Four Great Horror Movies in Need of More Sequels

Sequels can be a blessing or curse. Usually, sequels don't top an original, but some come awfully close. Bottom line: Sequels keep movies profitable for producers and fun for us fans.
For most horror movie lovers, sequels transform a popular film into an enduring bonanza series lasting many years or even decades. Debuting in 1980, the Friday the 13th movies featuring crazed teen killer Jason Vorhees spawned 10 blood soaked installments and there was even a Freddy VS Jason movie pitting the Camp Crystal Lake killer against Nightmare On Elm Street finger knife phantom Freddy Krueger.

Some scary movies don't get a chance to blossom to full fearful fruit. Here are four that deserve more installments.

Warlock

Intense British actor Julian Sands starred in the first two Warlock flicks as a male witch of the truly nasty kind.

In the trilogy's 1989 first outing, Sands brings a playful mischievous quality to a dark role that required him to basically attempt to destroy the world and remake it in Satan's image. Warlock: The Armageddon (1993) saw the evil one battle teens with magic powers. By installment three another actor took his place and the witchy Warlock would see no more magical adventures.

I'd love to see Sands return in this magnetic role. Owing to the real world passing of time – maybe now he's mentoring his own son to take his place as the maniac Merlin we love to hate.

Blacula

The title sounds schlocky, but this 1972 blaxploitation horror flick offers rich rewards to its cult fan base and any scholar of vampire lore.

Prince Mamuwalde and his lovely bride are dinner guests of the evil Count Dracula. As the party progresses, it's clear Dracula wants a memento from the African dignitary, namely the beautiful African princess for his bloody needs. Soon, Dracula curses the Prince with his own name – to roam the Earth for eternity making more vampires.

The late Shakespearean actor William Marshall (Cartoon King from Pee-Wee's Playhouse) played the title role with wonderful emotional depth and authority. A decent sequel followed, Scream Blacula Scream (1973), with the great Pam Grier, however it was the last we saw of Blacula. A modern remake done right could just be the spell to revive this undead tale.

Dr. Phibes

The incomparable Vincent Price played Dr. Phibes in two awesome films, The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) and Dr. Phibes Rises Again! (1972)

Dr. Phibes films must be seen to be believed. There's a wild originality and comedic streak to them, but never makes them silly. It only adds to the fun. Camp, or black comedy, whatever you want to call the vibe running throughout, they are incredibly original and a visual feast for any true horror fan. For fans of classic Phantom of The Opera especially, Dr. Phibes is real fun. More sequels were planned, unfortunately never realized.

WaxWork

This 1988 horror fantasy spawned only one sequel – Waxwork II: Lost In Time. The brilliant premise alone cries out for several more sequels at least.

Even if you've never been to a wax museum, photos or film effectively captures just how realistic those waxen figures can be. The next fantastical step of them coming to life to wreak havoc is something imagined by many. Zach Galligan (Gremlins) plays a spoiled rich kid from Beverly Hills whose bored snobby friends all make a late night party of touring a new local wax museum. By the end, the snobs are dead, but live on in undead form trapped within cleverly designed wax props, which pay tribute to nearly every horror film in history

 

Horror Movie Review: 100 Feet

A couple of days ago I watched the movie 100 Feet. Even though the movie starred actors that I never heard of (released in Korea 3 months before U.S.), I have to admit that it wasn't a bad movie. The acting wasn't too bad and the effects were OK towards the end.


I have seen many ghost movies before and this movie resembles some of the ones that I've seen in the past. I've seen Thirteen Ghosts (horrible acting), House on Haunted Hill, etc. We are always told that ghosts can't hurt people, but man oh man; this movie throws that idea out the window.

A woman is sentenced to one year of house arrest after she killed her abusive husband in self defense. She cannot go more than 100 feet outside of her homes perimeter or she will be in trouble with the police. This turns out to be a horrible sentence considering the fact that her dead husband is haunting her home. Just like when he was alive, he beats her over a period of several days. She tries to reach out to the outside, but can't.

The movie is almost entirely staged in a house, so there is no scenery in this movie. Also, there are only three major actors that we follow. Still, it was not that bad of a movie. I have seen some really cheesy horror flicks in the past with some really bad acting and this wasn't one of them. I cannot stand movies where the actors try so hard that they stink. As far as special effects goes, there is no amazing special effects in most of the movie except towards the end.

Overall, there is nothing truly special about the movie. First of all, the movie is fairly short which leads to a limited plot or vise versa. God knows we've all seen several movies where ghosts chase people and hurt them in some way. Even with the limited cast, the acting was pretty convincing. Still, 100 Feet is entertaining enough to give it a chance.

My rating of 100 Feet: 6.5/10

Warning: Not for kids.

Movie Stats:

Release Date: 2008

Rated R

User Rating (IMDB) 5.7/10

Time: 96 minutes

Company: 100 Feet Productions