Sequels can be a blessing or curse. Usually, sequels don't top an original, but some come awfully close. Bottom line: Sequels keep movies profitable for producers and fun for us fans.
For most horror movie lovers, sequels transform a popular film into an enduring bonanza series lasting many years or even decades. Debuting in 1980, the Friday the 13th movies featuring crazed teen killer Jason Vorhees spawned 10 blood soaked installments and there was even a Freddy VS Jason movie pitting the Camp Crystal Lake killer against Nightmare On Elm Street finger knife phantom Freddy Krueger.
Some scary movies don't get a chance to blossom to full fearful fruit. Here are four that deserve more installments.
Intense British actor Julian Sands starred in the first two Warlock flicks as a male witch of the truly nasty kind.
In the trilogy's 1989 first outing, Sands brings a playful mischievous quality to a dark role that required him to basically attempt to destroy the world and remake it in Satan's image. Warlock: The Armageddon (1993) saw the evil one battle teens with magic powers. By installment three another actor took his place and the witchy Warlock would see no more magical adventures.
I'd love to see Sands return in this magnetic role. Owing to the real world passing of time – maybe now he's mentoring his own son to take his place as the maniac Merlin we love to hate.
The title sounds schlocky, but this 1972 blaxploitation horror flick offers rich rewards to its cult fan base and any scholar of vampire lore.
Prince Mamuwalde and his lovely bride are dinner guests of the evil Count Dracula. As the party progresses, it's clear Dracula wants a memento from the African dignitary, namely the beautiful African princess for his bloody needs. Soon, Dracula curses the Prince with his own name – to roam the Earth for eternity making more vampires.
The late Shakespearean actor William Marshall (Cartoon King from Pee-Wee's Playhouse) played the title role with wonderful emotional depth and authority. A decent sequel followed, Scream Blacula Scream (1973), with the great Pam Grier, however it was the last we saw of Blacula. A modern remake done right could just be the spell to revive this undead tale.
The incomparable Vincent Price played Dr. Phibes in two awesome films, The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) and Dr. Phibes Rises Again! (1972)
Dr. Phibes films must be seen to be believed. There's a wild originality and comedic streak to them, but never makes them silly. It only adds to the fun. Camp, or black comedy, whatever you want to call the vibe running throughout, they are incredibly original and a visual feast for any true horror fan. For fans of classic Phantom of The Opera especially, Dr. Phibes is real fun. More sequels were planned, unfortunately never realized.
This 1988 horror fantasy spawned only one sequel – Waxwork II: Lost In Time. The brilliant premise alone cries out for several more sequels at least.
Even if you've never been to a wax museum, photos or film effectively captures just how realistic those waxen figures can be. The next fantastical step of them coming to life to wreak havoc is something imagined by many. Zach Galligan (Gremlins) plays a spoiled rich kid from Beverly Hills whose bored snobby friends all make a late night party of touring a new local wax museum. By the end, the snobs are dead, but live on in undead form trapped within cleverly designed wax props, which pay tribute to nearly every horror film in history