Between Night Of The Living Dead (1968) and A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), the horror genre was at its creative peak, birthing such classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn Of The Dead, Halloween and The Evil Dead. These were low budget, independently produced (and distributed) pictures that were made for the sake of the film and not for the sake of the money. But as the 1980s crept in, all of that changed.
As early as 1982, George Romero complained about indie filmmakers being unable to compete with the major studios, claiming it was part of “the McDonaldization of America.” It’s apt that Romero, who satirised consumerism in Dawn Of The Dead, should liken Hollywood to the fast food industry, because Tinseltown genuinely seemed to be adopting their practices.
Instead of hiring chefs who can prepare many kinds of food, Hollywood makes the same thing over and over again. Slick, calculated horror franchises have become the norm, and sometimes it’s difficult to know if you’re watching a movie or a glorified trailer for the soundtrack, the video game, the upcoming box set, and invariably more sequels.
But which horror sequels did it worst? Time to find out; none of the following films even tried to push the boundaries of horror, quite the opposite in fact, but if you're a fan of soulless conformity, look no further.