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10 Horror Sequels That Are Better Than the Original

More often than not sequels get a bad rap. It’s understandable; it’s not so often than one comes close to touching what made the original so special.  With this year’s release of Cult of Chucky came a reminder, though, that sometimes sequels often allow a franchise to take bold new directions. After sixth films in the series, Cult of Chucky finally took the opportunity to explore a long-time goal of Chucky’s, and it opened up an insane world of possibilities. The year also brought a sequel to Annabelle, well, more accurately a prequel. Even still, the margin by which is surpassed its predecessor was pretty large. It’s not the first time, either, that a sequel managed to be superior to the original. Take Amityville II: The Possession, an also sort of prequel/sequel celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.  In celebration of worthy horror sequels, let’s visit 10 horror sequels that managed to be better than the original:


Ouija: Origin of Evil

Ouija: Origin of Evil

Ok, this one is pretty much a given, considering the 2014 film was pretty abysmal. So it wouldn’t take much for a sequel to succeed in improving upon its predecessor in this scenario. But with such a poorly received film, how do you turn that around? You hire Mike Flanagan for one, and then you further distance the film from the original by setting it in a time period decades removed from the previous setting. Flanagan snuck in sly nods to the time period, like adding cue marks to the frame, as well as Easter eggs from Oculus. The cast was also much more likeable this go ‘round, especially scene-stealing Lulu Wilson as creepy kid Doris. The script wisely only bothers to visually tie the prequel into the original with one small scene at the end featuring the always welcome Lin Shaye.


The Purge: Anarchy

James DeMonaco created a home invasion film in 2013 set around an interesting concept; for twelve hours each year, all crime is legal and all emergency services are unavailable. For the Sandin family, in their affluent Los Angeles house, it means a night of unwitting terror when intruders invade. Meaning, the very interesting concept presented remains relegated to plot justification than anything else. There’s a world of chaos happening outside of the Sandin family household and audiences saw none of it. Thankfully, DeMonaco gave us precisely what we wanted with follow up The Purge: Anarchy. He took it a step further by giving us something we didn’t know we wanted- Frank Grillo as anti-hero action badass The Sergeant. Thank you, DeMonaco, for a sequel far more entertaining that the first film.


Paranormal Activity 3

There’s a common theme in horror, or movies in general, where, once the current plot thread reaches a sort of dead end or conclusion, you jump to a time before the events of the first film so you still have wiggle room to continue what made the original so successful. See Ouija, Annabelle, and even Insidious 3 for examples. So it’s easy to see why, once Katie and Kristi’s stories closed out the previous two films, writer Christopher B. Landon opted to explore the mysterious nature behind the sisters’ childhood and their relationship with the demon that plagues them. Henry Joost and Ariel Shulman, of Catfish fame, take the ‘80s setting to clever directions. The oscillating fan rigged camera sets up some of the more ingenious scares, and the story expands in a way that’s feels fresh for the series, including a more thrilling conlusion.


Hostel: Part II

Hostel Part II

There’s a lot to like about Eli Roth’s Hostel. The visuals, the brutality, and the social critique embedded in the narrative makes for a worthwhile horror film on paper, but if you’re like me, you probably couldn’t stand any of the main characters. And Roth made you spend quite a while with them before dispatching them in gruesome ways. Which is why Hostel: Part II is so much better. Bigger budget, a tightened-up script with better execution, and buckets more blood. Most importantly, these characters were empathetic. Lauren German’s Paxton was far more interesting than Jay Hernandez’ Paxton as a lead protagonist, too.


The Woman

The Woman

This sequel to 2009’s Offspring is so ridiculously strong, that most forget it’s a sequel in the first place. Pollyanna McIntosh reprises her role as The Woman, a feral woman from a clan of inbred cannibals inhabiting the Northeastern coast. A country lawyer stumbles upon her in the woods, and decides to capture her and keep her captive in his cellar in attempt to civilize her. Of course, the line gets uncomfortably blurred as to who the real monster of the film is, with The Woman subjected to a number of horrific acts in her “rehabilitation.” As both are based on Jack Ketchum’s novels, both films are extremely mean and brutal. Yet it’s Lucky McKee’s screenplay and direction that makes this so aggressively powerful. It’s the type of horror film with such an epic finale that it leaves you questioning your own morals. Also, can we please give McIntosh more work?


Return of the Living Dead 3

Return of the Living Dead Part 3

Growing up, I enjoyed the punk rock humor of Return of the Living Dead; I still do. But I love Return of the Living Dead 3 way more. It’s a sequel that drops most of the humor this series is known for and takes a more serious, gorier approach. Which isn’t surprising considering it’s helmed by Brian Yuzna (Society, Bride of Re-Animator). For anyone wondering why a director is so important, take this sequel as an example. There’s some campy dialogue and cheese here, but Yuzna elevates the material. As for plot, it centers on a romance, only one half of the star crossed lovers is slowly devolving into the brain eating undead. She just happens to self-mutilate to stave off hunger. Melinda Clarke owns this role, and the special effects team delivers some amazing work. The effects really are the best in the series.


Maniac Cop 2

Maniac Cop 2

Here’s the crazy thing; most horror sequels that easily surpass the original can easily manage when the first film isn’t so great. That’s not the case here. Maniac Cop is good (don’t tell me otherwise). Director William Lustig and writer/producer Larry Cohen team up again and actually manage to improve upon an already great film. That’s not an easy feat. Cohen and Lustig offer a rarity in sequels; continuity. The loose ends and characters from the previous entry receive follow ups, and some shocking deaths. Combine this with bigger, better action sequences and a Maniac Cop team up with stripper strangler Steven Turkell (Leo Rossi), and you’ve got everything that made Maniac Cop so entertaining plus more.


The Devil’s Rejects

The Devil's Rejects

Arguably Rob Zombie’s best film to date, this sequel feels less like a follow up and more like a complementary companion piece to House of 1000 Corpses. The first one was inspired by a haunted house attraction Zombie had designed, and was much more vivid in color and tone, painting the Firefly family in a sort of cartoonish light. The Devil’s Rejects, though, takes the grit of ‘70s grindhouse films against western road films like Bonnie and Clyde and manages to turn the Firefly clan into anti-heroes the audience actually empathizes with. There are a number of horror vets that make welcome additions to the supporting cast, like Michael Berryman and Ken Foree, but it’s the bond between Otis, Baby, and Captain Spaulding that makes this so memorable. The film also makes the best use of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Freebird ever.


Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II

I’ll just say it; Prom Night was boring. And that’s probably why Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II didn’t do as well as it should have, though it did eventually find success on home video. Originally titled The Haunting of Hamilton High, this wasn’t meant to be a sequel, but a stand-alone. It was later retitled to capitalize on the success of Prom Night, so it technically counts. Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II had so much more life and personality than its predecessor, making it infinitely more enjoyable. The references to other notable horror directors and mainstays is overwhelming; all of the characters are named after horror masters like Carpenter, Romero, Craven, King, Henenlotter, and more. Mary Lou Maloney is one of the best horror villains of ever, and I’m not sure anything parallels the rocking horse scene. Seriously. It’s wacky.


Friday the 13th Part II

Likely to be the most controversial on this list, but Friday the 13th Part 2 surpasses the original. While the first film is a definitive classic, there’s just a lot more that works for the sequel that makes it a more entertaining watch. The pacing, for one. More importantly, though, is that it sets up the rest of the franchise with its introduction to Jason Voorhees. Let’s face it, Jason is a far more intimidating foe than Mrs. Voorhees, even if this sequel lacks the shocking twist reveal. Nothing against Alice Hardy, either, but she pales in comparison to Part II’s final girl Ginny Field. The first to pick up on Jason’s mommy issues, and the first to use his own machete against him, Ginny has more spunk and wit than most final girls.



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COMMENTS

207 Comments
  • katafonteolog

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    JASON, MOTHER IS TALKING TO YOU

    • Simon Allen

      Mother has …..a reward for you .

      • J Jett

        Simon it’s all your fault. YOU were making love while that young boy drowned. 🙂

        • Simon Allen

          I WASN’T PAYING ATTENTION !!!!! LMAO.

    • Just don’t let Jason see the mother’s head… It’s right behind you.

  • Don Peterson

    I like your list for the most part but there’s one where I have to flat out disagree and that’s Return of the Living Dead 3. I like it , even got the Vestron Bluray but the original is better in my opinion. Burt and Ernie rule!! And Linnea yeah buddy! Still a great list though.

  • Nicolás Saiz

    I would add to this list Annabelle: Creation and Evil Dead II.

    • John Connor

      Evil Dead II was as good as the first on a different level.

      • Saturn

        All 3 Evil Dead movies (the remake was pretty sweet too) are fantastic in that they all can co-exist with differing styles.
        For me, the Evil Dead trilogy is pretty much the perfect trilogy – my favourite.

  • MAGLAVERAS VASILIOS

    where the hell is……NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3 in the list ?

    • John Connor

      2 beats 1 & 3.

      • MAGLAVERAS VASILIOS

        Nah……2 was gay…..3 was the best

        • Simon Allen

          Yes indeed 2 was gay……that was the point .

          • I Am Colossus

            You beat me to it

          • Saturn

            Ahem………

        • J Jett

          what’s wrong with the fact it was “gay”?

          • MAGLAVERAS VASILIOS

            nothing wrong with that. just part 3 was way better than part 2.

      • James

        2 is wonderful but not as good as 3

    • I Am Colossus

      No kidding, I thought that too

    • cn0122

      My fav of the series by far.

    • Adean

      Oh no way. Absolutely not. This is coming from the kid who was barely in Junior High when Freddy showed up in the first Nightmare. That’s back when he was scary and that movie scared the absolute ever-living CRAP out of me. It was a decent while before there were any sequels. He didn’t get funny and cartoony until later. I mean, he damn near had cereal and a Saturday morning cartoon. Part One beats all of their asses any day, IMO.

  • Satanzilla

    Don’t really care much about lists like this either way (clickbait), but “Paranormal Activity 3” better than the original?

    Where’s that clip of Robert Deniro in the movie theater in “Cape Fear” when you really need it?

    • James

      The original PA was awful. Basically every sequel outshined it without having to try.

      • Satanzilla

        Go back to the power rangers.

        • James

          Weird connection…but ok

    • cn0122

      How is this clickbait ? I enjoy lists like this, and I’m sure there are others that do as well.

      • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

        The author obviously does. Lists seem to make up roughly 90% of her articles on here

  • The chicken man

    Good list, except Return of the Living Dead 3, which is movie diarrhea.

    • Did anyone else think that the first Hostel was, by far, better than its more cartoony sequel?

      • The chicken man

        It is definitely a darker, more aggressive film.

        • It was indeed bloodier and more aggressive. I just wish that it delivered on more than just the bloodbath. The first Hostel had so many different layers to it. There was realism, blood, suspense, relatable characters, an intriguing premise, ETC. You also didn’t even figure out what the Elite Hunting Club was until later in the film (adding to the mystery), and certain scenes will give you downright chills (such as when the two friends go missing, and the protagonists find a cell phone picture of them). The movie felt like something that could actually happen, and you rooted for the characters to get away.

          In Part II, the Elite Hunting Club are basically James Bond villains, sending assassins to collect people’s heads. In addition – having the clients bathe in blood, seeing Todd pretty much turn into The Joker, having the protagonist become a villain, seeing someone have a collection of heads at their house, ETC, all just cheapens it for me.

          It’s a shame that we haven’t gotten a proper sequel to Hostel, because there is a lot more you can do with that premise.

          • The chicken man

            Maybe the inevitable reboot? 😉

          • I wouldn’t mind that, actually.

          • Saturn

            Maybe they could just remake the original movie, using the original script?
            Yeah, that would be amazing!

          • How different was the original script? I haven’t read it.

          • Saturn

            I was referring to the remake of Roth’s CABIN FEVER, which used the same script as the original version – it was totally pointless.

    • Saturn

      ROTLD3 is solid, so definitely NOT diarrhoea!

      • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

        It’s runny in bits, and definitely smells sour

  • Munchie Strikes Back

    This article should be retitled ‘Sequels that, in my opinion, are better than the originals.’

    • John Connor

      “In my opinion” should never have to be said, as only a retard would need that to be said to be understood.

      • Munchie Strikes Back

        Well, I wanted to say ‘my shitty worthless opinion’ but I didn’t want to be flagged by the editors.

        • Q.

          I mean it is labelled as an editorial piece – article written by or on behalf of an editor that gives an opinion on a topical issue. So it kind of is titled that way…

        • James

          So what, in your opinion, should make up this list?

          • Munchie Strikes Back

            Anal Intruders II through XI. Duh.

          • Saturn

            Well seeing as you were the star of that franchise you’re going to say that!

          • Munchie Strikes Back

            How could you tell it was me through my goat mask??

          • Saturn

            Because you couldn’t help howling in that strange Scottish accent.

          • J Jett

            Munchie, you are SO wrong!!! ANAL INTRUDERS part 7: ANAL’S REVENGE is the far superior sequel. 🙂

          • James

            Hmmm touché

  • John Connor

    Wholeheartedly agree with Paranormal Activity 3, The Devil’s Rejects, and Friday The 13th Part 2.

    Haven’t seen the other movies on the list.

    I would have to put Rob Zombie’s Halloween II (theatrical version) at the top of my list.
    It made the first film (RZ’s Halloween) a better film (and have a higher purpose) acting as a first half and backstory/trigger to this two film whole.
    The first film was the reality and the second film was the beautiful traumatic nightmare resulting.

    • I’m sorry, but I thought Rob Zombie’s Halloween II was awful. It was disjointed and it actually betrayed characters like Sam Loomis and Michael Myers (who was reduced to in-name-only status). It also made no sense, and Zombie made his lackadaisical attitude toward the film pretty clear on the DVD commentary.

      But, for what it’s worth, I thought 1981’s Halloween II was a worthy sequel.

    • James

      Halloween 2 was awful and does make his first movie seem amazing in comparison. I’ve tried hard to like the second but it is just dreadful in every way.

      • Saturn

        I’ve watch Zombie’s H2 around about 4 times now, twice each per version, and still can’t find anything about it I like.
        Yeah, it’s a bit more “brutal” than the original movies, but there are no likeable characters and f.f.s. does Sherri have to be in every damn movie Rob?

        • J Jett

          i can’t lie, i actually very much like Zombie’s H2. in fact i think it’s my favorite movie of his. i can DEFINITELY see why many people hate it but for some reason i really dig it.

  • ScaryLarryV

    Let’s not get carried away ROTLD 3 Is great but not as good as the original.

    • MAGLAVERAS VASILIOS

      In fact ROTLD 3 is not…..a real ROTLD film……..LOL…….(as it went away from the first 2 films)

      • the_greater_gabbo

        kind of. but it does connect to 1 & 2 by taking the girlfriend taking care of the “sick” boyfriend subplot and reversing it so the boyfriend is taking care of the girlfriend as she becomes a zombie. i think rotld is waaaay better but it’s an awesome trilogy.

      • Saturn

        The first 3 are REAL ROTLD movies, but the next 2 don’t count…..

        It would be nice to get some of the old guys from the original 3 movies (those that are still with us) to come back for another official sequel that skips out 4 and 5 altogether.
        Hell, try and get Sam Raimi involved as I reckon he could save the franchise.

  • I strongly disagree that Hostel Part II is better than the original. It was actually a disappointing sequel that got rid of the scary realism of the original, and turned the Elite Hunting Club into a cartoony organisation of mustache-twirling comic book villains.

    Even the clients were ridiculously over-the-top, with one of them killing someone with a scythe and bathing in their blood. Later, another client turns into a cartoon psychopath immediately after his friend is eaten by dogs. Even the protagonist goes through a ridiculously unconvincing transformation.

    I also much less about the generic protagonists in the second film, unlike the first. Part II had more blood and better cinematography, but that’s about it.

    The first Hostel was great. The sequels were not.

    https://youtu.be/R6r6armimdE

    • Simon Allen

      That’s Victor Crumb from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire having his leg eaten .

      • I posted the scene as an example of how cartoonishly over-the-top the film got. Interestingly enough, the cannibal is played by the director of Cannibal Holocaust.

      • J Jett

        Simon i too loved the lead girls in HOSTEL 2, i love Laura German (i love her on LUCIFER!) and especially Heather Matarazzo.

        • Simon Allen

          They were great …..i didn’t want any of them to die, especially Heather !!

        • Saturn

          Aha! I knew I recognized her from somewhere when I first started watching Lucifer.
          I gotta catch up with that show, I fell behind during the mid-season break of season 2, and I think we’re about the mid-season for season 3 coming up.

    • James

      The first was the better film, however, the bathory murder was amazing.

      • Like most of Part II, the scene was too over-the-top and unrealistic, and it simply didn’t fit the tone of Hostel. The sequels turning the Elite Hunting Club (and the characters in general) into comic book villains and getting rid of the suspense, relatable characters, and realism is why the franchise stopped being scary.

        The gore and polished cinematography were really the only things that the sequel did properly. It wasn’t a disaster by any means, but it was very underwhelming.

        • James

          Oh I completely agree. Starting with the way they wrapped up the story of the original hero they pretty much failed at every level. It was a fun movie but nothing more than that.

    • Saturn

      I found the original Hostel to be quite tedious if I’m honest, and much preferred the second movie. I still haven’t got around to the third yet, but from what I hear the third’s the turd.

      • The less said about Hostel Part III the better (it’s about as bad as Hellraiser: Revelations).

        “[I] much preferred the second movie.”
        Might I ask why? The reason I personally felt the opposite is because I thought that the series stopped being scary when they replaced the realism of the first film with a heightened comic book reality in the sequel, and with protagonist that I didn’t find relatable (there was also some retread with the plot). I wouldn’t call Hostel II a turd; just an underwhelming sequel IMO.

        • Saturn

          Why did I enjoy the 2nd movie more?
          To be honest I couldn’t tell you, not without a rewatch, as I’ve only seen it the once – although I do remember finding it more entertaining than the original.

  • jasonlives1986

    Rotld 3 isn’t even the best sequel in that series.

    • Compared to both the comedic first sequel and William Butler’s two Straight-To-DVD sequels,Part 3 actually is the Best out of all of them.

      • jasonlives1986

        Only the first 3 count.

        And no one can complain about the comedic tone of part 2 when part 1 it self is a hybrid of comedy and horror.

        The first two are excellent movies in the zombie genre and 80s as a whole.

      • bastardjackyll

        ROTLD 4 was kind of fun.

  • Sergio Perez

    Most stupid article ever…ROTLD 3 UR A DOUCHE

  • Tetra-Gramaton-Cleric

    There’s no way Paranormal Activity 3 is better than the original.

    Unless you’re a fan of needless exposition and want all the mystery of the original film explained away in the lamest and most cliche manner possible. (Witches and a cult – so original)

    • Shane Scully

      Agreed.

    • James

      The 3rd is easily a better film without even trying. Then again the second was a better movie as well since the original was painfully weak.

      • Saturn

        PA3 is the best of the entire franchise.

    • Justin Anthony

      The first paranormal activity is a worthless pos that might keep the attention of a 3 year old but I don’t even know about tht. WTF DO U MEAN ITS BETTER THAN 3 JACKASS!

      • Saturn

        I actually like the original Paranormal Activity (the original version anyway), but feel that it’s extremely over-rated.
        Still, fair pair the they guys who made it on the cheap and had the amount of success with it that followed.
        I’d imagine we’d all love to have that opportunity.

  • Alexander Howlin

    You guys can agree or disagree with me if you want, but I personally consider Jeepers Creepers 2 to be better than then first Jeepers Creepers movie.

    • Scott Blair

      Agree. First one kind of sucked and I never watched it a second time. Second one was far superior.

    • jurgmandr

      Second one is a far more entertaining creature feature.

  • Simon Allen

    Both Ouija movies stink …..the second one more so .
    Friday the 13th 2 is pure class …..even though I love the first one .
    The Purge – Anarchy was shockingly good after the terrible one that came before it .
    I love Hostel Part 2 .
    Phantasm 2 was better than Phantasm …..that needs to be on this list and The Conjuring 2 is a better movie than the first even though again, I like them both

    • The Night King

      Phantasm 2 was better than 1 in your opinion. Phantasm was a most unique film compared to other horror films which is why most Phantasm fans love it most. Phantasm 2 and the sequels were more commercial horror and plastic.

      • Simon Allen

        I seem to recall in a discussion on here when Ravager came out that most fans actually favoured the 2nd and 3rd .
        I like the second best because it looks really good and has some great flourishes that only a bigger budget was able to provide …..it still looks great today where as even in the restoration i don’t think the 1st one really holds up .

        • Saturn

          Phantasm 2 is definitely the best of the sequels, but better than the original? I don’t know, I can understand why someone would think so, as I once thought the same, but the original has grown on me a lot since the first time I saw it back in the day.

          • Simon Allen

            I’m the reverse .I watched the 4K restoration and thought …….Oh .
            Where as the more i watch the second the more i love it and i’m actually that old that i saw it at the movies when it came out .

          • Saturn

            “when I were a lad all this internet thing was fields…..”

            😉

          • Simon Allen

            #truestory 🙂

      • James

        The original phantasm was pretty awful. The second was a much better film.

      • J Jett

        well obviously it’s Simon’s opinion. are supposed to say in every comment we make that “THIS IS JUST MY OPINION BUT……”? it’s just a given that our comments (INCLUDING yours Night King) our just our respective opinions.

        • The Night King

          True Phantasm fans are a unique group. Their love is mainly based upon the first film. The studio influenced sequels drew in another type of fan that is clearly not in the same category as fans of the first. Simon is entitled to his opinion, however, it would be like someone coming on with odd taste and saying the sequel to Carrie was a way better film than the 1976 film. You’d be like “Hey, they are entitled to their opinion but we need to clear this shit up.”

          • Simon Allen

            FYI …..i would NEVER say anything against Carrie .

          • J Jett

            but Night King, it’s just a given that when someone posts…..

            “CARRIE IS A GREAT FILM” or “WRONG TURN 1 IS BETTER THAN WRONG TURN 2″…

            that that is that person’s opinion. it shouldn’t be required to post “I THINK…” or “IN MY OPINION…”.

          • The Night King

            JJett, why do you go ballistic over the littlest things? Simon has his opinion which he is entitled to. I have my opinion which I am entitled to. He expressed his feeling on the topic and I disagreed with him. No harm, no foul. I mean jesus christ you’re having a yet another meltdown over nothing. This is the kind of shit that has me seriously thinking about self terminating my account. Too many people going batshit crazy over nothing.

    • Justin Anthony

      I don’t agree with Election Day better than Anarchy , but ur damn right Phantasm 2 is waaaay better than the original and the best of them all, and imo the best sequel of all time (my favorite movie btw lol).

      • Simon Allen

        OK we can disagree on Anarchy but high five on Phantasm 2 …..it’s awesome !!!

    • J Jett

      WHAT?! ANARCHY is freaking awesome! imo it’s a perfect film. i know that sounds like a bold statement to make but there literally is not one thing i didn’t like/love about that movie…….DAMN YOU SIMON!! 🙂
      i do agree that HOSTEL PART 2 is very good (as good as i can find a torture type film like that. i just can’t handle that genre at all).

      • Simon Allen

        It’s odd that i REALLY hated Anarchy because i was pleasantly surprised by the first one but i can remember really HATING the sequel so badly (my memory is foggy but i think i found it predictable and i didn’t like the characters ) so much so that is Elizabeth MItchell hadn’t been in it i probably wouldn’t have watched it and then i would have missed i treat .

        • J Jett

          Simon, you’re confusing ANARCHY and ELECTION DAY. Elizabeth Mitchell (i love her!) was in the 3rd Purge film ELECTION DAY (as was Frank Grillo). Carmen Ejogo & Frank Grillo were in the 2nd Purge film ANARCHY.

          • Simon Allen

            NO !!! LOL
            I liked The Purge (first one).
            Hated The Purge – Anarchy with Carmen Ejogo
            I really liked The Purge – Election Day (with Elizabeth Mitchell who in great in everything she’s in ).
            Are we straight now ? (god forbid LOL ! )

  • I Am Colossus

    Besides Friday 2, Purge Anarchy and the Devil’s Rejects…..this list blows

  • Creepshow

    Day of the Dead: Bloodline is gonna kick the snot out of ALL dead films that came before and after it.

    • Simon Allen

      Mainly because of whats-his-name i imagine .

      • Creepshow

        Who is this person you speak of?

        • Simon Allen

          uh….um…..oh ……ya know his name keeps slippin’ my mind .

          • Creepshow

            Wish I could help you pal.

          • Simon Allen

            Damn …..it’s on the tip of my tongue .

          • Creepshow

            *shrugs*

          • gary41172

            I think I saw it on some toilet paper….Shit or something like that. Hehe

    • What happened to the highly anticipated sequel to Day of the Dead: Contagium? That masterpiece will be difficult to top 😉

    • Saturn

      I hear that Schaech is in secret talks to appear in the ULTIMATE zombie movie : Dead Of The Dead, but he’s not letting on whether the rumour of it being a secret Venom origin story is true……

  • Schwifty

    I can’t really speak to most of these choices, aside from FRIDAY THE 13TH PART II (which isn’t necessarily better than the original, it just introduces the elements that we associate with the series and is a slightly different animal than the original), but your take on RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD is mind-bogglingly wrong. The subversive humor of the original is the whole point, and by stripping that away and introducing an overwrought love story in its place (not to mention, a completely inauthentic punk vibe that the first film pulled off effortlessly), it winds up being just another sub-par rehash. Plus, the effects were awful — nothing even close to the Tar Man from the original.

    • James

      Friday part 2 is absolutely better than the original.

    • I actually thought that that Friday the 13th Part 2, The Final Chapter, and Jason Lives are better than the original. But 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 are all great regardless.

      I’m hoping that New Line Cinema makes the best Friday the 13th film since 1988 when they get the rights back next year. Aside from the crossover, every film since The New Blood hasn’t been good… Which is absurd; the fans aren’t asking for much.

    • discochic

      3 is the best in the whole franchise.

  • DoopGremlin

    Return of the Living Dead 3 is great…but it ain’t better than the first.

    • Bart Crowe

      Damn straight!

  • Scream 2 should be on this list. Scream was great, but Scream 2 pushed it to the next level.

    • Brian Martin Rasmussen

      Scream is not horror.

      • Simon Allen

        WHAT !!!!!!!

  • Brian VonDerahe

    Great list and I agree with all of these outside of ROTLD. I’m guessing that your nostalgia for part 3 is influencing that choice? Did you watch part 3 prior to the original? Either way I appreciate the article and feel the need to watch the Maniac Cop movies (as they have been sitting on my shelf the past few years waiting for me to watch).

  • Kevin Lewis

    Hot damn! I DID NOT know The Woman was a sequel! Thanx for the info. However the original Return Of The Living Dead WAY better then any of it’s sequels. Just in quality alone. Make up. Camera. Dialog. Sound. Agree with the rest!

  • IWC-3PO

    Most memorable part of Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2, for me, was Wendy Lyon’s full frontal nude scene.
    A Wop Bop A Loo Wop A Bop Bam Boom indeed…

  • Justin Anthony

    I’ve always liked ROTLD3 but… Shit part 2 is better than 3 and there is no way 3 is better than 1 . Other than that I’d say The Offspring is better than Than Woman and Hostel better than its sequel, and agree with the rest of the list .

    • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

      Yeah, when I saw a still from Return Of The living dead 3 at the top of the article I honestly thought it was trolling. I expected something to the effect of “haha just kidding. But here are some sequels that ARE better”

      WTF? Better than 1? Seriously?

      Yeah, and Alien Resurrection was better than Aliens…And Thankskilling was better Than The Shining, The Thing, and The Exorcist combined…

      See, I can play your silly game

      • Justin Anthony

        Lol I got fired up right when I saw that still also , couldn’t help but put in my two cents.

  • OneFootFriendly

    The woman is a good one.
    Sick but good in a sick way.

    You’re just plain wrong about ROTLD 3 being better then ROTLD 1.

    I understand that people have opinions, and weird ones.
    But your opinion is just wrong in this example.
    Like telling me that your opinion is that the sky is purple.

    In fact it might not be a bad idea to schedule an examination with a doctor.
    Tell them that you’re been having strange thoughts and seeing things like that the sky is purple and ROTLD 3 is better then 1. So they can check and see if you’ve had a mild stroke and get you some help before it gets any worse.

    • OneFootFriendly

      I kind of see how you got there.
      You like the feminist one.

      I never liked any of the sequels, but my son liked #2.
      I couldn’t figure out why, and then his mom told me “Becasue its got a kid in it”.

      But his excuse was being a kid.
      I’m not sure being a feminist should be a good enough excuse to disregard actual quality.

      • Saturn

        So because someone enjoys a movie with a female lead it makes them a feminist?
        Wow. Just wow.

        And when I say Wow I mean……………..

        http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/38500000/Wonder-Woman-lynda-carter-38574733-500-281.gif

        WONDER WOMAN!

        • Creepshow

          Weeee! Ok, I’m getting dizzy now.

        • J Jett

          Saturn, YES! as much as i love Gal Gadot in new incarnation of WW, i grew up with Goddess Lynda Carter as WW. this gif is awesome! 🙂

          • Saturn

            The show is being shown over here in the UK on The Horror Channel, so I occasionally watch it here and there – still good fun after all these years.

      • J Jett

        wait, what? why does liking part 3 of ROTLD over the other 2 films mean one is a feminist? how exactly did you get to that assumption? lol. ROTLD part 2 is my fave. so does mean i hate women and any films with male leads in them? see? my question is as absurd as your claim the article’s author is a feminist (and she may be one) simply because she likes one film over the other film.

  • Rake

    I agree Return 3 is a better film than 1 and 2 which are fun but have sporadic plots and characters that are all over the place. The theme music and visuals of zombies crawling out of the ground are just so awesome in the first films that the horror junkie cannot resist. If return 3 had those two elements it would be perfect. I also think many of the sequels to Friday the 13th were better than the original film.

  • Adean

    Annabelle: Creation was leaps and bounds better than the original.

    • Saturn

      It was a massive improvement.
      Tied, for me anyway, with The Conjuring, as the best of the franchise so far.

  • scream4ever

    Amazed Wrong Turn 2 wasn’t included. I personally didn’t think it was better than the first, but I acknowledge that many seem to think so.

    • jurgmandr

      Wrong Turn 2 was miles better than any of the other wrong turn movies. Rollins killed it in that movie.

  • bastardjackyll

    Hatchet 3 is the only competently made movie in that series.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    huh

  • Collin

    It’s a stretch to say you can empathize with the firefly family in Rejects. Do you understand them? Yeah mostly. Do you believe that they share a real bond? Yes. Do you empathize with them? Hell no. They at very interesting to watch but never once do I feel empathy for them

    Also just throwing itout there I fell asleep watching the original f13 it was so boring

  • jurgmandr

    Hostel Pt. 2 is definitely better than the 1st. Better gore and better characters imo. Plus the final kill is awesome. I would also add Underworld Evolution to the list as being better than the first film.

    • J Jett

      yes! a fellow UNDERWORLD fan! i like the first film a lot but EVOLUTION is my favorite from that franchise (followed by AWAKENING).

  • cn0122

    Yeah…seriously. Ok ? Big deal. Don’t like, don’t read it. Easy as that.

  • discochic

    sorry – but some of these choices are horribly chosen: HOSTEL 2 is just bad, apart from the bath scene, PROM NIGHT 2 is a terrible follow up that has absolutely nothing to do with the original.
    You also missed JAWS 2 and HALLOWEEN 2 – both superior to the originals – yep, I said it. And the mother of superior sequels? PSYCHO 2.

    • J Jett

      i think you and i are among the very(?) few who like/love JAWS 2 over the first film. JAWS 2 is my #1 fave shark movie!

      • discochic

        I’ve always found 2 the better film – the shark looks better – there is one scene where it passes under a boat or yacht – and looks absolutely terrifying – sure, the ending is hokey as hell, but it’s one small point in a great film otherwise.

      • Saturn

        Count me in too – I prefer Jaws 2 over the original, even though I think the original is brilliant.
        I’m also in the camp that prefers Rocky 2 over the original movie too.

    • John Connor

      Halloween II’s atmosphere is unique and superior to Halloween while also elevating that first film to a moodier atmosphere of an unstoppable boogeyman that will find it’s target no matter what.
      Michael Myers is the best in II with that slow determined robotic walk that seems like an inspiration for a terminator.
      That empty hospital, the winding down of a Halloween night with everyone gone, the eerie neighborhood POV shots, lend to making Halloween II superior not just for atmosphere but for also successfully feeling so much like a genuine continuation from the first that many (including myself) were tricked into thinking it was shot as one big movie cut into two halves.

      • discochic

        MM is so much more creepier in 2. When he drowns the nurse in the spa pool – shudder. It also features a nasty kill – and not by MM – but when Ben Tramer gets hit by the car and burns.

        • John Connor

          And the music…
          When Michael finally finds Laurie and lifts that nurse, the shoes drop, music kicks in, and there is an immediate thrill of cat & mouse with the feeling (in a drugged Laurie’s place) of “Fuuuuuuuck”.

          And that title screen.
          And Mr. Sandman.

        • Saturn

          That was one of the things that bugged me about Halloween 2 – the whole coincidence that Ben Tramer was wearing exactly the same costume as Michael.

          • John Connor

            It’s possible that Michael copied Ben’s costume and they obviously got the mask from the same store.
            Maybe Michael saw Ben wearing a jumpsuit like him and followed or watched Ben, seeing the mask, and thinking he can pretend to be Ben as a cover to get away.
            He would look just like Ben, making a clean escape while Ben took the blame, even if just for a temporary interrogation.

            It would also play into Michael’s switcheroo actions in later films like the endings of 6 & 7.

          • Saturn

            I’d like to believe it was a simple as that, but let’s not forget that Michael got his over-alls from the mechanic he killed on the way to Haddonfield.
            The mask? Yes, of course that would work as Michael stole it, so that is a possibility.
            But still, what are the odds that the same guy who Laurie had a crush on would be wearing the same outfit as the guy who tried to kill her?
            Plus, it’s quite iron she had a crush on him, considering the way he died……

  • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

    Return Of The Living Dead 3 is nowhere near the same ballpark as part 1. Not even the same league. That’s just silliness my friend.

    Though this is the same site that is relentlessly promoting Day Of The Dead: Bloodlines like it’s the second coming of jesus so, you know, grain of salt and all that

  • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

    Also, besides your take on Return Of The Living dead being profoundly wrong (it’s ok Meagan, we all make mistakes. This just happens to be yours) You also omitted Aliens, so…okay, make that two mistakes, but you know…who’s counting

  • Rick-Taylor

    Friday the 13th part 6 and Jason X are the best films in the series. Fight me, I don’t care.

    • John Connor

      I’m in love with Jason X and I haven’t even watched it (mostly because I’m afraid to destroy the open idea of it in my mind).
      Nearly watched it once in theaters but the theater was managed badly (showtimes were off) and that was my only opportunity (couldn’t legally drive yet).
      I hate how popularity seems to influence some person’s opinions (who worked on the film) as read about in Crystal Lake Memories by the cast and crew.
      Their responses felt like it was catering to the people that expressly hate the film.

    • Saturn

      For me the best in the Friday 13th movies are Jason 2,4,6.
      Jason X I also enjoy quite a bit – it’s fun, it’s a little different, but I can understand why some Jason fans don’t like it. Some of the humour was a little poor, to say the least, but for a tenth film in a franchise being brave enough to do something like that? Fair play to them for trying.
      I even have a soft spot for JGTH for the same reason, they tried something different – it mostly failed, but still, it had some nice set pieces and one of the best death scenes of the entire franchise (the tent scene, unrated).

  • Ryan Jackson

    I’m really disappointed again. No mention of Evil Dead 2, House of the Dead 2, The Silence of the Lambs, Blade 2, The Collection, Phantasm 2, V/H/S 2, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Mimic 3, Dawn of the Dead, 28 Weeks Later, Cube 2, TCM 2, or Hellraiser 2……Goddamnit.

    • MrX13

      I love The Collection and 28 Weeks Later! Great sequels I might add.

      But Cube 2:Hypercube???? Dude, that movie is crap

      • Ryan Jackson

        Possibly, but 14 years ago that movie blew me away. Gotta take that into perspective.

        • Justin Anthony

          I always thought Cube Zero was the best, but I’ll never forget the first time I saw the original

        • MrX13

          I just saw it on Netflix a couple of months ago and that really was the weakest of the 3 movies… just saying

          • Ryan Jackson

            Lol alright.

          • MrX13

            🙂

      • Adrienne Santiago

        Loved The Collection! Almost forgot that one. Wayy better and more fun than the first

        • MrX13

          That whole club death scene was insane! One of the best death scenes ever!

      • I want a sequel for The Collection!

        • MrX13

          I think they ended the series good but would nice to see a third one

    • J Jett

      Ryan, i like your list A LOT! 🙂

  • I hated The Devil’s Rejects, Paranormal Activity 3 and Ouija 2.
    However, I would mention The Collection, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3/4, VHS 2, Wrong Turn 2 and even Annabelle: Creation as better sequels.

    • Alanmac

      Hell yes on Wrong Turn 2!!! Part 1 was excellent but part 2 really nailed it.

    • Marla

      The only true horror in any Rob Zombie film is him boring you to death.

  • Adrienne Santiago

    I love a good handful of these, but could not disagree more with Hostel II. I thought it was a great deal more vapid than the first… I did not care for these characters at all, the death scenes, meh. I will say the children scenes were uncomfortable and terrifying, one of the more redeemable qualities.
    Hats off to mentions of The Woman! One of my hands down most favorite films and the novels are gritty and wayy more intense than the films, as well; Offspring in particular. Good read.

  • Alanmac

    Spot on with PA3, The Woman and Devil’s Rejects but ROTLD3 better than the original??

  • Carlos Apaz

    Scream is a masterpiece…. and Scream 2 is good as the first one.

  • Saturn

    ROTLD 3 is the best of the sequels, but it’s not as good as the original.
    Even that said, it’s still one of the better zombie movies out there.
    I remember the first time I watched it, expecting the comedy of the first 2, and being a little let down by it’s seriousness – but after a couple more viewings I grew to love the damn thing.
    It also helps that Melinda Clarke is extremely hot with all those piercings…….hey, I like goth girls and horror, so it all makes total sense…..

  • Brad Tyler

    I can’t believe anyone would prefer ROTLD 3 over the original. I don’t even prefer it over part 2 (which I LOVE). Each to their own though I suppose.

    • MrX13

      I don’t! I love the original more than ROTLD3. Heck, love part 2 over 3

  • DS Ullery

    Can you please stop detecting my posts as spam? I have a legit Disqus profile, I’m not selling anything and my posts actually contribute to the conversation rather than troll other users. Yet my posts are routinely taken off because they are “detected as spam”.
    What the hell?

  • PsychoMantis18

    ‘Cult of Chucky finally took the opportunity to explore a long-time goal of Chucky’s, and it opened up an insane world of possibilities’ – how so, you fucking moron? Never seen Bride?

    Or Seed?

    Or Curse?

    Have I called you a fucking moron?

    • Creepshow

      Were you incarcerated the past 5 months? Or were you on another retreat with the monks?

  • MODOK

    Good list! I didn’t even know The Woman was a sequel.

    Purge: Anarchy is not only miles above the original, it’s one of my favorite horror movies of the decade. I had also completely forgotten about ROTLD 3, which was pretty good.

    I’m guessing others have mentioned this in the many comments below, but I’d also put Annabelle: Creation on the list. Just like Ouija: Origin of Evil, it took the refuse left to it by an awful original and turned it into something worthwhile.

    • MrX13

      Annabelle: Creation was the better of the two but still good movies.

      • MODOK

        I agree. Though on the other hand, Annabelle: Creation had a little more room to work with because all you really knew from the original was that it was a possessed doll.

        On the other hand, the original Ouija was very specific (e.g., the evil child, the mother who tries to protect people from her, etc.). It was perhaps harder to make a prequel with an entertaining back story that still leaves off right where the original started.

        • MrX13

          I’ve heard that Ouija: Origins was a lot better than the first one but I haven’t seen it yet but sounds interesting

  • Marla

    The Hostel franchise was awful.

    • sliceanddice

      True.

  • MrX13

    I can agree on some of the movies listed but some like ROTLD 3 and Hostel 2 were better than the first. I am not saying that they’re bad but they’re not better.

    Hostel 2 was a great follow up to the first one and ROTLD 3 was a different type of zombie story but was still good.

    I heard that Ouija: Origins was a really good one way better than the original, never seen it though. Purge, F13th 2 are better than the first one. The Woman, I never knew that was a sequel, I should watch The Offspring

  • Graham

    I always love hearing others sing the praises of Prom Night which I agree is much better than the first film which I also find to be pretty dull. It’s such a bonkers movie, and I love everything about it. I suspect if it had been released as a standalone it might’ve achieved more notoriety. Part 3 however is surprisingly terrible considering it’s from the same production team. Part 4, while cheap and unconnected to any of the previous films, is also a serviceable little slasher.

  • MAGLAVERAS VASILIOS

    WHHAT THE F13 HELL ?

    HELLRAISER 2 IS GREAT……YES…….MOST GORY OF THEM ALL YES

    ………..BUT DAMN IT……..THE BEST HELLRAISER WAS……..IS………AND ALWAYS WILL BE…………THE FIRST ORIGINAL FILM.

    THAT FILM WAS MUCH MORE THAN JUST A GORY HORROR SLASHER IT’S FIRST SEQUEL WAS.

    • J Jett

      YOU ARE YELLING!!! STOP ALL THE YELLING.

    • Ryan Jackson

      First film was too contained. And this is just my opinion so everyone needs to quit getting so damn butthurt so easily. Jesus, grab your binky and calm down.

  • sliceanddice

    Solid list!

  • sliceanddice

    Why the FUCK is Hellraiser Revelations not on here?

  • SupernaturalCat

    I strongly disliked Devil’s Rejects because Zombie drastically altered the overall nature and viewer perception of the villains; in House of 1000 Corpses, as monstrous and psychotic as the family members are, they likewise have a degree of edgy comedic humor and endearing goofiness to them, making them more cartoonish, and ultimately more palatable to the audience. And this, by turn, makes them even more frightening in the scenes where their true malevolent colors are displayed.

    However, in Devil’s Rejects, they’re no longer portrayed as eccentrically cartoonish, or even remotely comical. In every scene they are depicted to be as physically and morally grease-stained-sweaty-diseased and repellent as can be, heightening the moral repugnance of their killing spree. And while there obviously is that element in House of 1000 Corpses too, it’s all far more cringe-worthy flat-out ugly in DR, to the extent that I fast-forwarded through some of the death scenes as I’m not entertained by depictions of torture/sexual torture.

    Captain Spaulding isn’t nearly as funny or entertaining, and Otis Driftwood loses all of his formerly animated Chop Top’ness (from TX Chainsaw 2) that he has in House of 1000 Corpses, and is portrayed as more of a routine, cranky Manson type. Boring.

    My other beef with DR is how Zombie inserted (far too many) well known ’70s rock/southern rock tunes as a means of coloring scenes …in ways that I found didn’t sink-up in any relatable way.

  • Blood Boil

    Y’all high with this list.

    • LucioFulciFan

      She’s on something that’s for damned sure. But it’s her list so she can put Pee Wee’s Big Adventure in it if she likes. But it does feel like the list is done just to antagonise people. I mean Return of the Living Dead 3. Not in fiery chance in hell could it hope to even equal the 1st two in the series. After part 2 you might as well give up on the ROTLD series. It’s done. It’s over. Yes 3 is better than 4 and 5 combined. But that’s all it’s better than.

  • Sasha Kozak

    Hellraiser 2 and Devils Rejects for me!

  • Batcat

    These lists are really pandering. It’s only slasher and 21st century horror. Where the hell is everything that came before? Is Bride of Frankenstein too obvious? How about some Hammer films? What about Dawn of the Dead? Aliens? Evil Dead 2? How about some foreign stuff like This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse or one of the Blind Dead films? This just seems very uninspired.

  • Dylan Gutierrez

    Glad to see Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II made the list! One of my favorites!

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