It seems like Hollywood can’t help but make sequels, and typically they are cinematic abominations. For some reason, though, we can’t help but keep our hopes up whenever we hear that some of our favorite characters will be returning in a followup film. This week we have two second-part movies hitting theaters, Kung Fu Panda 2 and The Hangover Part II. So, we did what any respectable movie site would do and came up with our own list of the best second-part movies. Originally, we were going to do sequels in general, but that proved to be a little broad. We narrowed it down and decided that we were only going to use movies that came after the first film in a series (sorry, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). While some of these might be a bit of a stretch, they fall perfectly into our categories and make up the Top 10 Second-Part Movies.
10. Evil Dead 2- Is it a sequel? Is it a remake? In the end do we really care? Sam Raimi gets to show us what would have happened to Evil Dead if it had a budget. While the first film is obviously a cult classic, this installment shows the direction the series is heading with plenty of humor mixed in with the horror. Bruce Campbell returns as screen icon Ash before he took on a veritable army of darkness (in Army of Darkness). It might not be the best movie in the world, but as far as sequels go it’s probably one of the best.
9. Desperado- There are plenty of rumors out there of how Robert Rodriguez managed to get his first indy film El Mariachi made, and while we love him for submitting his body to science in order to get it done, we have to say Desperado is just better. With the likes of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and plenty of explosions, what’s not to like? Sure, it’s a shoot-‘em-up action flick, but even those need love too. That’s why we’re giving it a big old hug and putting it in at number nine.
8. For a Few Dollars More- Also known as Per Qualche Dollaro in Più, this follow-up to Sergio Leone’s remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo features the return of Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name character. Some say he’s simply known as Blonde, others call him Joe, neither of which are very intimidating names. It also features fellow western legend Lee Van Cleef as a bounty hunter who teams up with Eastwood in order to take down the meanest outlaw in cinema. The second in Leone’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly trilogy, it’s also the second best in the series.
7. Aliens- Of course we couldn’t forget to put Sigourney Weaver’s action classic on here. While Ridley Scott’s original entry into the franchise was an awesome gothic horror film, James Cameron’s installment showed us what happens when you have a lot of guns to shoot at the acid-filled nightmares. While the first movie might have scared the crap out of us, this one let us enjoy our revenge on the monster that haunted our dreams as children. It’s debatable over whether this is better than the original, but regardless, it’s an awesome follow-up.
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