Best horror sequels
According to most, sequels to horror films are notoriously poor. This is a sweeping generalisation.
Here’s hotdog’s top 5 selection of some of the better sequels in the horror genre.
Exorcist 3 (1990)
Forget the terrible Exorcist 2: The Heretic; this is the true sequel to the oft-stated “scariest movie of all time”. George C Scott plays Kindermann perfectly and Brad Dourif is mesmerising as the Gemini killer….a truly intelligent horror film. Beware though, this picture is only loosely connected to “The Exorcist” (1973) – as should be – and happily functions as a stand-alone movie in itself.
Damien: Omen 2 (1978)
A sequel which although inferior to the original, is still as worthy a successor as can be; benefiting from an unbelievable score and some hollywood legends in lead roles (William Holden, Lee Grant, Lew Ayres and Silvia Sidney).
The opening theme is here – it’s my favourite musical piece of the series…haunting.
Poltergeist 2: The Other Side (1986)
Far darker in tone than the slightly disney-like original. Some impressive set-pieces, fascinating cinematography of the indian desert and a genuinely interesting sub-plot make this film a sort of second-hand tour-de-force. not to be overlooked.
Psycho 2 (1983)
Surprisingly, a great little film which honours rather than mocks Hitchcock. Although it was obviously made to cash-in on the 80s slasher genre, this movie manages to emerge as a tribute to the great director himself; a feat which is even more impressive when you realise that this is not only down to the returning Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles but also to a tense and mind-bending script.
And now perhaps for the surprise:
Puppetmaster 3: Toulon’s Revenge (1991)
This franchise is enjoyably poor but part 3 is the most imaginative and mature of the series. It’s a prequel to the first movie but even the most discerning of fans will find something to like here – and the acting is far superior to anything else you are likely to find in this sub-genre. Under-rated and unfortunately tarred by the brush held by inferior entries in the franchise.