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Six More Well Overdue Horror Sequels!

A little while back I wrote an article on the top six long overdue horror sequels that I would personally like to see get made in the future, and you horror fans had quite the response. It seems that we all have our own favorite characters and stories that we think deserve another chance on the big screen, so I decided to make a follow-up of my own with another round of overdue sequels!

Many of these choices were inspired by your comments, while others are movies that just didn’t make the cut in the previous list. Either way, I feel like they all still have untapped storytelling potential. Again, no movie really needs a sequel, and we should always try to support up-and-coming filmmakers by valuing original ideas in Hollywood. However, if we’re going to have sequels, they might as well be good!

Like last time, some of these films are part of a franchise, having already been graced with another installment, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they (or we) wouldn’t benefit from a new movie. Others already have a sequel in the works, and production is just going through a period of development hell.

With that in mind, let’s begin!


The Crazies

This remake of a lesser-known George Romero movie had everything against it, and yet director Breck Eisner somehow managed to give us an incredibly entertaining look at a small-town apocalypse. I personally find this film to be better than Romero’s original, with loads of creative kills, a compelling cast and a great setting.

In a world filled with generic zombie/infection movies, it takes quite a bit of talent to make something this good. If the same team returned for a sequel, the result would almost certainly be worth a watch. Romero himself has actually claimed to be interested in producing a sequel, though it seems that the film simply isn’t popular enough to garner studio interest.


Bubba Ho-Tep

Another Don Coscarelli horror comedy, 2002’s Bubba Ho-Tep fits every definition of a cult classic. Starring Bruce Campbell as a senior Elvis Presley (or at least a confused impersonator of his), the film revolves around an ancient mummy terrorizing a retirement home as Elvis deals with his advanced age and the skepticism of those around him regarding his true identity.

This adaptation of a Joe R. Lansdale novella is incredibly entertaining, and everyone involved in the production has at one point expressed interest in making another one. In fact, the end credits even tease a sequel titled Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires. Sadly, due to a series of disagreements between Campbell and Coscarelli, not to mention the lack of funding, this sequel has yet to materialize.

That being said, fans of Bubba Ho-Tep can still pre-order Lansdale’s new prequel novel Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers!


The Cabin in the Woods

Who could have predicted that a love-letter to the horror genre penned by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard would have turned out to be a modern classic? Literally anyone familiar with their work, actually. Either way, Cabin in the Woods is a kick-ass horror comedy, and it’s a miracle that we got to see this film get made in the first place.

This loving satire was actually a sleeper hit, and back in 2015 Goddard actually claimed that the studio was clamoring for a sequel. Of course, he and Whedon would only make one if they felt they had an interesting enough idea, as they hadn’t planned for a sequel while making the film. That’s not surprising when you consider Cabin In The Woods’ jaw-dropping ending.

Nevertheless, this is a cinematic universe ripe for new and creative ideas, as there are practically no limits to what Whedon and Goddard could come up with. A possible sequel/prequel could go about subverting all sorts of horror sub-genres and tropes, and maybe even sequels themselves!


Splinter

Toby Wilkins’ simple yet elegant monster movie, Splinter, is proof that all you need is perseverance and a good idea to make a great horror film. With a terrifyingly original monster, likable characters and copious amounts of body horror, this is one of those rare horror flicks that even mainstream critics couldn’t help but love.

Although Splinter is a complete film in and of itself (despite teasing that there are still other infected corpses out there), it’s a real shame that we never saw more of those spiny little parasites. It seems that there are many more horrifying stories that could be told featuring these unique monsters.

With a decent budget and some new ideas, the sky is the limit to what Wilkins could do with a sequel. As long as it maintains the charm of the first film, I’d definitely love to watch it.


28 Days Later

At first, the award-winning Danny Boyle may seem like the kind of director who feels above returning for a sequel to one of his earlier films, but with Trainspotting 2, we now know that this far from the truth. This is great news, as if there’s one movie in Boyle’s filmography that truly deserves another installment, it’s 28 Days Later.

This chilling apocalyptic tale is one of my personal favorite films, and I feel that it’s one of Boyle’s most underappreciated projects. The stunning yet frighteningly realistic cinematography and lonely atmosphere easily make this one of the best zombie movies ever made. I even love the controversial third act, which a lot of people seem to have a problem with, for some reason.

Of course, we did get a sequel in 2007 with 28 Weeks Later, which was a good movie in its own right, but it wasn’t helmed by Boyle and had little to do with the original film other than the setting. However, Boyle has repeatedly expressed interest in making a new film set in this same universe, so hopefully this won’t be the last we see of a post-apocalyptic UK.


The Collector

It appears that every modern slasher film is attempting to recapture the glory of the 80s with their derivative killers and nostalgic aesthetics, but few have managed to produce characters as iconic as Jason Voorhees or Freddy Kruger. I believe Marcus Dunstan’s The Collector is one of the exceedingly rare exceptions.

A slasher movie with a compelling protagonist, memorable villain and legitimately scary kills is almost unheard of these days, and yet The Collector pulled it off so well. What was originally meant to be a Saw prequel turned into something new and fresh, and eventually did spawn a sequel entitled The Collection.

While the sequel was a decent flick, it didn’t quite carry the same simple charm as the original. Luckily for us, however, a second sequel is rumored to be on the way, and I couldn’t be more excited to see my favorite modern slasher villain return to the big screen after all this time.


84 Comments
  • Otterlee

    We rewatched the Cabin in the Woods after the first installment of this article and my husband suggested a sequel showing the other attempts at sacrifice. With The Crazies, not sure where to go with that. Love ’em both and would really appreciate anything that furthers the stories.

    • Christopher Perkins

      Exactly, any sequel to Cabin in the Woods almost has to be a prequel. Otherwise, the movie will be over pretty quick, as the great old ones or whatever obliterate earth in about ten mins…

      • Otterlee

        Or, we could see survivors doing rituals to stay alive and placate the old ones, while secretly trying to make deals with other gods to rebind them…

    • Grither 57

      I was going to suggest backstories behind some of the more intriguing-looking creatures (all of them, really). Then I realized how BAD that would be. They would be treated like slapstick jokes, especially Mer-Man. But I still wanted to toss in the idea.

      • Otterlee

        How about the creatures are the “right hand” and worshipers of the new gods, with backstories and infighting as they all try to be #1 in the gods’ sight. They’ll be coming up with creative ways to clear the earth of the last vestiges of humanity, and slowly realize that when that’s done they’ll be out of a job.

    • Craig Forshaw

      Cabin in the Woods would be the one film where a complete tonal change was entirely justified. You guys are imagining it being the same film: really, it should be like Cloverfield, or Aliens.

  • dsxy

    Good solid list!

  • Bart Crowe

    I would love to see a sequel to Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and Trick ‘R Treat.

    • david

      Trick ‘R Treat yes. Tucker & Dale no.

  • Elizabeth

    Splinter was such a fun movie. I need to do a rewatch.

  • Aaron King

    I still want an official Demons 3. At this point I doubt it’ll happen, but I can dream can’t I?

    • Sam Beckett

      Give me time. I have a story.

    • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

      There sort of was. It was called The Church (or La Chiesa), and not a bad movie. But instead of Bobby Rhodes we got the guy from Holby City.

  • Grimphantom

    I’m surprise Dog Soldiers sequel isn’t mention. While i hardly disagree with Cabin in the Woods, Splinter could’ve had a chance to do more sequels since they don’t know where the splinters come from and think of the possibilities where the splinters try to attached itself with different body parts from animal to humans turning into one creepy creature never seen before.

    • The Fucked Up

      Dog Soldiers stays firmly in my top 10 horror movies of all time, and in my top 3 werewolf flicks. A sequel/prequel would definitely be warranted, but the tricky part is setting up a proper story line. Just chucking more of the same soldiers into those woods won’t be enough. As the food runs out they should go from village to village, chomping away and increasing their numbers.

      • Grimphantom

        Would make it interesting is that in a sequel Coop is recovering from the trauma he has lived where many don’t believe him.

        It doesn’t have to be Coop on a military base but can be at a normal neighborhood and probably a few guys like Coop with military skills trying to survive without guns and use what they have in their homes.

        I kinda pic Coop being like Rambo or some sort where we see him getting all these flashbacks, reliving the horrors like the first Rambo movie.

        • The Fucked Up

          Taking away the mechanisms that allowed the final guy’s survival would definitely make for a thrilling sequel. Werewolves out of their element as well, so it’s not an easy win for either.

    • The One and Only

      A bunch of sequel ideas were pitched around as a sequel DOG SOLDIERS. From Cooper leading another team to an oil rig platform where they found some kind of Frankenstein experiments being performed, and having to deal with an army stitched together monstrosities. Neil Marshall himself also pitched an idear for a sequel with Coop after the events of the flick, being sent to a mental institution when no one believes him. Only to find the crazy house overrun with werewolves. Another concept on was supposed to take place immediately following the original. Where Cooper encounters the U.S. Special Forces team they were supposed to be training with. They don’t believe him, tie him up. Until they find a survivor of Capt. Ryan’s unit, who tells the same story. Then everyone finds out Ryan’s team did survive, but they’re now werewolves themselves. And on top of it, they retain their military training in their werewolf forms.

  • Frank Popp Jr.

    I very much agree with this list.

  • Creepshow

    Well we’ve never seen Annabelle on any of our lists, but we sure as fuck are getting another one of those! Someone please cave my head in!

    • Fred Hopkins

      I will volunteer for that. Probably something plastic that will not cave your head in the first few times but will eventually finish the job.

      • Creepshow

        There’s a long line in front of you. Turn the page Fred.

  • WALKTER

    I say leave well enough alone. Let’s pretend all of these movies got a sequel or a newer installment, odds are 1 or 2 of them might be half way decent, the rest would probably stink worse than all of us sweaty nerds in the comment section.

  • Michael Hill

    enough of the praise for CABIN IN THE WOODS. I would rather watch my dog have a shit then see anything more of this crap film.

    • david

      Spot on Michael. Your dog pooping would be ten times better than Cabin In The Woods.

      • Creepshow

        Sounds like you REALLY enjoy poop videos. Carry on…

        • david

          I’ve only seen 2 Girls 1 Cup, and it’s also better than Cabin In The Woods.

          • Creepshow

            Sounds like a weirdo humblebrag.
            Carry on…

    • Frank Gambino

      I agree. It’s the most overrated horror movies of the last decade.

      • American Atheist

        Don’t Breathe says Hi!

    • Tiger Quinn

      SO EDGY

    • Munchie

      as long as he shits in your mouth every time you open it to say how much you hate cabin in the woods. but then, the dog would always be shitting in your mouth because you’re always fucking bitching about this movie.

      • Michael Hill

        you can’t handle the truth. You can’t handle the truth. Blow me .

    • Horrormikfl

      Amen

  • Geno1987

    Say it with me.
    Freddy vs Jason 2.

    • Judge Satchmo

      Correct. I shall say it with you.

    • Craig Forshaw

      Ash vs Freddy vs Jason.

      • Kristoffer Groves

        That will never happen cuz Raimi is a dick, but they could still substitute Cassie Hack like they were originally planning to.

  • oh_riginal

    Considering that Danny Boyle was said to have directed the opening sequence of 28 Weeks Later (easily that movie’s best scene), I think it’s a stretch to say he wasn’t heavily involved in some capacity, as I’m sure he had some say in the production side of things.

    But yes, he needs to come back and finish the trilogy.

    • Creepshow

      The opening sequence of 28 Weeks Later was a real kick in the pants. And it set up a great, nasty twist later on.

  • Rez

    I agree that Boyle should complete the trilogy but the movie I would like to see a sequel made is The Stuff. I still really liked it as a kid and I just watched it again the other day and it’s still awesome….not a remake but a sequel!

    • Dennis Chenier

      Yes! The Stuff is everything and it would be very fun to see a sequel. Enough is never enough.

  • Meatwad

    Hill Have Eyes 3 from the reboot movies. Yeah the second one kinda sucked, it had some cool moments, then hinted at a third movie right at the end.

    • Saturn

      Aye, Hills 2 was pretty piss poor, but I’d be willing to give a 3rd movie a fair chance.
      Hell, if the remake of ISOYG can get a second sequel……

    • Kristoffer Groves

      They should do a sequel where they throw a Burning Man type festival on the hill people’s land. That would be epic.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    some of those movies already have sequels, wtf is this list

  • Tiger Quinn

    I like that two of the six are like “sure, they already have sequels, but….”

  • ZIPPY

    Tyler Perry is is doing the Bubba Ho Tep remake.

    • Kristoffer Groves

      Tyler Perry should do a remake of a real snuff film with himself as the “star.” Otherwise, he could give up showbiz and spend the rest of his life in seclusion. I’d be happy either way.

  • Rohan

    Wasn’t the collector tortured to death at the end of the second one?

    • Kristoffer Groves

      He was *about to be* tortured to death (if you ignore the deleted scenes), but i’m sure he’ll find a way to escape from the chest. He’s an evil genius after all.

      • Rohan

        What were the deleted scenes?

        • Kristoffer Groves

          Theres a deleted end credit sequence that shows Arkin and Elena driving away with the trunk, and then they go to a garage and start torturing the Collector. I dont remember the specifics, and im too lazy to pop in my disc to check it out, but im pretty sure there would be no hope of a part 3 if they left it in.

          • Rohan

            I like that ending, seeing as there probably won’t be a part 3. Kind of fitting, seeing as Arkin was locked up at the end of the first one.

  • American Atheist

    Ancient Gods destroying the Earth ruins one of your sequels. Are they supposed to pretend the ending didn’t happen? One and done. Leave great movies alone. Didn’t you learn anything from The Conjuring? (The sequel sucked)

    • Dennis Chenier

      I thought The Conjuring 2 was awesome and dare I say immensely superior. I could go for a Cabin in the Woods sequel (or prequel).

      • sliceanddice

        hear, hear, prequel would be a great idea. Why not just look at another site like one in japan or the uk.

        • wedellbudwhite

          A prequel would be a bad idea, we already know the outcome all the sacrifices die because the old gods have been appeased up until cabin in the woods.

          • sliceanddice

            Actually, my friend, not true. remember when you see the vide feeds showing you how all the rituals have failed around the world? so you could show either the ones that succeeded or the ones that failed – the trick being the audience would go in not knowing which.

          • wedellbudwhite

            Good point that would work, forgot about the multiple rituals

          • sliceanddice

            Yeah, would be great to see i think.

      • American Atheist

        Awesome as in a shitfest with zero atmosphere/mood, atrocious pacing and unlikeable characters. You must be a fan of the Annabelle movie.

        • Dennis Chenier

          I don’t hate Annabelle but can’t say I loved it either. To be honest it’s on par with the first Conjuring, which in my opinion is extremely overrated. I wouldn’t watch either a second time but would watch Conjuring 2 again. So not sure what point you’re making?

          • AkumajoBelmont

            I agree with Dennis. Cannot usually stand anything James Wan. The Conjuring was the biggest let down for me, I hated it. I begrudgingly watched The Conjuring 2, and was pleasantly surprised. It’s still not ‘the second coming of horror’ like some make it out to be, but I liked it enough to watch it more than once. I even liked it enough to give Annabelle a shot, and I didn’t hate that either. The Conjuring though, I still think it was awful, Insidious (the sequels) level trash. I won’t go bagging out anybody who disagrees with me though, because we all like what we like, after all.

    • Nicolas Caiveau

      You could make a supernatural post apocalyptic sequel with armies fighting the ancient gods. An Conjuring 2 was so much better than the first ! 😮

      • American Atheist

        The Conjuring 2 is awful. I never looked at my watch so many times during a movie. Zero atmosphere (Hey we’re in America, No England, America, who cares?), unlikeable characters and the laughable cheese ball ending. Let me guess, you think Annabelle is a masterpiece?

  • Splinter, yes.
    Can’t get on board with any of the others. A CITW sequel with giant monsters would just be some shitty CGI treatment. Let a “gotcha” ending be just that.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    “Overdue” might be strong wording
    I kind of barely liked some of those in the first place

    Bubba Hotep was creative if not necessarily great
    I dont think I’ve ever seen splinter, look kind of cool

    • Satanzilla

      Check out Splinter, it’s a gritty little sci fi siege movie.

  • dduuurrrr dddduuuurrrr

    DEATH TO SEQUELS

    HAIL ORIGINAL MOVIES

    • Satanzilla

      Sequels are not inherently bad.

      Aliens
      The Godfather Part 2
      Jurassic World
      Evil Dead 2
      The Empire Strikes Back

      • FromTokyo

        Jurassic World? Really?

        • It was better than The Lost World or JP3!

      • dduuurrrr dddduuuurrrr

        Jurassic World is terrible.

        Other than that you have to go back 30 years to find decent sequels that merited their own existence.

  • Satanzilla

    Splinter and Bubba, yeah maybe.

    The Crazies is about how an incredibly virulent outbreak begins. Beyond that it just rehashes 28 Days Later and TWD.

    28 Days Later was already done, wtf BD?

    Cabin in the Woods (full disclosure, hated it) had such a grandiose plot that it has nowhere to go from where it ended. I’m not complaining.

    • dduuurrrr dddduuuurrrr

      I agree, Cabin in the Woods is trash. Making a horror movie with a bunch of tropes in it and acting like “we’re ironically using tropes!” is still just lazily making a horror movie with a bunch of tired tropes at the end of the day.

  • Munchie

    ‘Society’ would be a good one to sequelize. Where is Bill now? Are there more underground shunts happening? Did the Judge survive?

    • PsychoMantis18

      No way. That is self-contained awesomeness that shouldn’t be touched.

      • Munchie

        I agree it’s an awesome movie- one of my favorites. But I’d rather see a movie I love be continued if it was done well than some shit like Annabelle or whatever. Get Yuzna back on board and a good script…Might be cool.

    • Guro Taku

      There was a comic book sequel to SOCIETY called SOCIETY: PARTY ANIMAL. No idea if that was any good. Also there were plans for a movie sequel to be produced by Unearthed Films a few years ago but that never went beyond the announcement.

  • I really quite liked 28 Weeks Later, I thought it was one of the better sequels out there. Even though it did have to rely on Team America! I’d love to see 28 Months Later, but less Americanised and more gritty like the first one. One of the things I enjoyed so much about the first one is it had such an unrelentingly bleak atmosphere which really did make you think it might be the end of the world.

  • Scotty James Savile

    You can only name 6, and even admit a couple of them do have sequels. C’mon.

  • Shane o mac

    The collector,the collection and the next sequel is supposed to be the collected……can’t wait. Also what about laid to rest? It had 2 movies in the franchise with a 3rd teased

  • Wouldnt a prequel to Cabin in the Woods would only be a regular horror movie? i mean… i don’t think there would be anything interesting (just a variation on the monster) but hey, id be here for it.

    I forgot how fun Splinter is, i gotta watch it again, and the practical effects were pretty great.

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