Sequels to horror movies often get a bad rap. Sure, there are tons of dashed off, less-than-stellar follow ups out there, as well as franchises that drag on well past their expiration date. That said, there are also quite a few gems that are actually completely awesome in their own right. In a few cases, some are even better than the originals.

Sinister 2 is on the horizon, opening this weekend, and though we don’t have any idea if this movie is any good or not—it’s not screening ahead of time in many areas, which is rarely a good sign, but we have hope. So with a sequel on the way, we decided that it’s a good time to look at ten of our favorite follow-ups to slashers, zombie movies, ghost stories, and more.

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10. Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2
Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the greatest slasher films ever, and had a huge cultural impact—even if you don’t know the movie, you know Leatherface. The 1986 follow up, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, is a different animal entirely. While the first film used a minimal, verite style, the late-on-the-scene sequel went for straight up gore and borderline absurdist black comedy. Following a radio host and a former Texas Ranger (Dennis Hopper, because of course Dennis Hopper is in this movie) trying to solve a string of murders, Part 2 gets in deep with Leatherface and his family. The film is more wingnut spectacle that horror, and is like watching a bizarre circus sideshow. But even as strange as it is, you can’t help but gawk, and it’s hard to take your eyes off of the demented mayhem.

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