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Top 10 Horror Movies that Deserve a Sequel



Jack Brooks

Horror fans often complain about sequels, due to the endless glut of them that have a tendency to decrease in quality with each new entry.  However, every once in a while a movie comes along that calls for one, and they never come to be for various reasons.

Sometimes they don’t make enough money to justify a sequel; other times it’s because of legal reasons. Sometimes they’re neglected to the point they’re forgotten.  It’s difficult to get a movie off the ground, and sometimes our wishes don’t come true because the people with the power to grant them don’t share our enthusiasm.

Jack Brooks

However, that doesn’t mean we can’t still dream, so here are a few movies that are calling for sequels, some of which still could happen if the stars align the right way.

Drive-Thru (2007)

Drive-Thru is a dumb teen slasher for the MTV generation.  It “borrows’’ heavily from the classics of yesteryear, and the villain is a fast-food mascot named Horny the Clown.  It’s not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a lot of dim-witted fun – and popcorn entertainment was built on such admirable ethos.

Drive-Thru, despite its many flaws, did have some franchise potential:  In a world where Killjoy has sequels, is it such a terrible idea to give Horny at least one?  In 2010 there was reportedly one in the works, but there hasn’t been any word of it since, meaning the chances of it happening are about as likely as Ronald McDonald becoming the next great horror icon.

Jack Brooks Monster Slayer (2007)

As a child, Jack Brooks (Trevor Matthews) witnessed his family being massacred by a monster, which leads to him growing up to become a troubled plumber with serious anger issues.  In a bid to get his life on track, he takes night classes at a local community college and visits a therapist, but he just can’t find that peace of mind he needs in order to find a purpose in life.  Beleaguered by his inner demons, his problems worsen when he unleashes a curse that turns his professor (played by Robert Englund) and peers into actual demons.  Finally, Jack’s life has meaning – as a badass MONSTER SLAYER!

Unfortunately, we never got to see Jack embark on further monster-slaying adventures.  Originally, this was supposed to be the first movie in a planned trilogy, but director Jon Knautz has chosen to pursue other projects since.  Thankfully, they just happen to be as good as this gem.  Maybe one day we’ll get to see Jack fulfill his destiny, but seeing Knautz fulfill his own as a brilliant filmmaker is more likely – and satisfying.

Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)

It was a city ruled by crime and polluted with corruption.  It took a hobo and his shotgun to clean the streets of scum and filth.  All he wanted to do was cut grass, but sexual deviants, crooked cops, demonic assassins, and psychotic killers provided too much of a distraction from garden maintenance.

Hobo With a Shotgun is a masterpiece of grindhouse entertainment and a lethal cocktail for genre fans thirsty for gore, action, depravity, and unhinged madness.  It’s arguably the most entertaining starring vehicle of the legendary Rutger Hauer’s prolific career – which has included classics like The Hitcher, Blind Fury, and Split Second.   Director Jason Eisener has stated his plans for a spin-off movie about The Plague in the past, along with possible sequels with Hauer reprising his role as The Hobo.  Right now, though, it’d just be nice to see Eisener direct another feature.  However, returning to the universe of Hobo With a Shotgun someday would be a treat for us genre fans.

My Bloody Valentine (2009)

Remakes are a divisive topic among horror fans.  While many hate to see their beloved classics for new generations, or have originality take a back seat to rebooting old properties, there have been enough good ones to warrant their existence – not to mention successful box office takings.  My Bloody Valentine is one of the few that’s considered enjoyable by the majority of genre fans.  It was also a financial success, grossing over $100 million on the back of a $14 million budget.  Moreover, it ended with the killer presumed dead and escaping on the fly.  All of the ingredients for a sequel were there, but it never transpired.

My Bloody Valentine is a fun retro-inspired slasher that should have produced a slew of sequels until the franchise imploded on itself.  They could have provided annual Valentine’s Day entertainment for lovesick loners and couples tired of formulaic rom-coms, much like the Saw films did for Halloween cinemagoers.  There was a sequel in the works, but it was rumored that Lionsgate wanted to cull its association with genre films at the time; therefore, it wasn’t to be.

Evil Dead (2013)

Yes, another remake – and one that just so happens to be a retelling of one of the greatest horror films ever made.  When Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell hand-picked Fede Alvarez to re-adapt their seminal classic for modern audiences, few were expecting him to deliver something this formidable.  Much like Raimi’s original, this was a confident debut by a young director looking to leave his mark on the horror genre, and he succeeded triumphantly.

Evil Dead is, by all accounts, a remake.  It doesn’t stray far off the path treaded before it, but it does add enough unique nuances to leave its own giant footprint.  That being said, it’s a remake that’s set in the same universe as the original, and there’s no reason why a sequel couldn’t live alongside its progenitors – or even intersect with them.  The potential crossover appeal has been acknowledged, but with the success of TV series “Ash vs Evil Dead,” any sequels that were in the works have been put on hold for now.

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Go Christmas Caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer



Given that I personally have gone Christmas caroling with various lunatics hopped up on eggnog, what the hell… why not go Christmas caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer? Dig on this latest clip!

Look for the flick starring Colin Farrell (Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, In Bruges, 2009) and co-starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2003) to hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on January 23rd. Yorgos Lanthimos directs.

Special features include “An Impossible Conundrum” featurette, and the package will be priced at $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing.

As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

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Which Monsters May Be Making Their TV Debut in Junji Ito Collection?



Studio Deen’s highly-anticipated anime anthology Junji Ito Collection has been building buzz, especially since its new teaser dropped weeks ago. Eagle-eyed fans who are well-acquainted with horror mangaka Junji Ito’s body of work will spot some familiar faces in the new trailer, brought to the small screen by showrunner Shinobu Tagashira.

So, who among Ito’s famous menagerie of monsters may be making an appearance in the show when it airs next year?

Oshikiri Toru

Oshikiri is the morally-questionable highschooler who begins to question his perception of reality in Hallucinations, a series of some loosely connected one-shots. Oshikiri’s a little on the short side, with an even shorter fuse. One thing he’s not short on is moneyas evidenced by his impressive, albeit creepy, mansion. We’ve yet to see which of his adventureswhich range from murder to parallel dimensionswill be his television debut.


The once-chatty Yuuko falls ill and sees her worst fears come to pass in Slug Girl, the famous one-shot whose brand of body horror is sure to feel like a distant cousin (or maybe a predecessor?) to Uzumaki‘s “The Snail” chapter. It offers little in the way of answers but is best enjoyed in all its bizarre glory.

The Intersection Bishounen

In Lovesick Dead, one of Ito’s longer standalone stories, an urban legend causes a rash of suicides when young girls begin to call upon a mysterious, black-clad spirit called the Intersection Bishounen. The custom catches on quickly among teenagers, out late and eager for him to tell them their fortune in life and love, since his advice is to die for. Literally.

Souichi Tsujii

A long-running recurring character in Ito’s manga (probably second only to Tomie herself), you’ll know Souichi by the nails he sucks on or sticks out of his moutha strange habit borne out of an iron deficiency. He’s an impish kid whose fascination with the supernatural makes him the odd man out in an otherwise normal family. The morbid pranks he likes to playfunny only to him—don’t do much to endear him to his peers or relatives, either.


The titular character in Fashion Model, Fuchi works as a professional model for her, shall we say, unique look and Amazonian stature. When she and another actress are hired by a crew of indie filmmakers, Fuchi shows them that she doesn’t like sharing the limelight. She also makes a cameo in a couple of Souichi’s stories, and in them he finds her genuinely attractive. Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Nemo Rising Signing Happening at Dark Delicacies on December 23



Author C. Courtney Joyner will be signing copies of his new book Nemo Rising at Burkank’s Dark Delicacies horror store on Saturday, December 23 at 4pm. You can get the full details of the event and directions on Dark Delicacies’ website.

Nemo Rising will be a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1870 masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and will see President Ulysses S. Grant recruiting the notorious Captain Nemo to destroy a gigantic sea monster which has been responsible for sinking ships. The gigantic eight-tentacled mollusc can be seen on the book’s cover below, and it looks like Nemo will have his work cut out for him.

Joyner also worked on the screenplays for the Full Moon films Doctor Mordrid and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, whilst his previous books include Hell Comes To Hollywood and the Shotgun series. If you can’t make it to the signing, Nemo Rising will be released in the US on December 26, and in the UK on January 13.

Nemo Rising Dark Delicacies Signing Details:
​Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On December 23rd at 4:00 PM, C. Courtney Joyner will sign copies of NEMO RISING at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California!

C. COURTNEY JOYNER is an award-winning writer of fiction, comics, and screenplays. He has more than 25 movies to his credit, including the cult films Prison, starring Viggo Mortensen; From a Whisper to a Scream, starring Vincent Price; and Class of 1999, directed by Mark Lester. A graduate of USC, Joyner’s first produced screenplay was The Offspring, which also starred Vincent Price. Joyner’s other scripts have included TV movies for CBS, USA, and Showtime. He is the author of The Shotgun western series and Nemo Rising.

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