In news that really isn’t that surprising, the sequel “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” failed to light up the box office, making only $3.5 million in its opening weekend. The movie also suffered a big critical drop from the original. The original “Silent Hill” was 29-percent rotten at Rotten Tomatoes (65-percent fresh by fans), while the sequel is sitting at seven-percent rotten (59-percent fresh by fans).
With Halloween coming up, here is a look at ten of the best horror sequels to watch this holiday season.
“Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” – After the first Freddy Krueger movie, the franchise took a huge step back with a sequel that was the worst of the series. However, the franchise roared back with a vengeance in the third effort. The kids are locked in a mental hospital but find a way to team up and fight back in their nightmares.
“Dawn of the Dead” – George Romero reinvented what the zombie genre was all about in “Night of the Living Dead,” but here he took those zombies and created one of the best zombie movies ever made. A cautionary horror movie dealing with consumerism, he perfected his invention with his sequel.
“Bride of Frankenstein” – “Frankenstein” remains one of the greatest Universal horror monsters, but with “Bride of Frankenstein,” James Whale created one of the best horror movies regardless of the monster.
“Evil Dead 2” – With “Evil Dead,” Sam Raimi proved to be a filmmaker to watch out for. With “Evil Dead 2,” he pretty much retold his story with a budget and created one of the most beloved horror movies in cinema history.
“Aliens” – While this sequel is more sci-fi than horror, it followed up a brilliant “haunted house in space” horror movie by rewriting the rules. It remains one of the few sequels that ups the ante of the original and stands on its own as a great film.
“The Devil’s Rejects” – With “House of 1000 Corpses,” Rob Zombie showed his great love of 70s horror, but with “The Devil’s Rejects,” Zombie made a tremendous leap as a director. Similar to the “Texas Chainsaw” styles horror genre, this sequel was better in every way than his debut.
“Wes Craven’s New Nightmare” – The second “Nightmare” sequel on this list, “New Nightmare” was one of the first meta-horror films and a precursor to the “Scream” series. In this movie, the actors from the original movie find themselves haunted by Freddy, who wants to escape from the movies and move into our world.
“Hellbound: Hellraiser 2” – One of the best things about the “Hellraiser” sequel is that it took the first movie and put it in a real world. Instead of just moving on to the next story, the final girl from the first movie is now in a mental asylum because no one believes her. The movie was a perfect continuation of the original story.
“Silence of the Lambs” – While never looked at as a sequel, it is the follow-up to the 1986 film “Manhunter.” That movie itself was remade as “Red Dragon,” but the original was the better version. “Silence” took the story in a fresh direction and won an Oscar, making it an extremely successful sequel.
“28 Weeks Later” – “28 Days Later” took the zombie motif and put it into a movie about a psychotic infection almost wiping out Britain. However, in “28 Weeks Later,” the movie upped the action and had some impressive kills, making it a very fun addition to the series.