7/14/2020

Shudder Renews "The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs" for 3rd Season & Reveals "Summer Sleepover" Special with Adam Green Announced!


July 14, 2020 — Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller, and the supernatural, today announced that it has renewed its hit original series The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs for a third season to air in 2021. The service also announced a special “summer sleepover” double feature pre-taped prior to quarantine that will feature a visit to the trailer park from horror filmmaker Adam Green along with other surprise guests. The special episode will premiere on Friday, August 14, at 9pm ET/6pm PT.  Shudder is also planning several Last Drive-In specials for later this year and next year, with details to be announced later.

“I can’t believe it’s only been two years since that first marathon called The Last Drive-In,” said host Joe Bob Briggs. “To have a third season, and continue to experience the love and encouragement that daily pours out of the Shudder community, is more than I could ever have hoped for. It’s been a very difficult year for all of us, but I hope we can continue to be a little oasis where people come to celebrate holidays and weekends and that special family feeling that only horror fans know.”

The Last Drive-In continues to be a great success story for Shudder, trending in the Top 10 on Twitter during each live Friday night episode, and also driving tremendous on-demand viewing,” said Shudder General Manager Craig Engler. “We’re delighted to bring Joe Bob back for a third season, and we’re also planning some incredibly fun specials that we’ll announce down the road.”

In each episode, Briggs, the world’s foremost drive-in movie critic, presents an eclectic horror movie double feature, interrupting the films to expound upon their merits, histories and significance to genre cinema. The Last Drive-In premieres on Shudder’s live feed before being made available on demand; proving that an SVOD service can create appointment television, the show’s hashtag, #TheLastDriveIn, has trended in the top 10 on Twitter in the US during the premiere of every episode and special, often reaching No. 1.

Shudder and Briggs first teamed up in July 2018, for the 24-hour The Last Drive-In marathon, intended to be Briggs’ final farewell to televised movie hosting. Due to overwhelming popular demand, Shudder brought The Last Drive-In back as a weekly series the following year. Past seasons of The Last Drive-In have featured guest appearances by AEW wrestling superstar Chris Jericho, actor/director/FX legend Tom Savini, horror icons Barbara Crampton, Kelli Maroney, Ashley Laurence and Doug Bradley and filmmakers Lloyd Kaufman and John McNaughton, among others.

The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs is produced by Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell and directed by Austin Jennings.

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7/13/2020

New Trailers to Upcoming Shudder Exclusives: Random Act of Violence, Lake of Death, & Impetigore!


RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE — PREMIERES AUGUST 20 ON SHUDDER (US & UK) / THEATRES & ON DEMAND IN CANADA VIA ELEVATION PICTURES JULY 31

SynopsisComic book creator Todd Walkley (Jesse Williams), his wife Kathy (Jordana Brewster), assistant Aurora (Niamh Wilson) and best friend, Hard Calibre Comics owner Ezra (Jay Baruchel), embark upon a road trip from Toronto to New York Comic Con and bad things start to happen. People start getting killed. It soon becomes clear that a crazed fan is using Todd’s “SLASHERMAN” comic as inspiration for the killings and as the bodies pile up, and Todd’s friends and family become victims themselves, Todd will be forced to take artistic responsibility. A Shudder Original.

Director: Jay Baruchel
Writers: Jay Baruchel, Jesse Chabot  
Starring: Jesse Willimas, Jordana Brewster, Jay Baruchel, Niamh Wilson
Music: Wade MacNeil and Andrew Gordon Macpherson


LAKE OF DEATH — PREMIERES THIS THURSDAY, JULY 16 (US, CA & UK)

SynopsisA year after her twin brother mysteriously disappeared, Lillian and her friends head to the old family cabin to say their goodbyes. But soon after they arrive, eerie and gruesome events begin to occur. As the lines between reality and Lillian's nightmares blur, she must fight both an external and internal struggle to stay alive. Is a horrific local legend becoming reality, or is the real enemy among them?

Director Nini Bull Robsahm (Amnesia) took inspiration from Norway’s popular 1942 novel (and later film adaptation) of the same name (De dødes tjern), credited with sparking the country’s interest in horror. Robsahm shot Lake of Death on stunning 35mm and brought on Academy Award-winner Bob Murawski (Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell, The Hurt Locker) to edit. Starring Iben Akerlie, Jacob Andersen Schøyen, Jonathan Harboe, Sophia Lie and Elias Mun. A Shudder Original.



IMPETIGORE — PREMIERES THURSDAY, JULY 23 (US, CA & UK)

Synopsis: (Sundance 2020 Official Selection) After surviving a murder attempt in the city, Maya, a down-on-her-luck young woman, learns that she may inherit a house in her ancestral village. With her friend Dini, Maya returns to the village of her birth, unaware that the community there has been trying to locate and kill her to remove the curse that has plagued the village for years. As she begins to discover the complicated reality about her past, Maya finds herself in a fight for her life. Starring Tara Basro, Ario Bayu, Marissa Anita, Christine Hakim, Asmara Abigail, directed by Joko Anwar (Satan’s Slaves). A Shudder Original.

7/12/2020

The 25 Most Underrated/ Overlooked Horror Sequels

Last time I presented you guys with The 30 Best Horror Sequels Ever. Now, I wanted to give you some sequels that are underrated and/ or overlooked. A bunch of these don't get talked about enough (some are outright forgotten) or get way more hate than they deserve. What should be getting, instead, is another shot.

25. The Howling VI: The Freaks (1991)- The first Howling is, in my humble opinion, the greatest werewolf movie. Its sequel suck wolf dick, though. Then low and behold, we got to the sixth one, and it is actually good! Wait, what?! Yup, it is. Featuring an awesome vampire vs. werewolf story, a kick ass climax, and awesome FX, this is one that is unexpected in its quality, unlike the crap that comes before and follows it...



24. Alien: Resurrection (1997)- Alien 3 tends to split the audience (count me in as not a fan...), however, this fourth entry feels like it gets more hate. Which is a shame since it is a fun and, I think, more enjoyable installment. It has an amazing cast, some really cool practical effects, and great gore. Plus, the underwater scene is pretty fucking awesome!


23. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)- Unjustly maligned second entry is way better than its reputation. Also, it has aged a lot better than its preceding movie, which, in my humble opionion does not hold up today. If you wanna read more of my thoughts on it, go here.


22. The First Purge (2018)- This prequel to The Purge franchise is an entertaining and interesting one. It fills in the early story quite well, with a politically charged script, strong acting, and rousing and violent action.

21. See No Evil 2 (2014)- The first movie is a decent enough slasher movie, but this is one is much better But, then again it is made by the always awesome Soska sister, who elevate this slasher flick thanks to some stylish directing and great gore. It's a fun flick too, with Kane returning as Jacob Goodnight, and some pretty good acting. Also, the three ladies (Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle, and Chelan Simmons) are insanely gorgeous.


20. Species II (1998)- Admit ably I am not a big fan of the first film, although it has some good things (mostly Natasha Henstridge). But, I do enjoy this sequel quite a bit more. It is gloriously sleazy, especially for a big budget studio horror franchise flick. The practical effects are awesome, and there is some really good gore. It's great to see Michael Madsen, the gorgeous Marg Helgenberger, and, of course, the absolutely stunning Henstridge come back . In the later's case, it is even more fun to cheer for her this time around. In all, this superior sequel is a bloody and sexy good time.
19. Amityville: The Awakening (2017)- This one definitely falls under it has no right to be this good category. Especially when you realize that so many of the movies in this series are crappy, how often it was delayed (and eventually sent direct to VOD), and that is seemingly was cut from an R to a PG-13. Yet, despite a slow pace, it tells a good and involving (albeit unoriginal) story and has some solid acting from the cast, including the gorgeous Bella Thorne. Who, may I say, looks hot as fucking hell as a goth chick!



18. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)- Often forgotten, this prequel tells of the early years of the lycan/ vampire battle. It's exciting, fast paced, and gory. I believe it to be the second best sequel (after the second flick). And, it is really helped by the underrated Rhona Mitra, who is among the most naturally sexy actresses ever.
17. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)- This one gets some hate sometimes, but those who love it know how good it is. OK, so you could say that explaining so much about Michael isn't the right choice. But, you know what? I think it works much better than the story of 2018's Halloween. There are two versions of this film, as most of you know. The theatrical cut is the shorter and faster flick, with some cool gore (including an awesome exploding head). And, while that ending is bad, it's better than the producer's cut. But, that cut tells a better and more fleshed out story. Either cut is entertaining and has some likable performances. I enjoy watching it quite a bit more than some other more popular entries (including the aforementioned latest installment). It's nicely shot too and has some pretty ladies, adding to its appeal. Oh, and before you say Halloween III: Season of the Witch, that movie hasn't been underrated in a very long time.


16. Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)- The first AVP is OK, just OK. It is marred by a stupid PG-13 rating and terrible human characters that you won't give a flying fuck about. But, the monster action was cool. This sequel is often crapped on, and I don't get why. It is a much better movie than that aforementioned flick. The gore here is graphic, and the movie has a real mean spirit to it. The pacing is fast, and it tells an enjoyable if empty headed story. About, my only real complaint is that the flick is too darkly lit. The Blu-ray does help out, in this department, though.
15. Amityville: It's About Time (1992)- By fucking FAR the best of the cursed items Amityville films, this one is a total delight. It has some solid acting (including a very sexy performance by the gorgeous Megan Ward) and some of the best gore of the entire franchise. I've long been a fan of this flick, and it actually has aged really well. As a matter of fact, I think I like it even more nowadays!



14. Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)- Let's cut straight to the point here. This is the last good Hellraiser movie, as the rest that follow can honestly rot in hell for I fucking care. It isn't as great, as the first two, but that is OK. The flick is a ton of fun. It moves at a fast pace, has some great gore, a good cast, hot babes (including Terry Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Farrell and Paula Marshall), and an absolutely killer rock/ heavy metal soundtrack.


13. The Fly II (1989)- First and foremost, this movie is nowhere near as great as David Cronenberg's superlative and preceding masterpiece. But, it works wonderfully as a rousing and fun monster sci-fi/ horror movie. It is elevated by the amazing FX work by Chris Walas (who also directed), including some great gore. The later of which includes a face melting and head crushing that push the limits of the R-rating. There is also some great acting, especially from Eric Stoltz, who like in Mask, shows that how good an actor he is even under latex, the beautiful Daphne Zuniga, and the villainous character played by Lee Richardson. It is also not above adding a lot of heart, too, including an utter heartbreaking moment involving a doggie, that all these years and viewings later I cannot watch. Cause if I do, I fucking break and cry my eyes out.

12. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)- Taking place in a ruined La Vegas, this fast past and action packed sequel is honest to God my favorite entry in this silly series. The lovely Mila Jovovich kicks some major ass and there is lots of wonderful bits of splattery violence. Plus, it bought it in the addition of the absolutely gorgeous Ali Larter, making it even more awesome! The less said of two piece of shit movies that followed it the better, though...



11. Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)- It took forever for this crossover to be made. And, yes it has its issues (some humor doesn't work, Jason's fear of water makes no sense within the context of the franchise, Kane Hodder is missed), but it is still a shit load of fun. There some killer gore and a really nice stylish look to it. Plus, the metal soundtrack is pretty fucking cool. I truly think that it ranks with the best entries in both franchises.


10. Jigsaw (2010)- I honestly didn't think that this movie would tie into the preceding movies and do it so well. But, thanks to a solid script it really does! The gore and traps are cool, including a wicked and bloody laser gag. The girls are pretty, and the acting is really good. I honest to God, wish they had continued from here. But, I guess we shall see where it all goes when Spiral comes out next year, or whenever the fuck this damn virus lets come out.


9. Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled (2002)- People love to shit on the non-Andrew Divoff Wishmaster movies. And, well they should totally take a dump on the third one. However, this is a good fucking entry. I love that the three wishes are actually made. It makes for a good story, which in turn is further lifted by strong acting especially from the absolutely stunning Tara Spencer-Nairn (who wins extra points as one of the few final girls to get naked). And, you know what? I am gonna take this chance to say this is is my favorite entry in the franchise. So how is that for praise?



8. Dracula's Daughter (1936)- Todd Browning's classic Dracula is one of the seminal horror movies of all time. But, it is objectively only a decent movie. It feels staged and suffers from bad pacing. This all makes it a movie I respect but don't love. This one, its first sequel in the franchise, is a superior movie. It tells a good story and is much better paced. The beautiful Gloria Holden plays the title character wonderfully. She is seductive, deadly, and, at times, sympathetic. It also has a scene with very strong lesbian undertones that somehow made it past the Hayes codes.


7. Scre4m (2011)- I never expected this movie to be as good as it is. At this point in his career Wes Craven had been making movies that ranged from OK (Red Eye) to utter garbage (Curse, My Soul to Take) and his own third Scream flick was total shit itself. Well, low and behold, this one blew me away! It's fun and easily has the best gore in the series. Also, can I mention how much I love Hayden Panettiere's character? I mean she's a hottie who loves Argento, if that isn't wifey material, then I don't fucking know what is!


6. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)- This franchise is a little uneven in quality, with the odd numbered entries being the best. And, this third entry is the best one, period. It is a great prequel, with one of fuck an ending and some really solid and creepy moments. And, yes by saying it is the best entry, I mean it is even better than the first flick!


5. Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)- Brides of Dracula maybe the best of all Hammer's Dracula sequels, but this one is the best sequel actually featuring Christopher Lee as Dracula. Wonderfully evil and highly entertaining, this is a fucking killer entry in the series.


4. Final Destination 5 (2011)- To me this is the third best entry in the series, after the first two. The kills are gory, including a truly harrowing lasik surgery scene that will have anyone who uses glasses and/ or contacts squirming in their seats. And, the ending is fucking AWESOME!! For more of my thoughts, check out my review.



3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)- This is gonna piss some off, but to me this is the second best entry in the entire franchise (after the Hooper original). This killer prequel to the exceptionally mediocre remake (an exercise in style over substance) is vastly superior. The characters are actually likable (imagine that in a slasher movie!) and the actors portraying them are good. Especially the beautiful Jordana Brewster, who is a great "final" girl. R. Lee Ermey is awesome once again as Hoyt, stealing some scenes outright! The gore is nasty and graphic, and the girls are really hot. Basically, this one does what it needs to do and then some!

2. I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)- This flick is a separate story from the previous remake, but it is connected by theme. It is a brutal and violently graphic entry in this splatter filled franchise. The flick has some harrowing rape and sexual torture scenes, but they pay off is once the revenge part starts. The absolutely stunning Jemma Dallender gives an amazing performance as our heroine. She is clearly sympathetic, and we cheer her on. Her vengeance scenes are bloody and violent involving, electrocution, shit, the series favorite of male genital violence, and more. It is a rough and uncompromising flick that deserves a lot more love and now!




1. Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)- How this one isn't more of a classic, I just don't know. First and foremost Peter Cushing gives his Dr. Frankenstein one of his most complex and interesting takes. Also, excellent is the beautiful Susan Denberg as the titular woman. She is one of Hammer's most fascinating female characters. Another of the best in Hammer is the story which tackles sexual identity, revenge, the human soul, and bullying. There is some gore, too, and an ending that is perfect to the story. In all, this one of Hammer's very best movie, and no less an expert than Martin Scorsese says it is his favorite. Scream Factory put out a superlative Blu-ray of it, so now is the best time to rediscover this great flick.

I would love to know what are some of your favorite underrated or overlooked horror sequels. Let me know in the comments section. Also, be sure to stayed tuned for the final part of my sequel series as I pick the worst horror sequels!

7/04/2020

The 30 Best Horror Movie Sequels Ever

There is perhaps no genre filled with more sequels than horror. Just about anything that is even vaguely successful can spawn a sequel and become a franchise, sometimes to the point of adnauseam. And, while there are certainly A LOT of terrible sequels, there is obviously, a lot of good ones, too.

This list is the absolute best among them, the finest of the fine, if you will. I tend to prefer sequels that attempt something new, instead of rehashing the same old shit. And, while some are movies that you would expect to find in a list like this, I also threw a few curve balls, as well.

Honorable Mentions:
The Purge: Election Year
Inferno
Brides of Dracula
Damien: Omen II
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter


30. Final Destination 2 (2003)- This wild and gory movie remains the best sequel in the solidly entertaining franchise. It has what might be the best opening accident in the form of the highway accident. This scene will give drivers some major anxiety. It also has some great and imaginative deaths, and the added lovely bonus of a returning Ali Larter, as the first film's Clear Rivers.
29. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)- For much of this , franchise, there is a feeling of the "same old shit". However, this entry excels for various reasons, chief among them is that it is so goddamn fun. It isn't above making fun of itself. It also has one hell of a beginning with Jason's awesome resurrection and the cool James Bond parody. This all remains a series highlight. Throw in some pretty girls, including Jennifer Cooke, one of the sexiest final girls in the slasher series and some kick ass Alice Cooper music and you got a real winner.
28. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)- After the box office failure of the Michael Myers-less Halloween III: Season of the Witch and the continuous popularity of Jason and Freddy, it was time for Micheal to return. And, what a return it was with this really well done entry. To me, it remains the best of all the sequels. And, I know many will point to Halloween II (1981) as the better entry, but I think this film has a much better pace. It sets itself apart from the Friday movies with its more serious tone, introduces his niece Jamie (Danielle Harris), and brings back Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance). It also has a nice mix of the more restrained style of the first film, with nice bits of gore, including an awesome impaling with a shotgun of busty beauty Kathleen Kinmont. The ending remains one of the best in the entire series.

27. 28 Weeks Later (2007)- This nihilistic, and I think, superior sequel is one of the best contingent horror movies ever made. It starts off rocking and dark, letting you know from the get-go that this fucker ain't playing around. It also has one fuck of an awesome scene involving a helicopter mowing down the infected.


26. Psycho III (1986)- I know many prefer the second sequel, but while I like that one, I always preferred this one. It is such a fun movie. Anthony Perkins does an excellent job, as always, as Norman Bates. But, this time it is even more impressive knowing that he directed it as well. Something, he is very apt at, keeping the flick entertaining and adding some stylish flashes, and a few violent kills. There is a nice supporting cast and the movie builds up to a great climax. In all, a sometimes underrated flick, that is honestly the last good Psycho movie ever made.



25. Hostel Part II (2007)- A vastly superior sequel, this one improves on the original, by making the victims so much more likable. The three lovely ladies are people you will actually care about. And, the gore really pushes the limits of the studio horror movie, including an awesome, ultra-bloody, and kinda sexy Elizabeth Bathory inspired bit, as well as a shocking and graphic castration scene.


24. Land of the Dead (2005)-  It doesn't reach the perfection level of the first three, which honest to God, would've been a near impossible task for anyone, even George Romero, himself. That being said, Land is still an amazing film. It is the most blatantly political of all the Dead, which is saying a lot. The mad leader, separation of rich and poor, and contamination aspect, makes the movie even more relevant now. It has one hell of a cast, too, including Dennis Hopper, John Leguizamo, the gorgeous Asia Argento, and an awesome cameo by Tom Savini. It also has some graphic gore, that even in its R-rated version pushes studio horror hard. Even if the CGI splatter isn't the best, the awesomeness of the movie, will you have not caring about that aspect.


23. Saw II (2005)- While, the first movie is unquestionably the best in the series, this second entry remains my favorite. It is well paced, tells a twisty and ingenious tale, and expands on the mythology. IE, it does what a great sequel should do. The gore is graphically gruesome, though the scene that will make you wince the most has to be the one in which Amanda (Shawnee Smith) falls in pit of syringes. Speaking of the lovely Ms. Smith kudos for expanding on her role, as well as that of the wonderful Tobin Bell as Jigsaw.



22. Bride of Chucky (1998)- Deciding to go in a more comedic slant, was the best thing this flick could've done. This helped inject new blood and interest in then dying franchise. Ronny (The Bride with White Hair) Yu's stylish and lively directing gives the movie a great look and makes a shit load of fun. The introduction of Tiffany (the sexy as hell Jennifer Tilly) gave the horror world a new horror icon. Throw in some fun lines, wild gore, kick ass metal music, and humor that is actually funny, and you have one of the most cool slashers of the nineties.


21. [Rec] 3: Genesis (2012)- The first [Rec] is, in my humble opinion, the finest of all found footage movies. This third entry is the best of its sequels, and ranks among the most exciting films in the entire subgenre. It moves at a great pace and has some truly bloody gore, including chainsaw mayhem. Plus, it has the impossibly beautiful Leticia Dolera as a the heroic and ass kicking bride to be. Her character and performance makes her a personal favorite.


20. Hatchet II (2010)- I like the first Hatchet, but honestly Hatchet II is the better movie. Even the director/ writer of both, Adam Greene, would agree with this statement. The splatter in this one is way over the top. And, the gorgeous Danielle Harris makes for one of the best final girls of the 2010s. Of course, Kane Hodder is an absolute joy as unstoppable slasher Victor Crowley.



19. Blade II (2002)- Speaking of superior sequels, here is another one. Yes, the first one is a very good movie, but this badass motherfucker expands and tops everything from that classic. The result is one of the best superhero and one of the best action/ horror flicks ever. Guillermo Del Toro directs a fast paced, stylish, and violent adventure with spectacular set-pieces, exhilarating battles, and cool characters. The reapers are some of the best looking monsters in many a horror movie. Snipes is, of course, one cool mofo as the title hero.



18. Happy Death Day 2U  (2019)- The most recent entry on this list is this immensely fun and wild slasher comedy. Some bitch and moan about it going too much into the sci-fi route, but that is precisely what makes it feel fresh and different. Te flick is a funny and energetic good time with the always awesome and beautiful Jessica Rothe returning as Tree.



17. Predator 2 (1990)- Here is a movie that is pure wall-to-wall action and has a shit load of violence and splatter. It also has a great cast and amazing make-up FX by the legandary Stan Winstson. If you wanna read more of my reasons, of why I adore this movie go here.



16. Stepfather 2: Make Room for Daddy (1989)- To put it quite clearly, this film shouldn't be as great as it is. There was never a need to have a sequel to begin with. But, it is the acting that really elevates this way above what it should be. Lovely genre favorites Meg Foster and Caroline Williams are both great in their respective roles. Meanwhile. Terry O'Quinn returning as the title character is fucking awesome. The blood-caked climax is rousing and a shit load of fun. It really is one of the finest slasher sequels ever (unlike the third one which is one of the worst sequels ever...). I reviewed it years ago, if you wanna read more of my thoughts.


15. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)- This exciting and ultra-gory sequel manages to take us to an imaginative trip to a hell that is unlike any version of it previously seen. One of the things that I liked about it (as well as the previous and following film) is the more mature take on sex than the slasher movies of its time, as well as its far more gruesome gore. This one really pushes it, especially in its bloody unrated cut. The cenobites are cool as fuck, and the cast, especially the gorgeous Ashley Lawrence as Kristy Cotton (one of horror's best final girls) and Clare Higgins as Julia one of horror's deadliest and sexiest bad girls are truly great.



14. New Nightmare (1994)- Wes Craven's return to the slasher franchise he gave birth to has him go a totally different route by taking the resulting film into the "real" world. The movie isn't just a meta-masterpiece (one made before his own Scream, might I add), but also one of the smartest and deep slasher flicks around. The film also shines in the acting department, especially in the performance of the beautiful Heather Lagenkamp playing "herself".





13. Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)- After the silly and godawful second entry this one breathed new life into not just this franchise, but zombie movies as a whole. It stepped away from the comedic elements of the previous movies and actually added romance and sexiness into the zombie. It remains the best movie to do that (sorry, Warm Bodies fans!). The stunning Melinda Clarke as the alt-metal zombie babe is pure sex, on top of giving her role a lot of depth and heart. Plus, the gore is graphic and the make-up FX are fucking awesome.


12. Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987)- Speaking of sexy undead ladies, they really don't come much hotter than Mary Lou Maloney. Played by the breathtaking Lisa Schrage, she is one of the few slasher ladies, and, in my humble opinion, the best out of all of them. This sequel really has jack-shit to do with the first movie, beyond taking place also Hamilton High School. Which is fine, cause the first movie is a generic and stupid slasher flick, anyway. This one, on the other hand, is a fun, funny, sexy, sleazy, and gory good time. It's also that rarest of horror movie where the final girl (the beautiful Wendy Lyon) gets topless!

11. Class of 1999 (1990)- A sequel to classic crime drama/ horror movie Class of 1984, this mix action/ sci-fi/ horror and righteous splatter is one of the coolest and most ass kicking flicks of the 90s. One of the things I love about it, is that unlike Mark Lester's own classic first movie, it makes the punk gangs the good guys and the teachers evil. In fact, this time around, the teachers are Terminator style killer robots! The blood letting, especially in the unrated cut, is graphic as fuck, including an awesome bisection. Oddly, this movie got its own sequel, which I honestly have never seen.
 10. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)- Joe Dante returns to helm the Gremlins in this phenomenal sequel. If the first movie was more on the horror side of the horror/ comedy equation, then this one is certainly more on the comedy side. And, it accomplishes it so well! The gremlins created by Rick Baker are incredible, including the badass Spider-Gremlin. Gizmo is adorable as ever. Christopher Lee is amazing. Phoebe Cates is back and cute as ever. There is a HOT redhead in Haviland Morris's character. Slayer music is played. The Hulk Hogan cameo is awesome. You know what? I could go on and on, with this movie, as it fucking rules!


9. Phantasm II (1988)- The first Phantasm movie is a masterpiece, a wonderfully original movie. And, while it is the better movie, to me this one is the more fun flick. A wild and gory mix of action horror, it is one of the best times of 80's horror. Quotable quotes, great and imaginative effects, awesome action set-pieces, and gore that pushes the R-rating (the pallbearer's death and the Tall-Man's demise being really highlights) are just some of the reasons to see and love it. It remains the best sequel in the series by fucking far.
8. Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969)- The best of all of Hammer's Frankenstein sequels, this one really shows just how evil and truly vile Doctor Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) is. The acting from the cast is excellent, especially from the great Cushing and the beautiful Veronica Carlson. It tells a great story and does so with a steady and deliberate pace.



7. The Devil's Rejects (2005)- Rob Zombie's superior sequel to his own fun-house styled gorefest House of a 1,000 Corpses isn't just his best movie, but one of the best horror movies of the 2000's. Moving away from the lighter and more fantastical aspects of the first film, The Devil's Rejects is a brutal and intense experience with some great acting from the cast, graphic violence, and a great script that makes you question who the hell the heroes and villains really are.




6. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987)- After the barely mediocre second installment, this fun and lively movie breathed back life into the franchise. The movie is highly imaginative and righteously cool. Its FX are awesome and jaw dropping. The cast is quite good and their characters are all really likable and fit the narrative perfectly. Freddy is at his best here falling perfectly between being scary and his funny one-liners. The later sequels would horribly overdo this. It is without a shadow of a doubt the best slasher sequel ever made. And, title song by Dokken fucking rocks!


5. Day of the Dead (1985)- And, from here on in, we enter perfect movie territory. George Romero's third Living Dead flick is a very smart and cerebral zombie movie, perhaps the most so in the sub-genre. The acting and character interactions are strong, here. As always, Romero injection of politics further elevates the material. Yet, it also a full blown gorefest, featuring some of Tom Savini's absolute finest and most gruesome work. An truly fantastic movie that has slowly gained the love it truly deserves.




4. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)- I'll never forget the first time I saw this Sam Raimi masterpiece. I stayed up late to catch it on cable. And, I fell in love with it instantly. It was a huge influence on my life and made me want to get into film. The first movie is great, but this one is even better. A perfect mix of style, gore, humor, and horror, all backed up by an unrelenting pace. The FX  are great (especially for its low budget!), and the flicks has one of the greatest heroes in the history of horror in Bruce Campbell's Ash.


3. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)- As great as James Whales own first movie is, this classic is even better. It marries (pun not intended) horror and humor to perfection and adds heart, pathos, and depth to the procedings. The whole cast, give marvelous performances, especially Karloff, here in one of finest acting moments (which is saying a lot!). It also introduces a wonderful new monster in the Bride, who despite her short screen times, makes such an impact. Bride is not just the greatest horror movie of the golden era of cinema, it is one of the greatest movies ever made.

2. Dawn of the Dead (1978)- George Romero returns to zombie world with this amazing mix of horror, action, drama, and politics. It is a glorious, beloved, and often imitated never, ever equaled masterwork. The acting, the dialogue, the story, everything is perfect! Even the bright-red gore works. So that while, the movie wonderfully graphic, it still never feels dark or depressing.



1. Aliens (1986)- I have probably discussed my adoration for this movie here on and social media to the point of exhaustion. But, then it is a truly perfect film. It blows away the first classic and is the definitive mix of action, sci-fi, and horror taking elements of all three genres in their best form possible. It adds heart to unrelenting action and splatter, and manages to be nail-biting, intense, and even scary. The characters are awesome, the acting that brings them to life, amazing. Sigourney Weaver as Ripley is THE greatest final girl, heroine, whatever the fuck you wanna call her, in horror ever. End of fucking story. If you wanna read me go on about my love for this master-classic go here. For now, know this: Aliens fucking rules!!


I want to wish all of you a very happy and safe 4th of July! And, remember to wear a mask if you are gonna be out and about!

Also, stayed tuned for two sequels to this! I'll be doing one on the best overlooked/ underrated sequels and one on the worst! In the meantime, tell me what you think are the greatest horror film sequels in the comments section below.