When you look at the different genres that exist in cinema, it seems that horror films always have the most sequelae. There are many reasons for this. Most of the time, horror movies are made on a low budget and make big box office returns. Movies like Paranormal Activity have proven this.
However, the constant pumping of content often means that the movies are rushed, don’t serve the original, or are just completely unnecessary. Sequels can also be a flush and repeat of previous films with less memorable characters and too much reliance on cheap fears.
That’s not to say that all horror sequels are terrible. Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween are celebrated because of their longevity. Evil happens to outweigh good, and some of these franchises need to be put to rest.
This, of course, will not happen. Blumhouse’s success and the boom in imagery found in the 2000s means Hollywood will drive horror franchises to the ground. Like the villains who inhabit them, some of these horror franchises are impossible to kill.
V / H / S is a crazy adventure. Released at the end of the found footage boom in 2013, V / H / S was an anthology film that focused on various different horror tales, all woven together into an overarching narrative. It has proven to be surprisingly effective; however, the suites were … mediocre to say the least.
V / H / S 2 took the fantasy too far, and while it implemented clever ideas like the GoPro zombie story, the movie as a whole felt like a cluster bomb of nonsense. . The third movie in the series took the movie “VIRAL” and it ultimately fell completely flat.
None of those sequels have lived up to the hype caused by the first film. It was such a smart idea to have horror filmmakers like Adam Wingard and David Bruckner direct horror shorts and then put them together into one spooky package. Unfortunately, the idea just had no legs and the gimmick ran its course very quickly.