It is extremely hard to make a sequel as good as an original. In fact, sequels are often much worse. Need an example? How about The Hangover Part II and III? Horror movie sequels are no exception. Child’s Play, Halloween, and The Howling were all followed by epic sequel failures. But on occasion, the follow-up movie manages to avoid the sophomore slump. Here are seven horror movie sequels that were better than the originals.
1. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
The original Friday film focuses on Jason Voorhees, a boy who not only was bullied at Camp Crystal Lake but ended up drowning due to neglectful camp counselors, according to What Culture. The camp re-opens years later, triggering a series of deaths. While the film sets it up so that it seems as though Jason has come back for revenge, it is actually his mom, who now believes all camp counselors are evil. The movie’s heroine, Alice, saves the day, killing Jason’s mother.
Fast-forward to Friday the 13th Part 2, and the film starts with Alice finding Jason’s mother’s head inside her fridge. Sadly, our heroine is quickly killed by Jason himself, per What Culture. Years later, it’s back to Crystal Lake where a group of teenagers plan to open a counselor training facility right next to Camp Crystal Lake. Jason appears, killing them one by one. Even creepier — he’s been living in a cabin in the woods along with his mother’s mummified head.