Please Don’t Kill Me, Mr. Ghostface, I Want to be in the Sequel


         Hollywood, the supreme contributor for the film industry, is notorious for butchering the legacies of classic horror films (Lost Boys: The Tribe, anyone?).  America’s twist on an original tends to be plotless, boring, oversexual, and just not scary.  Although we have been cursed with agonizingly, painful to watch movies, we have also been blessed with sequels like Evil Dead II and Return of the Living Dead II.  With Halloween approaching us, here are some sequel goodies that you can find on Netflix that are genuinely captivating (if not amazing), and possibly outright scary:

#5. Damien: the Omen II


Damien: Omen II: movie poster courtesy of beyondhorrordesign.blogspot.com

            The Omen II, like many 1970’s horror films, is incredibly boring for the first fifteen minutes (or hour depending on your level of patience).  It takes place two weeks after the events of the previous film and starts off almost identically as the Exorcist.  After being plagued with what seems like hours of impatience you are shown the first two deaths.  The film then frames off to the demon child, or Damien, and his new dysfunctional, naïve family.  Skip another twenty minutes of aggravating “Damien is not the antichrist” talk and you’ve got yourself another death scene (Fun Fact: The actress who played Marion, the victim, also played Juno, the ghost caseworker, in Beetlejuice).  Fast forward through more insanely, horrible dialogue and you’ve got yourself, yet again, another death scene: death by bird and semi-truck.  Essentially, the entire movie is a basis for demonic death, pride in being the antichrist, and motivation to not have any children because they may very well be the antichrist.  My rating: 6/10.

#4. Grave Encounters 2


Film Poster for Grave Encounters 2 courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

            Okay, so I am guilty of having skipped the first three minutes of the film because I thought it was literally a segment of people reviewing the first film (which I found rather pointless).  Don’t skip it though because it will be a bit easier to understand the plot, I suppose.  The film follows a group of college students who believe the initial film was for the most part fictional and set out to record their own horror movie.  One of the members of the group, truly believes that the film is based on true events and scouts the internet for more information on it’s upbringings which in turn ends up being a bad idea as he ends up being manipulated by an evil entity into visiting the mental hospital from the previous film where things take a turn for the worst.  The acting is considerably terrible, but I found the film itself quite intriguing although it does tend to be based on clichés: abandoned mental hospitals, demonic entities, crazy doctors, what’s new?  It might seem scarier if you watch it alone at twelve o’clock in the morning.  My rating: 4/10.

#3. Scream 2


Movie Poster for Scream 2 courtesy of horror.wikia.com

            In all honesty, I really do not know how I feel about Scream 2.  I found the first film rather annoying but it’s one of the highest rated sequels on Netflix so I decided, why not? Plus who doesn’t love watching Buffy Summers as the damsel in distress at least once?  Sidney Campbell is now in college after the events of the first film in which her psychotic boyfriend tries to destroy her after murdering her closest friends (Did he really need to get rid of Rose McGowan?).  She has a normal boyfriend now and is studying Theatre. Dewey is no longer a cop, Gale Weathers is still the pretentious woman she was in the first film, and Randy is an even bigger film geek except this time he doesn’t live to see the ending. All in all, the film follows the same cat-mouse spiel, throw in a little more traumatic experiences for Sidney, and you’ve got Scream 2! My rating: 6/10.

#2. Saw II


Movie Poster for Saw II courtesy of trailers.apple.com

            Saw II happens to be my favorite of the entire franchise.  Viewer discretion is advised, as it is a very gory film and not intended for those with weak stomachs.  I am honestly unsure as to why I like it; maybe it’s got something to do with my fascination for villains like Jigsaw. An ensemble of ex-cons, and the detective assigned to the horrific crimes son, wake up in a room after being kidnapped by Jigsaw (which seems to be implied) to find that they cannot remember how they got there or why they are there. Without spoiling too much, they each face their own personal horrors and “lose the game,” except for Jigsaw's accomplice and the detective’s son.  It really does have a pretty tragic ending for the detective but enough with the spoilers. My Rating: 8/10.

#1. The Silence of the Lambs


Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Lecter courtesy of murrayewing.co.uk

            I have never met anyone who doesn’t like the Silence of the Lambs; it’s essentially a cinematic masterpiece and anyone who doesn’t think so is insane (It won all 5 Academy Awards which is a first for a horror movie blend).  The cast consists of A-Listers: Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster who respectively play Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling.  Although Dr. Lecter was given 25 minutes of screen time, Anthony Hopkins delivered a chilling performance.  Here’s a quick rundown of the film: Clarice Starling, a rookie FBI agent, is sent to Dr. Lecter for an interview in hopes that he could lead the pathway to capture Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who skins his victims. It’s a very interesting watch but prepare to be driven insane by Jodie Foster’s aggravating accent.  My rating: 10/10.

Disclaimer: I have a deep love for terrible horror movies so what works for me might not work for you.  I do suggest watching the films above with an open mind.  Here are some honorable mentions: Hellbound: Hellraiser II, ABCs of Death II, V/H/S II, and A Nightmare on Elm Street II: Freddy’s Revenge.


Happy October and thanks for reading!

3 comments :

  1. "Silence of the Lambs" is one of my all-time favorites!

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  2. Have to see "The Silence Of The Lambs"!!!

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  3. Huge fan of the "Scream" and "Saw" movies but have to agree "Silence of the lambs" is an awesome!

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