No corner of the cinema is more synonymous with sequelae than the horror genre.
Considering the relatively low budgets of most horror films, anything that hits hard at the box office is going to end up with a sequel. And then another sequel. And another. And probably another. And … you understand.
Taking a look at some of the heavy hitters in the genre, you currently have the 11-movie Halloween franchise and two more in the works; Friday the 13th has concocted eleven outings and a crossover; A Nightmare on Elm Street consists of eight images and a single crossover; and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is an eight-movie mess that has another ongoing offering later this year.
While many franchises always look to the future, some horror properties like to look back from time to time. By that, yes, it means prequels.
The mere notion of the prequel image is something that thrills many horror dogs, because so often the so-called prequels tend to give audiences information they frankly didn’t need or wanted. not. But all the same, not all prequels disappoint – and here are ten examples of prequels that delivered the goods.
On paper, 2014 Ouija had many strengths; the promise of spooky action on a Ouija board, a screenplay by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White of The Possession, a lead role for the ever-impressive Olivia Cooke of Bates Motel, and a central role for genre favorite Lin Shaye.
Unfortunately, the movie turned out to be a stench.
Considering the response to Ouija, the request for follow-up was minimal. To the surprise of many, not only did we get follow-up, but that follow-up was actually good. And of course, said follow-up was a prior effort.
Barely awarded for Oculus and Hush, it was Mike Flanagan – who would later impress with Gerald’s Game, Doctor Sleep, The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor – in the director’s chair for 2016 Ouija: Origin of Evil. .
Clearly taking inspiration from the Exorcist and The Changeling, Origin of Evil is a more nuanced and thoughtful image than its predecessor. Exploring Shaye’s Paulina as a 15-year-old girl in a 1960s setting, we see Lina, her sister Doris, and their mother Alice engage in Ouija shenanigans that take over their home – leaving Doris and Alice dead, and Lina in the institutionalized state shown in the first film.