Not all sequels are welcome, seeing as many of them besmirch some of our otherwise favorite films and/or franchises. Most of the time we can count on franchises to burn themselves out anyway. Freddy’s Dead and Jason Goes To Hell were never really on anyone’s wish list, were they? Are you really glad you saw Seed Of Chucky or do you think that Child’s Play might be better regarded today if it had remained a standalone film?
Still, there are a few amazing films out there that remain un-sequelized. Don’t get me wrong – I recognize that it’s almost a mathematical impossibility for any of these proposed sequels to supersede the quality of the originals – I’m merely talking about a few follow-ups that we’d simply have to go see, despite the inevitable promise of disappointment. Alas, every single one of these (save for one) is a fantasy pipe dream.
Head inside for 5 Horror Sequels We’d Love To See!!!
NEAR DARK 2
The only way this could have worked in the first place would be if it were actually a prequel. How cool would it be to spend some more time on the road with Severen and the gang? Sadly, the time for this one has come and gone. Time has marched on since 1987. Kathryn Bigelow is now an oscar winner for The Hurt Locker (and her Zero Dark Thirty was one of the best films of 2012). Without her it would be nearly impossible to recreate the atmosphere that made the first film so special. Not to mention the fact that Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Joshua Miller and Jenny Wright have aged out of their roles. Not that they don’t look good, mind you. It’s just that vampires can’t age even one day.
FRIDAY THE 13th: PART TWO
Yes, I’m talking about a sequel to the 2009 Platinum Dunes film. I can’t help myself, I f*cking loved it. It’s easily the best Dunes film, not to mention the fact that it’s better than half of the original entries. I also really dug the proposed idea of setting it during winter at Crystal Lake. Nothing would excite me more than Jason killing people in the snow. It’s amazing how simple the most purely rewarding ideas are – he didn’t need to go to space, we just needed some sodium polyacrylate.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4:
THE DREAM MASTER BACK TO BASICS
How great would it be to have a few more films with old-school Freddy before he devolved into an unscary huckster? In fact, as much as I love Dream Warriors, I’d suggest backpedaling a bit from that film’s fantasy elements. I’d want more of Krueger in the shadows, in scarier dream settings. I feel like the series sort of skipped its rightful natural sequel in that regard. Freddy’s Revenge gets a lot right tonally, but it ceases to make any sense fairly quickly. And again, while Dream Warriors is amazing, it’s not actually very scary. My sense of juvenile entitlement would like to author a version of Part Four that actually returns him to his most interesting and menacing state.
MEET THE STRANGERS
Of course I wouldn’t want to actually unmask The Strangers. Getting to know them as characters, their motives, their hopes and dreams… well that would ruin everything. I’m just tired of putting a “2” after things. But seriously, I wouldn’t mind a sequel. It remains an incredibly scary film and a sequel could actually improve upon the original if they upped the ante by creating protagonists more resilient and combative than Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman’s characters. On that front, we might be in luck. A second Strangers film is in development, though it seems to be coming along slowly.
MORE TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA
Okay, so Big Trouble In Little China wasn’t exactly a horror film. But the sequel would have been! I want to see Jack Burton battle it out with whatever the f*ck it was hiding in the back of his truck in the first film!
What are some sequels YOU want to see?