Top 10 Horror Sequels

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Top 10 Horror Sequels

Editor’s Notes: The Purge: Anarchy opens in wide release today, July 18th. Read Adrian’s review (5.0 / 10.0).

When people think of horror sequels, there’s always a temptation to denounce them as inferior films. True, it is easy to start citing examples of lesser films in franchises like Friday the 13th or Saw. But, as your mind meanders through the doldrums of lackluster installments, you might be surprised to find hidden gems made even more precious by their dreary surroundings.

Usually for a horror sequel to transcend its nature it must do one of two things: either it profoundly extrapolates themes from the original into new and terrifying places; or it exists in part to destroy the original (often this destruction comes at the hands of the original’s creator; i.e. the sequel and the original must both be directed or written by the same person).

Some people say the horror genre suffered from its obsession with sequels and prequels and remakes, oh my! However, we forget that’s how the genre first began. The legacy of the Universal monsters, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, the Wolfman, were all born of not one film, but many.

Sequels can be classy. They can sip champagne and entertain at parties just as well as any original work so long as they aim to do so. The problem is when they show up uninvited and are just there for the free food. You know who they are (fake cough)…Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013).

In honour of the approaching horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy, here’s a list of sequels that not only kept the party alive, but brought down the entire house.

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Horror Film Critic. Am I obsessed? Maybe. I prefer the term “passionate”; it has a less creepy stalker kind of vibe. Not that I have anything against creepy stalkers being that my genre of choice is and forever will be the depraved, demented and deranged dwelling of horror. If you're looking for films that don’t sugarcoat things, that reveal people at their ugliest, that aren’t afraid to spill a little blood and have fun doing it, then look no further!