This year’s top tips for Halloween

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When it comes to unnecessary and lacklustre sequels, the horror genre is the worse offender. However, some great films can often be found buried among the re-imaginings and cash ins. Here are three horror sequels/remakes to check out.

Abel Ferrara’s Body Snatchers (1993) is personally noteworthy as the earliest horror film I remember seeing as a child. One of many adaptations of Jack Tinney’s The Body Snatchers, director Ferrara’s version moves the events from the city to an Army base where plant like aliens replicate the townsfolk. A clever film, darkly satirical with creepy imagery.

Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993), the third of John Russo’s Living Dead series, replaces the original’s slapstick humour with gore and terror. When teenager Julie is killed in a motorbike wreck her boyfriend Curt uses Trioxin, a chemical which resurrects the dead, and unknowingly unleashes a zombie plague on their town. Zombie fans will enjoy.

From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter (2000) is a prequel, set in the old west, featuring some of the vampires from the first film. Lesser known than its predecessor, its a violently entertaining companion piece that deserves more recognition.