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Ranking: Every Horror Movie Sequel From Worst to Best

To crib from Stephen King, sometimes they come back ... and often they suck

Horror Movie Sequels, artwork by Cap Blackard
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    Rank and File finds us sorting through an exhaustive, comprehensive body of work or collection of pop-culture artifacts. This time, we sift through the slush pile of horror sequels and separate the terrible from the terrifying.

    There’s perhaps nothing more pure than a stand-alone horror movie. Well, a good one. You know, something like They Live or The Craft. But, as is often the case in Hollywood and elsewhere, if it gets that cash, it’s gonna get a sequel. We’re all so enamored with The Babadook and It Follows these days, but where would we stand on the original films after four or six more entries in either franchise? Would we like the originals better? Worse? Would it be a Nightmare on Elm Street situation, the kind where we’d think of how revered that original film would be had they never made a sequel? We’ll never know.

    But horror sequels sure are tempting, eh? Not just for studios, but audiences, too. No matter how blasphemous or unnecessary it might seem, we horrorhounds dutifully file into the theater to see if lightning can strike twice or, in one of those rare, rare instances, the sequel can actually surpass its predecessor. After all, there’s nothing that says Saw V has to be bad. It’s just that usually it is. But we keep going back, and as long as they keep making ‘em, we’ll keep going back. There’s something comforting about that.

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    In celebration of All Hallow’s Eve, we decided to revisit not just our favorite horror sequels, but also our least favorite. That meant watching every horror sequel. And that, of course, meant ranking every horror sequel. Our major criteria was that the film had to have had, at least in some form, an American theatrical release. We also shaved off some years by ignoring the Universal Monsters/Hammer Films and focusing solely on every horror sequel (not prequel) that followed 1976’s The Omen. Again, they must have had an American theatrical release.

    Did we forget any? Let us know and we’ll write a sequel to this article. Don’t act like you wouldn’t read it.

    –Randall Colburn

    blood divider Ranking: Every Horror Movie Sequel From Worst to Best

    150. Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

    Yes, they brought back Halloween II director Rick Rosenthal. Yes, they reconstructed the original Myers house. Yes, they returned to Haddonfield, Illinois after the California detour in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. But, they also totally dismissed the ballsy finale of its predecessor by working in an asinine Texas switch that not only turns Michael Myers into Mission: Impossible‘s Ethan Hunt but dresses down the entire character of Laurie Strode.

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    Everything Jamie Lee Curtis’ iconic heroine accomplished in H20 — conquering her fears, dominating evil, becoming one of the strongest female protagonists in horror — is all for nothing thanks to her perfunctory death in Resurrection. Her pathetic send-off is on the level of a cheap ’90s soap opera, and once the brother and sister embrace, you start to realize how far a sequel can go in this industry before it’s just absolutely unrecognizable.

    Today, fans still want Resurrection officially wiped off the canon by the Akkads as they aren’t quick to forget this slimy move. Or, you know, the fact that they turned John Carpenter’s little-indie-horror-that-could into a reality television parody, complete with a lame subplot involving a Blade Runner fan, underwritten idiots, and a kung-fu loving Busta Rhymes who delivers the trailer-ready, achingly 2002 line: “Trick or treat, motherfucker.” Oy. –Michael Roffman


    149. Basket Case 2 (1990)

    Frank Henelotter’s sequel to his 1982 cult-classic, Basket Case, dialed back on the horror and turned up the silliness. The film finds Duane Bradley and Siamese brother Belial living in a community for other deformed individuals that comes under attack by the real monsters of the world: tabloid reporters. Basket Case features some wonderfully gooey and gory special effects, and it’s always great when the original creator comes back for a sequel, but the film lacks much of the New York sleaze of its predecessor. –Mike Vanderbilt


    148. Carnosaur 2 (1995)

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    “Weird Al” Yankovic once sang, “Jurassic Park is scary in the dark.” Maybe Al, but this one sure ain’t. There was zero reason for anyone to even think about a follow-up to 1993’s instantly forgettable Carnosaur; it wasn’t a box office hit, it was released four weeks before Spielberg’s epic, and the critics loathed the damn thing. John Savage, what the hell were you thinking signing up for this? –Michael Roffman


    147. The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) (2015)

    The first Human Centipede got by on novelty, the second on shock. There’s nowhere else for director Tom Six to go for the final entry in his sick trilogy. It’s not even enjoyable from an exploitation perspective. It’s just a bad film. –Randall Colburn


    146. Leprechaun 2 (1994)

    Long after Jennifer Aniston first ran away from Warwick Davis, the Leprechaun series would find its proper footing by becoming a collection of fish-out-of-water parables. See: Leprechaun’s Vegas Vacation (aka Leprechaun 3); Leprechaun 4: In Space; Leprechaun: In the Hood; and Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood. Skip: This one. –Michael Roffman


    145. Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)

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    Here’s a partial list of people who might get the first sequel to 1997’s critically tolerated Anaconda terrifying: fans of animation and special effects (the CGI is … something), people who know anything about wildlife in Borneo (it’ not exactly like what’s shown here), and people who have tried and failed to get their own films made while this sailed into production. And here’s a complete list of people who won’t be: people who like to be scared by horror films. —Sarah Kurchak


    144. The Human Centipede 2 – Full Sequence (2011)

    The metafictional device is a nice touch (the portly killer here is inspired by the original Human Centipede), but this sequel strips away all the arthouse buzz of the first film to reveal what this series really is: an ass-to-mouth-to-ass schoolyard joke that creator Tom Six can’t stop laughing at. It still stands slightly above Human Centipede (Final Sequence), if only for its grimy black-and-white cinematography and the fact that it actually manages to be shocking instead of just lazy. –Dan Caffrey


    143. Hatchet II (2010)

    Back in 2006, Adam Green’s throwback slasher film, Hatchet, won over a number of critics and effectively garnered a minor cult fanbase. It helped that veterans Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, and Tony Todd hopped along for the ride. Unfortunately, the wood proved too tough for Green’s second swing, and not even the addition of Halloween scream queen Danielle Harris (in lieu of Tamara Feldman) makes this dull slice of horror a cut above the… oh fuck it, you get it. –Michael Roffman


    142. The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death (2015)

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    No Radcliffe? No dice. –Randall Colburn


    141. The Gate II: Trespassers (1990)

    Tibor Takács’ original supernatural horror film, The Gate, was a neighborhood nightmare. Stephen Dorff played a precocious little boy who battled creepy crawlers from beneath the ground with a mythos that could have been drawn up on construction paper and with crayons. It’s dumb fun now, but as a kid, it was terrifying — almost a cautionary tale for why we need our ‘rents around. Takács returned three years later to helm the Dorff-less sequel, only he lost the story’s dark magic in transition. –Michael Roffman


    140. Piranha II: The Spawning (1980)

    James Cameron’s “directorial debut” (he started on set as the special effects director and was promoted when the original director walked, but he doesn’t feel like the final cut represents him in any way) is not a classic. It’s a less scary, less-sensical, and less self-aware follow-up to the 1978 horror satire Piranha that stars flying fish. And those fish are played by glorified wind-up toys. But it’s still arguably better than Titanic. (Editor’s Note: Take that back, Sarah! I’ll never let that go. I’ll never let that go…) —Sarah Kurchak


    139. Piranha 3DD (2012)

    Alexandre Aja’s loose 2010 remake of 1978’sPiranha proved to be a spirited, tongue-in-cheek parody that was less concerned with poking fun at old tropes than just straight up beating them to the ground like a rotting horse corpse. It helped that the film was chock full of familiar faces, namely Adam Scott, Elizabeth Shue, Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd, and Richard “Damn you” Dreyfuss. John Gulager’s exhaustive, excessive sequel, however, bites off way more than it can feed to the titular shitheads. Hasselhoff playing himself is a nice touch, though. –Michael Roffman


    138. Pet Sematary Two (1992)

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    Pet Sematary Two never gets as scary as the original. (Nobody likes seeing animals dying on-screen, and let’s all admit that the spinal meningitis-afflicted Zelda is the most disturbing thing ever). Two delivers more re-animated corpses and canines, and while less depressing (and perhaps more charismatic than the original), it just doesn’t pack the same visceral punch. Though, it’s always cool to see Clancy Brown as a villain. –Mike Vanderbilt


    137. An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)

    Love Tom Everett Scott. Love Julie Delpy. Love the Bush remix of “Mouth”. Can’t say the same about this paint-by-numbers remake of the original film. Woof. –Michael Roffman


    136. Scanners II: The New Order (1991)

    Making a sequel to one of David Cronenberg’s horror masterpieces might be blasphemous, but the impulse is, in its own twisted way, understandable. The mad scientist of the art film world consistently creates such uniquely fascinating settings in his work that you can’t help but want to play in those bizarre sandboxes a little while longer. But when you try to take on a Cronenberg idea without any of the artist’s nuance or intelligence, you get Scanners II. —Sarah Kurchak


    135. Slumber Party Massacre Part III (1990)

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    Three times the charm? Not exactly. The third go-around with the driller killer doubles down on the gore and scales back on the humor, losing what made Deborah Brock’s ludicrous second entry so much fun. Then again, by 1990, the whole slasher parody schtick was old hat, which is probably why Slumber 3 feels like a joke that’s been passed around for years. It’s also telling that this is the only entry in the trilogy not directed and written by a woman. While Sally Mattison helmed the picture, it was Bruce Carson behind the typewriter. Dammit, Bruce. –Michael Roffman


    134. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)

    What a wet fart this one was. After five engaging movies that peaked and dipped but never plateaued, the Paranormal Activity franchise limped toward its finish line with this dull, forgettable entry. Watch the first one, then watch this, and just try to piece together how one led to the other. The original Paranormal Activity worked because its limited budget necessitated a reliance on atmosphere over effects. The Ghost Dimension is all CGI, none of it redeemed by even a single engaging character or clever justification for the film’s found footage conceit. A wasted opportunity. –Randall Colburn


    133. The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)

    The original Carrie (and the novel that inspired it) wasn’t just horrific for its creepy crucifixes, dead teenagers, and buckets of pig’s blood. The story also has genuine pathos, unearthing the crippling pain of what it’s like to get bullied both in high school and at home. But the sequel disregards all of this by turning Carrie White’s half sister into a stereotypically brooding loner. She’s not an expansion of the archetypal teenage outcast — she’s a cardboard cutout of one. “Dude, it’s her! It’s her doing it!” Turning Carrie into an afterschool special; that’s what. –Dan Caffrey


    132. House II: The Second Story (1987)

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    Remember how good the artwork was for these movies? Anyway, while the original was a pretty fun example of a horror comedy, this one gets rid of the terror altogether. Think comedy/fantasy/western. It only worked on Brisco County. This House has bad special effects, a pleasant old timey zombie, time travel, and a lot of Arye Gross. Oh, and that is most definitely Bill Maher at a dinner party light years before his ABC show. New rules: No more acting! –Justin Gerber


    131. Rings (2017)

    Rings finally answers those mythology questions left dangling after The Ring 2. Or maybe it’s as pointless as any sequel we received in 2017. In this installment, we discover a new wrinkle surrounding that dastardly tape, but unfortunately we’re following a couple of leads who are hawt as HELL but could care less about. Naomi Watts isn’t the only thing missing from this movie. With so few scares the once-haunting presence of Samara may as well stay down that well forever. –Justin Gerber


    130. Underworld: Awakening (2012)

    Awakening is a significant improvement over the 2009 prequel Rise of the Lycans which is one of the nicer things you can say about the latest installment in the Underworld franchise. Selene (and Kate Beckinsale’s considerable charisma and catsuit-wearing skills) are back, and now she has a vampire/lycan/human hybrid child named Eve. Michael (Scott Speedman) appears only in archival footage. Vampires and lycans continue to fail at diplomacy. And apparently we’ll get more of the same soon! —Sarah Kurchak


    129. Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

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    The first two Insidious movies are so tremendously boring. I honestly can’t fathom how these films were both financially successful and critically acclaimed. I am sitting here at my desk getting angry thinking about Insidious: Chapter 2, which I know is one of the most pathetic sentences ever written. Here’s what I wrote in my review of Insidious: Chapter 3: “the Insidious movies are more Halloween costume than horror movie, relying on anachronistic aesthetics — candlelit hallways, vintage dresses, dollface makeup, marionettes, the list goes on — to tap into a universally accepted idea of horror, rather than anything truly uncanny.” That sums it up. –Randall Colburn


    128. Saw V (2008)

    The worst of the series, undone by the franchise’s bizarre belief that we give a single fuck about the histories of its bland supporting cast. Saw V mostly concerns the backstory of Costas Mandylor’s Detective Mark Hoffman, a main antagonist/Jigsaw apprentice who is so boring and Jesus Christ why would anyone ever want to watch this. Completely inessential, even for fans of the franchise. –Randall Colburn


    127. Blair Witch (2016)

    When it was revealed that Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s The Woods was actually a sequel to Blair Witch, the announcement was met with quite a bit of excitement for a sequel that arrived 16 years too late. The film ended up disappointing audiences, but who knows that they were expecting from a reboot of a franchise that appears wasn’t meant to be. The film’s third act delivers plenty of claustrophobic scares and some inventive takes on the genre (the drone in particular), but in the end Blair Witch is nothing more than a found footage potboiler. Maybe this was Wingard attempting to make sure there was never another Blair Witch like Gus Van Sant did with Psycho. –Mike Vanderbilt


    126. The Grudge 2 (2006)

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    Many horror sequels try to significantly up the gore and body count in an effort to give viewers something more and a little different from what they liked in the original. This sequel to the 2004 Japanese-American remake of the 2002 Japanese film, Ju-On: The Grudge, does something a little different. While only slightly darker and deadlier than The Grudge, it really doubles down on its predecessor’s unfocused plot to offer something maddeningly incomprehensible. –Sarah Kurchak


    125. Underworld: Evolution (2006)

    Director Len Wiseman and screenwriter Danny McBride’s world-building skills start to show signs of strain in the second offering from their Underworld series about vampires, werewolves (known as lycans), and Kate Beckinsale’s considerable charisma and catsuit-wearing skills. But Beckinsale’s considerable charisma and catsuit-wearing skills are at least able to smooth out some of the weak story’s rougher edges as her character, the vampire Selene, and her vampire/lycan pal, Michael (Scott Speedman), face off against the original vampire. –Sarah Kurchak


    124. The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007)

    Noticing a trend here? This is the second subpar sequel of a Alexandre Aja remake (see: Piranha 3DD above). Once again, the follow-up can’t live up to Aja’s twisted vision, even though Martin Weisz comes a hell of a lot closer than John Gulager. After opening with one of the more twisted visuals in torture porn horror — a captive woman forced to breed mutant children — the story collapses from redundancy and a lack of sustainable characters. Which is strange since Wes Craven, who wrote and directed the original films, penned this remake sequel with his son, Jonathan. Bummer. –Michael Roffman


    123. Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

    An offering from the Resident Evil film franchise is like a fast food meal: You know it’s not “good” for you, but it reliably and predictably satisfies a certain craving and it’s not really fair to judge it too harshly when it never sets out to be anything other than what it is. In Retribution, Alice (consistently bad ass Milla Jovovich) escapes from an Umbrella base, faces clones of old foes, and finds herself responsible for the fate of what’s left of the human race. –Sarah Kurchak


    122. Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1993)

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    The first time I saw the trailer for Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice, I was convinced the bad guy was played by the same cool actor who played Rudy in The Monster Squad. It wasn’t him. The Final Sacrifice is not directly based on Stephen King material as the original was, but does feature more teens killing in the name of He Who Walks Behind the Rows. While it isn’t “The Final” entry of the series, it’s the final one to see theatrical release. For good reason. –Justin Gerber


    121. Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

    Despite the odd moment that borders on bordering on inspired (you can’t go too wrong with a creepy amusement park), Revelation might be one of the most ironically named films of all time. The second film based on the Silent Hill video game series almost entirely fails to capitalize on its source material, its stereoscopic technology, and its surprisingly starish—studded cast and mostly makes you wish that you were watching them be Jon Snow, Boromir, Trinity, and Alex DeLarge, instead. –Sarah Kurchak


    120. Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)

    Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 is not as nasty as its predecessor, barely takes place on Christmas, and a good chunk of the film’s 88-minute runtime is comprised of scenes from the original, but it gave the Internet “Garbage Day.” Thanks, Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2! Film star Eric Freeman wants to make a direct sequel to the film, ignoring Silent Night, Deadly Night 3 and creating an alternate timeline in the Silent Night, Deadly Night cinematic universe. Okay. –Mike Vanderbilt


    119. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

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    An offering from the Resident Evil film franchise is like a fast food meal: You know it’s not “good” for you, but it reliably and predictably satisfies a certain craving and it’s not really fair to judge it too harshly when it never sets out to be anything other than what it is. In Extinction, Alice (consistently bad ass Milla Jovovich) wanders around a T-virus ravaged America looking for survivors, spends some time in Vegas, and eventually amasses a clone army to take on Umbrella. –Sarah Kurchak


    118. Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)

    The original Urban Legends worked in a sort of bargain basement Scream way, playing on the mid- to late ‘90s penchant for snarky, self-aware commentary on horror clichés and also giving us some Pacey and Jordan Catalano. By the time this sequel came out in 2000, though, the subversion of horror tropes was becoming a trope in of itself, and this somewhat lackluster retread failed to bring anything new to either the Urban Legends franchise or the meta-horror subgenre as a whole. –Sarah Kurchak


    117. Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

    An offering from the Resident Evil film franchise is like a fast food meal: You know it’s not “good” for you, but it reliably and predictably satisfies a certain craving and it’s not really fair to judge it too harshly when it never sets out to be anything other than what it is. In Afterlife, Alice (consistently bad ass Milla Jovovich) takes on the Umbrella headquarters in Tokyo with her clones, goes to Alaska in search of the promised land, and tries to build a safe haven on a tanker. –Sarah Kurchak


    116. Slumber Party Massacre Part II (1990)

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    The Slumber Party Massacre films have the distinction of being the rare slashers that are written and directed by women. The film features Crystal Bernard (Wings) as one of the survivors of the original film who is working through the disturbing events of five years prior. She’s now playing guitar in a pretty good pop-rock band who get away for a weekend to practice. Some guys show up to get in on the fun and it isn’t long before what appears to be “the Bowser” in a Sha-Na-Na tribute band shows up with a gloriously phallic guitar drill to off the boys and girls one by one. It takes 50 minutes to get there, but the musical numbers are a sight to behold. –Mike Vanderbilt


    115. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

    The idiosyncrasies of Halloween 5 director Dominique Othenin-Girard shouldn’t be written off as pure nonsense. Michael Myers’ reawakening pays tribute to James Whale’s Frankenstein, his revamped house is straight out of Dracula, and the clownish policeman are an homage to Keystone Cops. But a feature-length hat-tip to classic Hollywood means little if there’s not a cohesive movie around it, and despite a handful of chilling moments (the laundry chute and the stalking of Rachel are two of the scariest sequences in the franchise), H5 doesn’t make a lick of goddamn sense. Blame it on the unfinished script, blame it on the aggressively annoying teenage characters, blame it on the moon-cheese consistency of Myers’ mask, but all of it seems determined to shit on the solid entry that came before it. –Dan Caffrey


    114. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

    The original Exorcist stands the test of time as one of the scariest films ever made, even for atheists, thanks to its horrific make-up effects and matter of fact treatment of supernatural events. Unfortunately for Exorcist II: The Heretic, the two most interesting characters of its predecessor died in the film’s final moments. Richard Burton stumbles through futurist-style sets and swats away locusts for most of the film’s runtime, and while a satisfactory call back to the original film, the exciting climax is too little too late.–Mike Vanderbilt


    113. Species II (1998)

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    Come for the H.R. Giger creatures, stay for the… Wait, what? He didn’t return for the sequel? You wouldn’t know it, as Species II builds upon the first film’s biomechanical sexuality with more strobe lights, more tentacles, and an alien design that’s both alluring and nightmarish. Unfortunately, that’s about all the movie has going for it, and you don’t even see most of the gooey effects until the end. Before that, the central conflict of an infected astronaut fucking his way to world domination is more Skinemax than bona-fide science fiction. –Dan Caffrey


    112. Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

    It’s sorta fun to watch Hollywood flail around with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, a series it legit has no idea what to do with anymore. In this one, the bae Alexandra Daddario stars and Leatherface is used as both slasher and antihero. There might be no more cringeworthy phrase in modern horror than, “Get ‘em, cuz.” –Randall Colburn


    111. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

    An offering from the Resident Evil film franchise is like a fast food meal: You know it’s not “good” for you, but it reliably and predictably satisfies a certain craving and it’s not really fair to judge it too harshly when it never sets out to be anything other than what it is. In Apocalypse, Alice (consistently bad ass Milla Jovovich) kicks a bunch of ass and narrowly escapes Raccoon City when the T-virus breaks out of The Hive and reaches the surface. –Sarah Kurchak


    110. Saw III (2006)

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    Saw III is one of the more stomach-churning entries in the franchise, with one especially long, agonizing sequence where each of a dude’s limbs get slowly twisted back until they snap. There’s also the dude drowning in pig guts. Some memorable kills, sure, but the story itself is fairly laborious, with actor Angus Macfadyen having to indulge pathos a bit too much as a character whose son died in a hit-and-run. It’s one of the crueler entries, honestly, which is surprising considering it’s also one of the highest-grossing. Pain sells, I guess. –Randall Colburn


    109. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

    Whatever you may think about the original, the jump scare at the end was pretty cool. Unfortunately, this movie’s mere existence reminds us how that moment was just a dream, and by the end of this movie you too will be wishing it never happened. Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) returns with some new friends and they win a trip to an island and you know where this is going and the bad guy from the original and his son are in on it and boring. Oh, and Jack Black makes an appearance as a stoner dude. –Justin Gerber


    108. Saw 3D (2010)

    As the Saw series became the Friday The 13th series for a younger generation (both cheaply produced and cranked out year after year), it was only fitting that the torture porn franchise got a “Final Chapter” and a “3D” entry. Saw 3D, aka Saw VII, continues the ambitiously serialized franchise with one more low-budget entry. Per usual, the traps are inventive enough (and probably pay off more in 3D), the gore is plenty gross, the cast is basic cable attractive, and the production value is somewhere between an Asylum film and a SyFy channel original series. Cary Elwes returns for the final entry in the saga and the film continues its long tradition of retconning what audiences thought they already knew in the third act. –Mike Vanderbilt


    107. The Ring Two (2005)

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    The Ring 2 is so stupid and pointless that it’s goddamned shocking to realize it was directed by Hideo Nakata, who helmed the original Japanese Ringu. Remember the CGI deer? Probably not, actually. Nobody remembers this movie. It is so completely, hilariously inessential to what was, by and large, both a seminal American horror movie and one of the rare remakes to surpass its original. It’s nice that Naomi Watts came back, though. –Randall Colburn


    106. Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985)

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    Unintentionally hilarious, Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf features an opening straight out of Dune with Christopher Lee narrating the legend of the lycanthrope in the stars. We’re a long way from the local news station in the original. Long story short, movie’s garbage with the most bizarre end credits sequence you’ll ever see (let’s just say it involves nudity), but does have the greatest title track in the history of cinema. –Justin Gerber


    105. Bride of Re-Animator (1991)

    If you’re into the whole B-movie thing, either ironically or unironically, you could probably do worse than Brian Yuzna’s low rent Frankishstein frolic, Bride of Re-Animator, but you could also do much better. For example, you could just watch Stuart Gordon’s original Re-Animator because that 1985 offering, based on an H.P. Lovecraft story, has a similar sloppy charm with the added bonus of a plot that is slightly less maddening to follow. —Sarah Kurchak


    104. The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)

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    First, let’s try and get past that name. I know, it’s hard. It’s also annoying, because The Last Exorcism is an affecting and egregiously underrated entry in the found footage genre, both for Patrick Fabian’s bravura performance and crackerjack premise, which finds a huckster exorcist making a documentary he wants to use to expose both himself and the phony practice of exorcism. The Last Exorcism Part II gives talented young actress Ashley Bell some space to shine, but it’s a pointless exercise in forgettable studio horror that was more than likely cobbled together from some dusty spec script. –Randall Colburn


    103. Jeepers Creepers II (2003)

    Convicted child molester Victor Salva returns with an entry that does what most sequels do: make up for a lack of likeable leads with an onslaught of bland, new characters. Despite a strong cornfield-set opening, the movie doesn’t get close to the original. Its failure stalled the franchise longer than what happened to Salva’s career after he was convicted of molesting children. Perhaps the rumored return of Trish (Gina Philips) in Jeepers Creepers 3 will bring life back to the franchise. –Justin Gerber


    102. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

    If Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday were released today, it would be marketed as a reboot. The Final Friday has no continuity with the rest of the series (the previous entries were explained away by the filmmakers as films based on the real-life exploits of Jason Voorhees) and kicks a body swapping plot-device from 1987’s The Hidden — ahem, Jason’s “spirit” moves from victim to victim. On one hand, the film is so bonkers, it’s hard not to enjoy it, but it’s hardly a sequel. –Mike Vanderbilt


    101. Jaws IV: The Revenge (1987)

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    “I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.” –Michael Caine on Jaws: The Revenge

    He’s right. It is terrible. But come for the roaring sharks, flashbacks from people who weren’t there to begin with, Mario Van Peebles’ Jamaican accent, fake looking sharks, and have some good chuckles! Makes Jaws 3D look like Jaws 2. Compliments! –Justin Gerber


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