10 Horror Movie Series That Should Have Ended With Part One

When it comes to horror movies, you’ll find a lot more sequels and franchises than standalone movies, but that doesn’t always mean they should exist. Cult classics like It follows have always worked to be horror movies that neatly pack all the story, characters, and murders into a simple two-hour movie.


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But sometimes movies just don’t get the memo and end up spiraling into out-of-control multi-movie franchises that end up losing everything that was special about the first.

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‘Ghostbusters’

ghost hunters has always been a must-watch movie on Halloweentime, but you rarely see people watching the 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II, not to mention all the remakes and continuations of this classic over the years.

Funny as it is, 2016 ghost hunters was a useless remake, whereas Ghostbusters: Afterlifereceived an even lower approval rating on rotten tomatoes, despite the presence of two original Ghostbusters, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.

‘The Exorcist’

It may just be special effects from the 19080s, but The Exorcist remains a terrifying film to this day for the way it features a possessed teen who participates in gruesome acts including floating on top of her bed, crawling backwards down stairs, and turning her head in a 360 degree turn.

The Exorcist has remained such a classic since 1973, that it may come as a sweet surprise to those who enjoyed the film that this franchise consists of four more films, each receiving mixed reviews that never topped that of the original.

‘Halloween Town’

Granted, Halloween Town may not be a slasher full of guts and gore, but this disney channel original movie certainly had its scary moments. And while 1998’s DCOM will forever be a classic, it certainly didn’t need three follow-up movies.

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Sure, Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge was a good continuation and Halloweentown High was a cute version of Grandma Aggie continuing to teach Marnie in high school, but that’s Back to Halloweentown where things went wonky when replaced Kimberly J. Brown with Sarah Paxton as the star of the film.

‘I know what you did last summer’

I know what you did last summer followed a group of teenagers who believe they accidentally killed a fisherman and then become harassed by him and his desire for revenge. A heart-pounding good horror with a memorable cast, this movie didn’t need to go on.

Despite the cliffhanger ending which consisted of Julie, the last fan favorite girl receiving another infamous note in the fog of the mirror and the killer bursting through the glass, I still know what you did last summer only added unnecessary backstory to a film that concluded perfectly.

‘Fighting spirit’

Fighting spirit is a 1982 supernatural horror that follows a family who are visited by ghosts and sends a shiver down the spine of all viewers the second Carol Ann sits down in front of the static television and announces, “There they are… “

In cases like paranormal activity and Conspiracy, some ghost movies work well with more than one movie. But Fighting spirit remains a cult classic, most people don’t even know it spawned a sequel titled Poltergeist II: The Other Side, even less appreciated.

‘Pet sematary’

Pet sematary came out in 1989 and told the story of a father’s grief that led him to dig up his son’s corpse, rebury him in a cursed graveyard that brought a deceased cat back to life, and then watch his toddler come to life and no longer be as he was before.

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The scary movie could have easily remained the only film adaptation of by Stephen King Horror novel from 1983, but a lesser-known sequel came in 1992 which followed a similar story with new characters, a dead dog buried and returned possessed, and then a grieving son trying to bring his dead mother back to life. .

‘Child’s play’

Of course, every movie after 1988 Child’s play continued Chucky’s tale of mayhem and murder and gave fans beloved characters like Tiffany and Glen, but they were also all pretty useless in the grand scheme of things.

Child’s play Chucky could have easily been a standalone killer and still kept as a fan-favorite killer. Each film in the franchise has gotten considerably more gore, and the 2019 remake was a failed attempt at the sheer horror that Chucky exuberated in the original film.

“Psycho”

psychology is a black-and-white cult classic that tells the horrific tale of Norman Bates’ complicated relationship with his mother that led him to murder a young woman during the film’s famous shower scene.

psychology had everything it needed to be the perfect, scary, standalone horror movie, which it remained until 1983. What this movie didn’t need, however, were three 80s sequels , a prequel from the 90s and a remake from 1998.

‘Halloween’

The original from 1978 Halloween featuring Jamie Lee Curtis was a hit horror film that set high standards for slashers to come. But what no one expected was that this franchise would turn into a series of eight films, two remakes, and a reboot trilogy.

Halloween 2 was a sequel that, while not quite as exciting as the first, still retained the spooky presence of Michael Myers as he continued his reign of terror on Halloween night. But Halloween III: Season of the Witch didn’t even include the villain, and every movie after that lacked the magic of the first, all ending in 2022 with the lackluster Halloween ends.

‘Trick or treats’

Trick or treats is a 2007 horror that follows several Halloween night tales that all end up going back to its star Sam. movie remained a standalone hit for over a decade thanks to everyone’s love for Sam.

But 2022 was when a sequel was announced, and only time will tell if this new movie will pull its predecessor to renewed success, or leave fans wishing it remained the only Halloween classic. that he has become.

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Andrea G. Henderson