5 Upcoming Horror Sequels And Remakes! Will They Be Any Good?!

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The past two weeks have been absolutely ripe with announcements for horror sequels and remakes, or at least suggestions of them. None of the projects are actually in production (a few are in development and we’re taking the word of creatives for the others), but they seem to be on the way! While the natural laws of Hollywood guarantee that at least one of these projects will die before cameras roll, I thought it would be fun to talk about the potential upsides (and downsides) of each film.

Note that I’m keeping this list only to projects we’ve gotten news about during the past month or so. So while the new Friday The 13th is very much on the way – we haven’t gotten an update on it in October so you won’t see it on this list. We’re going to be focussing on the titles you’ve seen splashed on this front page during this hallowed month.

Head below to see what they are and what our hopes are for them!

TRICK ‘R TREAT 2


This sequel to Michael Dougherty’s cult classic (at only 5 years old) horror anthology was only announced last night but it’s brimming with promise. For one, it’s actually officially announced by its studio – which gives it a leg up on most of the projects on this list. It’s also incredibly fertile ground creatively speaking since it’s far harder for anthologies to paint themselves into a narrative corner. Our hero Sam has a whole world of carnage open to him! Also, Legendary has seen its clout and influence grow immeasurably in the years since the original Trick got shelved at Warner Bros. I’m imagining they can get their new partners at Universal to release it without all the fuss.

PROMETHEUS 2


Ridley Scott has been talking this one up lately, and it seems as though they might have overcome some of their development hurdles with the most recent draft of Jack Paglen’s screenplay. As a fan of the first film, I’m hoping the further adventures of Shaw and David are equally visually striking (and hopefully make a bit more sense narratively). Scott still has to shoot Exodus, so this isn’t his next project. We’ll see what the temperature is on this project in 2014 or 2015 when pre-production gets underway (if it ever does – this is one of those sequels that could go either way in terms of actually happening).

HELLRAISER


It’s awesome news that Dimension has hired Clive Barker to write the screenplay for this, but we’re a long way from the finish line. The script still has to be written and approved, they still have to hire a director (I doubt they’ll let Barker direct it) and they still have to do Doug Bradley’s deal (that shouldn’t really be a problem). Dimension has a history of changing its mind in regard to its horror projects, but, by tapping the original voice of the series, at least this one is off to a comparatively creatively pure start.

SCREAM 5


Another Dimension project. Harvey Weinstein recently said that he’d been “begging” his brother Bob over at the company “to do the movie and just end it.” He then added, “we’ve milked that cow.” I agree with the last part. Scream 4 was actually better than Scream 3, but I can’t imagine where they’d go from here creatively. It seems to me like the perfect time for the Scream ethos was 1996-1997. Weinstein did concede that “Everyone lived in ‘Scream 4′,” which I suppose means we could finally see a good chunk of the original cast killed off, so that’s something. Still, We Craven is developing the “Scream” TV series for MTV. I’m not sure how eager he’ll be to dive into another movie.

ARMY OF DARKNESS 2


Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez has stated that Sam Raimi plans to direct this sequel before Alvarez gets behind the cameras for Evil Dead 2 (apparently Raimi is busy at work on the script). Bruce Campbell has admitted that he’ll star. There’s no studio yet, but these guys don’t seem like the type to just make this stuff up (Campbell has been very circumspect in the past when it comes to talking sequels, so him opening up about it is something). Some fans have complained about seeing an older Ash in action, but I think it would only serve to underscore the humor in a good way. Army Of Darkness isn’t my favorite Evil Dead film, but I’m excited to see where they go with this and I’ll be first in line.

  • Kwonkicker

    Scream 4 better than 3? You’re kidding right?

    • ghostofvincentprice

      It’s not like it was difficult. Scream 3 was atrocious.

      • djblack1313

        yeah, i liked part 4 more than part 3 too. no contest.

        • EvanDickson

          4 has some interesting idea. 3 was flat in terms of ideas. 4 also had a way better motivation for the killer.

  • DannyW.

    I’m so hyped for Trick’r’Treat 2! That being said I’m also very eager to see what comes of the new Hellraiser film. Very excited for Prometheus 2 and Army of Darkness 2 as well.

  • ghostofvincentprice

    No mention of Beetlejuice 2?

    • EvanDickson

      I kept it to 5, but Beetlejuice 2 is a contender! It qualifies!

      Sadly – I’m not sure I can really look forward to it. I love the original and don’t want this to retroactively spoil it.

      • ghostofvincentprice

        I see how it could go south. But at the end of the day, there’s no way I’m not going to watch it, so I might as well look forward to it while I can. As for the OG, I’ve seen it hundreds of times. Been watching it since I was 4-5 years old. There’s no way anything can taint that movie for me.

        • EvanDickson

          I mean, I’ll see it for sure. I actually think Keaton is still game for it. And FRANKENWEENIE was good (even if the 3 Burton movies before it were bad)

  • ill_mindedd

    trick r treat was OVER RATED. im not interested in the sequal. and SCREAM is my favorite franchise. id rather see them make a 5th film and end it, then see them take it to MTV has a series. fuck that idea.

    • ghostofvincentprice

      LOLWUT?

      You’re literally the only horror fan I’ve heard say that about trick r treat.

      • EvanDickson

        I know a couple of people who don’t like it. Most dig it though.

        • ghostofvincentprice

          Apparently. So Usually when someone doesn’t dig something I just wanna be like “dig what you dig.” But with TRT I just wanna be like “I’m sorry, you’re wrong.”

      • dr.lamb

        Guess there are two now… I just could not warm up to it, sorry. Don’t wanna spoil the fun for the other though.

      • Chrissie-Watkins

        Ditto

        • EvilHead1981

          I wanted to like Trick r Treat, but it was mediocre. I’ll still watch the sequel(I always make it a habit to watch Halloween themed horror movies).

          The only story I liked was the one with the bus crash and the undead mentally challenged kids killing off the other kids. That was pretty good. The one with the mascot guy(the little sackboy-like characte) was a close second. The others suffered from what plauge a LOT of modern horror movies, horrible and obnoxious characters. Why do writers feel the need to chalk their movies full of the most cringworthy douches, bitches and horrible dialog to compliment them. For something like this, not going that route would’ve made it a better movie. There IS an art to holding back. If that was the case, it might’ve been more of a modern “classic”.

  • mobstar67

    i would more or less rather see Prometheus pick up with the Xenomorph on LV426 and move into a more traditional Alien film than follow Dr Shaw and David looking for the meaning of life..beggars cant be choosy however and i guess i’ll take what i can get…

    • EvanDickson

      I’m not sure if Ridley Scott is interested in heading in that direction.

  • djblack1313

    i’ll happily see all of these (except for ARMY. i never liked that film). regarding ARMY though, i’m sure Raimi IS writing the story/screenplay for this but the “news” Fede divulged about Raimi directing this is rumor (i’m not directing this in a negative way at you guys Evan/BD). until Raimi himself or the studio releasing it (presumably Ghost House) it’s not real. that news is not Fede’s to announce. it’s Raimi’s/the studio’s. the fact Fede did that really bugs me.

    • djblack1313

      oops, meant to say….

      until Raimi himself or the studio releasing it (presumably Ghost House) CONFIRMS IT, it’s not real.

    • EvanDickson

      I think Raimi is happy for Fede to say this stuff for him, I think he would have clamped down on him by now if not.

      Also, the fact that Bruce is doing it – I don’t know if he would do it without Raimi.

      But yes, a solid confirmation from Raimi would be nice.

  • RickGrimesRightHand

    I’m pretty excited for Army, Prometheus 2, and the Hellraiser remake. Scream fell off drastically early on and I do think Trick r Treat was overrated. I don’t think it was a bad film and I like anthologies, however, it has too much of a slick music vibe going on. Either way, the only one I wouldn’t watch would be Scream 5.

  • SonOfVoorhees

    Scream just got steadily more crap as each sequel was released, they cant keep connecting everything to Sidney. Is number 5 about a killer whom Sidney stole his crayons as kids?

    Prometheus 2 and Hellraiser should be good, especially if Clive use parts of his huge Pinhead novel The Scarlet Gospels which im waiting to be released.

    Army of Darkness 2 could be good, though not sure how they will connect it to the first movie. Though i would like it if it was set in a destroyed world in the future. But i heard they were linking this with the Evil Dead remake so not so sure. The remake was great but the possessed people were boring with no character. What about another Cupie doll or the guy that eats the hair in ED2? Will have to see. But will leave it in Raimis capable hands.

  • DemiKami

    Im game for all these movies, dont really know where they’re goining for scream but i’d probably watch it. I’ve also never seen trick ‘r treat, might need to watch that before the sequel comes out.

  • Tomie Kawakami

    Trick ‘r Treat is hypes better than John Carpenter’s Halloween and there’s no denying that. It’s literally THE ultimate Halloween horror movie, and actually captures the Halloween spirit. I love how people pretend to dislike it now just to not be a “part of the herd”.

    Also, why on Earth shouldn’t the sequel be called Trick ‘r Treat 2? It’s a fucking sequel, it should have Trick ‘r Treat in its title. It’s not like the first movie is obscure or unknown at all either – it’s almost iconic at this point. Every Halloween there are about 500 screening of it, and obviously it has loads of fans. I’d honestly be fine with TRC2 not having a wide theatrical release because the first movie proved you don’t need that to be successful.

  • juice1701

    I thought Trick r Treat was pretty good. So I will go see Trick r Treat 2. I also enjoyed all of the Scream films, so I’ll go see Scream 5 also. HellRaiser was one of my favorite Horror Movie Franchises, so I really hope that if they are going to do it, that they will do it right. As for Prometheus and Army of Darkness, I thought both of them sucked royally. So I definitely won’t even bother with either of them. And besides, I’m still pretty pissed that they are not going to do an Evil Dead sequel. I really enjoyed the first one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003226055711 Steven Byers

    I just don’t see Trick r Treat 2 doing good. New characters. It’s probably going to have annoying teenagers in it. And how much can they really do? Same for Army of Darkness. Prometheus 2 COULD work if they bring back Ripley for sure, and he needs to pull an Aliens level quality sequel, because despite the backlash, I actually thought the first Prometheus was close to epicness that the first Alien was. Hellraiser 2? Didn’t like the 1st. Scream 5 might STILL work considering Scream 4 > Scream 3, but they need to take it back to its roots. I hate the direction they took with 4 (still wasn’t a bad movie though).

  • Evan3

    Ugh! Ridley Scott is cooked. You may have enjoyed Prometheus, but I think it only grows worse on repeat viewings. Scott hasn’t made a good movie since the early 2000s, and I doubt Prometheus 2 will do anything to change that.

    Also, I think Scream 4 is about as good a note as you could end the series on. I hope Bob tells Harvey that there isn’t even one more story to milk.

    And of course – yes please to more Trick r Treat and a Barker return to Hellraiser.