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Jan 9, 2009

so...many...sequels

There were gobs of trailers on the Resident Evil: Degeneration DVD, including those for Vacancy 2 and Boogeyman 3. Here's but a few forthcoming sequels that I can think of without having to think:
  • Vacancy 2
  • Boogeyman 3
  • The Grudge 3
  • Feast 3
  • Pulse 3
  • Underworld 3
  • The Strangers 2
  • The Descent 2
This clearly begs the question: does every horror film these days have to sprout a friggin' franchise? Sure, horror movies are famous for setting up the inevitable sequel, but geez...at least a "Part 3" indicated there was some sort of iconic character or villain that made a film worthy of a franchise: Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Jaws. "Worthy", of course, is...you know, relatively speaking. I'm not saying that these sequels are necessarily any good, or that any of these forthcoming ventures won't be- it's just that the advent of the direct-to-DVD market has given virtually every film "series" potential.

What happened to the stand alone horror movie? Why, back in MY day, there wasn't a Happy Birthday to Me Part 2: Over the Hill and we LIKED it like that!

Let me state for the record, however, that I wouldn't be opposed to The Ju-on Five.

12 comments:

Bill Walsh said...

—Quick, Marketing Department, do something "hip" with those titles!

—Ok, boss!

Vacanc2

bOOOg3man

The Grudg3

F33st

Pulllse

Und3world

The 2tranger2

The De2cent

—Awesome! I mean, except for The De2cent. That's f—ing retarded.

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Buffalo Buffalo said...

I wonder what they would sing...

Meg said...

Oh my god, The Ju-On Five photo just made me cackle. Awesome.

hepalien said...

yeah, yeah, sequels can suck, but they can also be awesome (final destination 2, the 2nd scream).
Also, Rhona Mitra is the star of Underworld 3, and even though the first one was seriously, soooo boring, and I havent even bothered to watch 2, I will most defintely be off to the cinema to see it!!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget: It looks like Rob Zombie IS making Halloween 2 (imdb.com)

Old Dark Housekeeper said...

SE2EN

P. K. Nail said...

Seriously! There is nothing wrong with stand-alones, Hollywood! The more movies they turn into franchises, the less meaningful and iconic the existing franchises are.

Pierce said...

But if it weren't for sequels to sequels we wouldn't have "Shark Attack 3: Megalodon."

Sometimes it takes a couple of tries for magic like that to happen.

Knarf Black XIV said...

Pffft. If you think Hollywood is bad, buy an Xbox. Gears of War, Dead Space, Mirror's Edge. They don't even bother fully explaining the premise until the second game. (Which may never happen if you don't go out and buy 20 copies right now!!!!!!!!!!)

Bill Walsh said...

ODH: Awesome! How about SE14EN?

zomben said...

If these slobs had any class at all, they'd at least make each "Part 3" in 3-D.

I still can't beleive the "My Bloody Valentine" remake is jumping the gun, and going right to 3-D with the first installment.

These kids today.