Chucky returns - this time with help of the glorious Jennifer Tilly in this post-modern riff in the Scream era. The Results? A hilarious and inventive film that will make you forget about the lackluster sequels that came before it.
The Brady Bunch Movie was a hard act to follow. A successful and funny film spin-off of a TV show was a rare thing. This sequel brilliantly captures everything that was right about that first film while managing to take the original series and it's characters to bizarre and very funny new places.
You can forget The Exorcist II: The Heretic ever happened. The Exorcist III is a great companion piece to the original film. Writer William Peter Blatty's stab at directing a film in the franchise yields one very spooky movie show.
An improbable success. The film didn't do very well financially (it was distributed by fledgling independent studio Vista Organization) but it does manage to capture the charm of the original. A lot of this is due to the chemistry between it's two stars (Roddy McDowall & William Ragsdale) as well as the addition of smart babe Traci Lind (of My Boyfriend's Back) and a rag tag bunch of villains... who sometimes appear on Roller Skates and go bowling!
America's favorite ass-kicking chef is back! Seriously, Under Siege from 1992 was a great cracker-jack action/thriller with a terrific, multi-dimensional villain. This picture manages to keep the action and humor of that film going full steam ahead in a sequel that really shouldn't have been this fun.
The Drowning Pool follows the continuing adventures of Paul Newman's private Eye Harper. The result is a rarity... A sequel that I feel is even better than the film before it. The great cast (Newman, Joanne Woodward, Tony Franciosa, Murray Hamilton) also has a very early and revealing performance by a Seventeen-year-old Melanie Griffith.
John Carpenter & Debra Hill did a very bold thing in 1982... They took a popular franchise as Halloween into a very different direction by introducing an entirely new storyline. The film never really did catch fire with the audience or critically, but those who remember the film from their youth (I know I was scarred by the mask head melting scene) or have an appreciation of the skill of what's up on the screen (the artistry of Dean Cundey's camerawork is front and center here) are in for a treat. A creepy Halloween film that perfectly captures the holiday.
You can't keep a good Jason down.
Jason Lives marks the proper return of America's favorite hockey masked maniac (Part V: A New Beginning with it's fake Jason storyline will never sit well with me) Director Tom McLaughlin (of the excellent One Dark Night) adds a good deal of humor and gothic qualities to this sequel and breaths much new life into the series. Every film in the franchise after that point never quite measured up. Jason Lives is what a 'Friday' film should be: a ton of mindless fun.
Joe Dante, the filmmaker with an encyclopedic knowledge of film, takes the idea of a sequel to wacky new heights. The New Batch is a nutty, free-for-all that is full of homages and nods to Cinema and Television past. A total blast.
I'll make this easy. The reason why this sequel rules in two words: Pam Grier.
Coming Soon: Part 2 - The Sequel's Revenge