11 Superb Horror Movie Sequels That Critics Love To Hate!

    Someone had once remarked that it is much easier to criticize than it is to create! Truer words have seldom been spoken. The best instance of this is probably the film-critics, who often take it too far when they try trashing a movie. We aren’t saying they are always wrong, but there are some amazing horror movie sequels where they completely messed up with their judgments. They were incapable of understanding the cheesiness of the movies, the fun aspect that made these so special for the fans and simply slammed the content with their harsh remarks.

    In this video, we bring to you eleven such horror movie sequels that you will love unless you fall prey to the critics and take them seriously! These entertaining horror flicks will somewhat shed the terrible reputation that sequels have acquired over the years!

    Maniac Cop 2 (1990)

    Maniac Cop 2 (1990)

    The murderous brand of vigilante justice by Matthew Cordell met with a fitting end when a good cop, Jack Forrest, brought him down. After Cordell’s death, suddenly, the same pattern of murders starts to spring up in New York City. Forrest realizes that Cordell is back from the grave, and this time, he seeks vengeance against those who plotted to have him killed. He joins forces with a serial killer, and it is going to be an uphill task to stop the duo in their act.

    True to the original, this sequel retains the dark and entertaining theme that made Maniac Cop such a joy to watch. The director William Lustig takes up the challenging job of providing continuity to the original and successfully manages to live up to the expectations. All the loose ends from the original have been addressed here, and even the characters have been continued. In fact, this movie betters the original in terms of the improved action sequences and some shocking deaths. The brilliant shootout scene in the police station can draw parallels with the likes of The Terminator! There is also a hair-raising car chase sequence through the streets of New York that will leave you shaken. Even the make-up effects are a steady improvement and help to portray the extremely violent deaths. The sardonic wit and black humor make this all the more entertaining, and the cleverly written dialogues strike a chord with the audience. Even the acting performances by Robert Davi, Bruce Campbell, and Robert Z’Dar leave a strong impact on the viewers. Overall, this is a praise-worthy sequel that can be an entertaining watch this Halloween!

    Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

    Hellbound Hellraiser II (1988)

    Kristy Cotton lands up in a psychiatric institution after her father and stepmother were brutally killed by cenobites. However, no one believes in her version of the story except the assistant of Dr. Channard, the brilliant psychiatrist in charge of the hospital. The doctor, too, has been looking for the key to another dimension and manages to resurrect Kristy’s dead stepmother. He kills his patients to offer her food, and the gruesome resurrected stepmother helps him to bring the forces of evil. But, his plans are disrupted by Kristy and his assistant, who want to end the evil forces once and for all!

    The only person who can do justice to a Clive Barker classic is Clive Barker himself! In this sequel, he pens down yet another intriguing story that lives up to the hype around the first movie in this series. A noticeable difference in this one is that the insanity quotient goes up a notch, with a detailed vision of hell provided by the makers. The movie once again goes on to explore the subliminal journey into human desire, masochism, and craziness. Pinhead might be an evil antagonist, but he also provides the source of logic and comfort at times! Even in the middle of all this madness, there are elements of compassion that bind together in forming a complete narrative. The visual brilliance of this film takes it to a different level. There are some excruciating scenes of torture that will haunt you for times to come. Besides, the climax scene with the fall of Leviathan is probably the most morbid monster deaths that you will ever experience in movies. The later movies in the series miss the magical touch of Clive Barker, and this is probably the best entry among all the sequels.

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors (1987)

    The story picks up from where the original Nightmare left off, and we see Nancy has grown to become a psychiatrist who specializes in dream therapy. She is working with some children who share the nightmare of the dreaded killer Freddy Kruger. One of these children, Kristen, has the special power of drawing other people into her dreams, and this power can be used to destroy the dangerous Freddy forever!

    The director, Chuck Russell, is better known for classics such as The Mask and The Blob, but in this case, he did well to bring the popular franchise to the fore with an amazing sequel. In this outing of the franchise, the dreaded killer Freddy Kruger is back, and he goes about his business of killing teenagers in their sleep! The haunting ambiance is perfected with some fresh FX work that is still fresh in the minds of the fans. In a way, this is less dark than the original, but in no way is it less entertaining. There are some clever plot twists that will shock the audiences. Patricia Arquette impresses in her first major role, and others like Robert Englund as the horrifying killer are as stunning as usual! It is not surprising that the sequel was penned down by the creator of Elm Street, Wes Craven, as you get to enjoy the same kind of cleverly written, fast-paced horror fantasy! This is hands-down the best Elm Street sequel, and we strongly recommend you to watch it if you haven’t already.

    Jason X (2001)

    Jason X (2001)

    Jason Vorhees, a murderous psycho, was cryogenically frozen in the year 2008 alongside a scientist named Rowan. After several centuries when Earth becomes uninhabitable, humans move to another planet. A group of students accidentally awaken Jason and Rowan inside a spaceship. Once Jason begins to kill the students and crew of the spaceship, it all depends on Rowan to reign in the monster before it is too late.

    It is great fun to marvel at the return of Jason Voorhees, who comes back with a new look and a new machete. Only his old murderous nature remains the same! Kane Hodder is well-respected for his work in this challenging role, and he mesmerizes the audience once again with a wonderful performance. Friday the 13th film series never gets old, and this installment boosts the exciting aspect one more time. We find this movie to be a suitable sequel with the slasher sci-fi nature retained. The claustrophobia of the spacecraft is well-expressed, and the tongue in cheek humor provides great entertainment. Watch out for the special cameo by David Cronenberg. Uber Jason will thrill with the kills, especially the liquid nitrogen kill, which is sure to blow your mind. Don’t go in expecting Gone with the Wind stuff, and you will love the crazy entertainment on offer!

    The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

    The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

    Remember the deranged Firefly Family from House of 1000 Corpses? They are back once again, with Otis and his sister reuniting with a brutal clown from hell. They brutalize innocent hostages, and the body count rises. The sheriff, Wydell, is in pursuit of these sadistic killers and is also seeking revenge for the death of his brother. But it is never easy to get hold of the Devil’s Rejects, and it heads towards an action-packed final showdown.

    Rob Zombie is a veteran when it comes to making horror movies, but The Devil’s Rejects still remains his best work. He is clearly influenced by movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Badlands. He creates a cohesive narrative where you kind of feel attached to the bond shared by the Firefly family. While they are the villainous antagonists, you still find yourself rooting for them once in a while. The characters are built carefully, with a storyline that leaves you in a dilemma over whom to sympathize for. In some ways, this movie is even better than the original and certainly more thought-provoking. How you feel about the bloody end sequence is really going to surprise you, and this injection of empathy is the expertise of the veteran director! There are moments of sadistic violence that will keep you on your toes. It isn’t the easiest of movies to watch, but you are going to have a hell of a time if you give it a chance!

    Hostel: Part II (2007)

    Hostel Part II (2007)

    Three pretty American female students studying abroad are tricked by a beautiful Eastern European woman into stepping inside a Slovakian hostel where they are promised seclusion and even romance. However, they soon find themselves in a living hell where they are sold to the highest bidder. The hosts love to torture, rape, and murder the victims, and the twisted masters bring them to a world of unthinkable pain. Is there a way out of this hellish world?

    When Eli Roth first came up with Hostel, it was an impressive attempt at creating a horror flick using extreme brutality and a social critique. For the sequel, he does it even better with a bigger budget. The violence intensifies, as does the bloodbath that ensues. The script seems tighter and better-constructed for this one, and even the characters are better drawn up. This sadistic sequel even has a great twist to excite the fans. The plot goes about shedding some light on the fate of backpacker Paxton, who managed to escape from the facility in Slovakia. In many ways, the story has similarities with the original, but the updates are the gory deaths and the improved narrative. Jay Hernandez, Roger Bart, Lauren German, and other members of the cast pull off a complete performance where everyone seems suited for their roles. As long as you have the stomach for some extreme gore, you can go ahead and enjoy this well-made sequel that has become a cult classic over time.

    Leprechaun in the Hood (2000)

    Leprechaun in the Hood (2000)

    Three young rappers are looking to buy some equipment to be able to perform in a contest in Las Vegas. When a local pimp, Mack, betrays them, they decide to get even. They break into his place and steal a lot of his jewelry and gold. However, they unknowingly awaken an evil Leprechaun who starts a killing spree while hunting for his stolen gold! Once the murderous Leprechaun is loose in the hood, nobody is safe!

    This is the fifth entry in the series, and it proves to be an engaging laugh-riot like you would expect. The campy humor and irresistible silliness make it just perfect for a guilty pleasure! Warwick Davis returns as the murderous yet hilarious leprechaun who puffs weed and perfects the act of a vile creature. However, the viewer is bound to be floored by the concept that everyone has a Leprechaun within themselves. Right from the opening scene to the heart-wrenching conclusion where the leprechaun explains his plight, the movie is packed with funny but thought-provoking content. There isn’t much in terms of budget for the costumes and make-up, but eventually, it still manages to be better than some of the other sequels. If you are intrigued by a Leprechaun who smokes weed and gets nasty with his ladies, then you will enjoy this movie for some late-night fun.

    Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)

    Wrong Turn 2 Dead End (2007)

    A retired military commander Dale Murphy is hosting a challenging survival reality show. The participants have to survive in a remote West Virginia wasteland forests for prize money of US$ 100000. But the show soon turns into a nightmarish sequence when the contestants discover that some mutant cannibalistic family is trying to hunt them down and feed on them! Fiction soon turns into reality as the participants try their best to evade the ruthless butchers. Who can survive in this hopeless game?

    This sequel offers more of the same gory violence that only gets bloodier this time around. There is not much to the story, and neither is it all that innovative! The plot is something that you have seen several times, and you could literally summarize it on the back of a matchbox. What then makes this movie so special? Yes, it is all about the execution, the body parts chopped off and blood gushing out like an endless stream. Besides the obligatory nudity and sex scene, the movie is all about pleasing the gorehounds and enhancing the adrenaline rush with a tense atmosphere. The original had a dark, grainy, and hardcore look to it that is somewhat missing in this sequel. However, it makes up for that with the higher entertainment quotient. It tries to be a no-brainer and a mindless fun flick that you can enjoy for a Halloween get-together. Watch it for the inventive and brutal deaths, some interesting characters, and above all, for the amazing sequel that it turns out to be!

    Bride of Chucky (1998)

    Bride of Chucky (1998)

    The dangerous doll possessed by a serial killer kills his old-time sweetheart, Tiffany, and brings her back as a doll-bride. They tag along with an unsuspecting couple on the highway, and soon they embark upon their killing spree. The human couple realizes that it is going to be a highway through hell as they must counter the evil dolls and their deeds.

    When the killer-doll horror flick Child’s Play was released in 1988, it was immediately a grand success. Naturally, there were several attempts at pulling off a sequel for the movie. Unfortunately, these sequels were rather average until Bride of Chucky came up in 1998. It followed the path of self-referential horror flicks like Scream and reaped the rewards as a fun horror-comedy. The foul-mouthed killer Doll Chucky promises a laugh-riot alongside his wife, Tiffany. The voice-acting of Brad Dourif and Jennifer Tilly makes this performance even more special. The horror-fans would be pleased by some gory murders that spice up the fast-paced narrative. There are some unbelievable scenes, such as the one where the guy gets blown to bits by a huge truck. The pulse-pounding suspense eventually leads to a shocking ending that makes it totally worth the watch. In the absence of lousy CGI, the special effects will manage to impress you. In short, if horror movie sequels could be ranked, this would be right up there alongside some of the best.

    Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)

    Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)

    Colonel Reynolds is in charge of a secret government experiment that works on re-animating the dead for military purposes. His son Curt breaks into the facility with his facility and witness the procedure. When Curt’s girlfriend Julie dies in a bike crash, he is heartbroken and brings her back to the facility. He successfully brings her back to life, but she acts strangely and respawns as a zombie. Now, Curt must help out Julie to survive in her new form and also stay clear of the military agents and gang members who are after them.

    One of the most noticeable aspects of this sequel is how it manages to drop the tone of humor that is associated with the franchise. Here, things take a serious turn, and the gore-factor is heightened many-folds with an increased budget. The special-effects team deserves a lot of credit for the good work, and the efforts of Brian Yuzna as the director is also commendable. Melinda Clarke is impressive as the love-struck protagonist who self-mutilates to stave off hunger as she slowly transforms into an undead creature. The storyline never loses track of the unique love story that struggles once Julie turns into a monster with an urge to consume human flesh. While some may say that this movie is missing the claustrophobic elements of the first one, the classic climax will put all complaints to rest! We must admit, however, that the low budget hurts the production values at times, and some scenes do look a bit fake. But considering the times and the fact that this is a B-movie, you can be assured of a great time if you overlook the flaws!

    Evil Dead 3 – Army of Darkness (1992)

    Evil Dead 3 - Army of Darkness (1992)

    Ash gets transported to the 1300 A.D., where he is held as a slave by Lord Arthur. However, he soon manages to gain his respect by defeating two monsters in the fighting pit. He is sent to retrieve the Necronomicon, but some mistakes accidentally awaken the dead. In the crazy battle between the living and the dead, Ash must help Arthur defeat the undead army. This might be his only chance of getting back to his own time!

    Sam Raimi never forgets to remind you to have some fun in his carefree sort of narrative. It is easy to dismiss his movies as brainless dummies, but if you observe closely, there is much more to the plot than what meets the eye! This movie picks off from where Evil Dead II left off and starts off with a somewhat altered opening. Bruce Campbell and his facial expressions make the character of Ash come alive for the viewers. He is back and funnier than ever with a performance that will be remembered for times to come. He is just perfect as the arrogant and hilarious hero who is armed with a chainsaw as he takes on the forces of darkness. We personally feel like this is one of the best entries in the franchise, and while you may beg to differ, we are certain that you would enjoy the experience nevertheless!

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