There are lots of them, but what are the best ones? Let’s play ‘em off against one another until there’s an ultimate victor. To save on needless speculating, only films where more than one sequel was made (or is scheduled) can buy in…
Where better to start, the crowded Part 2, Episode II, Return of blah mini-verse.
Well, what to pick? To nobody’s surprise, Friday the 13th Part 2 gets my vote as the best first sequel out of this bunch. Second place goes to Psycho II. Last would be The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
EDIT: Having checked, I rated TCM2 half-a-star higher than Hello Mary Lou.
Easy choice from the ‘lost years’ of the late 80s into the early 90s; Sleepaway Camp II is clearly the best film; the worst is Slumber Party Massacre II.
Hollywood’s magic money fingers touched the genre in the second half of the 90s and budgets and aspirations were cranked. Scream 2 wins this round, with silver going to UL2 and last place obviously landing on the steaming crap that is Camp Blood 2.
Cold Prey II dances into first place with ease, though Final Destination 2 was a kick-ass sequel in its own right. The remainders range from interesting to painful. I’ll leave it up to you to arrange the order of those.
An odd cross-section of first-sequels, all with various advantages of their own:
- Scream 2 is a truly incredible sequel, one that equals if not, in some ways, improves on the original. The writing is sharp, the suspects many, and it represents the zenith of the 90s slasher boom in a lot of ways.
- Sleepaway II is the best of its series – funny, bloody, campy and at camp (always a plus in my book), and Renee Estevez is the final girl in it.
- Cold Prey II is the best sequel I’ve ever seen in terms of carrying on the story, finding a way to resurrect the killer, and even bringing back cast members to play the cadavers of their former selves. It’s sensational.
However, Friday 2 is – and always has been – everything I want out of a slasher film. Fast, furious, a high body count that doesn’t go stupidly ballistic, and Amy Steel. It could only be improved by somebody digging out the cut footage, slamming it back in and, presto!, the best the genre has to offer is even better, and for that reason, the entirely predictable winner is…
What would your pickings be?
Next time, Part 3s!