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Old 07-12-2019, 11:30 AM
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films that should have no sequel... ever!!!


What films you know of that have been done to death and should of had no sequels???
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Could you give us some examples of what you are looking for? Films that should have no sequel could be either because they are very good (and are thus perfect in themselves) or so bad that no one would be interested in seeing the story continue.
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:36 AM
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:38 AM
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For what reason?
I think it has been established that there can be only one.
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I have to admit that I was really surprised when they came up with a sequel to Beneath the Planet of the Apes








The movies are over 40 years old, so I ain't spoilering this.




When you're blown up the entire world and everyone on it, you'd think that would pretty much prevent any sequels. but, as with Michael Corleone in that Saturday Night Live skit, just when you think you're done, they pull you right back in.

They somehow or other were able to fix up one of the rockets that had crashed on Future Earth and three apes had flown in it, going inexplicably back in time, rather than forward in time, and landed on then-present-day earth. They got three more sequels

Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Battle for the Planet of the Apes


They used the time-travel thing to explain how super-intelligent apes appeared and were able to lead a revolt against humans. But the sequels still seemed to be pretty pointless and endless.


Actually, you can make a pretty good argument that Beneath the Planet of the Apes was a pretty pointless and un-needed sequel, as well.
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:57 AM
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Shrek, the first one is still a classic. The rest go downhill from there.

Nightmare on Elm Street, Child's Play. Great movies. all their sequels were a waste of time.
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Similarly, the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie was great, and I hoped the sequels would be as well, but found all of them disappointing. Better to have left it alone.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:06 PM
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The Pink Panther series went on forever, even after Peter Sellers' death.

when you're reduced to using unused footage of Clouseau from earlier films (Trail of the Pink Panther), explaining that your lead character has had plastic surgery and now looks completely different (Curse of the Pink Panther), or introducing someone as the illegitimate son of your lead character (Son of the Pink Panther), and none of them "work", it's pretty clearly time to shut down the series. why couldn't they simply have someone else play Clouseau, looking the way Clouseau did? -- oh, yeah, they did that with Alan Arkin in Inspector Clouseau, while Peter Sellers was still alive.


And then, just when you thought that the character had been staked as effectively as Dracula, they rebooted it with Steve Martin in the lead. two more films.
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For what reason?
Please say you set this up on purpose, hoping that someone would reply just as Frodo did.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:14 PM
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This one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-CM7iIvczc

I wonder who they'd get for the lead nowadays?
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I think it has been established that there can be only one.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:41 PM
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:46 PM
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In retrospect, I think I would have been okay with original Star Trek movies stopping at two.
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In retrospect, I think I would have been okay with original Star Trek movies stopping at two.
The Alien series should've stopped with the second, too. Aliens was a great flick. No point in having Alien3 or Alien Resurrection or the Alien v. Predator movies or the loathsome Prometheus series.
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:57 PM
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As for movies that shouldn't have had even a first sequel, here are a few:

The Odd Couple

Grumpy Old Men

Oh God!

American Graffiti

The Exorcist (also The Omen, Rosemary's Baby, Village of the Damned, and any other film that features an evil force and young children)

Psycho
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When I saw the thread title, I thought it was going to be about movies that didn't have any sequels and shouldn't. Is there any way to change the thread title to, "Films that should have had no sequel...ever!"?

"My" version reminded me of a "category" Roger Ebert came up with: "Movies that make no sense to see more than once." I think Gandhi, The English Patient, and maybe Out of Africa and The Last Emperor were examples. Excellent films, yes, but is it worth putting in the effort to watch it again?
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Old 07-12-2019, 02:38 PM
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Apollo 13. (Especially not Apollo 13 3: The Search For Lovell.)
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I teach a class that's known to be full of tangents ("Design Fundamentals, and Making ADHD Work For You!").

One day the students got talking about movies that should never be remade or have a sequel. They asked me for an example, I realized what I was wearing and I said "I gotcher example right HERE!" And ripped my shirt open to reveal my Goonies t-shirt.
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:21 PM
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The Alien series should've stopped with the second, too. Aliens was a great flick. No point in having Alien3 or Alien Resurrection or the Alien v. Predator movies or the loathsome Prometheus series.
When Aliens vs Predator came out, it sounded so stupid to me. The only reason I watched it was because my room mate at the time rented it. I actually wound up liking that movie.
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:24 PM
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Star Wars.

The original was a fun little romp, it revitalized the science-fiction genre, helped launch the "used future" trope, and stood very nicely as a complete story all on its own.

None of the sequels has matched it, and a few of them rank among the worst major Hollywood features ever made. Most either attempt to rehash the themes of the original, or just pile explosions and pointless effects shots on top of ludicrous plots.

None of them have any real heart, and all were made (to say nothing of the shit-tons of merch) simply to extract cash from the fans who had been entranced by the magic of the original.
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Casablanca has avoided the sequel/remake curse so far.*

Ditto The Graduate. Spoofed in a bit in The Player. The original novel's writer wrote a sequel that took a while to get published but no apparent interest in more.

The final shot on the bus where It All Starts to Sink In on the faces of Elaine and Benjamin has to be the end of it all.

* OTOH we do need a sequel to The Caine Mutiny: Caine's Revenge. Turns out he's a master at throwing those ball bearings and starts taking out all the people who ate his strawberries.
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Ditto The Graduate. Spoofed in a bit in The Player. The original novel's writer wrote a sequel that took a while to get published but no apparent interest in more.

The final shot on the bus where It All Starts to Sink In on the faces of Elaine and Benjamin has to be the end of it all.
A Jennifer Aniston movie from 2005 called Rumor Has It was sort-of a sequel or follow-on to The Graduate. It wasn't great or even good.
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Citizen Kane.
Sequel: Son of Kane, ghost of Rosebud.

And Buck Henry was the one who did the pitch for The Graduate sequel in The Player.
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Ditto The Graduate. Spoofed in a bit in The Player. The original novel's writer wrote a sequel that took a while to get published but no apparent interest in more.

The final shot on the bus where It All Starts to Sink In on the faces of Elaine and Benjamin has to be the end of it all.
Rumor Has It… is a meta sequel.
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A Jennifer Aniston movie from 2005 called Rumor Has It was sort-of a sequel or follow-on to The Graduate. It wasn't great or even good.
Got me by minutes.

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Casablanca has avoided the sequel/remake curse so far.
No such luck.

2 remakes: Caboblanco, starring Charles Bronson, and Havana, starring Robert Redford.

1 sequel novel: As Time Goes By, by Michael Walsh.
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No such luck.

2 remakes: Caboblanco, starring Charles Bronson...
Whaaaaa? See, this is what I love about media. They can make bad stuff, I can ignore it, and poof! it never existed.

Star Trek 5, Highlander 2, the prequels (except the Darth Maul duel), that sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, David Lee Roth's bluegrass phase... nope, in my brain, they don't exist.

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Whaaaaa? See, this is what I love about media. They can make bad stuff, I can ignore it, and poof! it never existed.

Star Trek 5, Highlander 2, the prequels (except the Darth Maul duel), that sequel to Mockingbird... nope, in my brain, they don't exist.
Most of those are on my list, too, as well as:
- The only "sequel" to The Matrix that ever got made was the Ani-Matrix
- There's only one Pirates of the Caribbean movie
- The Hobbit movies? Never happened
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... David Lee Roth's bluegrass phase... nope, in my brain, they don't exist.
David Lee Roth had a bluegrass phase????? I pray to God it isn't so.
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Casablanca has avoided the sequel/remake curse so far.*

Ditto The Graduate. Spoofed in a bit in The Player. The original novel's writer wrote a sequel that took a while to get published but no apparent interest in more.

The final shot on the bus where It All Starts to Sink In on the faces of Elaine and Benjamin has to be the end of it all.

* OTOH we do need a sequel to The Caine Mutiny: Caine's Revenge. Turns out he's a master at throwing those ball bearings and starts taking out all the people who ate his strawberries.
That would be "Queeg's Revenge" wouldn't it? Caine was the name of the ship.

I can see it now: Jose Ferrer's character is murdered, and eventually Fred McMurray's character is arrested. Big courtroom scene, and now District Attorney Queeg is prosecuting. The twist is that McMurray's character is innocent, it's actually the judge that did it, and the courtroom descends into chaos as the judge takes off his robe and starts dancing across the bench with his maracas showing.
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No such luck.

2 remakes: Caboblanco, starring Charles Bronson, and Havana, starring Robert Redford.
And don't forget Barb Wire, which borrows the plot wholly from Casablanca, and Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, which sort of borrows the plot (for no reason, as the source short story had no such Casablanca theme).

They aren't good remakes, but they are remakes.

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That would be "Queeg's Revenge" wouldn't it? Caine was the name of the ship.
No, this one stars David Carradine, using left over footage from Kung Fu.
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2 remakes: Caboblanco, starring Charles Bronson, and Havana, starring Robert Redford.
Speaking of Charles Bronson, there was Death Wish. Not my cup of tea, but at least an interesting idea for a story. But no one needed Death Wish II, 3, 4, or V - yes, that was how they were numbered!

Not to mention the reboot with Bruce Willis.
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Or Bad Santa.
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