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Top 7 Horror Sequels We Hoped For But Never Got





Funhouse
Okay, so here is a title out of the blue. Tobe Hooper's Funhouse continues to be one of the most underrated '80s horror films. And sandwiched by franchise launchers like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Funhouse seemed to be the perfect candidate to continue on as a series. Sure, the two-faced kid bit the big one in the original film, but think of the possibilities: another new freakshow killer in each film. It would have been great... the bearded lady could be the killer in part two, the sword swallower in part three and so forth. Alas, The Funhouse came and went, and a sequel was never to be, which is unfortunate because the original was such a hugely entertaining film.

Near Dark
It's hard to believe a film with as many fans as Near Dark never produced a sequel, but that is the case. However, a quick historic investigation unveils the reason studios never pursued a part two in this vampire/western horror flick: Near Dark was made on a budget of $5 million while the movie's total box office take was under $3.4 million. Mystery solved. The fact was not lost, however, that Near Dark eventually generated a cult following, not to mention the fact that it was directed by the magnificent Kathryn Bigelow and talks of a remake were being bandied about. That was all squashed, though, by the Cullen family and the Twilight films as the folks behind the Near Dark remake felt it would be too similar to Twilight, and the plans were scrapped. Thanks a lot, Edward.

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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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