The slasher genre is typically made up of horror movies in which a masked killer chases and kills characters with sharp objects. There is some debate about which film would have given birth to the subgenre, but there is no question that the most famous and cemented it was Halloween – The Night of Terror (1978), by John Carpenter. It is also clear that over the years the subgenre has gained ground and so all kinds of creatures have become “the killer”, monsters with wings, hauntings and possessed dolls.
Thinking about it, CinePOP decided to create a list with the 10 sequels of the most famous Slasher horror movies in cinema. Come and see.
Halloween II – The Nightmare Continues (1981)
As said, John Carpenter’s genre masterpiece Halloween made history through its influence. Therefore, the highest-grossing independent film in cinema at the time would not be unscathed from making a sequel. After all, who would be foolish to refuse this profit? Carpenter, however, despite his involvement in production, screenplay, and soundtrack, was stepping down to direct New York Escape. The director’s chair belonged to regular collaborator Rick Rosenthal. In the plot, after the attacks in the first film, Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) is taken to the hospital, where maniac Michael Myers follows her, with Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) chasing her.
Friday the 13th – Part 2 (1981)
The first Friday the 13th (1980) was hastily produced to hitchhike on the Halloween hit (1978). Even the creators themselves aren’t ashamed to admit it, and they’ve done it in several interviews before. Distributed by Paramount, the horror franchise has lived to become one of the most famous and famous slasher series in cinema. The sequel was quick to be produced and launched the following year. It is then that the killer Jason appears for the first time and still without wearing his famous hockey mask (he was wearing a bag on his head). This is one of the best examples of franchising.
Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
Slasher films are quick to produce and generate significant financial returns. Thus, many films of the 1980s type have had their sequels produced annually. And if in the element above I mentioned Friday the 13th as one of the most famous franchises of its genre, the other would be Nightmare Hour. This continuation of Wes Craven’s original success disappointed fans, however. What is curious is that the film is seen as a gay bulwark (just take a second look at the feature film to understand it), a statement made by the creators themselves, who wanted to introduce small details. which indicated this, without anyone realizing it at the time. In the plot, Freddy Krueger attempts to possess the body of a boy in order to return to the world of the living.
Toy Killer 2 (1990)
Three years later, Chucky was back after the success of Killer Toy. Despite being completely destroyed in the previous movie, the damn doll is reassembled by the company itself (something highly unlikely, even in this fantasy) and soon commits more crimes. Little Andy (Alex Vincent) is adopted by a new family, after his mother has a nervous breakdown, after the events of the first film (while translating, actress Catherine Hicks has not agreed to return to the sequence) . In the new house, he meets the coolest character in the movie, his older adopted sister Kyle (role of Christine Elise), who helps him fight Chucky in an apotheotic end inside the Doll Factory.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Directed by the same Tobe Hooper twelve years after the success of the original film, this sequel follows an entirely different tone – a fact that alienated many horror fans at the time. The first film was raw and realistic, almost resembling a documentary. This sequel, with a lot more money, is a slasher opera that doesn’t take itself seriously and plays with the genre’s conveniences, more like a parody. Everything, of course, not to mention the gallons of blood and the disturbing scenes. With a very inspired Dennis Hopper, this sequel has been rediscovered as a cult work.
Candyman 2 – Revenge (1995)
The Candyman Mystery (1992), by Bernard Rose, is a sophisticated and psychological terror, conceived and born as a cult terror hovering above other traits of the genre. With the character’s success, since turning a villain into an icon isn’t easy, the producers decided to turn Candyman into a new Jason or Freddy, and the sequel followed the same, more bloody and common path. to fellow slasher. In the plot, this time a story of tragic heroes and slavery is given to the character.
Panic 2 (1997)
Reinventing a genre is not for everyone. But that’s exactly what the first Panic (1996) did. The late Wes Craven had already given the slasher a new flavor with Nightmare Hour (1984) and with Panic he took it one step further, playing and satirizing the genre. The sequel is not far behind in terms of script savvy, sharp dialogues and references. Other than that, the movies have added a thriller to the mix – a trick in which audiences need to find out who the killer is. Here the protagonists, not the psychopath, are the center of attention. In the story, Sidney (Neve Campbell) goes to college and there a new (or new) serial killer pursues her.
I still know what you did last summer (1998)
Each time, the titles of the films in this series get bigger. The first film had a clear turn in Panic, including the same screenwriter (Kevin Williamson). It was a new wave of slasher films, which dominated the late 1990s: more conscious and intelligent, but not forgetting the genre clichés – what audiences want to see. Here in this sequel, however, we see a clear slot machine. The killer fisherman, voluntarily left alive at the end of the first, returns to continue his revenge. The plot is moved to the Bahamas, and the film borrows even more from Panic – when it comes to revealing the killer.
Urban Legend 2 (2000)
And if I know what you did last summer was the Monday panic, Urban Legend (1998) was the third panic. Columbia Pictures, now Sony, did not come cheap to invest in its slashers in the late 1990s. After I Know What You Did …, he tried to make Urban Legend (1998) in the same meaning: dialogues with cartoons and references – but little by little the new formula showed wear. And if that was true a few years after Panic, imagine in 2000, when this sequel came out. The result was less than lukewarm. In the plot, a group of film students face the fury of a masked killer, who no longer wears an Eskimo coat, but rather a fencing costume. Jennifer Morrison and Eva Mendes are the decoys of the cast.
Hungry Eyes 2 (2003)
Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, the first Hungry Eyes (2001) was already late in the era of the slasher. However, with his mix of road movie and monster cinema, he ended up creating a group of followers alive, becoming cult for a generation. The sequel did not take long to arrive, but it did not mark as much to general taste as the previous one. The more intimate atmosphere of the original – with two brothers having the worst nightmare of their lives – has given way to a more “mundane” film within the subgenre. So, a group of teenage high school kids are confronted with the evil Creeper, when their school bus crashes into the road.
Psycho II (1983)
It’s not fair to call Alfred Hitchcock’s immortal classic Psycho (1960) slasher. In any case, the suspense helped shape what we would see years later and its influence is very much felt. What a lot of people don’t know or want to forget is that the iconic black-and-white feature has had a sequel (well, not just one, like three). Over twenty years later, Norman Bates has returned to the big screen – again impersonated by Anthony Perkins. And not just him, Vera Miles returns as Lila, sister of the original’s protagonist (Janet Leigh). In the plot, Bates attempts to reintegrate into society after being released from prison / mental hospital. But the nightmares of the past are starting to surface.
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