Bad Sequels to Good Horror Movies
By Joe Buda
Las Vegas Informer
When investigating classic horror movies to watch this Halloween, our investigation uncovered several horrible sequels to these films.
As there were so many bad sequels, we limited this list to one film per movie series. We also limited this list to just those movies that had a theatrical release. There were too many direct-to-DVD movies to choose from.
This list is comprised of our top four.
- “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers”
“Halloween” spawned a lot of bad sequels. Not including “Halloween III: Season of the Witch,” which was not technically a sequel story-wise, this series has seen several lows, including “Halloween II” (2009), “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” and “Halloween: Resurrection.” But none of these felt as much of an incomplete mess as “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.”
This movie started out telling the back story of what makes Michael tick. This has already been done to death. But instead of the usual he is insane or evil, it tried telling the story of Michael being manipulated by the people at Smith’s Grove. They turned him evil, presumable prior to his first kill as a child. We know this because the man in black from “Halloween 5” is back and trying to corrupt another child, for reasons never really understood.
The movie ends with Dr. Loomis incoherently screaming. (It should be noted that Donald Pleasance passed away shortly after filming wrapped up.)
This movie is so bad, that most of it was re-shot during production. Then, after the horrific reviews during its release, the movie was re-cut and a black market “Producer’s Cut” was jumbled together. Yes, you heard that right, not a “Director’s Cut,” but a “Producer’s Cut.”
This new cut featured original footage that was cut from the theatrical version and follows a different movie involving Michael killing due to a curse. Michael, it seems can be stopped using runes, but escapes in the end. Dr. Loomis, instead of incoherently screaming at the end, somehow gets the curse attached to him, making him Michael’s supernatural caretaker.
If you are confused, so am I.
- “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare”
The original “Nightmare on Elm Street” is a classic horror film, so it is sad to see how far the series sunk with its various sequels. One sequel, however, seems so far below the rest, “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.”
I cannot imagine the meeting that took place to get this movie green lit. But if I did, it probably went like this. “Hey, let’s create a 3D movie starring Freddy Kruger. But 3D is expensive, so let’s come up with a concept where we only uses 3D when he dies.” “Let’s add a brand new back story where he is possessed by flying 3D worms. They will look cool.” “Okay, but only if we start with Freddy as the Wicked Witch of the West” in one of the least scary openings of a horror film ever.” “Alright, but while we are making his life more of a joke, we need to give him a secret daughter that for some reason cannot remember him and nobody mentioned in earlier films.”
Yeah, this is probably the exact conversation that was needed to create “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.”
“Hellraiser” also inspired some horrible sequels. In order to narrow this list down, we are only looking at the theatrical releases, not the direct-to-DVD movies.
What can we say about “Hellraiser:Bloodline,” it has an interesting premise, but bad execution. When the original director was fired, a new director came forth. Unfortunately, it was the same director as “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.”
But this movie is so bad that the director refused to take any credit, instead the director credit went to “Alan Smithee,” which is a name used in Hollywood when someone does not want credit for their work. That is correct, the director himself thought this movie was bad.
The movie follows a toymaker from the 1700’s and his bloodline, hence the title. The toymaker created the Lament Configuration, the puzzle box that summons the demons. He and his descendants are cursed by this. In fact, they have nightmares about this.
The movie ends up on a space station, which turns into an anti-Lament Configuration and kills Pinhead. The movie takes place in the 1700’s, 1900’s and 2100’s.
The problem with the movie was not with the concept, but with the limited amount of time spent in each of the time periods. The tale was told from the perspective of the descendant from the 2100’s, reportedly so they could get Pinhead into the movie earlier, where he appears for a split second.
Then zips back to the 1700’s which is never truly fleshed out as it could be until it fast forwards to the 1900’s, which again is a brief visit before the movie returns to the future.
The biggest issue with the movie was that with the change in directors, and all of the time jumping, it just was not scary.
- “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2”
This was another movie that I cannot imagine how it was green lit. I imagine that conversation went like this. “’The Blair Witch Project’ was a huge hit for us. Let’s make a sequel that does not use any of its formula for success.”
This movie follows people who watched the first movie. They go to Maryland to find the Blair witch. Then mysterious, incomprehensible occurrences happen.
Unlike the first film, this movie tried to be big budget and used effects, which eliminated any sense of fear.
The movie would have been scarier had we actually watched the cast watching the first film.