6 Horror Movie Sequels as Good as (or Better Than) the Original

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Most horror sequels fall victim to formulaic twists and the curse of pale imitation. Yet there are some that are just as terrifying or even better.

Here are a few of our favorite horror movie sequels.

  1. The Brides of Dracula (1960)

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In 1958, British horror institution Hammer Films gave us their dark vision of the world’s most famous vampire with "Dracula". For their 1960 sequel, Hammer Films turned away from Christopher Lee's Count, and instead focused on a ghoulish female bloodsucker named Baroness Meinster. The result is a great Gothic chiller that stands hovers above the many Dracula films churned out by Hammer in the following years. Bonus points for the use of the windmill in the climax!

  1. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

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John Carpenter's 1978 classic "Halloween" was originally intended to be the first in a series of standalone, Halloween-themed shockers to hit theaters every October. The massive success of the original changed that plan, leading to the return of Michael Myers in "Halloween II". In 1982's Halloween III," the film series circled back to its original strategy.

Directed by longtime Carpenter collaborator Tommy Lee Wallace and scored by Carpenter himself—with a completely bonkers screenplay by an uncredited Nigel Kneale—"Halloween III" looks, sounds, and feels more like a Carpenter film than some of his actual movies. While it was panned upon release, it has found a much-deserved cult following in recent years.

  1. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

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Two years before he helped change the face of horror (for better or worse) with the release of "Scream", Wes Craven was already testing the waters of meta-horror with this odd entry to the "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise. Not only does "New Nightmare" add a cosmic horror layer to the (by then) diluted Freddy Krueger character, it also turns the camera on its film crew, casting them as characters.

4. Final Destination 2 (2003)

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When it comes to "Final Destination" movies, the devilish fun is all in watching the absurd Rube Goldberg-esque death scenes. And the best sequences of the franchise can be found in the second installment. The sequel also boasts the best opening of the bunch, with a perfectly-staged traffic pileup that kicks death's plan into motion.

5. Mimic 3: Sentinel (2003)

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Initially seen as something of a disappointment, Guillermo del Toro's first foray into studio filmmaking found new life thanks to the long-overdue release of a director's cut. While the first follow-up to 1997’s "Mimic" is typical direct-to-video monster cud, "Mimic 3" took the franchise in a surprising direction—namely by using the classic structure of Hitchcock's "Rear Window". Credit its success to writer/director J.T. Petty, whose horror western "The Burrowers" would get him some well-deserved attention from genre fans a few years later.

6. Gremlins 2 (1990)

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Asked to follow up on his biggest hit, Joe Dante dreamed up a killer satire of film sequels that still stands as one of greatest sequels of all time. "Gremlins 2" succeeds as pure horror parody and as a genuinely freaky horror flick. Whenever the big sequel question comes up, simply whisper "Gremlins 2 and then drop the mic.

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