For better or for worse, once a studio gets their hands on something good, there’s no letting it go. Digging their claws into the very fabric of fantastic stand alone stories, it doesn't take long for them to be torn apart. Sequels are inevitable, there to offer more insight into our favourite films before ruining them entirely with their sheer redundancy. But I digress.
Sometimes, by some magical will of the universe to make things right, sequels can be just as good - and sometimes better - than their original counterparts. Alien and Aliens, Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs, Terminator and Terminator 2: there’s still hope that something credible can rise from the ashes of a script marred with a big old number two in its title.
Whilst there’s no real clue if any of the following films will make good on their promise of doubling down on their predecessors, we can only hope there’s some good on the horizon. Or at least, that the films will go down in a spectacular sh*tstorm that’s entertaining enough to make up for it. Either is fine.
10. Children Of The Corn: Runaway
The main surprise with this sequel is that there’s already nine films populating the franchise. What? When did that happen?
Born from the original Stephen King short story released in 1978, the first adaptation was brought to life in 1984, and has remained a staple of classic horror since - despite its poor quality. As for the eight other films that have made their way into a long and drawn out horror universe, all that can be said is that they’re straight to VOD for a reason.
Whilst Runaway doesn’t promise anything spectacular on its upcoming reveal, it does break away from tradition and take the franchise away from its sleepy midwestern roots. The plot follows pregnant Ruth who has escaped the murderous child cult, only to find that ten years later, she’s still being followed by her past. Maybe with so little expectation for a film, it might surprise audiences yet.