[Remember This?] What Was The First Horror Sequel To Disappoint You?

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Oddly enough my first experiences with sequels were all pretty positive. The first ones that really come to mind are Aliens (which I didn’t even know was a sequel when I saw it) and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, both James Cameron slam dunks. Even if T2 doesn’t hold up as well as Aliens, it was still tailor made for whatever version of me it was that saw it 5 times in the summer of 1991. These movies, along with Gremlins 2, may be why I don’t necessarily feel the same instant negativity towards sequelization that most people do.

But when I think about it, there are still a few bruises. Elm Street was one of my favorite franchises as a kid but since I was too young to see these things in the theater I had to just sort of catch up with them on VHS on those weekends when things like money and lack of parental supervision really came together. I was lucky enough to skip Freddy’s Revenge (even though I still don’t think it’s all that bad) and head straight to the near factually awesome Dream Warriors. The it was onto The Dream Master, which was riding a real cultural wave – for those of you who don’t remember Freddy Krueger had a truly mainstream moment in 1988 – that I was easily swept up in. It’s almost like I forgave the film for being a step down because I felt like I was part of some larger conversation.

But man, then came The Dream Child, one of those movies you spend more time trying to like than actually liking. I kept wondering, “why is it like this? Why is it dumb and boring? Is there something I’m not understanding? There are only 3 kills and one of them is in Black & White?!” Hell, I still don’t know why the budget was slashed so drastically for that installment, especially on the heels of the under-successful (for the genre) Dream Master, but at least now in my adulthood I understand the creative and financial law of diminishing returns (and the law of a script sucking outright). But as a kid, that one stuck the knife in and twisted it.

Some other notable disappointments from my earlier years include Jason Goes To Hell, Critters 3, The Howling 2, Fright Night 2 and Poltergeist 3. As a college student, I was disappointed in Scream 3 (not Scream 2 even though I’m not so hot on it now), which may be the last time I actually let a sequel get to me.

These days I probably have to see more remakes/prequels than I do sequels, but the new rule is the same. I try to never be disappointed by not expecting anything, that way there’s always room to be pleasantly surprised.

 
  • Gorefan222

    Halloween – Resurrection.

    • Ed-Harley

      I have to disagree. Though I can see why you would think that.I didn’t mind Resurrection, have it on the shelf next to me as I type this. As I state below at length, being a massive fan of the Halloween series,I say with confidence that Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers is the absolute worst entry in the series.No contest.

      • twoheaded

        Haha, but the question was about movies that disappoint you, not worst movies… so you disagree that Gorefan was disappointed with ‘Halloween – Resurrection’?

      • ChelseaGoneAwry

        @Ed-Harley full agreement here. Halloween 6 was an atrocity. I actually enjoyed Resurrection- maybe because it was the first Halloween film came out when I was alive (so I wasn’t forced to watch it on VHS like the others) so it holds a soft spot in my heart.

      • Jeremie Jzyk

        Let’s not forget Halloween 3: Season of the Witch.
        But I agree with Gorefan, I didn’t like that they just killed off Jamie Lee Curtis right in the beginning of the film. Made me mad, plus the fact that it had pop stars Busta Rhymes and Tyra Banks.

        PS – When I say pop stars, I don’t mean pop artists.

        • KxWaal

          Halloween 3 is a freaking awesome movie (with an even better soundtrack), so long as you can watch it objectively – even forgetting that it’s a “Halloween” movie. If they had gone through with the original plans and actually made “Halloween” an anthology series, we wouldn’t even think anything odd about Part 3 – In fact, I think it’d be considered a cult film by now. It’s awesome and creepy – and manages to have an underlining message at the same time.

      • KxWaal

        Halloween 6 isn’t so bad if you watch the Producers Cut – Then it’s actually a half-way decent film. Certainly WAY better than “Resurrection” (I’d even say “way better than H20 and any Halloween film that came after it”).

    • DevilDiabloDearieDear

      Yes, but to be honest, I don’t see why everyone wants to take something as bog-standard as a mute male killing machine and keep plugging it into the ground. As far as I’m concerned, only ‘Halloween’ (even with the pitiful last scene) and ‘Halloween: H20 exist, especially when the twat finally dies! As for Jason, there’s no such being. ‘Friday The 13th’ was a revenge slasher with a female killer BECUASE her stupid 12 year old son drowned and she blames everyone but herself. There is no supernatural subtext here, it’s just a stupid slasher franchise that became one for no other reason than the idiots wanted another Myers clone, so none but the first exist to me.

      Hands-down the most disappointing sequel is ‘Waxwork II: Lost In Time’ just bad bad bad, and mostly cos the quality gap between it and the first is just canyones wide and then some. ‘Creepshow 2′ must surely equal it. ‘Scream 3′ sucks, but it would, ‘Final Destination 4′ is so redundant it doesn’t exist, so the 5th becomes the 4th and closes up everything nicely and please God they HAVE to leave this alone now. ‘The Howling II’ I would include if the nasty piece of shit had a right to exist, or did, but as it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Technicially ‘Freddy 2′ was a joke, but I’ve always thought the original was deficient, even moreso with the passing of time,and only No.3 seems to have anywhere near worth owning. I guess the idea just felt fell flat, though the much derided remake did a better job thaan the first by actually tackling the peadophilia angle which was the whole point.

      Most horrors I hold in high regard (‘Jaws’, ‘Poltergeist’, ‘Jeepers Creepers’, ‘Fright Night’, ‘Alligator’, ‘Mimic’) had competent, in some cases even amazing sequels (certainly in the two capital Js cases), but most don’t, though in ‘Jurassic Park’s case the following two were much better and ‘Amityville 2: The Possession’ and even the remake were so far from the lousy 1979 original borefest of utter ineptitude that they could be only be half as lousy to be miles better anyway, and far better than that.

      It’s so dispiriting what’s been happening to ‘Jeepers Creepers 3′-will it ever be done. Put that up against far weaker pieces like ‘Saws’, ‘Recs’, ‘Hostels, ‘Paranormal Actvities’ etc. and two of those get greenlighted a month! But then that has more ideas in its chip-paper than any of those will ever havethroughout a day’s press.

      • KxWaal

        You hate Jason, hate most of the Halloween movies, and think the Elm Street remake was better than the original Nightmare On Elm Street? Oh, and yet you hold the Jaws sequels in high regard and love “Jeepers Creepers”? You’re the worst excuse for a horror fan that’s ever lived…

      • DeadInHell

        You are just the worst.

    • DeadInHell

      Words cannot express the immense disappointment of watching Halloween Resurrection for the first time. Especially considering the return to glory that H20 was.

      Looking back, I can’t exactly say it SHOULD have been a surprise. But hey, I was 16.

  • wildgator25

    Halloween 3: Season of the Witch or Exorcist 2: The Heretic

    • sascha henschel

      OK Halloween 3 was/is even worst than NOE2.
      We have a winner…

    • GwarSlave1673

      Halloween 3 gets more hate than it deserves. Great movie that just wasn’t what people were hoping for. Also that Silver Shamrock song can get stuck in your head for days.

      • Mr.Mirage

        Agreed… but The Heretic doesn’t get the hate it earned.
        The “Battlefield Earth” of the genre.

    • ajgaxiola52

      I would agree here as well. Halloween 3: Season of the Witch is the one film I skip when watching the series.

  • Greg Johansen

    I think the most disturbing about this trailer, is the Optimus Prime is the voice :S

  • Zombie-Killa

    Jeepers Creepers 2.

    I know a lot of people shitted on Jeepers Creepers for being an ordinary horror movie, but I LOVED it. I was soooooo excited for part 2, and then I actually watched the movie. Ugh, what a giant pile of shit. The intro in the cornfield was awesome, but spending 90% of the movie trapped inside a damn school bus just killed everything for me. On top of that, they threw in this very unnecessary and stupid racial feud sub-plot. And giving one of the cheerleaders telekinetic powers? Seriously????????

    Jeepers Creepers 2 was boring, stupid, and tedious. Seeing Justin Long in a flashback/dream sequence was cool, but the rest of the movie sucked. I mean it REALLY sucked. But despite all of that, I still want to see a part 3. If it ever happens. lol.

    • hawkward

      I’m a huge fan of Jeepers Creepers too!! and i agree with everything you just said, i want to see a part 3 and i want to see a female version of the creature, but the telekinesic part fail a lot and hope will not be part of the plot of the part 3 if it ever happens. There’s a lot of potential with that movie i think that they just dont know how to use it.

      • Zombie-Killa

        Ah, yes!

        Isn’t part three supposed to come out sometime this year? I know they’ve been talking about it for like three or four years now, but going by Wikipedia (yeah, I know. Not the most reliable source for news stuff)Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral is supposed to come out this year. And Trish is suppose to return as the main character. I hope it happens, because I need my fix! lol.

        • spartan87

          Out of curiosity, what is it you like so much about the jeepers creepers film? I’ve seen so many comments from people that love it. I’ve watched it multiple times and the only thing I’ve liked about it is the idea that the creeper eats the bodyparts he needs or wants. Other than that I find it kind of a dull unimaginative film. Not trying to fight, just wondering about your feelings on it.

          • Zombie-Killa

            Remember the scene, where Justin Long and the woman, who played his sister (Trish)went to the old lady’s house to call for some help, but the creepy showed up first, and killed the old lady? And then he basically taunts both of them in the street after killing the cops?

            Those scenes highlight the eeriness and overall creepy vibe in Jeepers Creepers, because that’s how I feel about the movie. And the ending. OH the ending! It’s a perfect cliffhanger. Plus, I really enjoy the guessing game of “what is this thing, and why is it after us!”

            With all that said, I don’t think it’s a 10/10, A+, or five star movie. Some lame parts here and there, and the old lady using the Jeepers Creepers song on the radio as a warning for the Creeper’s arrival was kind of stupid.

            But I can understand why other people wouldn’t like Jeepers Creepers, or fall in love with it like I did. And of course the horrendous sequel damages the already ruined reputation of the original. lol.

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      Yeah, you hit the nail on the head. Jeepers Creepers 2 was an abomination of a film. I love the first one and then to go and see 2, it was like “what the fuck were they thinking?”

    • ChelseaGoneAwry

      I actually preferred Jeepers Creepers 2 to the first. I liked the larger variety of characters and the less dismal ending – JC had the bleakest final scene.

  • jdscissorhands

    There are so many bad sequels, I wouldn’t be able to name only one: Poltergeist 2 (I much prefer the weirder part 3), Critters 3 (and 4!), Halloween Resurrection (a dreadful sequel to the rather good H20), Hellraiser 4…

    Yet, the biggest disappointment has to be Scream 3. Not that it was any worse than Halloween Resurrection or any of the other sequels mentionned in this forum, but rather because it was a really frustrating end to the trilogy (we didn’t know there would be a 4th one then!). I remember going out of the theatre and thinking that they could have done SOOOOO much better with the whole “Scream goes to Hollywood” concept. I guess it was a disappointing sequel because I really loved the first two. Too bad they didn’t toy more with the whole Hollywood environment.
    From the start (the absolutely not scary opening sequence with Cotton Weary), they screwed it up! I was expecting a big twist after Cotton’ s girlfriend died, like “she’s not dead, it’s just a Stab movie”… and then the killer would have killed someone on the movie set… But I was wrong, Scream 3 turned out to be a Scooby Doo movie with a really lame ending!

  • 905Justin

    Pet sematary 2 what an utter piece of shit that movie is. The first one was actually scary the 2nd is almost like a parody of what pet sematary is

    • dangerzone79

      That’s a really good call. PS2 is absolute crap!

    • Milk

      YES. Pet Sematary was one of my favorite horrors as a kid(I still love it) and the second one was just utter shit.

  • Ed-Harley

    I had a hard time choosing. I remember being disappointed by Nightmare 4 and 5, and F13 part V. But I guess the sequel that was SO bad it actually pissed me off was Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.I actually left the theater angry. We got a couple mentions for Halloween 3 and Resurrection, but even if disappointing they weren’t anywhere near as atrocious as Curse of Michael Myers. Forget the horrible dark photography and the boom mic being clearly visible in a couple of scenes. The whole Thorn/Druid storyline was lame. I never understood why they went in that direction.For those who care; The WHOLE druid/thorn cult bullshit idea came from a brief mention of Samhain/druids/Michael in the 1978 novelization of the original movie.And it was invented by the author to pad out the book.Which is still pretty short.If you’ve read it, (I found it in a used book store)it is obvious Director Joe Champelle read that tie-in book as well. And apparently loved that idea.Quit trying to explain Michael’s behavior already. Carpenter hit the most terrifying formula, it’s far scarier when there is no reason..And all the crap about Jamie Lloyd giving birth to Michael’s child was stupid.Come on.I haven’t seen the bootleg “producer’s cut” and ,frankly, don’t care if I ever do.I’ve read about it and while the consensus is that it was a better film, I’m guessing I’d still hate it because apparently the actual storyline didn’t change much. And it’s a BAD idea for a Halloween movie.

    • zog71

      Okay, I know its not a horror movie, but your comment about leaving the theater angry brought back my same memory of The Matrix Revolutions! I have never left a theater pissed ever, but I was so pissed after that turd of a film I couldn’t see straight. When Carrie-Anne Moss had her death speech in the movie, I never wanted someone to shut up and die so quickly. Sorry, just brought up a pissy memory.

    • KxWaal

      The Producers Cut of Curse Of Micheal Myers is okay. Good, even.

    • DeadInHell

      Any attempt to explain Michael’s origins and purpose in detail ends up failing in a big way. It’s a large part of why Halloween 6 and the Rob Zombie remakes were such utter piles of fail.

      Still though, H6 had Paul Rudd as grown up Tommy AND still had Loomis. That’s better than anything Resurrection had going for it (which was nothing, it had nothing going for it).

  • dirtyghettok

    Well, I appreciate it as a comedy now, but Troll 2 I remember as a young kid saying “what the hell?”

  • twoheaded

    It’s hard for me to look back and find the first sequel to disappoint me… I mean, there comes a time where you just expect it after a while… the one that really sticks out the most at the moment would have to be ‘Seed of Chucky’. I really loved the first four movies, and then ‘Seed of Chucky’. Uhhh, it’s going to take 2 days of drinking to forget this one all over again…

  • J-SiN

    Anyone growing up in the early 80′s has to say Halloween 3. No contest for that period of time.

    • Aaron Emery

      I’m not sure how I would have felt about it if I grew up in the 80′s. I mean, it was only the third entry; nobody knew that Myers was going to be a franchise leader. I saw it in the 90′s (still watched in order) and I knew that there was several more movies with Myers so it did feel out of place. I do believe it is the most underrated sequel ever made, and will stand by that.

    • magicjaguar

      I can see being initially disappointed with that entry, but as it stands, that is one of my favorite entries in the series. It is delightfully bizarre.

      • Melissa

        I grew up in the 80′s and I LOVED it. It was my favorite entry then and it still is!

      • zog71

        I don’t necessarily like it, but will say that I have it on DVD and around Halloween watch it as much as the others. Its just sooo damn corny!

    • KxWaal

      Halloween 3 is a freaking awesome movie (with an even better soundtrack), so long as you can watch it objectively – even forgetting that it’s a “Halloween” movie. If they had gone through with the original plans and actually made “Halloween” an anthology series, we wouldn’t even think anything odd about Part 3 – In fact, I think it’d be considered a cult film by now. It’s awesome and creepy – and it manages to have an underlining message about the evils of capitalism at the same time.

  • Aaron Emery

    First to disappoint me was ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Next Gen’ I remember watching that with a constant look of disbelief on my face. How would anybody possibly make such an awful film? How could Kim Henkel feel okay doing that to a franchise he helped create? Flash forward to now, I do own the film and will watch it from time to time because I’ve come around to thinking it’s a somewhat enjoyable catastrophe (that it’s not enjoyable in the way intended goes without saying).

    More recently I was more disappointed with ‘Scream 4′ than I was with part 3. Now, to be clear, 3 is obviously the worst of the series but I was still young and stupid when it came out. I went to the theater and enjoyed every minute of it (I guess I was really stupid!). When 4 was announced it was a surreal feeling for me, I grew up on the ‘Scream’ movies and it is easily my favorite franchise. My ‘Scream’ VHS was terribly worn out by the time the DVD came out, I would say I’ve seen it over a hundred times. As soon as the opening scene of 4 ended the smile was erased from me. One of the key factors of the franchise was the suspense and somewhat shocking opening sequences, this felt like more ‘Scary Movie’ territory, it made a joke of itself and spent maybe 3 minutes with the actual opening kill which in turn felt pointless.
    I have come to enjoy the film much more now though, I don’t believe it is a bad movie at all it just wasn’t what it should have been for a ten+ year comeback.

    *Hatchet II sucks. Exorcist 2- just WTF?? Saw V was boring but still entertaining. The Thing prequel was The Thing prequel.

    • DeadInHell

      Scream 3 was a huge disappointment, but I loved Scream 4 from the first viewing. It was the antithesis of just about everything that I hate in modern horror.

  • sascha henschel

    I totally agree with Aliens. Bought it by accident, thought it was Alien and didn’t even know that there was a sequel. (I’m german and had no Idea that a tiny “s” can make such a difference..)
    It blew me away…
    Another surprise was Predator 2, no Arnold but more Predator action. Also a good sequel.
    But NOE2 was/is the worst. Too dark & scary for me back in these days (I’m from ’81) and from todays point of view not good at all.

  • 905Justin

    if halloween 3 was a movie on its own and not called halloween 3 people wouldn’t be hating on it so much. it’s not a bad movie if you aren’t thinking of it being attached to the rest of the movies with michael myers.

    • divisionbell

      Yes they would. That was a terrible film.

      • 905Justin

        thats a matter of opinion. most people judge it based on the name

      • Canucklehead

        Just because you didnt like it doesn’t make it a terrible film.

  • magicjaguar

    The first horror sequel that completely disappointed me was Blair Witch: Book of Shadows (followed by Scream 3). I loved the original Blair Witch project (more due to the viral campaign surrounding it and my age at the time than the actual film), but that sequel was such a piling heap of shit completely indicative of the sequels from the late 90s and early 2000s.

    • Aaron Emery

      Nooo! Watch ‘Blair Witch 2′ again and fall in love! I can’t be the only one who likes that movie can I?

      • Skull-And-Crossbones

        no. it’s my second favorite movie of all time

    • DeadInHell

      Book of Shadows was so bad that just thinking about it kind of makes me feel bad.

  • claytonnburns1994

    Okay I’m going win this one THE MOTGER OF TEARS (third movie of suspira)

    • claytonnburns1994

      *mother

    • bambi_lives8980

      Nah dude, I actually liked Mother of Tears…

  • Skull-And-Crossbones

    i can’t remember the absolute first one but some of the early ones were: Poltergeist 2, From Dusk Till Dawn 2 (although i kinda like it now), Halloween 3-6. and a little more recent ones were The Ring 2 and Return To House On Haunted Hill.

  • Ultrazilla

    For myself it was Jason Takes Manhattan…total garbage. 80% of the movie was boring filler until he FINALLY got to Manhattan! Talk about misleading…

  • Melissa

    The first one to disappoint was The Exorcist 2: The Heretic. Though I like much more now that I am older. The one sequel that I completely despise over any other though is Jason goes to Hell. Talk about massive disappointment. A body hopping Jason,, some lame plot line about the occult, a made up sister that should have never existed, and the list goes on! I remember it was the first Friday Movie I got to see in the theater and I walked out so pissed! To this day it’s the only entry I skip when I watch the Friday series. It was a complete hack.

  • eagleye25

    Wow. This is tough, because I’m pretty forgiving when it comes to sequels, because, after all, they’re sequels. For instance, most of the films mentioned as disappointments in this post I actually like.

    Jason Goes to Hell was fun because it was different, Halloween III is amazing if you can take it on it’s own and not as a sequel to Micheal Myers’ story. -That was just a case of terrible advertising, imo. Jeepers Creepers 2 I liked, especially because it was the original writer/director, Pet Semetary 2 was kind of a let down but I remember asking myself: what did I really expect? Texas Chainsaw: The Next Generation I actually liked a lot, it reveled in it’s camp and that David Lynchian ending?! -a pleasant and unexpected surprise. I could go on.

    Yeah, Blair Witch 2 was bad. So was Mother of Tears. Was never into any of the Scream films so I can’t weigh in one way or another with them.

    I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard Creepshow 3 is godawful..
    Yeah, I’ll be here all night if I let myself.

    Good Luck racking your brains everyone.

  • mobstar1967

    OK im gonna go out on a limb here and say the worst piece of trash garbage sequel or reboot would definately be the most recent installment of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D..Holy crap was that bad especially after the franchise was beautifully rebooted i believe in 2003 and then 2007..Those films were dark,violent and just well done all around and then to see them turn it into a glossy cheap straight to DVD looking dog of a film..Yep in my opinion they turned a franchise success story into a cheap imitation with uninteresting zero depth teenage characters that took the franchise prestige down a notch..
    hate to be so harsh and judgemental but i expected so much more and couldnt of been more disappointed leaving that theater…maybe there is worse but that sticks in my head cuz its so fresh in my mind..

    • Scary-Nightmar3

      I didn’t think Texas Chainsaw 3D was that bad but it wasn’t nearly as good as the other TCM films. They shouldn’t have made it especially because it was the “sequel” to the original TCM but they did anyway.

  • Scary-Nightmar3

    The absolute worst sequel is Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. I hated it! i don’t know what everybody else thought about iy but i hated it!

  • Telops

    ” but at least now in my adulthood I understand the creative and financial law of diminishing returns (and the law of a script sucking outright).”

    can anyone help me out making sense of this?

  • ThunderDragoon

    Halloween III: Season of the Witch was the first horror sequel to disappoint me. And I actually really like Jeepers Creepers 2. I thought it was a cool way of doing a sequel instead of rehashing the same thing like a lot of franchises do like Friday the 13th. I’m STILL waiting for Jeepers Creepers 3. It’s been a while since there’s been news on it. Damn MGM. Making sequels to James Bond left and right but won’t give Victor Salva the money he rightfully earned for Jeepers Creepers 2 to make the 3rd. It made more money worldwide than the first did. I don’t understand what’s the big deal with not giving him the money. Yikes, didn’t mean to go off on a tangent like that. Sorry! XD Just ticks me off a little bit.

  • LittleHellion

    I agree saying that Halloween 6 was awful. And another bad Halloween sequel was Rob Zombie’s remake – H2. I mean to make an amazing remake of the first one then to not even try on the second, but let’s not start on remakes. But hands down the worst sequels in my opinion were Seed Of Chucky, Jason Goes To Hell, and The Lost Boys 2 & 3.

  • joesey

    I actually like A Nightmare On Elm St.5. The scene with Yvonne and the giant Krueger claw and Greta being stuffed to death was awesome! Plus it brought Alice and Freddy together again. What nearly ruined the franchise for me was Freddy’s Dead. The only thing I liked about that movie was the ending montage of all the previous films.

  • BloodyBirthday

    Candyman 2: Farewell to the flesh. I LOVE the original…HELENNNNNN…

    • Milk

      Agreed. I just watched Candyman 1-3 again recently and 2 is so terrible. The original was a great film to watch back in the day.

  • Kael (Hans Hutchinson)

    Freddy’s Dead. All I did was stare… and stare… and stare some more. It was like watching paint dry.

  • Ebenezer

    Final Destination 5. They really took that too far. Should have ended with the third movie.

    • ThunderDragoon

      WHAT?! Did you not see The Final Destination? FD5 was a masterpiece compared to TFD, come on now. They didn’t even try with that.

  • Ebenezer

    That was the worst, can’r really remember wich one was the absolut first… But probably Jason Takes Manhattan.

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    Silent Hill: Revelation was a major fucking letdown for me. Also, Scream 3, Final Destination 4 & 5, Zombie’s Halloween 2 (Even though I don’t like the first one, either, i thought 2 would be better, I was wrong) Seed of Chucky, REC 3, I’ll Always Know What you did Last Summer, Last Exorcism 2, and so on and so forth. And of course, all of the bad sequels outside of the horror genre.

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    And yeah, Ring 2 was atrocious.

  • Doornail12

    Jaws 3(D) and 4. This time it’s personal…

  • TwistedCritic

    I can’t fault Halloween III because I get what they were trying to do with that one, even if they sorta failed. For me it was Halloween 5 (coincidentally, the same year as Nightmare 5), and in my opinion the first of the (real) Halloween series to really shit the bed. I would also put Saw III in the running. The second was solid and fairly creative for a sequel, yet III was the first to really (over)emphasize the gore, the main plot was a bit of a mess, and Jeff and Amanda were thoroughly annoying characters. A big step down from the first two.

    • ChelseaGoneAwry

      What I really loved was the truly twisted ending of Saw III – much more gripping and tragic than any other. That was the first Saw to really push the “everything comes together in the last 60 seconds” gimmick that made the series so popular.

  • DannyW.

    I Would have to say Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Just because i love the original and Tobe tried to make a joke out of it but it turned out not funny or scary. And the Leatherface character just became a sick joke from there, until the remake which was okay at best.

  • ChelseaGoneAwry

    Every sequel to The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, ANOES 2 & 4-5, and just about every Child’s Play sequel (with the exception of part 3).

    And can we talk about Wes Craven’s New Nightmare? Literally the worst attempt I’ve ever seen at making Freddy dark and serious, and I’m including the remake in that.

    Also, Scream 3 had one of the stupidest endings in history – talk about cobbled together and forced to fit. Scream 4 kind of brought redemption, but after the Mrs. Loomis fiasco of Scream 2 AND the botched “twist” of Scream 3, I don’t think it was enough.

    • Milk

      New Nightmare was one of my favorite horror movies growing up. I loved it!

  • VictorCrowley

    First one for me (that I can remember) was probably Alien 3. Although I have come to respect and enjoy it now that I’m older, at the time there was absolutely no challenging Aliens with a failed attempt to return to the formula of the original.

    A lot of the movies discussed like NOES5 are utter shit to me now, but back when I first saw them, weren’t so bad. I would watch any Friday the 13th movie from start to finish back in those days. Now, I can only sit and watch part 4.

    Halloween III confused me more than anything else. At my young age at the time, I just couldn’t understand where Michael Myers was or what the hell was going on in his place. I guess I was pretty disappointed with the way it ended too. But, most of the Carpenter’s movies have this effect on me save for Halloween and Vampires.

    Jason Goes to Hell/Jason X were just fucking shit. No need to elaborate.

  • suttercane

    Jason takes Manhattan. I was 10 or 11 when it came out and I just remember thinking wtf did I just watch. I loved 6 and 7 and was so excited to see it. I hated Halloween III as a kid, but now that I’m older I actually really like it. The Gate 2 was also a huge letdown.

  • bozodeathgod

    I’m going with Bride of Re-Animator

    • bambi_lives8980

      No way. I can’t believe this, yeah it wasn’t as good as reanimator but as far as sequels go, especially 1990 (when it was released) and on sequels generally were absolute shit, this one is pure gold..

  • Introverted Surd

    The first one for me was alien reserection. It changed the tone to much for my liking. The first three were tense with the clear sense of being out gunned while in reserection they were bouncing bullets off the bloody light fixtures.

    • joesey

      have you seen the director’s cut?

  • http://www.facebook.com/gabbi.cordero Gabbi Cordero

    this is a tough one because whereas i saw a lot of horror sequels in theaters that I would later go on to despise (alien 3, elm street 6: freddy’s dead, etc), as you mentioned in the articles, when you’re a kid, you’re not as well-versed in quality.

    at that age the standout disappointments weren’t even scary movies. two the leap to mind are batman forever and jurassic park: the lost world.

    but as far as the horror genre, i would really have to think about that First disappointment.

  • Captain-Amazing

    Poltergeist 2 or Jaws 2, take your pick. I’m pretty sure I kept these movies on for white noise while I was doing something else.

  • ryanvoid

    I feel like “The Dream Child” was way too ambitious a film for the producers to manage, especially on such a shoestring. The Elm Street kids had grown up, and one of the most terrifying bogeymen in a young adult’s closet are pregnancy, abortion, the fear of your own body, and this movie had some brilliant moments (the comic book sequence, of course, should be mercifully cast into the pit forever.) For a major Hollywood release, Nightmare 5 pushed against the body horror goalposts so brutally that it’s a wonder they were even able to screen the heavily-edited version. And it’s the last hurrah before Freddy became a homicidal Bugs Bunny in the following film, so there’s that.

  • Jeremie Jzyk

    My most disappointing sequel would have to be Army of Darkness. Sorry guys, but I really only liked The Evil Dead movies because of the horror. Army of darkness was too comedic and silly. Not to say I didn’t enjoy it, but it was a big let down.

  • Milk

    Pet Sematary 2, Candyman 2, Pretty much all of the Child’s Play after the first one, and Tremors 2. A lot of people are saying Aliens but I like all of the Alien series… The 2nd was the worst out of the 4 however.

  • IconOfSin

    Most recently “Survival of the dead”. I just straight up hated it. “Candyman 2″ & “OutPost: Black Sun” Are another two, I didn’t hate them but the originals stand as 2 of my favourite horror films. I must admit that I rather like “Freddy’s Revenge” & “Curse of Michael Myers”. But overall the sequels that disappoint me most are “Hellraiser: Hell on Earth” & “Hellraiser: Revelations”. “Hell on Earth” is worth watching only for the larger amount of screen time of Pinhead, who is lets be honest, the man.

  • EnzFab

    There are way too many disappointing sequels to list. My biggest let-downs have been – to name a few (remember this is only my opinion so no offence to anyone who may like or love these films):

    Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 – I know a lot of Hellraiser fans love this movie.. I cannot get past how cheesy the film is once the action is moved to hell and the film is not scary in the least.

    A Nightmare on Elm Street Parts 2, 4, 5, 6 – I hated all of these. Freddy became a clown and the horror was removed to the point where none of these sequels are scary. Part 3 at least kept it interesting for the most part and the cast was crazy good and I find “New Nightmare” to be the best out of all of them.

    Jeepers Creepers 2 – I liked the first one. The second one is a mess and a huge disappointment for me.

    Exorcist 2- I have actually grown fond of this film since I have watched and rewatched it countless times throughout the last 2 decades and I can actually list some of its good qualities… but as a sequel to 1973 classic, it is still a huge disappointment.

    Howling 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 – All of the sequels sucked with the exception of Part V which I think is a solid sequel and gave me hopes that parts 6 and 7 would be better. But no, they all sucked (except for 5).

    PetSematary 2 – Not a big fan of the original. Despite the Zelda character disturbing the s**t out of me, I found the movie too slow moving and the performances wooden, however in comparison to the lame sequel, it is a masterpiece.

    Friday the 13th Part 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 – Part 2 for me is the best sequel so #3 really disappointed me and the acting was too awful that it became distracting. Part V is the second best sequel and it is visceral … the sequels that followed it with the exception of Part 6 – Jason Lives, are all disappointing.

    Alien 3 & 4 – Resurrection: Was bored stiff watching Alien 3 in the theatres back in the early 90′s and was severely disappointed with it. I do like the directors cut on DVD a lot more than the theatrical cut. “Resurrection” is fast paced but lame. Also very disappointing.

    Halloween 5, 6, Resurrection: Disappointed with all of these.

    The list is endless… However, I would still prefer to watch a lame horror sequel over and over again instead of other genre films … for the most part with only a few being completely unwatchable.

    • EnzFab

      Ooops, I meant to say that “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” (Part 4) is the second best sequel IMO not the disappointing #5.