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What is Going on With These Long-Awaited Horror Sequels? (Part 2)

Horror Sequels

When discussing horror franchises, there are a few names that immediately pop up. You’ve got your major players like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, plus some lesser entries like The Amityville Horror. There was a time where sequels in some of these major franchises would be released annually, as if on an assembly line. Unfortunately that is not the case anymore, as many of them have fallen victim to studio tampering or some other form of development hell. The following list of six franchises below have long-overdue sequels that fans are waiting for, concluding the piece we started earlier this week.

The Collected

Originally intended to be a prequel to the Saw series, Marcus Dunstan’s The Collector (which he co-wrote with Patrick Melton) was the surprise hit of 2009. A sequel, The Collection was released three years later and left the door wide open for a sequel. Four years later and we still haven’t gotten one, so what gives? Back in 2012, our own Evan Dickson interviewed Dunstan and Melton, where they confirmed the name of the third film would be The Collected. In 2014, lead actor Josh Stewart had confirmed that LD Entertainment had commissioned the film and would be moving forward with it.

STATUS: Looks like the big wigs at LD Entertainment may have changed their minds about The Collected. While they currently own the rights to the franchise, Mr. Disgusting recently spoke with Dunstan and Melton and learned that they aren’t currently working on a sequel. It’s could still happen in the future, but at the moment there’s no momentum.

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Laid to Rest 3

Now here is an underrated horror franchise. While not high art by any means, Robert Green Hall’s slasher series is a fun throwback to 80s slashers and it is due a proper ending. The original film was released straight-to-DVD in 2009. ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 came out two years later and expanded on the series’s mythology, bringing Brian Austin Green and Scream Queen Danielle Harris into the fold. The series is notorious for featuring incredibly graphic deaths with impressive practical effects. The second film left things wide open for a sequel, with ChromeSkull escaping the police with Harris’s character.

STATUS: There has been very little news about a sequel in the five years since the first sequel was released. I spoke to Harris in 2012 and she had heard nothing of a third film. In 2014, Hall reportedly told fans at Texas Frightmare Weekend that a third film was in the works. It’s been dead air since then though so don’t get your hopes up.

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Friday the 13th

Oh boy, where to begin with this one? The latest Friday the 13th film has had a long, troubled road to the screen (and it still hasn’t made it there). A sequel was planned to be released in August 2010, just 10 months after the release of the remake. Producer Brad Fuller then declared the remake dead in the water in April of 2010. This was mostly due to New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures wanting to take fewer risks because of the state of the economy at the time. Warner Bros. relinquished their rights to the franchise back to Paramount in June of 2013, giving the studio free rein to make the film. The first big rumor was that the sequel would be a found footage film, but that was quickly abandoned. The new film was set for a May 13, 2016 release date with Nick Antosca (you can read Mr. Disgusting’s analysis of the script here.) writing the script. It was pushed back to January 13, 2017, with Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) writing the script.

STATUS: Back in May, Fuller announced that the film would be a prequel, showing the origin of the Voorhees family. Earlier this month it was announced that Breck Eisner (The Crazies) was in talks to direct. The film is facing an upcoming legal battle over the rights to the franchise, which you can read about in more detail here. Until more details surface about the lawsuit, the status of the film is unknown.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

The 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street was the highest grossing film in the franchise when international box office is taken into account, so one has to wonder why a sequel was never made. It was probably due to the poor audience reception. Nevertheless, last year we reported that New Line Cinema was planning on doing another remake. Robert Englund himself stated that he believed that they would be remaking Dream Warriors, arguably the best sequel in the franchise.

STATUS: A story that Englund would be interested in playing Krueger again was blown out of proportion last year, but other than that there has been no news on a new film since the second remake was announced. Well, unless you count this fun little tidbit about Kevin Bacon.

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Halloween

Like the Friday the 13th franchise, this is one that has had a lot of obstacles on the way to a release. After the release of Rob Zombie’s controversial Halloween II, news was silent on the film until Halloween 3D was announced in 2011. It was slated to be released in 2012 but was eventually dropped from the schedule. There was no word on the sequel until last year when it was announced that The Collector‘s Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melon would be writing the new film, titled Halloween Returns. Supposedly, it would bridge the gap between the original Halloween II and Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. Of course, we all know how that turned out. Dimension Films lost the rights to the franchise in December 2015, and at that time it was announced that Halloween Returns was cancelled.

STATUS: Back in May, it was announced that the next installment in the Halloween franchise would be a collaboration between Miramax Films, Blumhouse Productions and Trancas International Films, with franchise creator John Carpenter(!) set to executive produce. There haven’t been any announcements since.

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Hellraiser: Judgment

The Hellraiser franchise isn’t exactly known for the high quality of its sequels, and the last effort to reboot the franchise was notoriously bad. It’s actually quite surprising that a new film is even being made because that film was a bomb.

STATUS: A 10th sequel, Hellraiser Judgment, was began filming this year with Paul T. Taylor portraying Pinhead (he actually looks pretty great!) and Heather Langenkamp starring. While no release date has been set, it is expected to come out some time in 2017.

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COMMENTS

26 Comments
  • There’s some exciting stuff coming down the pipe line. Ryan Turek announced on Collider Nightmares that the new Halloween does have a release date if nothing else. It was August or October of 2017 (not one hundred percent sure).

    I love the original Laid to Rest but was underwhelmed by the follow up. I certainly wouldn’t mind a third for the series to go out on top.

    • zob rombie

      The second laid to rest is kinda meh, especially if compared with the first, but it’s almost worthy for the brutal killings alone IMO.

  • DrewHamster

    I LOVED The Collector and The Collection was mostly alright except for the ending which I thought was amazing, unique, and unexpected so I’ve been eagerly awaiting the 3rd for some time now. It’s sad to see there has been no news of it :/

    • J Jett

      Drew, i absolutely loved the ending to THE COLLECTION! it was such a hugely satisfying ending. i fear the 3rd film would ruin that great ending from part 2.

  • zob rombie

    I would love to see The Collected and Laid to Rest 3. Love both series, super entertaining stuff.

  • Overton Green

    Only sequels I care about from this list is Friday 13th and Halloween. It’s hard to believe that it has taken this long to get sequels to these franchises to theaters. I mean it’s not that hard to write a script featuring these two slashers. You are talking about pretty brainless stuff.

    It’s amazing that we got crap like Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X but can’t get a followup to the great remake made???

    Halloween 5 and Resurrection made it to theaters but we can’t get another one made? like really???

    • Meisha’s Taint

      It’s a different time. Can’t just shit out a new sequel every couple years like before. They have to come up with something new and original

      • Carlton Fisher

        Double what Meisha said. With the market right now and the abundance of horror movies to choose from, and audience isn’t guaranteed to flock to a slasher flick just because it’s a “brand name.” Plus the norm seems to have shifted so that even when a movie IS a major success at the box office (like the most recent Nightmare reboot), bad press and poor fan feedback–which is not only much easier to access now, but also stays on the internet forever–makes studios nervous about jumping into a sequel. The thought tends to be that, just because the first investment had a great return, that doesn’t guarantee that the second time around will even break even. Look at how many movies have come out, been massive successes, and then the sequel not only tanked, but was almost an embarrassment for how badly it did. Franchise’s aren’t the license to print money that hey used to be, and now, if it begins to tank and you’ve left the actual fanbase that IS invested in continuing the story without closure, the backlash can be major. Imagine if a studio pulled the same thing as curse of Michael Meyers today, where they essentially ended on a cliffhanger and then dropped it entirely because there wasn’t a larger audience beyond the fanbase that really cared?

  • ALearnedDoctor

    Man oh man do I long for something, anything new related to A Nightmare on Elm Street.

    I find it hard to believe that there isn’t a decent script with passionate people willing to tackle it.

    Also it’s not like it would be super expensive to produce.

    What’s the flipping holdup???

    • JP Andrika

      The horrible fanfare from the last remake? I liked it despite it’s flaws but the general consensus is that it’s hated. I don’t really see anyone touching it anytime soon..

    • Meisha’s Taint

      I’m guessing the last one I’ve tried twice to get through but never could……..

    • Carlton Fisher

      The reboot seriously poisoned the well. It actually wasn’t a bad movie, but it as a bad Nightmare movie, if that makes any sense. If it was a movie on its own with no expectations and none of the fan “wants” that go with a franchise, I think it would be considered much better. But when you go into it with “here’s the new Nightmare on Elm Street movie,” it’s pretty terrible. It just doesn’t hold up to the original, which is a shame, because the general concept of the entire franchise is something that should be easy to turn into an awesome movie. The folks behind the new version were just tone deaf to what the heart of the series is.

  • Dee-abolik

    Weird that Halloween isn’t already in production, considering John Carpenter is there to cash a cheque for adding his name recogn….. I meant, to ensure his unique vision is realized.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      If he wanted to cash in he could of done that dozens of times over the past 35 years…….WTF are you talking about?

      Don’t shit on him for no fuckin reason you jack ass.

  • Richter Belmont

    I prefer new concepts and new stories instead of an endless glut of sequels and remakes of old franchises that have passed their prime. Heck, making a Stranger Things-like homage to a couple of these franchises would be acceptable too.

  • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

    Ju-on 3 (5)
    (Re)Evil Dead 2

  • Charles Cumella

    Not even close to any confirmation or details, but… LET’S GO DEAD SNOW 3!!

    • Meisha’s Taint

      That would make my year just to hear even a rumor about that……

  • CGP

    Friday the 13th is prepping. The lawsuit has no bearing on the production of the new sequel, as I’ve told you guys. Halloween is still in active development, but it’s still got a ways to go.

    • CLK

      Do you know when and where Friday will be filming?

    • Meisha’s Taint

      You gave us more info then this entire article did!

  • J Jett

    i hope they never make THE COLLECTED. the 2nd film ended so perfectly that i fear any thing the 3rd film would do would ruin it.

  • wrestling fan 36

    Sequels i can’t wait for are Halloween, The Collected,Laid to Rest 3 and Friday the 13th

  • Geno1987

    For a Halloween sequel have it ignore the Rob Zombie films and have it be a fresh reboot. Have passing reference of Michael Myers be a killer who once upon a time used to terrorize the town but was caught and killed, but still known as a local boogeyman. Have him emerge but have no stupid family tree vendetta or thorn curse. The more you try to explain him, the more convoluted and stupid he gets. Have it emulate the first movie closely.

    Friday the 13th have it be a fresh reboot, but have it shot like an 80’s film. Low budget, 80’s music, no modern phones or tablets. Introduce new kinds of gore not seen before, have the characters try to be a bit more fleshed out than the usual line up before being ended, and finally, make Jason unpredictable. Some added cunning and intelligence would serve him well to outsmart his victims,

    Nightmare on Elm Street again would need a back to basics reboot. Freddy needs to be Robert Englund, or if he cant be convinced, have someone in his likeness and personality. The worst thing about the remake was changing his character. He is a killer, not a rapist. His appearance fits that of the dream world he lives in, rather than a realistic burn victim. Anything less takes away his scariness. Have a fun energetic cast of young kids who band together to try to take out Freddy as they are picked off one by one. Perhaps introduce an element of exorcism to try and banish him, or at least weaken him enough for the main protagonist to stand a chance.

    • John Connor

      Boring.

  • Sav

    you guys should contact robert hall see if he has any news regarding ltr 3.

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