The Best Sequels/Remakes in 2011
1. Scream 4
Best Sequel of the year probably goes to Scream 4. Although not the best instalment, it sure didn’t hold back on gore and gumption. Overall, a pretty decent slasher flick with its fair share of unpredictability, humour and cleverness. The famous quote “What’s your favourite scary movie?” is replaced with an equally witty tagline, “Don’t F*** with the original”. Hayden Panettiere and Courtney Cox were show stealers with their everlasting tenacity.
2. Fright Night
Best Remake hands down to the ground, Fright Night. This surprisingly amazing remake by director Craig Gillespie boasts plenty of humour, spunk and character. Colin Farrell delivers a winning performance as the ultimate BAMF vampire Jerry, molding this comedy horror flick into a cool and dandy modern classic. This brilliantly crafted remake might stray too far away from the original cult classic but with darling characters, sinister sequences and a bewitching vampire, you’ll be sure to love every bloody drop of intensity offered.
3. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is definitely the best sequel this year. It had even more edge-of-your-seats moments, reality bending action scenes, intense stunts, engaging dialogue, fast cars and on screen chemistry. Yes, all of this packed into probably the best Mission Impossible instalment ever. God damn it, Tom Cruise was clambering on THE Burj Khalifa. ‘Nuff said.
4. Final Destination 5
Final Destination 5 was every fanboy’s wet dream. It was all about gruesome deaths and splattering blood, all in glorious 3D. The deaths were creative and the storyline seemed a little more believable compared to the other Final Destination films. Also, the twist at the end made the final installment of the Final Destination franchise come in full circle. It was bloody awesome. Literally.
Worst Sequels/Remakes in 2011
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
It was such a disappointment especially after how they built up the first one. Even though the first one was literally a camping trip between three people, the emotions and god, the cinematography was purely breathtaking. The second one excluded so many things and Voldemort wasn’t as scary as he was supposed to be. I mean why would you make the most powerful wizard in the Wizarding World hug a boy in the middle of an epic fight? Plus, the death scenes needed more attention because quite an important part of the story was left out there.
2. Twilight saga – Breaking Dawn
Tons of uncomfortable scenes from the bed-breaking virgin sex as well as C-section via vampire teeth led to some people experiencing epileptic fits. Even though Twilight might have a massive fan base, it does not detract from the lack of solidness the film has.
3. Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings
Worst Prequel has got to be Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings. The most annoying part wasn’t even the lack of substance and wit in this film. Kenia (played by Jenny Pudavick), the leading lady was downright idiotic and listless! Gore elements were pretty decent for a prequel following the three ghastly cannibals Three-Finger, Saw-Tooth & One-Eye in their adolescence. Bad script and even worse acting make this gore flick hilarious. Yes, it’s so bad that it’s good.
4. The Thing
Sleep inducing, anti-climatic and dull, The Thing was frustrating because not only did I want my money back, I wanted my time back as well. What can we learn from this? Trailers can be deceiving. Extremely deceiving.
5. The Human Centipede 2
The prequel to the original Human Centipede was just dumb. While it was disgusting as hell, it served no purpose to fans of the original film. There wasn’t a story development or anything with depth. All we got was a psycopath. Try again Tom Six.