Horror franchises dominate pop culture. Still, it’s no secret that the films that follow original installations often suffer from sequel exhaustion. So, are any scary sequels – or, as is often the case, universe-expanding prequels – worth your time? Are there any that outshine the original? The answer is a resounding yes. With cases like Ouija and Annabelle, audiences have seen firsthand how critical reception pushed for better filmmaking, e.g. less cheesy jump scares and more deep-seated terror. Indeed, not all follow-up scary movies are terrible or merely cash cows. Keep on reading to find the best horror sequels out there for a healthy dose of spooks – including movies that are even better than the original.

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