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Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Special: CineMarvellous' TOP 15 Best-Reviewed Horror Sequels of the Past 15 Years


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1. [REC]² (2009)
[9.00/10]

Overall summary: The original "[REC]" movie was literally mind-blowing and utterly terrifying, and this sequel is almost as brilliant, as its creators went in a direction no one saw coming, making it feel very refreshing and super, super-scary.

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2. Blade II (2002)
[8.75/10]

Overall summary: The first film was great fun, but director Guillermo del Toro really brought it in this excellent sequel, adding more martial arts action, tons of gore, and one of the nastiest, coolest-looking vampires ever featured in a film.

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3. Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004)
[7.75]

Overall summary: Dark, intense, clever, and finely-executed "Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed" is one of the most gripping and thoroughly unique werewolf movies ever made, and a great and really twisted follow-up to the amazing original.

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4. Final Destination 2 (2003)
[7.75/10]

Overall summary: It doesn't feel as inventive as the first film, but "Final Destination" compensates for that with somewhat more interesting plot, more memorable kill sequences, slicker gore, and characters that are easier to connect to.

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5. Final Destination 5 (2011)
[7.50/10]

Overall summary: Featuring arguably the most creative death scenes in any "Final Destination" movie, this sequel proves there's still hope for the franchise. It's also the most well-produced and polished-looking entry in the entire series.

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6. Dead Snow: Red vs Dead (2014)
[7.00/10]

Overall summary: It has higher production values than the first movie, a bigger sense of humor, and quirkier characters, you might strangely care about. In other words it's the better of the two. It's also funnier and much more gorier.

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7. 28 Weeks Later (2007)
[7.00/10]

Overall summary: Making a sequel to Danny Boyle's superb "28 Days Later" didn't seem like a great idea at first, but Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo proved us wrong, delivering a truly effective second movie, that entertained.

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8. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
[7.00/10]

Overall summary: As a whole "Paranormal Activity" is not as good as its frightening predecessor, but there are certain parts in it that are so shiveringly scary, you will be terrified. And that's exactly how a horror sequel should perform.

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9. The Descent: Part 2 (2009)
[6.75/10]

Overall summary: It's nowhere nearly as frightening, claustrophobic, well-crafted, well-acted and gory as Neil Marshall's original which turned into a modern horror classic, but "The Descent: Part 2" is a surprisingly effective and fun sequel.

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10. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
[6.50/10]

Overall summary: As expected, "PA3" is 'more of the same' in terms of style and shocks, and is the least scary of the three, however, it goes in a slightly different direction than its predecessors, and as a result it feels some sort of refreshing.

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11. [REC]3: Genesis (2012)
[6.50/10]

Overall summary: It's not the horror masterpiece the original "[REC]" was, nor is as inventive as "[REC]²", but "[REC]³ GĂ©nesis" is still a decent entry into the popular franchise, with enough action, thrills and slick gore to please all the fans.

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12. Cold Prey 2 (2008)
[6.50/10]

Overall summary: "Fritt Vilt 2" is undoubtedly an enjoyable and fast paced sequel. Where the original was mostly character development, in this one we get a bigger body count and more action, and in these terms it exceeds the first film.

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13. Underworld: Evolution (2006)
[6.50/10]

Overall summary: A bit sillier and less action-packed than the already iconic original, yet still incredibly fun to watch and entertaining as hell, "Underworld: Evolution" is a solid sequel that provides more vampires vs. werewolves goodness.

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14. Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
[6.50/10]

Overall summary: Formulaic and predictable, yet visually-arresting, "Resident Evil: Afterlife" offers eye-popping 3D effects and amazing kick-ass action sequences, that should please any action fan. One of the best of the series!

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15. Underworld: Awakening (2012)
[6.50/10]

Overall summary: Way too short and really thin on plot, yet briskly-paced, spectacularly action-packed and visually-stylish, "Underworld: Awakening" is a step in the right direction compared to the previous very mediocre installment.

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2 comments:

Cindy said...

Let Me In..

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Cindy, it is a remake, not a sequel. If you miss seeing Let Me In on that list, check out the one I will be posting in a few hours time. ;)