As Bruce Campbell proved to us all last week when he debunked the previous week’s announcement that Army of Darkness 2 was on its way, news of impending horror sequels should probably always be taken with a grain of salt. Countless sequels have been announced over the years, only to drop off the face of the earth shortly thereafter. It’s just the nature of the game, in a fickle business like the movie-making one.
Back in August we took a look at ten of those sequels that we’re still waiting to see, and today I’ve got ten more for ya. They were all planned, they were all announced, but none of them ever actually happened!
28 MONTHS LATER
A few months before the 2007 DVD release of 28 Days Later’s sequel 28 Weeks Later, the now defunct company Fox Atomic teased a third film, implying that the future of the series depended on the DVD sales of 28 Weeks. Around the same time, 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle expressed interest in returning to direct 28 Months Later, saying that he had an idea that would continue the story. He expressed similar sentiments over the course of the next several years, despite the fact that the writer of the first film, Alex Garland, insisted that there were no plans on making another sequel. In 2011, Boyle again teased the sequel, saying that he was going to start work on it after his stage adaptation of Frankenstein opened. More recently, Boyle admitted to feeling that zombies were overexposed, and that while he still has a good idea for another sequel, it’s probably never going to actually happen.
ALL AMERICAN MASSACRE
Way back in 1998, Tobe Hooper’s son William began work on an unofficial sequel to his dad’s film Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Part 2, a short film that would see the return of iconic character Chop Top. Titled All American Massacre, Bill Moseley was set to reprise the role in the film, which would see Chop Top being interviewed by a tabloid news crew after spending 24 years in a psychiatric hospital. Filming on the short was completed in 2000, though Hooper ran into various post-production issues that prevented him from ever finishing the project. Despite several attempts to get the film in the can and out there in the world, including a failed Kickstarter campaign in 2011, All American Massacre has still never seen the light of day. Activity on the film’s Facebook page last year indicated that it was perhaps closer than ever to being finished, but the page has since disappeared, and the trail has gone cold. All that remains of the film are two teaser trailers that hit the net many years back, one of which you can see above. You’ll find the other, and various other bits of outdated information, over on the official All American Massacre website.
If you watched Don Coscarelli’s Bubba Ho-Tep through the end credits, you may remember that a title card popped up on the screen teasing a sequel called Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires. Originally tacked on to the end of the film as a joke, Coscarelli became so inspired by the fan reaction to the fun little Easter egg that he decided to actually go ahead and make the film, which would serve as a prequel to Bubba Ho-Tep. News of Bubba Nosferatu first began circulating the internet in 2006, with Bruce Campbell set to reprise the role of Sebastian Haff/Elvis, who this time around would be fighting off vampires. In 2007, Campbell left the project, and soon thereafter we learned that Ron Perlman would be replacing him. Paul Giamatti was also signed on to play Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker, and he would be the leading source of information about the film for several years. As recently as last year, Giamatti has expressed an eagerness to get the film in front of cameras, saying that the script is fantastic and he will do whatever he needs to do to get it made. It seems that funding issues spelled the end of the project, which we’ve heard nothing about in nearly a year.
One of the more interesting horror films to come out in recent years was 2008’s Deadgirl. The twisted brainchild of writer Trent Haaga, the film told the tale of two teenage boys who find a female zombie locked up in an abandoned insane asylum, and proceed to use her to live out their sick sexual fantasies. The titular Deadgirl breaks free at the end of the film, and Haaga planned on making a sequel that would continue the story. In fact, he went ahead and wrote out a complete first draft of a screenplay for Deadgirl 2, which this time around saw a female stumbling upon the character, and essentially using her to get revenge on those who had wronged her. Haaga posted the entire screenplay on his blog in January of last year, confident that the film will never actually get made. “I'm not going to get into all of the terrible particulars that killed the project,” he wrote, “but needless to say the outcome wasn't pretty and I don't think that a sequel will ever get made.”
THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK: PART 2
Over 30 years after the release of Ruggero Deodato’s 1980 exploitation flick The House on the Edge of the Park, Dread Central broke the completely unexpected news that Deodato was working on a sequel to the film, which would once again star Giovanni Lombardo Radice. Billed as a direct sequel to the original film, Radice was set to reprise the role of Ricky, with Andrew Jones writing and Deodato again directing. The story conceived by Deodato and Radice saw Ricky being released from prison after thirty years, once again finding himself linked up with a dangerous sociopath – plagued by memories of his rapist friend Alex (David Hess’ character, from the original film). Filming was set to take place in the UK and the US in late 2011, under UK production company North Bank Entertainment. While two posters were released, indicating that the film was indeed on the fast track, it hasn’t been seen or heard from since it was originally announced.
JEEPERS CREEPERS 3: CATHEDRAL
Rumors about a second sequel to Jeepers Creepers have been circulating around the internet for many years now, which was to see the return of the original film’s Trish, once again played by Gina Philips. Still having nightmares about the Creeper, Trish was going to team up with Ray Wise’s Jack Taggart to put an end to the creature once and for all. The action was going to alternate between the present day and the past, giving backstory on the Creeper. Victor Salva was set to again direct a screenplay he wrote, with Jonathan Breck reprising the role as the Creeper. Originally word was that MGM wanted Salva to film Cathedral back-to-back with a fourth installment, both of which would go direct-to-DVD, but in 2011 he indicated that it would be the final film in the franchise, leaving off on a note that would set up for a TV series. That’s the last we’ve heard about the film, which still to this day remains in development hell.
Talk of a fourth installment in the Poltergeist franchise dates all the way back to the late 80s, after the release of the third film in 1988. A script was apparently in development in the early 90s that was set to tell the prequel story of Reverend Kane, revealing a long history between Kane and the Freeling family. Though talked about, the sequel never made it out of the planning stages, possibly due to the fact that Poltergeist 3 performed so poorly at the box office.
Talks of another Poltergeist film picked up in 2005, when MGM hired Clint Morris to come up with a concept for a sequel. Rumored to be called Poltergeist: Kayeri, the film was going to feature Craig T. Nelson reprising his role as Stephen Freeling, who was going to be a hermit living in the mountains. After once again fighting off the evil spirit of Kane, the plan was for Stephen to reunite with his family at the end of the film – with Hilary Duff being rumored to play Carol Anne – but the project fell apart when Sony took over MGM, and had other priorities.
A couple years later, the writer of the original Poltergeist, Michael Grais, was apparently hired to write up a treatment for another failed sequel project called Poltergeist: In The Shadows. From what I’ve heard, MGM rejected the treatment, and the idea of a sequel was once again put on the backburner.
A remake of Poltergeist began production this year and is set for release next year, delivering the final nail in the coffin of any sequels to the original franchise films.
There’s a film currently in post-production called Solace, which is coming out next year. The movie stars Anthony Hopkins as a psychic working with the FBI to hunt down a serial killer, a plot that sounds incredibly similar to The Silence of the Lambs – which of course also starred Hopkins. Even more interesting than that is the fact that the script for Solace was at one point in time retooled into a sequel to David Fincher’s Seven. The screenplay, originally written by Ted Griffin, was picked up by New Line in 2002, who decided to replace the psychic character with Morgan Freeman’s character from Seven – turning the unrelated screenplay into a sequel to Fincher's film, which was tentatively titled Ei8ht (clever, eh?). The script was sent to Fincher, who turned down the chance to direct and even said he’d rather have cigarettes put out on his eyeballs than make the movie. New Line fortunately went on to throw the ridiculous idea out the window, and the screenplay for Solace ended up getting turned into the movie it was originally intended to be.
SLEEPAWAY CAMP 4: THE SURVIVOR
One of the more infamous failed horror sequels was Sleepaway Camp 4: The Survivor, which began filming in 1992. After roughly 30 minutes of the film had been shot, the company in charge of production (Double Helix Films) went bankrupt, forcing the shoot to shut down prematurely. The film was to center around a new character named Allison Kramer, a survivor of the events of the first film (...even though the character wasn't in the movie) that comes to believe that she may actually be Angela. The 34-minutes of footage shot for the sequel ended up being included on a bonus disc packaged with the 2002 release of the Sleepaway Camp trilogy box set, giving us the very first glimpse at the film that never was. The footage was eventually cut together with clips from the previous Sleepaway Camp films, and given its own DVD release in 2012 – a Frankenstein’d effort meant to show how the film could have turned out, had Double Helix not gone under during the original production. 2008 saw the release of Return to Sleepaway Camp, a true sequel that completely disregarded the events of all the other sequels.
THE THING 2
In 2003, Syfy made the unexpected announcement that they were planning on turning John Carpenter’s The Thing into a four-hour mini-series, which would serve as a sequel to the film. Despite the fact that Carpenter seemed okay with the idea, and a solid script was written, the project was for whatever reason abandoned.
In an interview in 2004, Carpenter told Empire Magazine that he had his own idea for a sequel to the film, which would take place directly after his 1982 masterpiece and center on MacReady and Childs. Carpenter said he’d have no problem getting both Kurt Russell and Keith David to reprise their roles, and his idea was to have a rescue team arrive and find the two characters still alive. That’s about all he has ever said about the idea for The Thing 2, which he felt Universal would not be interested in pursuing. He ended up being correct about that, because Universal instead went ahead and made a prequel (aka remake) to Carpenter’s film in 2011.
Which of these would you like to see? And which ideas are better off dead? Comment below and let us know!