Top 10 Horror Movie Sequels That Don't Suck

Creating a sequel to a hit movie is never easy, especially in the horror movie genre. Most of the times, filmmakers go crazy over the bigger budget sequels generally have, tending to show "more of the monster" to the point it's no longer scary, or simply adding more gore while rehashing the same plot and "jump scares" of the original. But there are sequels that went further, exploiting the premise of its predecessors and taking them to new, unimaginable levels. This is a list to honor those movies.
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1.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
 
2.
Evil Dead II (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
3.
New Nightmare (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world? (112 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
4.
Scream 2 (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins. (120 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
5.
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom McLoughlin
 
6.
[Rec] 2 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In order to ascertain the current situation inside, a supposed medical officer and a GEO team step into the quarantined and ill-fated apartment building. (85 mins.)
 
7.
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home. (83 mins.)
 
8.
Hannibal (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Living in exile, Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced FBI agent Clarice Starling and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim. (131 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ While some fans of "Silence of the Lambs" though it was far too quirky and over the top to be considered watchable, this movie still has Anthony Hopkins on the lead role along with a magnificent cast, a fairly solid direction; and most importantly, an ending that's different from the book's (where Lecter and Starling fall in love and run away to an island or something between those lines). Although I'd take Jodie Foster over Julianne Moore any day. ” - merriweather_post_pavilion
 
9.
Saw VI (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Agent Strahm is dead, and FBI agent Erickson draws nearer to Hoffman. Meanwhile, a pair of insurance executives find themselves in another game set by Jigsaw. (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin Greutert
“ You gotta give some credit to the Saw franchise for having the balls to continue through seven movies with its lead character dying on the third one; and despite its negative reception among critics, the series mantained a fair consistency between its installments. The penultimate chapter on the saga is notable for introducing a whole new concept on the horror genre: "criticism of health care"; not even George Romero on his prime ever did that. And it also contains some of the most creative deaths in the whole series and a cliffhanger ending that will leave viewers shocked (or at least the ones that bothered to sit through the past 5 installments to follow the intricate story....) ” - merriweather_post_pavilion
 
10.
Bride of Chucky (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Chucky, the doll possessed by a serial killer, discovers the perfect mate to kill and revive into the body of another doll. (89 mins.)
Director: Ronny Yu
“ This movie did two things right: updated Chucky for the late 90's, adding that self-aware comedy touch that every horror franchise had to have to survive through the era ("Hello Sidney", anyone?) and casted Jennifer Tilly as one of the titular characters. While it may not be scary to anyone over the age of 6, "Bride of Chucky" finds a good balance between screams and laughs and successfully reinvigorates the killer doll that "Seed of Chucky" would tear apart barely six years later. Oh yeah, it was that bad. ” - merriweather_post_pavilion