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Movie Sequels That Deserve Love

 Movie Sequels That Deserve Love

Psycho II (1983)

How do you follow-up with a masterpiece by a genius director that has been studied by filmmakers for the past 50 plus years?

Easy answer is, you don’t.

However, if your hand is forced like, Australian director, Richard Franklin, you go in a different direction. In the follow-up film, Psycho II, Norman Bates is released from prison and is aware of his personality disorder. As he deals with the struggles of putting the normal in Norman Bates, he gets strung through a very intricate scam that is driving him to edge of his sanity.

Damien: Omen II (1978)

In the first Omen film, Damien is a toddler who does not understand the plot around him to bring the antichrist from demonic scripture to leader of the free world. However, in the second film, he is a teenager dealing with the reality that he is the antichrist.

There are major fundamental questions asked her like “can something pure evil have love or empathy?”  This is more than a traditional follow-up.

TRON Legacy (2010)

Sometimes I feel that folks build up a film in their head as a box office success. TRON was considered a failure by Disney. It took almost 30 years to get a sequel made, and I believe this is equal to the original film.

Jeff Bridges is still playing Flynn but now he is more zen or “Dude-like.” The CGI anti-aging was top-notch for the time. The action sequences were incredible.

This film deserves another look.

House II: The Second Story (1987)

If the first film was a horror movie, the sequel was an 80’s-style comical fantasy.

In this vehicle for Arye Gross (remember him?), the House is more of a time machine filled with zombified prospectors, beautiful damsels, a centipede-dog thing, and of course Bill Maher.

If you are looking to kill 90 minutes of a rainy Sunday, I suggest you blow the dust off of your VHS player and pop this bad boy in. It is terrible and lovable all in one swoop.

28 Weeks Later (2007)

Robert Carlyle is fantastic in this movie as an infected father searching for his kids who are trying to escape a crazed zombie-like infected city.

Okay, you do not get a Danny Boyle sequel but you do get: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Idris Elba,  and Imogen Poots.

This has one of the most fast-paced opening sequences that I have ever seen.  It is not better than the first film, but you should check it out.

 

 

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