If there's one truth about horror movies, it's that they're going to have sequels. Even the most beloved, well-made, and critically successful horror films have sequels upon sequels. Many of those follow-ups water down the original film in one way or another, but those aren't the sequels we're talking about here.
The following non-movie horror sequels exist across a variety of mediums, from video games to comic books to theme park attractions. You may know about some of these non-movie sequels, but there are definitely a few surprises on here, even for the most ardent horror fans.
- Photo: Se7en / Zenescope Entertainment195 VOTES
'Se7en' - 'Se7en' Comic Book
If you've ever wondered what John Doe was up to during the events of Se7en, then we have good news for you. In 2006 and 2007, Zenescope Entertainment published Doe's story across seven issues that cover each of the sins, along with a little backstory for the biblically inclined serial killer.
Audiences can enjoy David Fincher's film without this parallel collection of stories, but anyone who wants to spend more time in this bleak world of filth has the option, and frankly, we're better off for it.
- Photo: Final Destination / New Line Cinema
If you thought death stopped in the cinema, you'd be wrong. The Final Destination series is a box-office death fest that's always a good time thanks to the extraordinary Rube Goldberg deaths that the main characters suffer, so it makes sense there would be some kind of spin-off.
The series wouldn't really work on TV what with all the blood and guts, but authors can be as detailed as they want, which has to be why the Final Destination book series came to be in 2005. Six out of the nine novels in this series deliver twists on the old story of a group of young people avoiding death and then succumbing to their fate.
The first book follows an all-girl rock band that predicts the destruction of a club. In the second book, a journalist finds out her relative escaped Jack the Ripper, and in the wildest-sounding novel, a fashion model predicts her yacht will sink and makes a deal with death to remain beautiful if she helps knock off her friends.
- Photo: Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash / WildStorm/Dynamite Entertainment363 VOTES
Why was Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash not a movie? Aside from two of the main stars being a little too old for a lively action movie set five years after Freddy vs. Jason, this would have been awesome to see. Thanks to the magic of comic books, audiences are still able to experience Ash chopping it up with Freddy and Jason while delivering lightning-fast quips.
This comic book sequel doesn't just give audiences the team-up of a lifetime - it delivers on the concept of a Friday the 13th story that takes place in the snow, something fans have wanted for years. This six-issue run is more than simple fan service. Rather than just have Ash show up to fight two of horror's greatest villains, he's drawn to Crystal Lake by the Necronomicon following Jason's use of the book. To make matters worse, Freddy is behind the whole thing, and he resurrects all of Jason's victims from the Friday the 13th series as Deadites.
In six down-and-dirty issues, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash gives horror fans one of the greatest non-cinematic sequels of all time.
- Photo: Oogie's Revenge / Buena Vista Games
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a perfect film. A creepy little Christmas movie for creepy little weirdos, it sets up a really amazing world that's never been explored beyond its 76 minutes - or at least it's never been explored in the cinema. Released in 2004, Oogie's Revenge picks up a year after the movie and follows Jack as he once again tires of Halloween.
Jack isn't bored for long thanks to a resurrected Oogie Boogie who kidnaps figureheads across the holiday spectrum. Players jump into Skellington's shoes and have to fight their way across various worlds to save every holiday short of Arbor Day.
This charming game retreads a lot of the story elements of the original film, but it's still incredibly fun.
- Photo: Jaws Unleashed / Majesco Entertainment/EU: THQ540 VOTES
Picking up 30 years after 1975's Jaws, this game puts the player in the fins of the shark and allows them to swim around eating whatever gets in their way.
Players have to eat constantly while taking out swimmers, headbutting items, and just being a general menace while terrorizing Mayor Vaughn and Michael Brody at the beach.
At one point in the game, the shark is placed in Amity's version of SeaWorld, and the player is tasked with killing an orca before taking to the beach for more terror. Jaws Unleashed may just be a game where you play a shark, but it's on par with the ludicrous (and fantastic) Jaws: The Revenge.
- Photo: Wellington Paranormal / TVNZ 2
What We Do in the Shadows is such an oddly groundbreaking movie for such a simple premise. This mockumentary about a house full of vampires who are kind of bad at being immortal that's both scary and funny (but mostly funny) hits incredibly hard, and some of the stand-out characters from the movie - a couple of seen-it-all New Zealand police officers - received their own spin-off.
Wellington Paranormal maintains the found-footage style cinematography and deadpan humor while shifting the focus to the police officers tasked with enforcing the law in a town beset by supernatural entities. The series features performances from Taika Waititi regulars Jemain Clement and Rhys Darby while bringing new characters into the fold.
It's sort of like if The X-Files was consistently funny and not at all concerned with an overarching story, which is exactly what audiences need sometimes.