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.