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Insidious: Chapter 2 is scheduled for release on Friday 13th September – when else? The first film was written by Leigh Whannell, the twisted genius behind the Saw franchise and starred Patrick Wilson as Josh Lambert, a man who was haunted by a spectral old woman when he was a boy and grows up to find that his son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins) is now being pursued by the malevolent spirit who won’t rest until she has possession of someone’s body and soul.
It won’t be long before we’ll be able to find out whether the sequel is as good – or better – than the original or whether it should have been confined to the straight-to-DVD dustbin, but if you want movies that are going to really frighten you, check out one of these sequels that were even better than the original scary movie.

5. Friday 13th Part 2

Although most people believe that Jason Voorhees (Warrington Gillette and Steve Daskawisz) was the serial killer in Friday the 13th, it wasn’t until the second film that he took up the mantle of supernaturally determined slayer of teens. The villain of the first film was, in fact, his mother, but given that she died and it would be ridiculous to have her come back to life to feature in the long running franchise, instead, the not-ridiculous-at-all plot device of having her long dead son return to avenge her was used.

The Friday the 13th franchise never made any pretension of being serious films. They are simple, straightforward pure slasher entertainment. The second film picks up not long after the massacre of the first movie, with Alice (Adrienne King) attempting to move on with her life, despite suffering, understandably, from post-traumatic stress disorder. While feeding her cat, she finds that some sick puppy has put Pamela Voorhees’ head in her fridge but before she can scream too much, she’s hit in the forehead with an ice pick and dies, thus being spared the sight of the rest of the film.

Alice would have played a larger part in the film, but King had been stalked by a mad fan following her previous starring role, wanted her screen time kept to a minimum. Although the film was panned by critics, horror films rarely do well in their hands and it’s worth watching for the creativity of the kills alone.

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