That Are Better Than the Original

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More often than not sequels get a bad rap. It’s understandable; it’s not so often than one comes close to touching what made the original so special.  With this year’s release of Cult of Chucky came a reminder, though, that sometimes sequels often allow a franchise to take bold new directions. After sixth films in the series, Cult of Chucky finally took the opportunity to explore a long-time goal of Chucky’s, and it opened up an insane world of possibilities. The year also brought a sequel to Annabelle, well, more accurately a prequel. Even still, the margin by which is surpassed its predecessor was pretty large. It’s not the first time, either, that a sequel managed to be superior to the original. Take Amityville II: The Possession, an also sort of prequel/sequel celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.  In celebration of worthy horror sequels, let’s visit 10 horror sequels that managed to be better than the original:

Ouija: Origin of Evil

Ouija: Origin of Evil

Ok, this one is pretty much a given, considering the 2014 film was pretty abysmal. So it wouldn’t take much for a sequel to succeed in improving upon its predecessor in this scenario. But with such a poorly received film, how do you turn that around? You hire Mike Flanagan for one, and then you further distance the film from the original by setting it in a time period decades removed from the previous setting. Flanagan snuck in sly nods to the time period, like adding cue marks to the frame, as well as Easter eggs from Oculus. The cast was also much more likeable this go ‘round, especially scene-stealing Lulu Wilson as creepy kid Doris. The script wisely only bothers to visually tie the prequel into the original with one small scene at the end featuring the always welcome Lin Shaye.

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