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9 Horror Sequels Since 2000 Worth Watching

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While we live in a day and age where sequels and reboots/remakes are seemingly around every corner, that doesn’t mean that they’re all bad. In fact, through all the grime and muck of haphazardly put together franchise entries, there are some serious gems that deserve our recognition and love. These are films where the writers, directors, producers, actors, and everyone else realized that they had a solid film to follow and that theirs needed to be able to stand on its own two legs. After all, why make a sequel if you’re not even going to try?

Since sequels are rather reviled these days, I wanted to take a moment to highlight several examples of great sequels that have been released since the turn of the millennium. Therefore, only movies released in or after 2000 count here.

After perusing this list, definitely make sure to leave me a comment with a sequel that you think deserves a spot but that might’ve slipped past me!

10 Cloverfield Lane


Starting off with one from 2016, 10 Cloverfield Lane seemingly came out of nowhere and stunned critics and audiences with its claustrophobic paranoid conspiracy theory story that had an ending that was either “love it” or “hate it”. With a performance from John Goodman that should earn him an Oscar nomination (at least), this film kept audiences on edge from beginning to end.

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  • I’ve already gotten reamed on Twitter for not including [REC 2], so go ahead and lay into me here for this dismissal!

    • I’ll do both … YOU CRETIN !!

    • The Drucifer

      You bastard…I thought the latest child’s play was also quite good. I’m not a fan of any of them but that was a tight, fun little movie.

      • Nice one! Definitely a solid movie!

        • The Drucifer

          Good list over all but the exclusion of rec 2…it’s no bueno

  • Stefan Heikel

    No mention of Wrong Turn 2, easily the best direct-to-DVD horror sequel of the 2000s?

  • Harley Mitchel Dirk

    I like most your choices though I’m not sure why you added Insidious Chapter 2. I really liked the first Insidious but the ending was difficult to follow up and I felt like the sequel stumbled out of the gate because of it. I couldn’t watch more than the fist couple minutes. I’m scratching my head for other strong horror sequels from the 2000’s but can’t think of any. Good list.

  • Freddy Vs Jason. REALLY?!

    • Matt

      F V. J was a blast! You didn’t like it?

      • Honestly I wanted to but I just thought it was way too silly. It’s definitely a fun watch but I wouldn’t say it’s one of the better sequels since 2000 😛

  • Si Llage

    I’m surprised Blade 2 (2002) didn’t make this list, it’s one of my favorite vampire movies of all time.

  • Matt

    Pretty good list Jonathan, I mostly like it. There were other titles of note, but this your list not mine, so I won’t bitch too much. The only bone of contention I have is with 10 Cloverfield Lane. Is that really a sequel? I guess maybe it is, but that end kind of seemed to be shoehorned in there to make the connection to the original. (Which I wasn’t a fan of in the first place. It was a monster movie with too much movie, and not enough monster.)

    • J Jett

      Matt, i completely agree regarding 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE. i don’t care how JJ Abrams/the studio/the director tried spinning the “connection” to the CLOVERFIELD movie, it’s not a sequel to that film. it was a movie about a paranoid weirdo in a bunker and they force added the alien gig at the last minute and said “HEY! WE’LL SELL MORE TICKETS IF PEOPLE THINK THIS IS A CLOVERFIELD SEQUEL”.

  • Steffen

    Ouch! Dawn of the Dead from 2004? Or the Evil Dead reboot from 2013? Amazing movies!

    • J Jett

      EVIL DEAD 2013 wasn’t a sequel. it was a remake/reboot. DAWN 2004 was a remake not a sequel from Savini’s NIGHT remake (but i understand where you’re coming from with that one).

      • Steffen

        Yeah you´re absolutely right, I just read this article the wrong way. I read “remakes” so I´m going to delete my comment in case I seem like a douche, I´m not, really, I´m a super nice guy! Ok, goodbye!

        • J Jett

          Steffen, LOL. you don’t seem like a douche at all! i misread article titles and actual articles all the time. no biggie. 🙂

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    hostel 2 is shit and underworld is not horror

    • J Jett

      UNDERWORLD most definitely is a part of the horror genre. just because it’s action heavy and there’s not Michael Myers/Jason Vorhees serial killers in it that doesn’t mean it’s not part of the horror world.

      • felix9008

        Is Twilight horror? There’s not a build-up or feeling of dread or an attempt to scare the audience in the UW movies…At least not from what I can remember. It is a battle between vampires and werewolves where they’re going after each other with machine guns for the most part. There’s a love story, like in Twilight. As far as a being a genre fan for as many decades as I have been, and seeing the genre morph in as many ways as I’ve seen it, I don’t automatically say a movie is horror because it has vampires/werewolves anymore.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      Underworld sucks donkey balls but it is horror for sure

      • felix9008

        Hmm, IMDB doesn’t tag it as horror, either.

    • felix9008

      I agree completely. They’re action movies. Adding vampires and werewolves didn’t make that Twilight dreck horror movies anymore than they did in this case. Stylized failures, really, as action movies as well that underutilized some top-notch talent like Michael Sheen, with an excuse to cram Kate Beckinsale into some uncomfortable rubber clothes in order to appease the teen male demographic. Great list, though! Enjoyed the article. Gingersnaps 2 was fucking awesome.

  • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

    Ones I liked off the top of my head:

    Wolf Creek 2, Dead Snow 2, all the Ju-on/Grudge sequels (fanboy here… though I hate the recent Japanese remakes), The Devil’s Rejects (and dare I say Halloween 2 -hides), and if we’re gonna stretch for Underworld… I’d add Day Watch.

    • Baron Von Marlon

      Dead Snow 2 is so good in many ways. Wouldn’t mind a 3rd one, but it’ll be hard to top 2.
      And Wolf Creek 2 certainly was better than part 1.

    • THGrimm

      Wolf Creek 2!

  • J Jett

    28 WEEKS LATER is one of my all time faves! yeah, REC 2 for sure. UNDERWORLD EVOLUTION is awesome.
    10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is a good movie but it is not a sequel to CLOVERFIELD no matter how much JJ Abrams/the studio/the director try to say it’s connected. it was a movie about a paranoid weirdo in a bunker and they force added the alien gig at the last minute.

  • gary41172

    I’d add Final Destination 2, Saw II, Blade II, Wrong Turn 2, Curse Of Chucky…..just to name a few of my own 🙂

    • Admiral Gustav Quackenspiel

      Curse of Chucky was a delightful surprise especially after the abomination that was Seed. For me It’s probably tied for second in the franchise with Bride but behind Child’s Play 2

      • gary41172

        I agree. I liked the return to suspense. Was a welcome addition in my book and hope they continue with the next. Like Chucky more when he is not cracking wise jokes.

  • lonestarr357

    Final Destination 5

  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    10 Cloverfield Lane isn’t really a sequel… And Insidious 2 is shit, in my opinion. Otherwise agree with the rest being good ones

    • The Drucifer

      Insidious 2 pissed me off to no end. Taking one of the great bogeymen,the old lady, and giving her one of the lamest backstories I can think of.boourns!

    • Harley Mitchel Dirk

      For what it’s worth, it’s a sequel in the sense that Halloween 3 is a sequel.

  • sailor monsoon

    Devils rejects
    Dead snow 2
    Hatchet 2 & 3 (the first one is the best but the sequels are fun)
    Ouija origin of evil
    Blade 2

    • Meisha’s Taint

      Dead Snow 2 for sure! I forgot that even existed thanx

      • diapers

        Hehe, intestinal gas siphon.

    • DBZEROGRAVITY

      The Devil’s Rejects! Oh, how could I have forgotten that one?! Nice choice

      • sailor monsoon

        Devil’s rejects is a masterpiece

        • Evan3

          It is a masterpiece of mediocrity!

    • Daniel Anderson

      Hell yeah, hatchet. Devils Rejects should’ve left in the Dr Satan Deleted Scene just to keep the tie in.

      • sailor monsoon

        I’m glad it didn’t.
        I like the first one because it feels like a hyper violent cartoon but devil’s rejects is a Grindhouse masterpiece

  • Phendranah

    Good call on Ginger Snaps man. Those movies needed more love I always felt.
    What did you reckon of the 3rd entry?

    • Saturn

      Ginger Snaps is one of my favourite (and, sadly, most overlooked) trilogies.
      I enjoy all 3 movies.

  • I’m looking forward to (fingers crossed) a third entry in the Cloververse so that it can properly establish itself as an anthology series. I have room for at least 3 more Cloverfield BR’s on my shelf!

  • The Drucifer

    You forgot v/h/S 2 much more entertaining group of stories.

    • Mamet006

      There’s quite the obvious reason that was left out.

      • The Drucifer

        They always publicize these films this should have been an easy opportunity. It also deserves it. Shameless but no less true

  • Baron Von Marlon

    The Collection
    Decent sequel. Wouldn’t mind prequels.

    Most Saw and Final Destination sequels are ok/good imo.
    And I’d like more Final Destination movies. They should attach the guy from Piranha 3 or the dude who makes all those disaster movies. Or just let different horror directors and writers have a go at it.

    • Harley Mitchel Dirk

      I don’t know. I feel like Final Destination has gone pretty much as far as it can. The formula isn’t the most flexible.

      • Baron Von Marlon

        One of the sequels was less serious than the others and I think that worked well. Less logic, more fun.
        If they take a similar approach they can easily milk the formula some more.

        I’d just love to see some crazy creative kills.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    Rec 2

    10 Cloverfield lane was awful. Just awful. I felt like my money was stolen it was so bad

    • Deadite91

      “9 Horror Sequels SINCE 2000 Worth Watching”

    • Evan3

      Nice call on Rec 2. I am not as pessimistic about 10 Cloverfield, but agree that the praise absolutely baffled. Phenomenal trailer. Promising first third. And then the movie absolutely jumps the rails in the second two thirds. I at least admire the female protagonist and her resourcefulness… but that resourcefulness came out of nowhere. It seemed that she was simply hyper competent because the script demanded it.

  • diapers

    Solid list! I’d throw Cold Prey 2 onto the list. I’d encourage all to see cold prey and the sequel. The third installment was a disappointment for me though.

    • We have different opinions, I hated Cold Prey haha

    • G.A. McGillivray

      Best ‘new’ slasher trilogy in ages…. Love how 1 & 2 are basically just 1 big movie…

  • 10 Cloverfield is one of the best movies of this year, was a good surprise. The Conjuring 2 really good, I saw Hostel part 2 when I was 13 or 14 years old and I got shocked with what I saw but I’ve enjoyed, and Freddy VS Jason is one of my guilty pleasures.

    Saw II or Saw III, The Curse of Chucky, The Collection, some Final Destinations, REC 2 and Wrong Turn 2 are good sequels too. 🙂

  • Dee-abolik

    I’ll throw Jason X in there….

    • Vincent Kane

      Jason X is amazing idc what anyone says. UBER-Jason rules!

    • Daniel Anderson

      Unique kills…Check
      Cheesey one liners…check
      Vorhees…check
      Unique spin…check

      Agreed.

  • Vincent Kane

    Out of all those I have only seen 28 Weeks Later, Underworld, and Freddy vs Jason with 28 Weeks Later being the best of those 3 . The others I didn’t care for the first so I never watched the 2nd although I am interested in seeing 10 Cloverfield Lane.

    The Devil’s Rejects should definitely be on the list. I think it blows all of these away and is one of the best sequels all time period imo.

    Blade 2 was very good and much better then it s original.

    Saw II should be up there.

  • Vincent Kane

    No Leprechaun in the Hood?

  • J. Moses

    Dead Snow 2. Best splatter film since Braidead (Dead Alive).

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Hostel 2 really? That film does not have a single redeeming quality. Utter trash.

  • Sasha Kozak

    Blade 2 and Devils Rejects I would add. Dead snow 2 aswell.

    • Evan3

      Blade 2 is definitely a big omission. But then you lost credibility when you mentioned Devil’s Rejects.

      • Sasha Kozak

        Nope, Devils Rejects was RB’s best movie and imo much much better than the average House Of 1000 Corpses.

        • Evan3

          I agree that Devil’s Rejects is RB’s best (and only non-terrible) film, and way better than 1,000 Corpses. But it is still thoroughly mediocre with at least a half hour’s worth of totally meaningless screentime (virtually the entire stay at the brothel). When your best movie is just “ok,” that says a lot about how poor your oeuvre is.

  • Charles Cumella

    Dead Snow 2 is one of the BEST horror movies of the 2000’s… And Underworld is NOT a horror movie.

  • Daniel Anderson

    This list definitely could’ve been extended. I agree with the majority listed here thus far.

  • Saturn

    Whether or not I accept that FvJ continued the canon of both franchises (I don’t – Jason ISN’T scared of water – he had no problem going into it in pt 4 for example….) I enjoyed it for what it was.
    All true Jason fans know he ain’t scared of shit – so they had to invent the water thing to give Freddy a chance, because if you ain’t scared of Freddy? Well, not much he can do to you, right?

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