Yeah, you make the perfect point that while the sequel was entertaining it failed to build on any of the suspense of the original. Hands down the first was a better film; both had great qualities but you can’t beat the horror of not knowing what was chasing Darry and his sister, find his lair then the big reveal as the film closes up. I remember reading that the director of the sequel was notorious for making films that oversexualize its male stars (and even that he would purposely cast younger boys and continue that trend). It made the sequel creepy, not in a good way. I can wait for the third one to come out, if it means they are really working on an A+ script.