5 Disgraceful Horror Sequels!!!

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Last week I wrote a post called 5 Reasons Gremlins 2 Is A Masterpiece, and I often talk about my love for some of the Friday The 13th, Halloween and NOES sequels, so you know I’m not a hater when it comes to franchises. Not only do I have few hangups about sequels, I’m even looking forward to the NEXT Friday The 13th film – which is a sequel to a remake. I’m no snob when it comes to this stuff, I’ll take it when I can get it.

But the fact remains that a good deal of horror sequels (and sequels in general) are pretty terrible. So here I’m going to get started on what will surely be an ongoing and easily updated series of lists regarding secondary installments that betray key elements of what made the originals so great. I’m going to try to avoid stuff that’s merely disappointing and focus on films that really twist the knife into the back of the fans.

Head below for 5 Disgraceful Horror Sequels!!!

POLTERGEIST III


We’re talking a fairly precipitous drop in quality when you compare Poltergiest III to even Poltergeist II, much less the original film. While the cast tries their best with what they’re given – there’s no rescuing this high-rise bound tale of horror. Even if the conceptual well hadn’t already run dry, this type of story works much better in suburbia.

THE FLY II (1989)


I remember liking this as a kid (I was a big Daphne Zuniga fan so there was a “moment” here that was revelatory for me) and it’s actually not a terrible film (according to a revisit I made about 5 years ago). Of course, it’s not a good movie either but the actual insult is that it was made AT ALL. Cronenberg’s film is the most singular, classic piece of body horror I can think of – why f*ck with it by trying to tell a needless story about Brundle’s son? As much as I dig the fact that the bad guy is thrown in the pit at the end (instead of those poor Golden Retrievers), I don’t see how you can watch The Fly II and think it compares in any way, shape or form to the 1986 film.

AMERICAN PSYCHO II: THE GIRL WHO WOULDN’T DIE


This one is tough (no matter which title you’re using – it’s also called American Psycho II: All American Girl). On the one hand, it’s horrible and completely spits in the face of the original Mary Harron film. On the other hand, it wasn’t actually meant to be a sequel or have anything to do with Amercian Psycho. Do we give it a pass on that account? Hell no. It has the title, it has to bear the cross. Plus, they added a scene at the beginning that shows the aftermath of what appears to be an 8 year old Mila Kunis killing Patrick Bateman. Kunis is actually okay in the film and, as a fan of hers, I’m glad she survived this trainwreck.

JAWS 4: THE REVENGE


I almost didn’t include this one because it’s discussed so often it’s like shooting fish in a barrel (not proud of that pun either), but the fact is that it’s such a disrespectful assault on the original Jaws (not to mention the Brody family) I had to bring it up. We can talk until the cows come home about the fact that the shark follows Ellen to Jamaica, roars, stands up in the water and seems to spontaneously explode. I could make further mention of the vast amount of technical goofs as well. But the main insult is just that the spirit of the thing is so poisonous. When you’re jumping through such ridiculous hoops just to fabricate enough story to make a sequel, you know you’re doing it for the wrong reasons.

FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE


I know, I know. I actually caught a lot of flak for placing this so low on my “Elm Street Rankings,” but I just can’t get past how far the tone of this film drifts away from Craven’s original intent. I know it was an “in the family” old school New Line production and that a lot of people involved with the film, including writer/director Rachel Talalay, truly felt an affinity for Krueger and the franchise. But I can’t help myself, when I see Freddy flying around like a witch, rushing spikes into frame a la Wile E.Coyote or wearing a Nintendo Power Glove – I check out. The film has a lot of interesting ideas, I’ll give it credit for that. But I can’t even begin to figure out how you’d make an Elm Street movie with its heart further removed from the original than this one.

  • divisionbell

    As bad as it was, something about the 3rd Poltergeist always bothered me more than the first two. Ok…maybe not as much as the old man in the second (who was creepier than he was in the third) something about the use of mirrors always creeped me out to no end.

    I also have to say I still enjoy the second Fly. While it’s not as good as the first, I just can’t call it disgraceful. Eric Stoltz was a good choice and it has a pretty decent, violent climax at the end.

    As for the Final Friday, it’s a such a guilty pleasure for me. I love a lot about it (they actually have fun with the dreams) and there’s just something enjoyable about it, despite a lot of cheesy lines and the lead actress just being awful.

    • TwistedCritic

      Glad you mentioned the mirrors as it’s really the only decent idea Poltergeist III had going for it. The old man who played the villain in part II died during that movie’s production (one of the many cast members who died during or shortly after making these movies), but I have no idea why they decided to bring that character back for this one, using some guy in cheap makeup and a wig.

  • Nightmare

    The Fly II was fucking awesome.

  • Jasonicus

    I love The Fly 2. The American Psycho sequel was such an insult of the original. They basically wanted it to look like everything actually happened in the original when it really hadn’t. Just retarded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=646643034 Gavin Davies

    How can this list not include American Werewolf in Paris? Without a doubt the biggest insult of a sequel to a classic.

    That said, I have to also agree that the films above are terrible.

    • EvanDickson

      Gavin you’re right, it has to be on the next installment!

  • Evil_Flip

    Every time I watch the Fly 2 it surprises me how awesome it actually is (mostly because of the fx and gore). Sure it doesn’t compare to the original, but I don’t think it should (it’s kinda like aliens vs alien). In any case most of these movie aren’t that bad, they’re just not as good compared to their predecessors, there are way worse sequels out there. Even the American Psycho sequel tried to make it something new (it now based on the stereotypical 90s teen instead of the stereotypical 80s yuppie instead of making it another Bateman story (recasting him ofcourse)), that can’t even be said about most sequels. And it’s all our own fault. Apparently we rather see the same thing again (like with Transformers) instead om something (more) original, like Pacific Rim.

  • Paulochainsawmassacre

    The Fly 2 was great, it doesn’t matter that it steered away from the genius of the original, if Walas had tried to stay in the same vein we’d all be whining about how he shouldn’t have tried to replicate Cronenberg and should have taken it in his own direction. It’s meant as a gory creature feature, which is exactly what it succeeds as.
    Also! how does a list like this not include any of the Exorcist sequels?

    • divisionbell

      Good call. The second exorcist was a tragedy of a film.It’s like Silent Night Deadly Night II.

      • EvanDickson

        That is a good call. That and Werewolf In Paris will be on a followup list.

    • djblack1313

      THE EXORCIST III is an excellent movie. part II is god awful and is worthy of being on this list but in no way, shape or form does part III belong on this list. it’s an underrated film that’s quite scary.

  • judeau13

    Jason Goes To Hell needs to be on the next installment. This turd is even worse than Freddy’s Dead. Much like Jaws IV there isn’t much else to say about it, but holy hell is it terrible.

    I almost give Poltergeist III a pass due to the behind the scenes turmoil that was going on due to Heather O’Rourke’s health. The movie stinks but I can’t hate on it to much out of respect for Heather.

    • mcgillj

      I guess I must be the ONLY person on planet Earth who actually ENJOYS (current tense) Jason Goes to Hell. ALWAYS have. Now granted.. I can understand the HATE. It’s much like your argument with Freddy. It took Jason OUT of the franchise (practically).

      But compare Jason Goes to Hell with the two previous installments that were butched and neutered by the MPAA. Jason IS (even if he’s not Jason) the MINDLESS killing and carnage machine. IX is definitely BALLS out the bloodiest installment of the series. And its fun. The acting it BAD, but fun bad.. not Freddy’s Dead BAD.

      Jason Goes to Hell strides a very very odd line from being very dark and almost serious, but some bad acting keeps it light. There’s TONS of gore.. which felt like some kind of victory after the toothless, and almost bloodless entries of 7 and 8 (specaking of.. Takes Manhattan NOT on the list? I at least thought NOES 6 was better).

      But.. NOES 6 sufferered I think in that the writer hit it on the head.. it was too cartoonish.. I remember a rumor that John McNaughton was up for directing the sixth film, and I think it would have been a much darker film.. and there were flashes of what the film COULD have been. But Freddy was Freddy.. so even in 4 when the kills started getting, even more, “out there” by part 6 it felt like they kept having to up the ante.. and WTF Roseanne and Tom Arnold? really?

      • judeau13

        http://youtu.be/0vBNKbzftNs

        We can agree to disagree on JGTH. I found the movie a mockery of the Paramount films and even as terrible as part 8 was at least Jason was still Jason. That link is a decent summary of JGTH in my opinion.

  • cyberray1976

    You wanna talk disgraceful horror sequels? Check out ‘Creepshow 3′ or ‘Day of the Dead 2′. Granted I do agree with 4 out of the 5 you listed, but you need to replace ‘The Fly II’ with ‘Jason Goes to Hell’ or ‘Howling II’ (or any of the Howling sequels for that matter, especially part VII : New Moon Rising). How about ‘Seed of Chucky’? Talk about a disgrace to the original. Or how about ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre IV : The Next Generation’? Holy shit….what an absolute disgrace to a masterpiece if there ever was one…but let’s not forget ‘Halloween : Resurrection’. You wanna talk disgraceful…..there’s your disgraceful sequel. Quite possibly the king of disgraceful horror sequels. I could go on and on…but I won’t. I think I’ve made my point.

    • divisionbell

      Wow you just captured one hell of a list. Couldn’t agree more!

    • EvanDickson

      Like I said in my intro, there’s quite a bit more than just the 5 I listed – and you name some good candidates. Jason Goes To Hell, and TCM 4 are pretty bad!

    • djblack1313

      cyberray1976, the movies you listed are perfect for this list (especially HALLOWEEN:RESURRECTION).

    • thatenddown

      I would never be able to include ‘Howling II’ on a list of disgraceful sequels. Yes, it is terrible, but it is laughably terrible, very easy to sit down and watch and laugh at and riff the hell out of.

    • SuperKilla

      Halloween Resurrection so deserves to be on this list. I still to this day wonder how they looked at the footage of Busta Rhymes fake karate kicks to Myers and thought it was good enough to keep in the film, although a lot of other stuff in the film sucked too.

  • lexmowery

    I’m so happy you put Freddy’s Dead on here.

    • grossgreg

      Me too.

  • zig

    “Exorcist II: The Heretic” – Bad.

  • joesey

    nice list for once i agree with you 100%

  • SonOfVoorhees

    American Psycho 2 was a fun movie. Was obvious it had nothing to do with the original movie, would have to be an idiot to judge them the same. Is why i like the Hitcher 2. Take the movie under its own thing, not compare it to the movie it was meant to be a sequel they forced it to be. An anyway, even the American Psycho movie was crapped compared to the book. So stop moaning and take a movie for what it is. Although sequels for the sake of it do suck. :-)

    • djblack1313

      SonOfVoorhees, then they shouldn’t have used the “AMERICAN PSYCHO” title.

  • Baphochrist

    Poltergeist 3 – I know this is blasphemy but I’ve never cared for the original so this doesn’t bother me all that much.

    The Fly 2 – More blasphemy but the first film bored the ever loving shit out of me. I’ve always found Cronenberg has some amazing ideas and oftentimes the subtext(s) of his films are interesting but the execution is so bland and dull.

    American Psycho 2 – Love the novel, love the first film. I don’t think I could put myself through the torture of even viewing this.

    Jaws 4 – Yes it sucks arse but in a grand MST3000 kind of way. It’s so much fun to watch this and lampoon the shit out of it.

    Freddy’s Dead – Ugh. Easily the worst of the entire franchise. It’s alternately dull, unfunny, and flat out annoying. I defend the first FIVE films but my god there’s just nothing of worth here.

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    1. Seed of Chucky – the worst Chucky film ever.

    2. Jeepers Creepers 2 – Utter Shit.

    3. Silent Hill: Revelation – This one still makes me want to cry.

    4. Zombie’s H2 – I didn’t think it could get worse than the remake. I was wrong.

    5. Scream 3 – This isn’t the worst film ever, but I do believe it to be the worst Scream film. The tone, the kills, the dialogue and the fact that I can’t even make it through half an hour anymore puts this one on the list for me.

    I had others, but they’ve been listed by multiple people above, so I’ll just say I agree with a lot of you.

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    The Last Exorcism Pt. 2, Hostel 2, The Hills Have Eyes 2 (sequel to the remake), and Final Destination 4 and 5. I just thought of those. Oh, and ALL the sequels to The Crow.

    P.S. Batman and Robin… It’s not horror, but it IS horrible!

    • SuperKilla

      I’ll agree with Final destination 4 but part 5? They turned the wrongs into rights in part 5 in my humble opinion.

      • ThunderDragoon

        Completely agree. I don’t understand the hate that FD5 gets. It put the franchise back on track after the terrible TFD.

        • djblack1313

          i agree, SuperKilla & ThunderDragoon. FD4 was horrible but FD5 was pretty great!

        • WalkWithMeInDarkness

          I’m not hating, I just don’t think it was that big of an improvement over the last one. I respect that you like it.

      • WalkWithMeInDarkness

        No offense was intended. True, FD5 is a better film than FD4. But does that make it a good sequel to the first 3 films? In my opinion, no. Most of the acting was bad, especially the lead, and the deaths weren’t all that great. There were a few cool ones like the gymnastics death and the guy who gets the crane thing through his chin and the ending was cool, but overall, I didn’t think it was an extreme improvement. And it pisses me off that what should of been a cool death in the eye surgery scene resulted in the girl falling out of a window.

      • WalkWithMeInDarkness

        You know what? I’ll give this one to you guys. We’re talking about disgraceful sequels and maybe it was a little harsh to throw FD5 on this list. FD4? I stand by that completely. It fucking sucked.

  • Sephit

    I agree @SuperKilla part 5 was a fun watch with a nice twist at the end. @WalkWithMeinDarkness I agree with most of your list but I actually liked Hostel 2, the nerdy girl was annoying but then she had a cool death scene.

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      I liked that death scene, too, but I just didn’t care for the rest of the film at all. It’s kind of like The Hangover 2, the exact same movie as the first one, but nowhere near as fun. For me, anyway.

  • ThunderDragoon

    What?! The Fly II was an amazing movie! I liked it just as much as the one that came before it. I agree with you about Poltergeist III and Freddy’s Dead, though. I haven’t seen American Psycho II (wasn’t really a fan of the first) and Jaws 4 (again, not a fan of Jaws). While Halloween: Resurrection is really bad, I wouldn’t put it on the same terrible level as Freddy’s Dead or Jason Goes to Hell like some people have. Can’t wait for your next list lol.

  • snotboy21

    Quarantine 2: Terminal, Final Destination 4 for sure, Pumpkinhead 2: Bloodwings, Definitely Jeepers Creepers 2 as well (what happened there?!?!),The Birds 2: Lands End, Return to House on Haunted Hill.

  • diapers

    In my world, Halloween III would be on the list. Most people here at BD seem to give Halloween III a pass, and even props on occasion, which utterly astounds me. Hmm, American Psycho 2, didn’t even know it existed. The Fly II RULES!

  • Skull-And-Crossbones

    i hate Halloween 3. Poltergeist 3 was awful too. im glad that was on the list. Jaws

    • Skull-And-Crossbones

      accidentally clicked “post comment”. Jaws 4 was bad too. i dont know why people hate Seed of Chucky so much. i feel that it finally embraced what the chucky movies really were….stupid funny. IMO the others tried to be too serious. Bride of Chucky was ok though

  • GoreFaceSupreme

    It’s easy to see how Freddy’s Dead is shit compared to the original. But it is the sixth movie in a series that got progressively worse. Compare it to the one that directly preceded it and it isn’t that bad. The real disgrace is NOES 2 Freddy’s Revenge. This film stands alone in the franchise for completely changing the rules. It is far worse a sequel than Freddy’s Dead. And the Fly 2? That film is awesome. And I find it perplexing that you are ripping apart an unnecessary sequel to a classic and yet write an article on how good Gremlins 2 is (although I agree with you that it’s great, the original Gremlins is a classic that could have stayed a one off).

  • Ravinus

    Good point about The Fly II. I liked it as a kid too. Whenever I watch it as an adult, I still like it. I don’t think it’s just because I don’t compare it to The Fly though. I don’t think it’s a disgraceful sequel. It’s needless, but not disgraceful.

  • Bouncy X

    i’m a HUGE Nightmare fan (in fact i just received my Heather Langenkamp autograph in the mail today, huzzah!!) but yeah so i love the franchise as a whole, its my Star Trek, my Star Wars but Freddy’s Dead is just a terrible, insulting piece of shit that doesn’t deserve to exist. 2 and 5 aren’t the greatest but they still feel like part of the whole and while they are the lesser movie to me, they are still watchable.

    FD is not, everytime i try watching it i literally feel like i’m forcing myself. movies shouldn’t make you feel that way. its just an insult to the franchise and an insult to movie making in general. i’ve no doubt Englund had fun, he looks like he’s having a blast but yeah its just bad. not to mention it features the worst makeup job of the franchise (it looks unfinished) and the ugliest glove of them all as well. then there’s the whole “creating a back story that didn’t exist until this movie” angle. sure its creepy to have a family man have this sorta secret but he was a better character when he was also just the creepy man living in/near the boiler.

    i think there is literally nothing redeeming about the movie. it was a sad and terrible note to go out on. I’m glad it wasn’t the final movie afterall and Freddy Vs. Jason was a much better end to both the original franchise and Englund’s turn.

    and thus endeth my rant. lol

  • c-s-a78

    ok,ok,my turn…
    #1-feast II & III(just awful)
    #2-texas chainsaw massacre:the next generation(whats up with that ending???)
    #3-children of the corn 5:fields of terror(bad acting)
    #4-vacancy 2(why waste money making it)
    #5-anaconda:offspring(do I really have to say anything!?!)

    • mobstar67

      i agree with Feast 2 & 3 since i enjoyed the first film tremendously they just turned it into a complete joke in the sequels..but i gotta say that i liked Vacancy 2..maybe just a guilty pleasure or i got a thing for Agnes Bruckner..not sure but i can live with that one..

  • judeau13

    Another hot steamer of a sequel for the next list would be Hellraiser: Revelations. MOST sequels progressively get worse by nature of retread story lines and shrinking budgets, but this movie didn’t even attempt to rise above bad fan fiction.

    My sequel list of your disgraceful sequels list would be: 1)NOES 2, 2)TCM IV, 3)Jason Goes To Hell, 4)Hellraiser: Revelations & 5) Halloween: Resurrection

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      Yes! Hellraiser: Revelations was a fucking pile of shit. Such a terrible film.

  • Zombie-Killa

    Damn too late to the party, because I agree with 98% of the choices in this post. lol.

    HOPEFULLY, we won’t have to add Insidious 2 to this list………

  • suspiciousbulge

    Worst Horror Sequels:

    1) Halloween Resurrection: Aside from a few decent kills, the fact that Busta Rhymes is in a horror movie is retarded. Shit’s a disgrace

    2) Seed of Chucky: Chucky masturbates in this movie.

    3) Alien VS Predator: I don’t know if you consider this horror, but I walked out of the theater halfway through.

    4) Blair Witch 2: I never saw it, but you can just tell it’s filmarrhea.

    5) A whole shitload: I still know what you did last summer, Jason X, The Rage: Carrie 2, Lost Boys: The Tribe, Leprechaun 2, ugghh…

    If you want a great sequel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS4UkVNeWGY

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    • Skull-And-Crossbones

      i actually love Blair Witch 2. it’s a lot different from the first one. they didn’t try pulling the same lame gags the first one did including no found footage to try and make you think it was real. granted in the beginning it says something like “the following is a fictionalized reenactment of the events following the release of The Blair Witch Project” but that’s really the only sort of claim of being supposedly true.

  • Skull-And-Crossbones

    some others i didn’t see mentioned are

    The Ring 2
    Tremors 4 (it was a prequel but it’s still terrible)
    Hatchet 2
    Saw 2
    Jason Takes Manhattan
    I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer

  • TwistedCritic

    Just because it hasn’t been mentioned yet (I don’t think) and because for some reason it’s been on a lot lately, I’ll throw Candyman: Day of the Dead into the mix. It’s as if the filmmakers’ intent was to make part 2 look like a masterpiece. Donna D’Errico from Baywatch was cast as the lead, and it basically looks like a Skinemax movie but without nearly enough nudity. I’m actually a little surprised the series never continued after this, just thinking of (for instance) all the Hellraisers that have gotten made.

  • theCr0w

    >implying all Jaws movies don’t suck

  • woodchuck

    How could any horror fan possibly not love the end of The Fly 2?! I know it didn’t have the artistic credibility of Cronenberg’s remake but watching the Fly Monster, man/kid thing kill all those bad guys in the compound was pretty awesome when I was a kid and I feel like if I revisited the film again some parts wouldn’t hold up but that ending was killer! Especially when the dude gets crushed by that elevator! That’s what those guys get for being dickheads to that poor dog.

  • bigval

    I’m a big TCM fan but TCM 2 is still one of the worst horror movies I’ve ever seen. Howling 3 is also appalling.

  • romeostruedude

    5 DISGRACEFUL SEQUELS…PART II:

    They’re back (again)! Horror Sequels have taken a lesson from Michael Myers. But this time with an awful vengeance like no other! (Stress the “awful”). Most go out of their way for a horror franchise and it’s lore, choosing to ignore it’s hang ups and hiccups. But, if you plan on going the Hipster Horror Movie Night Route by watching the WORST horror sequels of all time or needing help to avoid some films to not invest your time with then look no further with this list of dastardly sequels…(jeez does it get horrifyingly ugly):

    1.) Halloween Resurrection

    2.) Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

    3.) The Final Destination

    4.) Silent Hill: Revelation

    and the crème de la crème:

    5.) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation


    (P.S. If I had an official article I’d even include the knife that cut the spinal cord…but I am not going to put that much dedication in a comment).

  • markajacoby

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned Rec3. What an absolute abomination in this otherwise phenomenal series. It was poorly acted. There were no frights. There was little gore. The story was lame. I hated that they switched away from the video camera. It make me really nervous about Rec4. What a complete waste of 90 minutes.