We continue our sequels theme on this week’s episode by talking about follow-ups that were… let’s say “less than” the one directly before. Below is NOT a list of horrible movies, rather, a list of sequels some like and some don’t and where to find them.
Demons 2 (1986, Lamberto Bava)
I am a HUGE fan of the junior Bava’s first Demons. These are gooey, splattery, beyond-fun demon/zombie movies. Whereas Demons is mostly bottled to a movie theater (another sub-genre I love), Demons 2 takes it to an apartment complex (very Ghostbusters of you, Lamberto). For my money, it doesn’t get much more entertaining than soupy, Italian horror. Watch it on Shudder.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988, Tony Randel)
Now, I think I’m in the minority when I say I don’t really care for this movie. Almost every horror fan I’ve talked to enjoys (at least) the first three Hellraiser movies. Hellbound gives us more time with the cenobites, a little backstory, and the return of my favorite character from the first movie, Julia. It still has the effects and gore of the first, and Kristy also returns, so those will be good selling points. Watch it on Netflix.
Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf (1985, Phillippe Mora)
Let me be completely up front: this movie is bad. If you watch it by yourself you’re going to be angry. Not because it’s a bad movie, but because you weren’t able to enjoy it with a group of people. This is a sequel in the absolute loosest sense of the word sequel. You have Christopher Lee overacting his ASS off. You get Sybil Danning naked. You get werewolf sex parties. Need. I. Say. More. Watch for free on TubiTV.
Jaws 3-D (1983, Joe Alves)
Before you throw your computer against the wall and set fire to the person sitting next to you after seeing Howling II followed by Jaws 3 on a list of movies to watch, hear me out. Jaws is a masterpiece. We can all agree on this. Jaws 2 is… fine. Jaws 3-D is bad, but good. It’s entertaining as hell. It stars Dennis Quaid. It has a young Lea Thompson. Louis Gossett Jr. owns Sea World. Are we on board yet? Get a group of friends together, make a snack and beer run, cozy up around the TV, and double Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf and Jaws 3-D. You can thank me later. Watch it on Netflix.
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988, Michael A. Simpson)
Your double feature just became a triple feature, folks. This is one of Elliot’s favorite slashers, and he knows slashers. Forget what you know about the first Sleepaway Camp. Angela returns in the form of The Boss’s sister (Pamela Springsteen) after escaping from a mental institute. Now she’s a counselor but still has a taste for blood. Where the first one is dark and silly, Unhappy Campers is just plain silly. Watch it for free on TubiTV.