Halloween may be over for the year, but we’re keen to keep the spoopy train rolling into the weekend. Almost like a sequel. You know where I’m going with this, so I’ll cut to the chase. Here are some of the best (a term I sometimes use loosely) scary sequels you can stream to your eyeballs right now.
Because zombie nazis.
Stan: Picking up immediately where the original left off, Dead Snow 2 wastes no time getting right to the gore-filled action, leaving a bloody trail of intestines in its wake.
I genuinely think this is the best sequel of the Scream series. Where the others were rushed cash grabs, the fourth installment felt truly fresh. Enough years had passed for the horror genre to have some new ‘rules’ for the franchise to comment on in its iconic, self-aware style.
And as always, it didn’t take itself too seriously. After all, Scream has always played for laughs.
Stan: Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. Unfortunately Sidney’s appearance also triggers the return of Ghostface once again putting her and the whole town in mortal danger.
I started watching horror movies at an unhealthily young age. I honestly thought I was immune to being scared by them, until Mick Taylor came into my cinematic life.
I don’t really know why, either. Perhaps it’s because he’s a home grown villain. Or that he doesn’t seem to have any real motive for what he does, other than pure enjoyment. Regardless of the reason, the Wolf Creek movies and subsequent TV series still freaks me the hell out.
Stan: The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-hunter Mick Taylor.
The Blair Witch Project will always hold a special place in my heart as one of the first examples of truly spectacular online guerrilla marketing. Not to mention define the found footage genre of horror. It was brilliant.
I like to pretend that Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 didn’t happen. For me, this is the true successor to the original. Honestly, it basically follows the same formula but with some technological upgrades, which is fine if you’re a fan of the series.
Stan: A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch.
This film is delightfully shithouse. It’s here because it’s a perfect specimen of the dumster fire that is crap 90s horror. I love it for what it is. Just look at that outdated “teen cast”. It’s beautiful.
Stan: Now the headmistress of a private school, Laurie Strode still struggles with the horrifying memories of Michael Myers. She thinks she’s safe until Myers reappears and she has to conquer her greatest fears and put evil in its place once and for all.
I will watch every damn movie in the Conjuring universe. Sure, they’re heavy-handed on the jump scares, but I dig it.
Netflix: A single mother and her four kids in London are being terrorized by evil spirits. Enter ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Look, I know the Paranormal Activity franchise isn’t very good. Each movie is pretty much the same. But there’s something about the underlying lore that sucks me in every time.
Netflix: The unexplained, terrifyingly real supernatural forces are back, and this time, Dan, Kristi, Ali, baby Hunter and dog Abby are part of the nightmare.
Speaking of lore – the same goes for The Ring. I love everything about this universe and I’m always hungry for more. I even went and watched all the films in the Japanese franchise it was based off. You should too.
Netflix: Six months after Rachel and her son Aidan move to Oregon to forget their encounter with the supernatural, strange events still plague them.
Netflix: A freak weather system turns its fury on New York City, unleashing a deadly Sharknado on the Big Apple, and Fin and April are back to save the day.