or Aliens is the better movie. Still, we can all agree that Aliens was a great sequel to a great movie. There is no denying that Sigourney Weaver still remains one of cinema’s strongest female hero, if not the best.
4. Evil Dead II (1987)
The original Evil Dead was so good. It had just the good amount of comedy and horror. So, it was to my surprise that Evil Dead II’s tone was perfect. Sam Raimi has mastered his tone and delivered a great sequel.
3. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
For me, this is George Romero’s best film and it is his second film of his zombie franchise. The film’s critique of religion and consumerism is perfect executed. The story and the setting are way better than Night of the Living Dead. For his time, Romero was ground breaking and I commend him for that.
2. Scream 2 (1997)
With all the sequels in the ’90s, Scream is by far the best one. We have some hit new lows like Friday the 13th’s Jason Goes to Hell. However, Scream came back strong with his second entry. Wes Craven perfectly captured once again the meta commentary of what horror movies had become.
1. A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
After that horrible Nightmare On Elm Street 2, director Chuck Russell revived the franchise with his third movie. He brought back Heather Langenkamp and made other interesting characters. Freddy Krueger was once again his creepy comedic self. This was Nightmare’s franchise’s better days.
What is your favourite horror sequel?