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10 Best Horror Sequels And Remakes | ScreenRant

With A Quiet Place Part II earning rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, installments into established franchises are lighting up the box office, with even more on the way by year's end. Hollywood has inundated audiences with horror sequels and remakes over the years. Once a property becomes popular, a studio will milk it for all its worth.

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Sometimes, however, the sequel or remake comes close to the level of quality present in the original installment of the franchise. Rarer still is the horror sequel or remake that surpasses the original. Most have been forgotten, but some horror sequels and remakes are forever.

10 Piranha 3D (2010)

Piranha 3D is a remake of a low-budget Roger Corman film that also had its tongue in its cheek. Piranha 3D is quite possibly the bloodiest horror-comedy ever made, and it is not for the faint of heart. Within all the carnage, the movie manages to also include stretches of genuine tension. While it never reaches the same ballpark as Jaws (which it references via a Richard Dreyfuss cameo in the first scene), the movie works in its own right.

A group of prehistoric piranhas are released from the depths of the earth just as spring break is gearing up at the local waterside resort. Town police officer Julie Forester (Elisabeth Shue) and seismologist Novak (Adam Scott) must kill the fish before they devour all of the tourists.

9 The Last House On The Left (2009)

If anything, the 2009 rendition of Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left is easier to watch. Craven's original, while an impressive film in its own right, occasionally frames graphic violence in an objectifying light. The remake, however, feels like a slightly refocused experience, more akin to Straw Dogs than Saw. In the end, this is beneficial, as The Last House on the Left is a consistently tense chiller.

When an escaped convict and his gang kidnap two young women, they end up sexually assaulting them and leaving them for dead. After some car trouble, the convicts are forced to take shelter at the home of John and Emma, a middle-aged couple who just happen to be the parents of one of the two girls. Fortunately, she's survived, but she's crawling to a home that is no longer safe.

8 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

After Tobe Hooper's landmark The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, there seemingly weren't many places to go. With the Sawyers (mostly) introduced, the series very easily could have entered rehash territory. Fortunately, Hooper returned to helm the long-awaited sequel and instead pointed a satirical lense at his own masterpiece. Wildly underrated, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 has its tongue all the way in its cheek, and it fully exists as its own cinematic animal.

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Leatherface and his sadistic immediate family return to cause more havoc in their Texas town. This time, it's because a disc jockey by the name of "Stretch" (Caroline Williams in a classic horror performance) plays one of their murders over the air.

7 Scream 2 (1997)

The fact that Wes Craven was even able to serviceably follow up the incredible Scream is a testament to the talent he held. The fact that many fans consider Scream 2 to be better is an even greater indication of his genius. Scream 2 managed to up the body count without becoming gratuitous, and up the laughs without becoming exhausting. It's a tightrope walk, and the movie manages to never fall into the pit of what the series set out to critique.

Sidney Prescott is trying to put boyfriend Billy Loomis and Stu Macher's killing spree behind her. Enrolled in college, she's made new friends and doing fairly well. When a fellow student is murdered at the premiere of STAB (a movie loosely based on Prescott's ordeal), Sidney, Gale, and Dewey must again figure out who is behind the Ghostface mask.

6 Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter was the cult-classic movie series reaching the height of which it was capable. This makes sense considering Paramount was dead set on distancing themselves from the controversial property. It gave the crew a bigger budget to work with in order to finish the series right and be forever done with it.

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The plot follows the newest group of teens (including a young Crispin Glover) as they rent a house just off of Camp Crystal Lake. Against series tradition, the narrative also focuses on a child (Tommy Jarvis, the boy who lives next door). In Jarvis, Jason Voorhees may have finally met his match.

5 A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is arguably the greatest example of world-building in horror movies. The original established Freddy Krueger as an elusive force, even an enigma. The direct sequel was the filmmakers trying to find out what the series would be. The third film was a deep dive into Krueger's identity.

The plot follows Kristen Parker, a teen so sleep-deprived that she's become suicidal. When her mother admits her to Westin Hills Psychiatric Hospital, she meets a group of teens who have all been experiencing the same nightly horrors. When Nancy Thompson, now an intern therapist, enters the picture, iconic Friday the 13th final girls Nancy and Kristen team up to eliminate Freddy once and for all.

4 Evil Dead II (1987)

Evil Dead II is the beloved, eccentric follow-up to the more restrained and straightforward original. With deer heads laughing from the walls and hands that literally have a mind of their own, the sequel is Sam Raimi remaking his original as a classic Warner Bros. cartoon.

Ash Williams takes his girlfriend to a remote cabin in the woods. There, they discover a tape and, naturally, play it. What comes through is cryptic jabber that serves only to scare them. Unfortunately, it's also woken something ancient and horrible in the woods.

3 The Fly (1986)

This film is a loose retelling of Vincent Price's original from 1958, but in many ways, David Cronenberg's The Fly remake improves on the original. While both films focus on a scientist and his disastrous quest to invent a teleportation machine, the remake has a slow-burn approach. The audience is forced to watch Jeff Goldblum's Seth Brundle deteriorate, and while it can have a queasy effect the experience proves quite poignant.

Seth Brundle brings journalist Veronica "Ronnie" Quaife to his odd, warehouse-like apartment for an inside scoop: a teleportation machine. Initially thinking it to be a prank, Ronnie is astonished to see that it can actually work. As he eventually tests it on himself, Seth fails to notice the fly that has entered the teleportation pod, which alters Brundle into the iconic Brundlefly.

2 Aliens (1986)

The debate could rage forever whether James Cameron's Aliens is a horror or action film.  But the best horror sequels try something new, and the film does just that. Aliens doesn't try to rehash the intimate terror of the original. Instead, it turns everything up to 10 and never lets up. One of the most exciting films ever made, Aliens sends a chill up the viewer's spine while they're watching the bullets fly.

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Lieutenant Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the USCSS Nostromo, is awoken from cryogenic sleep to find a different world. Much time has passed, and now she's informed of a human colony on the moon which has ceased communicating. Considering the xenomorph "may" have something to do with it, Ripley is brought along for the ride.

1 The Thing (1982)

Just one of several John Carpenter masterpieces, 1982's The Thing is one of the few movies that gets better and better with each viewing. This loose remake of 1951's The Thing From Another World was originally dismissed by critics as vulgar fluff. It didn't do much better with audiences, courtesy of a certain other alien-related film called E.T., which was also in theaters at the time. In time, the film's standing has improved drastically.

The script is so tightly written that, under close scrutiny, plot holes are basically nonexistent. Impressive, considering the arc of the plot is entirely designed to disorient the viewer. The whole puzzle works perfectly, making John Carpenter's The Thing one of the best horror films of all time.

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