7 Horror Sequels As Good As The OriginalMeh
I have been on the road the last couple of days and wanted to get back in the saddle with a new editorial that I am sure a lot of you may disagree with but here is hoping at least one or two of you share my tastes. Today I want to share with you all 7 Horror Sequels that are just as good as the original.... if not better in some cases. So without any further ado here are 7 Horror Sequels that kick ass.
American Psycho 2: All American Girl: Two words, Mila Kunis and William Shatner. I loved American Psycho and when I heard they were doing a sequel to say I was less then impressed was an understatement. I ended up seeing it when it played on HBO and was quite shocked to find out that not only could Mila Kunis act, but that the film was actually quite good. Admittedly it has lost the psychedelic demented charm of the first one that starred Christian Bale but this one is still a keeper. In American Psycho 2 Mila Kunis plays a girl named Rachael who has developed a taste for murder and will stand at nothing to become William Shatners Assistant ( he plays her professor ). Needless to say all kinds of carnage unfolds as people start dropping like flies around this 'All American Girl'.
Army of Darkness: Hello... Bruce Campbell... do I really need to say more? About as scary as a cottage full of smurfs this sequel to Evil Dead is both entertaining and epic in its tale. Our favorite chinned hero is thrown back to medieval times to fight the hordes of the undead. With him he has his trusty car, shotgun, and of course chainsaw appendage. The premise alone of Bruce Campbell taking on all comers in a medieval landscape with a shotgun is genius on its own. Sam Raimi pulled out all the stops making Army of Darkness one of the greatest horror comedies ever made. I own every edition on DVD and VHS and have seen it over 40 times easily. If you have not seen Army of Darkness and call yourself a Bruce Campbell fan... you need to turn in your membership card now. Army of Darkness is easily one of his best films ever made
HOSTEL 2: Fun fact, HOSTEL was the first film that the studios came to us for a quote from. So if you turn over your HOSTEL DVDs you will see a top of DVD quote from this very site. That said I hated HOSTEL.... well hate might me a stretch. I just did not get it. It was nothing but mindless gore with little else to offer. I have always been a believer that gore has a place in horror films but the story needs to drive things... not the gore itself. That all said and done when HOSTEL 2 came out I never went and saw it in theaters for obvious reasons. It then popped onto DVD and I picked it up in a particularly generous feeling day. Imagine my surprise when I found Hostel 2 quite entertaining and fun. Still had all the silly gore and torture sequences but this go around it had some semblance of acting and an interesting tale to go with it. Hostel 2 for me far surpassed the original.
Dawn of the Dead: I remember when I first discovered George Romero's zombie anthology and I watched Night of the Living Dead, Day of the Dead and somehow completely missed Dawn of the Dead. When I finally got around to watching Dawn of the Dead it quickly became one of my all time favorite sequels. Although in all honesty you can put any Romero zombie movie on this list and I would consider it worthy. Dawn of the Dead takes the zombie epidemic to new heights with your typical class and style and over the top gore that George Romero is so well known for. Romero is the king of story driven filmmaking with gore for effect, not to make the movie move. Dawn of the Dead is definitely one of his best.
Aliens: Alien was a fantastic movie and is easily one of the coolest sci fi horror movies ever made. It really is the one film that made me think that space travel ws probably not the best idea. In the sequel ALIENS we have the same intensity from the first one with a ton more action. In Aliens it brings a ton more action as Space Marines go toe to toe with an angry nest of the Aliens and Ripley must struggle to escape with her limbs and innards all intact. A Lot of people hated Alien Resurrection but I am willing to be that most of you, like me found Aliens to be a fantastic thrill ride.
Return of the Killer Tomatoes: This is one of my all time favorite b-movies ever made. The film also is one of George Clooney's first. Its cheesy, its insanely over the top and at times its outright stupid and I love it. Professor Gangrene is back in the sequel and this go around the Tomatoes are being made to look like people.... and in one particular case a really hot chick that are heroes have set out to save. This movie has tons of tongue in cheek humor, lots of stupidity and plenty of b-movie magic and I for one think its one of George Clooney's best movies... not just one of his first.
White Noise 2: I realize that alot of people did not like White Noise, much less White Noise 2 but I for one thought White Noise was fantastic. I also thought that the sequel which starred Nathan Fillion was also a ton of fun. The film also starred Katee Sackhoff who plays Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica and was directed by Patrick Lussier who directed My Bloody Valentine 3-D. It is similar to the first film in that once again the lead character played by Nathan Fillion can see the dead but this go around it has a nice twist and an interesting ending. Shot with great production values and featuring a good cast and great direction this is one direct to DVD sequel I thought was a ton of fun.
So there are 7 Horror Sequels that I thought were well worth checking out. Having read the list what do you agree with? What do you disagree with? More importantly what would be on your list for must see horror sequels?