5 Horror Sequels That Don’t Suck

Sequels are both the best and worst thing to happen to the horror genre. Loved the original? We’ve got more of that for you! Really love the original? We have ten more installments exactly the same as the original for you. Some horror sequels are lazy, some are outright bad (Jason Goes to Hell), I’m looking directly at you. Below are five horror sequels that we recommend for a lot of reasons. One of the key reasons is that they remain faithful to their predecessor while, at the same time, adding something new and original to the story. Now THAT is the key formula to making a successful horror sequel.


Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009)
“Cabin Fever 2″ is a messy, gory, bloody cherry on top of a demented sundae. From the opening (poor Rider Strong) to the blood bath of an ending, nearly everything about this sequel works. This is one of those slasher movies where I just don’t understand the hate. Had this movie been made in the 1980′s and directed by Sam Raimi, horror fans would be praising this as the next second coming of horror. The gore is demented, the kills are extremely disgusting, and the central love story is actually quite sweet. I was actually touched at the sacrifice that one friend gave so another could live. So the epilogue doesn’t really work (poor Ti West got his movie taken away from him and had his ending completely butchered just to go in some producer cameos) but this is splatstick at its very best. If John Waters directed a horror film in the 1980’s, it would look something like this. Bloody


Final Destination 2 (2003)
“Final Destination 2″ is wittier, smarter, and bloodier than its original. It is clever in the way that it ties our characters from this film with characters from the previous installments. The deaths are incredibly inventive and stand as the best deaths of the entire series. The ending in particular is a black comedy miracle that shouldn’t work but does. Granted some of the acting can be a bit over-the-top and melodramatic and some of the effects don’t hold up as well as others. Nonetheless, this is still the rare sequel that takes everything that works about the original film and adds to it. A definite must see for fans of the original.


Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
“Friday the 13th Part 2″ is the kind of sequel that takes a lot of chances and most of them work. The film is well paced, well acted (big props to Amy Steel who does an incredible job as Ginny), and the deaths are effectively gruesome. Also, for what its worth, I’ll take potato head Jason over hockey mask Jason any day. This is a fun sequel that doesn’t exactly advance the series (the godawful Part 3 actually does more to define Jason than this one does) but doesn’t destroy its legacy either. The characters aren’t particularly memorable but they aren’t particularly annoying either. This is really the last point in the series were you actually still feel some affection for the characters. They aren’t quite stereotypes…yet. Furthermore, it contains the two best “jump scares” of the series and the ending is pretty damn scary. Sure the middle act drags a bit but don’t let that stop you, “Part 2″ is a fine slasher film that does the series proud.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
“Dream Warriors” is just all around a great sequel. I love that Nancy’s back for one last final battle with Freddy. A new addition too is the fact that Freddy is now able to target the teen’s fears and use it against them in their dreams. This makes the deaths more frightening and some of the use of special effects (the puppet scene, the television scene, etc) are just ingenious. Everything about the sequel works and when Freddy and Nancy have the one last showdown there is a bit of sadness at the end. It’s ***SPOILER ALERT**** always sad to see your hero die in the arms of the villain but it’s nice to see that Nancy isn’t willing to go down without a fight. In all honesty, the series should have ended with this installment.


Scream 2 (1997)
Although at times I feel as though I am in the minority, I truly believe that “Scream 2″ is the best film in the Scream franchise. This is that rare sequel that takes everything that works about its predecessor and manages to take it to another level. The deaths are suspenseful, the characters are charming and likable, and the twist ending works better than it has any right to. I also truly believe that this is some of Craven’s finest directing and the “cop car” scene is a hide-your-eyes-behind-your-fingers chiller of a scene. More than that, this film is just a hell of a lot of fun from beginning to end.


Tim’s Slasher Tweet Reviews: “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” (1987)

The Nightmare continues once again at Slasher Studios as our resident twitter reviewer Tim Schilling takes a look at “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.” By far and away the fan favorite of the Freddy sequels, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) is back with a whole new group of teens to battle Freddy but can they stop him for good? Of course not.

Thoughts before the film:
Totally liking this series more this time around. Hopefully it will continue through.

Thoughts while watching:
0:06 Even if you’re having a nightmare don’t you know never to go into the basement!?
0:07 At less the awesome score from the first movie is back. They didn’t have it in the second one.
0:14 So happy Nancy is back.
0:22 Come on Nancy you’re a DREAM WARRIOR!
0:24 Life style of the rich an psychotic. That may be a tv show at some point.
0:31 Human puppet… Kinda gross. But awesome at the same time.
0:34 A night on the quiet room. That sounds terrifying since this is basically an insane asylum.
0:39 Oh man crazy bitch you asleep!
0:39 What do you guys think: does Freddy say ‘fuck the prime time bitch’ or ‘welcome to prime time bitch’?
1:00 Freddy is the bastard son of 100 maniacs. I can see that.
1:01 I love that they got the same actors to reprise their roles.
1:10 Dream Warriors: assemble!
1:12 I don’t care if it’s true or not, I will always think Kristen’s mom is a prostitute. It fits.
1:28 Not fair, that guy gets two powers. He can talk AND blow up mirrors with his voice.
1:29 No not Nancy!!

Final Verdict:
#ANightmareOnElmStreet3 was another great sequel I thought. Like the second one, it was able to be a sequel while still being its own story. Great, crazy over the top effects and the return of good music. Oh yeah, and Nancy. Nancy is great too.

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Death of the Day–Phillip Turns Puppet in “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors”

Are you ready for a brand new death of the day? Today we will be looking at a particularly disturbing death that freaked me out for years: Phillip’s death from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. The way that Freddy slices open Phillip’s veins to turn him into a human puppet is quite disturbing. It gave me nightmares when I was a kid and I couldn’t watch the scene until well into my teenage years. You know what? Even watching the scene now, I STILL have to look away.