The worst horror sequels

by mlink73 | created - 13 Jun 2012 | updated - 19 Jun 2012 | Public

The horror genre usually generates a high amount of sequels, some are good but most are average but some are truly abysmal, here is my list of some of the worst sequels..

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1. Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

2.9
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15 Metascore

Chief Brody's widow believes that her family is deliberately being targeted by another shark in search of revenge.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Lorraine Gary, Lance Guest, Mario Van Peebles, Karen Young

Votes: 34,115 | Gross: $20.76M

If you thought part 3 was bad....well think again - here comes part 4: wooden acting, a lousy written - nonsensical script about a vengeful shark that also loves to roar when he gets attacked should speak for itself. No wonder the Jaws franchise was finished after this entry.

2. Poltergeist III (1988)

PG-13 | 98 min | Horror, Thriller

4.6
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Carol Anne is staying with her aunt in a high-rise building, where the supernatural forces haunting her make their return.

Director: Gary Sherman | Stars: Heather O'Rourke, Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, Zelda Rubinstein

Votes: 14,483 | Gross: $14.11M

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3. Halloween II (2009)

R | 105 min | Horror

4.9
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35 Metascore

Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael's deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 40,319 | Gross: $33.39M

Confusing, annoying and just downright stupid. This sequel makes no sense at all. It eliminates everything that made the original work and also manages to take away the last bit of sympathy we had for the already annoying characters. Painful to see that Dr. Loomis became a gready a**hole, Laurie constantly cries, screams, swears and drinks and Michael still looks like Leatherface lost brother or a distant relative to the director. Awful.

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

5.1
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The pregnant Alice finds Freddy Krueger striking through the sleeping mind of her unborn child, hoping to be reborn into the real world.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Kelly Jo Minter, Danny Hassel

Votes: 33,577 | Gross: $22.17M

The sequel that nearly killed the franchise, after each installment outperformed each other and got critical praise (well 3 & 4 got) - here comes part 5. Virtually no body count, Freddy's one liners sound scripted and lost a lot of their punch plus a director that was obviously more interested in showing off how much of a visual guy he is than actually paying attention to the nonsensical script he was filming. Bad mistake to hire a guy who likes gothic style horror to film a modern day slasher, some nice visual treats but also the worst special effects in the series, no real action, low body count and a tame - nearly PG 13 friendly - Freddy. Boring.

5. Piranha 3DD (2012)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Horror

3.8
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24 Metascore

After the events at Lake Victoria, the pre-historic school of blood-thirsty piranhas make their way into a newly opened waterpark.

Director: John Gulager | Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Ving Rhames, David Hasselhoff, Matt Bush

Votes: 34,665 | Gross: $0.38M

What a mess, well we all knew something was up when the studio kept postponing the release, but the final result actually exceeded my worst ideas. The childish director probably thought that by adding more nudity and subtracting the gore he would attract more adolescent boys = ka-ching!!.....guess what Mr. Director - there is a better genre for you, it's called Soft Porn. This is a Piranha movie and yes nudity and gore go great together - but 50/50 not 95/5. The actual Piranha attack takes about 5-7 minutes and that's it. Boring, stupid and surprisingly unfunny. If David Hasselhoff is the best a movie has to offer, you know you are in trouble!

6. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

R | 118 min | Horror

3.7
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A teenage girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl's exorcist.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Richard Burton, Linda Blair, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow

Votes: 18,064 | Gross: $30.75M

Notoriously bad sequel. The audience laughed it off the screen at it's premiere and even multiple re-edits couldn't save this mess. Confusing, badly scripted and acted - this sequel should be required viewing for any aspiring filmmaker how not to helm a sequel.

7. Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

R | 97 min | Horror

5.5
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An investigative reporter must send the newly unbound Pinhead and his legions back to Hell.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: Terry Farrell, Doug Bradley, Kevin Bernhardt, Lawrence Mortorff

Votes: 22,799 | Gross: $12.53M

Subtract the atmosphere and visual style of it's predecessors, add nudity, heavy metal and some stupid one liners - and ready is your sequel. I even like the much slated Bloodline better than this. It's just boring in places and too generic.

8. Seed of Chucky (2004)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

4.9
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46 Metascore

Chucky and Tiffany are resurrected by their innocent son, Glen, and hit Hollywood, where a movie depicting the killer dolls' murder spree is underway.

Director: Don Mancini | Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, John Waters, Billy Boyd

Votes: 32,334 | Gross: $17.08M

After the brilliant Bride Of Chucky we got this cheesy mess that tries so hard to offend but falls flat. It's just to much off a confusing mess between reality and film-world, too predictable in it's afford to be naughty that it just plays like a 3rd grade DTV horror sequel.

9. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

R | 91 min | Horror

5.7
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53 Metascore

After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.

Director: Tod Williams | Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Molly Ephraim, David Bierend

Votes: 88,803 | Gross: $84.75M

Things were great until the "Demon Storyline" was introduced - that was too far stretched - even for a horror movie. Make up your mind, you either want to tell a realistic looking and playing paranormal feature or you want to tell a story of Demons claiming your first born - both don't mix.

10. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

4.6
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A boatful of graduating high school students headed to Manhattan accidentally pull Jason Voorhees along for the ride.

Director: Rob Hedden | Stars: Jensen Daggett, Kane Hodder, Todd Caldecott, Tiffany Paulsen

Votes: 26,488 | Gross: $14.34M

One of the most misleading titles in movie history. Jason on the love boat would have probably suited it better as we spend about 3/4 of the movie on board a small vessel. Besides the 2 shots on actual location the rest was done in generic back alleys, underground tunnels and various other locations. Bad, cheap and also boring.

11. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

3.2
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A group of teenagers get into a car crash in the Texas woods on prom night, and then wander into an old farmhouse that is home to Leatherface and his insane family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

Director: Kim Henkel | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Jacks, Tonie Perensky

Votes: 16,570 | Gross: $0.14M

Part 2 wasn't really a revelation, part 3 was slightly more entertaining but this entry is nearly unwatchable. It plays more like a spoof than an actual sequel. Bad script and some cheesy one liners.

12. Saw V (2008)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery

5.8
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20 Metascore

Following Jigsaw's grisly demise, Mark Hoffman is commended as a hero, but Agent Strahm is suspicious, and delves into Hoffman's past. Meanwhile, another group of people are put through a series of gruesome tests.

Director: David Hackl | Stars: Scott Patterson, Costas Mandylor, Tobin Bell, Betsy Russell

Votes: 99,677 | Gross: $56.75M

After part 4 already disappointed this entry made it look like a masterpiece. A confusing script, exchangeable characters and too many loose ends.

13. Amityville 3-D (1983)

PG | 105 min | Horror

4.0
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A reporter moves into the ominous Long Island house to debunk it of the recent supernatural events and becomes besieged by the evil manifestations which are connected to a hell-spawn demon lurking in the basement.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Tony Roberts, Tess Harper, Robert Joy, Candy Clark

Votes: 4,661 | Gross: $6.33M

If 3D is the main attraction, you know you're in for a bad ride. Part 3 falls flat on every level, script, scares, actors and even the 3D itself. More laughable than anything else, the 3D effects rely on pop out more than anything else and add nothing that could have saved this mess.

14. Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

4.1
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19 Metascore

Three years after he last terrorized his sister, Michael Myers confronts her again, before traveling to Haddonfield to deal with the cast and crew of a reality show which is being broadcast from his old home.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Busta Rhymes, Brad Loree, Bianca Kajlich

Votes: 30,000 | Gross: $30.35M

Besides the opening, which basically plays like an extended ending to H20, there is nothing of any interest here. Bad script, bad actors and some hair-raising dialogues......a cheap Blair Witch rip off with Michel Myers appearing randomly.

15. The Birds II: Land's End (1994 TV Movie)

R | 87 min | Horror

2.8
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Birds go berserk and turn against mankind.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Brad Johnson, Chelsea Field, James Naughton, Jan Rubes

Votes: 1,286

Beyond bad, I still think this was made as a joke to test the audience. There is no other logical explanation for it's existence.

16. Critters 2 (1988)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.4
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Eggs of the small, furry alien carnivores are left behind on Earth and, after hatching, again set their appetites on the town of Grover's Bend.

Director: Mick Garris | Stars: Scott Grimes, Liane Curtis, Terrence Mann, Don Keith Opper

Votes: 11,390 | Gross: $3.81M

Just simply a plain boring and bad sequel. Tamer and also less sarcastic as the first one.

17. Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

4.2
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16 Metascore

A film school is the center of a fresh spate of killings based on urban legends.

Director: John Ottman | Stars: Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Davis, Hart Bochner, Loretta Devine

Votes: 14,036 | Gross: $21.47M

There are tons of great urban legends - and what did they pic? Exactly - the most boring ones. A dull story and even worse actors who babble some cringe worthy dialogues as they get thankfully killed one by one - a relief to have 1 bad actor less every 10 minutes. How they could mess this up when they had so much potential to work with is beyond me, basically it's a case of "The wrong producers chose the wrong writers - chose the wrong director - chose the wrong actors"

18. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Unrated | 101 min | Comedy, Horror

5.6
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A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley

Votes: 22,178 | Gross: $8.03M

Confirms for me that Tobe Hooper, who had a one time "Bull's Eye" with the original Texas, is a mediocre filmmaker who was just lucky first time around. Boring, laughable and plain stupid. This movie is actually more embarrassing than anything. It took Hooper 12 years to come up with this????

19. Return to House on Haunted Hill (2007 Video)

R | 79 min | Horror

4.6
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Eight years after the millionaire Mr. Price rented Hill House for a macabre birthday party, a team of researchers dares to come in, looking for a precious statue, a satanic idol who is believed to possess demonic powers.

Director: Víctor García | Stars: Amanda Righetti, Cerina Vincent, Erik Palladino, Tom Riley

Votes: 8,183

Shot for a few bucks in the backyard of some east european studio, this sequel actually makes the original look like Citizen Kane. Bad effects, a lousy script and a hair-raising ending......90 mins of my life I'll never get back.

20. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

4.0
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15 Metascore

A group of tourists arrive in Burkittsville, Maryland after seeing The Blair Witch Project (1999) to explore the mythology and phenomenon, only to come face to face with their own neuroses and possibly the witch herself.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Stephen Barker Turner, Erica Leerhsen, Kurt Loder

Votes: 32,085 | Gross: $26.44M

A sequel that skips everything that made the original stand out against the usual genre entries. Generic sequel without anything new or even remotely interesting to add. Boring.

21. The Ring Two (2005)

PG-13 | 110 min | Horror, Mystery

5.4
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44 Metascore

6 months after the incidents involving the lethal videotape, new clues prove that there is a new evil lurking in the darkness.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Sissy Spacek, Simon Baker

Votes: 80,358 | Gross: $76.23M

Boring attempt to get a bid more back story and give Samara a motive. It's downright boring and silly in parts, the whole possession sequence is stupid. Yes mommy, ok mommy, no mommy....wait a minute you never called me mommy therefore you must be possessed.....LOL...what did they smoke to come up with that?

22. The Grudge 2 (2006)

PG-13 | 102 min | Horror, Thriller

5.0
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33 Metascore

Three interwoven stories about a terrible curse. A young woman encounters a malevolent supernatural force while searching for her missing sister in Tokyo; a mean high school prank goes horribly wrong; a woman with a deadly secret moves into a Chicago apartment building.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Edison Chen, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Michelle Gellar

Votes: 42,135 | Gross: $39.14M

Whenever a bad sequel is made - a curse is born, the curse befalls everyone who wastes his money on watching those stupid cash in's - it's called the curse of boredom.