Should have quit while they were ahead


Halloween-No slasher fans might be up in arms over this one as maybe a bunch of people love the later sequels. Some are alright and while I like the second film I would not have been sad had they stopped after the first film. Oh, golly-leave something open ended and up to your imagination-the horror.

Superman with Chris Reeves-The first two were great and I flip flop between which one I prefer a lot.
Let’s face it three and four were horrible so the franchise ended up batting .500 because the later sequels were so bad.

Planet of the apes-first run-The original is a classic and there is no doubt about that. The second film had a few new ideas but really the end results was a very mediocre sequel. The third film was just a reverse angle of the first with apes taking the place of the humans but it was decent. Now the forth film Conquest of the planet of the apes saw the series charge ahead and really take some risks. It was a fine film and I’m so glad they ended on that one-oh, wait they didn’t. Nope the next year they cut the budget even more and all the passion and energy of the forth film was followed up a lukewarm sequel in Battle for the planet of the apes. They should have quit before number five as instead they only had a three out five success rating and they finished on their worst film.

Batman-The one’s that Burton guy started-The 1989 films had some flaws, but it was exciting. At the time I had no reason to think the follow-up would stink up the theater yet it did. The third film was a little better or not as bad. Yet the forth film was a big-budget stinker as still has people shaking their heads at it.

***Feel free to add your own examples.

These films should have had a sequel or another installment


Yes, I know some of you are probably thinking goodness there have been too many sequels. Perhaps, but it depends on the specific case because there are good sequels and there are rotten ones.
Here are some that I think should have had a sequel or another installment.

Ghostbusters-A third film has gone around the rumor mill for two decades. Honestly I don’t think the film will happen without Bill Murray and I don’t expect him to ever agree to it. I love the first film and yes I even admit to liking the second film. A third film would likely be poor, but I’d go see it and hope for the best.

Sword and the sorcerer-What that crappy film with the sword gun? Matt Houston and Frank from Murphy Brown as warriors? Yeah that movie. Well it was supposed to have a sequel they said so at the end of the film, but it never happened. I’m not saying they should do it now. The window of opportunity closed on this around 1985. However despite some flaws the first film was a likable fantasy film with a fair amount of action. I would have like to have seen what they would have done in a second installment.

Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter-This Hammer film about a traveling vampire killer was supposed have more films, but unfortunately it never came about. A shame because this was a fine film with a character and premise with some real potential.

Flash Gordon-I think the makers of this 1980 film hoped it would do well enough to call for another round of world saving. That didn’t happen. Maybe if this film had out two years sooner riding on the space opera hype of Star Wars perhaps it would have been better received and a sequel would have been made.

Starcrash-Awesome cornball space action film that doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It had a very European flavor and wasn’t so huge over here. A shame because I definitely would have loved to have seen a second installment.

***What films do you wish had gotten a sequel?

Sequels week is here

Oh,dear sequels week is here. Maybe it won’t be so bad. I changed around some of the films I’ll review so here’s what I am doing.

Critters 4 (just watched it so I’ll likely review that one first)
Friday the 13th part 3- You can wear 3D glasses when you read my review if you want if you think it will enhance the experience although I won’t be throwing anything at you except poorly written sentences.
Children of the damned

plus… something else about sequels as well. So get ready for films with more hype, more characters, less plot and worse acting or maybe some of them will actually be surprises.