2009 Horror Part 2 - Remakes & Sequels
So now we're going to take a look at the next ten movies of 2009 with a focus on remakes and sequels. I think I've mentioned before that during this time I didn't see too many of these in the theater but my #1 I got to see right after checking out Coraline with my family. It was the perfect double feature ...
Marcus Nispel(Texas Chainsaw Massacre) returns to the world of horror remakes with my #1 choice for this collection Friday the 13th. The franchise returns to Paramount for the first time since 1989. Although it's an updated remake, they wrote it to seem more like a sequel so they didn't have to pay the original writer as much ...
This is the 1 of 2 horror movies staring the boys from Supernatural as the show was in hiatus. Jared Padalecki takes the main role in this film, but it's really a solid ensemble cast. I also like how Derek Mears plays Jason in this version. Check it out on Netflix & HBOMax.
Blurb - A group of young adults visit a boarded up campsite named Crystal Lake where they soon encounter the mysterious Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.
The Spanish horror franchise REC came out with the first sequel in 2009, [Rec]2. With the success of the 1st movie, this one is a much bigger production. Manuela Velasco returns to continue the story from the first one. You're going to have to read it, but it's worth it. Check it out on amc+.
Blurb - In order to ascertain the current situation inside, a supposed medical officer and a GEO team step into the quarantined and ill-fated apartment building.
Special effects expert Patrick Tatopoulos stepped behind the camera to direct the 3rd installment of the Underworld franchise. This one is a look back at what started the vampire/werewolf war with Rhona Mitra takes center stage with Michael Sheen. At this point, the wife and I rarely had time to go see movies by ourselves but this was our Valentine Date for 2009. As I've said in the past, she's not a fan of horror and luckily this one wasn't too gory. I sold it as a love story because in the end it kinda is. You'll have to rent/buy it to stream it.
Blurb - An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans.
Rob Zombie returns to direct the next chapter in the Halloween remake, Halloween II. Initially, he thought it would be a one-shot but once the studio green-lit the sequel, he came back to make sure his vision wasn't ruined. In the end, he regretted dealing with the Weinsteins and names making the 2 Halloween movies as the worst experience he's had in film making. Rent/buy to check it out.
Blurb - Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael's deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister.
Although it's the 4th movie in the series, they went with the name The Final Destination and put it in 3D. This is the first one that didn't have Tony Todd in the franchise. It's also the only one not filmed in Canada - for whatever that's worth. Check it out on Netflix.
Blurb - A horrifying premonition saves a young man and his friends from death during a racetrack accident but terrible fates await them nonetheless.
One of the most brutal films Wes Craven made in the 70s, The Last House on the Left, returns all slicked up in 2009. It was originally going to be direct-to-video but the test screenings did so well, they released it to theaters. Check it out on Starz.
Blurb - After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.
Jigsaw's story continues with Saw VI. Banned in Thailand and not screened for critics, the film also got an X-rating from Spain for glorification of violence. It got beaten out by Paranormal Activity at the box office. It's a rent or buy to stream if you want to watch it.
Blurb - Agent Strahm is dead, and FBI agent Erickson draws nearer to Hoffman. Meanwhile, a pair of insurance executives find themselves in another game set by Jigsaw.
The editor of The Descent, John Harris, returns to direct the sequel, The Descent Part 2. It's a rent/buy to stream.
Blurb - Refusing to believe her story about cave-dwelling monsters, the sole survivor of a spelunking exploration gone horribly wrong is forced to follow the authorities back into the caves where something awaits.
Supernatural's Jensen Ackles stars in My Bloody Valentine 3D. I think 2009 was either the beginning of the 3D craze or its last gasp, and this movie embraced it in all its glory. You can check it out on HBOMax.
Blurb - Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he's innocent.
George A Romero's continued his zombie-verse with Survival of the Dead. While it was the least successful of the franchise, it was the first horror film to be nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival since 1932's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He planned to make 2 more in the series, but he got ill and passed away before he was able to follow through. You will have to rent or buy to stream it.
Blurb - On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state.