Top 7 Horror Sequels We Hoped For But Never Got

The Strangers
This movie had such promise. The trailer made it look like a nightmarish home invasion film that would turn the horror world on its ear. Unfortunately, in the opinion of most, it did not live up to its outstanding potential. However, there was always hope that a sequel would be able to capture the best parts of the original and build on them, bringing us the film we hoped the original would be. Here we seem to have another case of a sequel dying on the vine as The Strangers 2 remains in limbo. The last rumors had Liv Tyler and all the masked killers returning for a second round, but that was quite awhile ago, and as time moves on, fans are less and less interested in a sequel to The Strangers. So it appears this film is also going to fall into the "one and done" category.

My Bloody Valentine
We’re going way back to the golden age of the slashers with this one. My Bloody Valentine was released in 1981 and was well known for being a big target of the MPAA, who cut nine minutes from the original film, including footage from every death scene. The movie concludes with proof that the killer, Harry Warden, has disappeared into the tunnels of the mine and will live to strike again another day. In fact, Warden did indeed return; however, that was in the 2009 3D remake of My Bloody Valentine, and we never did get any closure on that original film.

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kiddcapone's picture

Yeah, I'd also throw Dog Soldiers 2: Dead Meat out there. What the hell ever happened to that sequel?

Plus, Phantasm 5, Evil Dead 4, Bubba Nosferatu, and although non-horror, I'd pop a perpetual boner if a sequel to Big Trouble in Little China ever got announced.

Submitted by kiddcapone on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:12pm.
nazo's picture

I concur on the lack of need for a Shuan sequel. I'm usually not a fan of sequels, but one I could get excited for, if done properly, is Trick 'R Treat 2.

Submitted by nazo on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 8:12pm.
Terminal's picture

Another fine list.

Zombie Land was never intended to be a movie. It was pitched as a TV series, but since no network wanted to buy it they turned it in to a movie. The Zombie Kill of the week was supposed to be for every new episode, but now with the success of TWD, Zombieland is finally getting a chance. So I can see why it's not getting a sequel.

Plus Woody Harrelson has said no thanks to playing Talahassee ever again.

Leslie Vernon sadly had a kickstarter campaign last year and they didn't get enough donations, so a sequel is far off from now.

I'm actually glad Shaun is never getting a sequel. I want the Wright/Pegg/Frost crew to work on new stuff rather than stifle themselves to one series over and over. I hope it stays that way.

I hope the Strangers sequel is good if we ever get it. I last read they were going to show the faces behind the masks, which is a bad idea, IMO. The excellence of The Strangers, is the killers never showed their faces, and never had a reason for terrorizing this couple. At least not one any sane person would ever understand.

Submitted by Terminal on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 7:28pm.
Scott Hallam's picture

What was The Strangers' motivation? 'Because you were home' I believe...correct?

Submitted by Scott Hallam on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 2:12am.
Sirand's picture

What about Funhouse & Near Dark ever screamed "sequel?" Along with Shaun of the Dead, they felt like singular self-contained films.

Much better examples would be Eduardo/Sanchez's Blair Witch prequel, the long-rumored Big Trouble & Buckaroo Banzai sequels/crossover, Carpenter's Escape from Earth, Phantasm's End, Freddy vs Jason vs Ash, etc.

Submitted by Sirand on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 6:49pm.
Steve Barton's picture

I dunno dude, I wouldn't have minded revisiting both of those world's once again. The Funhouse is home to one of my absolute favorite killers.

Submitted by Steve Barton on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 9:20pm.

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