Kinker Korner’s Top 56 Horror Movie Sequels #28-1 nsfw

So here we go….let’s count down the best of the best (in my opinion of course. Lesley Scott suggested this contentious list so she’s to blame for any arguments or abuse that gets thrown my way!. Let’s crack on then….

 

28.Creepshow 2-1987

I love a good anthology and horror is the perfect genre for it. The original, in which Stephen King and George A. Romero brought King’s stories to life was a blast and this time director Michael Gornick had a hell of a task living up to the sense of fun with the sequel. Thankfully he pulled it off with aplomb and in some ways surpasses the original. The E.C comics inspired presentation is just fantastic and it’s old school horror storytelling.

Best Bit-Thanks for the ride lady

 

27.King Kong vs Godzilla-1962

Oh boy I love my Kaiju movies and I wasn’t sure whether to put some of them on here or not but it seems this one is considered something of a sequel to the two franchises so any excuse to get it in here works for me.At the risk of sounding like a hipster which is a big no no for me….the Japanese subtitled version is the way to go because the American dubbed version is horrible and changes the narrative and loses a lot of the point the original film made. It’s satirical and far more light hearted than both characters first movies and the two stuntmen in rubber suits knocking seven shades out of each other means you have to really let yourself get lost in it or it’s just going to look daft.

Best Bit-Final fight

 

26.Child’s Play 2-1990

Everyone’s favourite murderous doll (Annabelle be damned) is back and as you can tell from the poster it’s more tongue in cheek. People who see the original nowadays after knowing about Chucky and his one liners are often surprised that it was played relatively seriously and for scares rather than the later comedy tinged sequels. In Child’s Play 2 the balance between serious and funny was still balanced more towards the scares and it really is a nice balance. It doesn’t have the initial tension of the original and Chucky is more of a mascot but what a blast the movie is.

Best Bit-Naught Teacher

 

25.10 Cloverfield Lane-2016

One for the “spiritual sequel” column as it doesn’t have much if anything to do with the original but it’s set in the same movie world. An incredible performance from John Goodman and a great starring turn from modern scream queen Mary Elizabeth Winstead deliver the tension as a young woman wakes up from a car crash in an underground bunker and is told the outside world has become inhabitable.

Best Bit-The twist reveal

 

24.(Rec) 2-2007

Just when the found footage horror movie looked to be completely dead, along came Spanish director Jaume Balaguero and scored a worldwide hit with (Rec) in 2007. It’s a claustrophobic nightmare in which a fire crew quarantine a block of flats after a bizarre virus is turning the residents into violent undead killers. The sequels picks up where the original left off with a special forces team going into the block with a doctor in the hopes of figuring out what is going on. …..all those guns and smarts don’t do much for them. There’s not many zombie sequels on the list so it’s a huge relief when one comes out and nails it.

Best Bit-Poor Martos

 

23.Candyman 2:Farewell To The Flesh-1995

Such an underrated movie. It was always going to be tough to follow up the Bernard Rose directed original based on the Clive Barker short story The Forbidden but Bill Condon (who would go on to win an Academy Award 3 years later) gave it a bash. Like with most horror characters, the more mystery there is the better but sequels need to build on the mythos and let the toothpaste out of the tube a little bit. While he does lose his more mysterious and creepy elements but his back story is so engrossing that it doesn’t really hurt him too much. The original is up there with my favourite horror movies and this sequel doesn’t really come close to it but it’s still a very enjoyable movie about a tragic character.

Best Bit-Candyman’s tragic end

 

22.Hellbound:Hellraiser 2-1988

Speaking of movies based on Clive Barker shorts, Hellraiser (based on Barker’s The Hellbound Heart) brought about a new style of British body horror unlike anything the scene had seen before. The sequel came along and although Barker decided not to reprise his role as director and left it to Tony Randel. I remember watching this as a young un’ and being completely confused but still enjoying the imagery and effects throughout. Often thought to be down to studio interference, the plot is all over the place but if anything it helps create that dreamlike aesthetic and ethereal vibe that permeates the entire movie. It’s an art piece and like with most arty movies, it is what you make of it.

Best Bit-Dr Channard’s transformation

 

21.The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2-1986

In 1974, Tobe Hooper created one of the most unsettling, disturbing and gritty horror movies of all time but he hilariously guessed that viewers would see humour in his ultra low budget fright fest….instead it went on to traumatize cinema-goers and create a tonne of controversy. Fast forward 12 years and he decided to forgo the subtly and ramp the camp up to 11 with the cannibalistic family filled with crazy characters that make Leatherface look well balanced. Dennis Hopper at his drugged fueled best is also a blast. A film that was not well received at all but found that all important cult following in the vhs market.

Best Bit-“You killed her you hog witch”

 

20.Alien 3-1992

David Fincher’s directorial debut it infamous for it’s disastrous development with constant studio interference (do they ever learn?) and it received a poisonous reception from fans of the franchise. If I were an adult at the time I probably would have seen it the same way but I saw it young….I think I saw it before I saw the second movie too and I’ll be honest I loved it. I still like it as a stand alone movie despite some terrible decisions in terms of previous characters etc. Oh….the dog scene though…….dinna do that mate,,,,just leave the pups out of this.

Best Bit-Up close and personal

 

19.Wes Craven’s New Nightmare-1994

I had this poster on my bedroom door when I was 10/11 years old….I was an odd child. A lot of people credit Craven’s Scream (which came two years later) for the birth of the hyper meta horror movie but he clearly had the idea before Scream writer Kevin Williamson because this is a movie in which A Nightmare On Elm Street actually exists. The actors play themselves, as do Craven and New Line Cinema’s Bob Shaye. It’s a genius movie and far better than another Elm Street entry on the list in terms of technical movie making but I’ll explain why that one gets a higher placement later.

Best Bit-“Miss Me?”

 

18.Gremlins 2:The New Batch-1990

Joe Dante upped the fun factor with his second Gremlins movie. Out goes a lot of the tense horror from the first movie and in comes a barrel load of self referential comedy and even a fourth wall shattering cameo from Hulk Hogan straight off of his Royal Rumble win!. Me and my brother had this on vhs as kids and absolutely loved it, it’s so much fun and if you can turn your brain off for a wee while and let yourself get lost in the goofy atmosphere then you’ll have a hell of a time. Who doesn’t love Gizmo?

Best Bit-Gizmo dance

 

17.Friday The 13th Part VII:The New Blood

It’s weird how things change, I remember in the early 00s in the online horror community (ugh) this sequel was considered one of the best and something of an underdog in the mainstream. I brought this up on a forum recently and not a single person agreed with me so it must go in cycles. Anyway this is the Friday The 13th with the best final girl (who I had a massive crush on as a young one) and a wacky psychokinesis theme that means she’s not helpless and can bring a formidable¬† challenge to Jason all throughout the movie.

Best Bit-Sleeping bag scene.

 

16.Ghostbusters 2-1989

Ok get ready for this….I prefer this to the original. Wanna fight? Look it’s pretty much all down to me and my brother having this on vhs as kids and not the first one so I saw it a lot more and it was a big part of our childhoods. I love the villain Vigo The Carpathian and he terrified me as a kid, the ooze motif was evocative of The Turtles so I was loving anything ooze related. It’s a great movie that gets unfairly bashed in my opinion.

Best Bit-Order in the court

 

15.Final Destination 5-2011

Another in the fun franchise that shows you can’t run away from death. When it’s your time it’s your time according to the Final Destination movies. By the fourth movie it had felt like the series had run out of steam and ideas but out came the fifth and it’s an absolute blast. When a director/writer knows what the series is and sticks to it it can be so much fun. It’s not high art….it doesn’t need a convoluted plot it’s just a series of invented and crazy deaths of annoying teenagers. Director Steven Quale, who hasn’t done much directing work, absolutely nailed it and really should be getting more work unless it’s his choice not to work. The bridge collapse scene is beautifully done. His work as James Cameron’s second unit director has clearly paid off.

Best Bit-Gymnastics is good for you

 

14.A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2:Freddy’s Revenge

Ahhh those Elm Street posters, best in the game. For a long time this was considered the worst sequel of the series, one of the worst sequels ever in fact. That was particularly the case in America but it always had something of an appreciative audience in Europe. It might be due to the gay subtext making people uncomfortable but it was the first Elm Street movie I saw and I was desperate to see the movies at the time. My brother rented it for me and I absolutely loved it. It has an incredibly creepy atmosphere and score and although there are some really bad missteps overall it’s a massive hit for me.

Best Bit-Freddy comes out

 

13.Zombi 2/Zombie Flesh Eaters-1979

The infamous Lucio Fulci film where a zombie attacks a swimming shark!. The Italian godfather of gore is perhaps best known for this brilliant zombie flick. It’s a bit of a cheat putting it on here as the 2 in Zombi 2 is supposed to refer to a sequel to Dawn Of The Dead which was known as Zombi is Italy. It was one of those late night channel four discoveries for me that I always talk about and I remember it being on the video nasties list so the young me was excited to see it. It didn’t disappoint and remains one of my favourite zombie movies…..I’ve done a list on that, go check it out.

Best Bit-The eye

 

12.Predator 2-1990

Kevin Peter Hall, the stuntman who played the predator on both the first movies died a year after the release of this film due to a blood transfusion giving him aids which is incredibly sad. This movie is still much maligned but I love it. A lot of people point to Danny Glover not being a suitable action star like Arnie was but that’s kind of the point. He’s a cop who is way out of his league when the alien decided to take it’s hunt to the city rather than the jungle. It’s hyper violent, shockingly so at times but that adds to the gritty atmosphere and the whole premise is a fun one that was explored the year before in the comic series Predator:Concrete Jungle.

Best Bit-Jamaican slaughter

 

11.Tetsuo 2:Body Hammer-1992

The sequel to Shinya Tsukamoto’s avant garde experimental masterpiece Tetsuo The Iron Man has a bigger budget but keeps a similar cyberpunk theme with a working man transforming into a weapon as he grows pieces of metal out of his body. As his son is kidnapped by thugs he welcomes the bizarre body transformation as he goes for his revenge. Like an art project from the most demented student of all time. ….and that soundtrack is just braw.

Best Bit-The chase

 

10.Destroy All Monsters-1968

A dream for any monster kids, this is like The Avengers of Kaiju movies and it’s characteristically insane with aliens controlling the minds of the giant monsters. After some absolutely guff sequels including Son Of Godzilla, the folks at Toho decided to go all out and throw the big guns into one movie. The monsters are being mind controlled by the aliens to attack different cities around the world. When the humans manage to free the monsters of their mind control the aliens reveal they have a big gun up their sleeve and release King Ghidorah to cause havoc.

Best Bit-Final fight

 

9.Halloween 2-1981

John Carpenter’s original is one of the greatest horror movies ever made and even after seeing it tens of times and being four decades old it’s still incredibly tense and terrifying. Although he felt he had told all the story that needed to be told, he was convinced to write and produce a sequel with Rick Rosenthal taking over as director. Most of the movie takes place within the claustrophobic confines of a hospital which is obviously seen as a place of protection and safety but not when Michael Myers is roaming around with a butcher knife. Jamie Lee Curtis is excellent again as Laurie Strode, one of the greatest final girls of all time.

Best Bit-Hot bath

 

8.The Silence Of The Lambs-1991

Does it count as a sequel to Manhunter? Yes to some, no to others but screw it it’s in here and it’s the only Academy award winner on the list scooping up all top five gongs. An incredible feat for what is essentially a horror thriller considering the Academy’s snobbish attitude towards the genre. You may be wondering why it’s not higher up on the list as some of the entries higher up are nowhere near award worthy and it’s a fair question. I’m going to be completely honest and say although it is clearly a fantastic film (it wouldn’t be this high if I didn’t think so) I think Anthony Hopkins’ performance is vastly overrated and even hammy at times. Even as a youngster it took me out of the film whereas the performances of Jodie Foster and Ted Levine as Buffalo Bill are the highlights for me. It’s a taught and tense thriller in which the FBI require the help of serial killer Hannibal Lecter to catch Buffalo Bill who is on a spree of his own.

Best Bit-It puts the lotion on it’s skin

 

7.Bride Of Frankenstein-1935

Whenever some snobby twat says Horror isn’t art shove this up their hoop sideways. An incredible sequel to the classic Universal monster hit Frankenstein with stunning make up effects and cinematography that make this director James Whale’s masterpiece. Boris Karloff’s plays the tragic monster who needs a mate and forces Dr Frankenstein to make him one. Everything from the score, the cinematography, the effects, the scenery and the acting are a hit that make it a touching and disturbing tale of science gone mad.

 

6.Blade 2-2002

I spoke about this wee gem in a little more detail in my list of best comic book movies so go check that list out after this one. Guillermo Del Toro shows his wonderful visual flare and monster design in his first big budget movie and he’s gone on to become one of the greatest genre directors of his generation. Donnie Yen is also in the film and his choreography¬† helped the action scenes stand out from the typical Hollywood fare. Want to know how badarse this movie is? It has one of the guys from 80s boy band Bros as the villain and it doesn’t suck…….there you go.

Best Bit-Final fight

 

5.Aliens-1986

Talk about upping the tempo. The first Alien movie was an incredibly tense and claustrophobic movie with one alien trapped on board with a group of space explorers while the sequel sends in a group of colonial marines to wipe out an entire colony of them. It’s non stop action at a relentless pace. They mostly come out at night….mostly.

Best Bit-“Get away from her you bitch”

 

4.Dawn Of The Dead-1978/Day Of The Dead-1985

In my top zombie movies list I lumped the dead trilogy together as one entry because they compliment each other so well. George A. Romero’s undead masterpieces set the benchmark for zombie media and although Dawn Of The Dead is, in my opinion a much better movie than Day Of The Dead they come as a package. Check out my zombie movie list for all things BRAAAAIIIIINS.

Best Bit From Dawn Of The Dead-Shopping spree

Best Bit From Day Of The Dead-Cpt Rhodes falls apart

 

3.Evil Dead 2:Dead By Dawn-1987

If you only knew the affable Sam Raimi for his mostly great Spider-man trilogy (I include parts of Spidey 3 in that yes indeedy) you would never imagine the depraved depths he plumbed in his early career. The vhs of the original Evil Dead sat in my neighbour and friend Ewan’s living room staring at me like so many others that stood out to me and I was desperate to see it but at a really young age my parents wouldn’t let me and I was a good little boy so I obliged. When my parents finally gave into my “can we go to splash mountain?” style assault and I did get to watch it, it blew me away. The grimy, dirty, low budget splatterpunk movie felt like it shouldn’t be watched, like we were breaking a law by putting it in the video player. The sequel appeared on good old channel 4 not long after I had seen the original and it left an even bigger impression on me. More humour, cooler effects and Bruce Campbell fully embracing the roll of Ash and nailing so many quotable lines and memorable scenes.

Best Bit-Hand job

 

2.Terminator :Judgement Day-1991

Often considered one of the greatest sequels of all time, T2 is cited as a rare example of a follow up that surpasses the sequel in every way. While I understand that…..I still prefer the original but that’s no slight on this movie as clearly I love it with it’s focus on amazing special effects and balls to the wall action as opposed to the taught horror of the original. James Cameron really created two very different movies in the first two in the franchise and two of the greatest sci fi movies of all time. I remember watching a lunch time show on a Saturday called Movies Games And Videos in 1991 and there was a special feature on T2 as it was coming to cinemas and in particular it discussed the effects. Me and brother sat watching it with our jaws on the floor and quite frankly almost three decades later it’s still incredible. It’s fun, it’s breath taking, it’s intense, has incredible stunts and it’s emotional. All in all it’s a fantastic movie that could have taken the number one spot on another day.

Best Bit-Thumbs up

 

1.A Nightmare On Elm Street 3:Dream Warriors

Technically is this a better movie than Terminator 2? No way….did it have a bigger impact on me? You bet. Other than the first movie in the franchise this is the only entry in which I really felt a connection with the teens and actually wanted them to survive. The idea of original heroine Nancy Thompson returning to teach the kids how to battle Freddy Krueger by controlling their dreams. By going into their dreams without fear and with the knowledge that they can be whatever they want to be it was such a clever concept that really added a fantasy element and helped flesh out the kids. Of course Freddy is no mug and he’s waiting with his own tricks and all adds up to a proper battle of wits. Chuck Russell bridged the gap between the original’s tense, full on horror and the later movies’ silly one liner fests. It remains one of my favourite franchise horror movies ever and favourite horror sequel ever.

Best Bit-Like a puppet on a string.

 

…..and there we go. This is sure to cause some conversation and controversy so have at it. Get in touch and give me your thoughts. Thanks again to my dawg Lesley Scott for the suggestion and if you have any lists you’d like to see send them to @swing_kinker byeeee x.

 

 

 

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