10 sequels to scary movies that didn't live up to the original

Dimension/Miramax‘Halloween ll’ didn’t score as highly as the original.

Now that it’s October, you can find a lot of your favourite scary movies on television. But, in some cases, you might not find their sequels playing nearly as often. Although some horror movies get sequels, sometimes the sequel just doesn’t match the successes of the original.

Here are 10 horror movies deemed not as great as the original by fans and critics, based on Rotten Tomatoes scores.


“The Ring Two” didn’t score as highly as the original movie.

DreamWorksThe original scored higher than the sequel.

“The Ring” movie has continued to hold a much higher rating than the sequels that have followed it.

The original movie was based around a woman trying to crack the mystery behind a tape. Whoever watched the VHS would get a phone call right after saying they would die in seven days. When the second movie revolving around a single mother who begins noticing more strange deaths based around the video happening again, she dives in to try to crack it.

“The Ring” Rotten Tomato Score: 71%

“The Ring Two” Rotten Tomato Score: 19%


“Ghostbusters II” didn’t get as much critical acclaim.

Columbia PicturesThe first movie had a near-perfect score.

The original Ghostbusters starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson landed a near-perfect rating when the movie about paranormal investigators in the Big Apple hit theatres.

The second movie begins five years later and the Ghostbusters are struggling to work normal jobs because they were banned from paranormal work.

“Ghostbusters” Rotten Tomato Score: 97%

“Ghostbusters II” Rotten Tomato Score: 53%


“The Grudge 2” wasn’t received as well as the first movie.

Columbia PicturesNeither movie scored particularly high on Rotten Tomatoes.

The original movie is centered around an exchange student named Karen, who is studying social work. When she goes to check on an elderly woman, she soon realises there’s something sinister within the house. The first movie didn’t get a super-high rating, and the second movie scored even lower. The sequel was about a TV show being filmed in that same sinister house. It followed the strange things happening to the cast and crew.

“The Grudge” Rotten Tomato Score: 39%

“The Grudge 2” Rotten Tomato Score: 12%


“Halloween ll” had big shoes to fill.

Dimension/MiramaxWith such a high score, the original is tough to beat.

The movie is a Halloween classic about a boy, Michael Myers, who murders his sister and is placed in an asylum. Years later he escapes, returning to his hometown to continue his murderous rampage. In the second movie, Michael finds Laurie Strode in the hospital, and he kills any employees that get in the way of him finding her.

“Halloween” Rotten Tomato Score: 93%

“Halloween II” Rotten Tomato Score: 31%


“Paranormal Activity 2” didn’t score as well as the first.

Paramount PicturesBased on the scores, the first movie couldn’t be topped.

“Paranormal Activity” introduced a unique “home movie” concept to movies that many critics and fans enjoyed. The original movie was about a series of unusual things happening and noises inside the house of Katie and Micah with a frightening ending no one saw coming.

The sequel attempted to continue the story, but it just didn’t fare as well as the first.

“Paranormal Activity” Rotten Tomato Score: 83%

“Paranormal Activity 2” Rotten Tomato Score: 59%


Some felt “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” was a bit of a flop.

New Line CinemaFreddy’s return wasn’t as well-received by fans and critics.

When a group of teens start having nightmares about a man named Freddy Krueger, they try to battle Freddy to finally put an end to his killings. When Freddy returns in a second movie, he tries to get out of the dreams by possessing a boy.

“Nightmare on Elm Street” Rotten Tomato Score: 94%

“A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” Rotten Tomato Score:40%


Fans and critics felt “Jaws 2” couldn’t beat the original.

UniversalBased on the scores, it seems it just couldn’t beat the original.

No one can ever forget the skinny dip scene in the original movie, signifying the first shark attack that leads into the unforgettable shark movie with an almost perfect rating. The second is similar with an officer aiming to protect the people of Amity after another giant shark begins attacking more locals.

“Jaws” Rotten Tomato Score: 97%

“Jaws 2” Rotten Tomato Score: 57%


Some felt “Hostel Part ll” was too similar to the first movie.

Lionsgate‘Hostel Part ll’ didn’t score as highly as the first movie.

The original movie follows two American travellers backpacking through Europe as they’re lead to a hidden Slovakian town. The situation they land themselves in is scary and twisted, and they have to find their way out of it before it’s too late.

The second is based around women that find themselves in a similar predicament where they’re in for a grim outcome if they don’t run.

“Hostel” Rotten Tomato Score: 60%

“Hostel Part II” Rotten Tomato Score:44%


Some enjoyed “Psycho ll,” but many preferred the first film.

Universal PicturesIt doesn’t hold up to the original, according to critics.

The movie, “Psycho,” is centered around a woman named Marion who’s given a large amount of cash. She decides to leave her town and start a new life. She hides in the secluded Bates Motel, where she meets the creepy owner, Norman Bates. The movie is known for the infamous shower scene and as being one of the highest-rated horror movies of all time.

In the sequel, Norman Bates leaves the asylum after being told he no longer needed to be held. He begins to build a “normal” life until hallucinations kick in that can lead him right back down his dark past.

“Psycho” Rotten Tomato Score: 97%

“Psycho II” Rotten Tomato Score: 61%


Some fans and critics weren’t as impressed by “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.”

Cannon FilmsIt didn’t score as high as the original.

The story of Leatherface is based on a true story. When a group of friends visits a farmhouse for a getaway, they realise the entire family next door are murderers.

The sequel follows some of the town folk as they try to put an end to the Sawyer family and their killings. Fans and critics might have felt the battle wasn’t quite as epic because the original rating was sawed in half.

“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” Rotten Tomato Score:88%

“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” Rotten Tomato Score: 45%

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