Top 10 Ingenious Movies that NEVER should’ve had sequels.
Top 10 Ingenious Movies that NEVER should’ve had sequels.
#10 Scream (1996) Wes Craven
Scream was the classic self referencing thriller that brought back the terror and sarcastic wit to the fledgling horror genre. The original was by all accounts the film that launched the careers of Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Rose McGowan and also managed to resurrect Wes Craven’s fading career. Not to mention the beautiful Courtney Cox, however she was already a household name from that little show she was on…the one about the 6 buddies living in New York city or something….I forget the name……
Little did we know we would be subjected to 3 terrible sequels including this year’s latest installment Scre4m (clever marketing by the way) or Scream 4 in layman’s terms. Not only were the sequels utter garbage but ruined the inventiveness of the original.
#9 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Steven Spielberg
Where do I begin with Indy? Harrison Ford became in instant sensation with the release of Raiders not to mention Star Wars a few years before. His status as a movie hero was solidified when he portrayed everyone’s favorite archaeologist with the severe snake phobia. However with the release of two below average sequels along with the atrocious Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the legacy of Indiana Jones had quickly burned up in flames. This is the film that created a whole new buzz word with the catch phrase “nuke the fridge” where our geriatric hero miraculously survives an explosion by hiding inside, you guessed it, a refrigerator. Enough said.
#8 A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Wes Craven
Unfortunately the great Wes Craven makes it on the list for a second time with the cinematic rape of his beloved creation Freddy Krueger. Based on a childhood bully along with a creepy janitor that used to scare the wits out of a young Craven. The original Nightmare was without doubt one of the scariest slasher films at the time. That is until Krueger became more or less a charred version of a wise cracking Rob Schneider in the subsequent 9 sequels that followed including the 2010 remake starring a listless Jackie Earl Haley. New Line Cinema was subsequently named “the house that Freddy built” based on the sheer popularity of this travesty.
#7 Saw (2004) James Wan
Oh Jigsaw when will your master plan ever work out for you? Not only did you clearly die in the third film but they continue to bring you back from the dead in flashback for a total of 7 sequels including the awful final installment in 3D. This is a series that was clearly dead on arrival. The first film had some rather inventive details but was cursed with every bad movie cliché in the book. Instead of securing the legacy of the first film, they kicked it down the rabbit hole with mindless sequels of grisly traps and bad acting. Saw 2 even cast Donnie Walhberg, former New Kid on the Block, which speaks volumes of the quality of these films. After watching the latest installment in headache inducing 3D, I felt the sudden urge to saw my own foot off. Please stop making Saw films!
#6 The Matrix (1999) The Wachowski Brothers
The original Matrix, according to any film buffs opinion, was a cinematic masterpiece of Sci-fi Kung-Fu ass kicking awesomeness. The Matrix tops the list of greatest Sci-fi action films of all times and made billions of dollars accordingly. So what did the geniuses at Warner Brothers decide to do? Release the ridiculously ludicrous Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions (in the same year 6 months apart no less). These two sequels saw the addition of numerous extraneous characters that had no business being in this film whatsoever. The Architect? The Merovingian?? The albino twins??? THE KEY-MAKER???? The Wachowski Brothers must have been on some sort of high-powered blotter acid when they came up with these ridiculous supporting characters.
Screen legend and original James Bond actor Sean Connery famously turned down the role of the Architect and subsequently retired from films after being offered this ridiculously script. Smart move Bond
#5 Speed (1994) Jan de Bont
Another Keanu Reeves flick. Speed was in all honesty not an outstanding film. It was simply a solid, edge of your seat action flick although with gaping plot holes the size of the grand canyon. How in the world could they have jumped that bus over a 50 foot freeway gap?
Regardless of the films numerous inconsistencies, it was a very well designed action piece and had one of the most memorable thumbless psychopaths with the late Dennis Hopper.
With 1997’s Speed 2:Cruise Control, they not only ditched the crucial element of the plot that made it memorable (The Bus) but they replaced it with a luxury cruise liner?!?!
Keanu Reeves could not have been coerced to star in this absurd sequel even if the studio had backed a bus full of money into his house at 50 mph. How could a film called SPEED 2 take place on a slow-moving luxury cruise liner? Unfortunately for Sandra Bullock she was coerced to return but luckily for her she actually has acting talent which was the only reason her career did not completely tank after this turkey. Keanu Reeves may not be as dumb as his movie persona implies.
#4 The Karate Kid (1984) John G. Avildsen
In the dictionary under the definition of “jump the shark”, there is a picture of a 30-year-old Ralph Macchio wearing a Karate Kid 3 uniform pretending to be the 17-year-old underdog from the first film. Not only did the screenwriters ruin Mr. Miyagi’s legacy by making our hero even more wimpy than he was in the first, they had our 30-year-old “hero” still competing in the All Valley under 18 karate tournament. Truly absurd! Bottom of the barrel film-making at its worst. Not even the late great Pat Morita could save this bomb. Don’t even get me started on the Hillary Swank sequel or the 2010 remake.
#3 Dumb & Dumber (1994) The Farrelly brothers
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were the ultimate comedy duo in the Farrely brothers 1994 hilarious masterpiece which saw our dimwitted heroes travel cross-country in a Sheepdog. This is without doubt one of the funniest films ever made. Then came the 2003 sequel Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry met Lloyd which explored the early years of these brain-dead nitwits. Luckily for Carrey and Daniels, they chose to opt out of this cinematic train wreck for fear that starring in a sequel to their comedy classic would ruin the legacy of the original. They were absolutely right.
#2 Rocky (1976) John G. Avildsen
Rocky was the Oscar winning masterpiece that introduced a whole new generation of fans to the droopy lipped ex-porn star Sylvester Stallone. Unfortunately Sly decided that his humble portrayal of the ultimate underdog was too melancholy to leave well enough alone. He decided to write and/or direct himself in 6 sequels which saw our hero facing an assortment of colorful characters including a foul-mouthed Mr. T, Hulk “Thunder-lips” Hogan, a sassy 80’s robot, a steroid pumping Russian mute and finally an implausible street fight against an ex-convict. Not even Adrian would return for the latest (and hopefully final) installment of 2006’s Rocky Balboa.
#1 Star Wars (1977) George Lucas
Lucas you shameless money grubbing scoundrel! You created what is without doubt the greatest science-fiction space opera ever seen on film. Then you decided to alter the flow of history and arrogantly released a series of preposterous sequels which introduced us to such ridiculous characters and plot devices as: Jar-Jar Binks, the Ewoks, Midi-Chlorians, Watto, Pod Races and not to mention the aloof Hayden Christensen as a young Darth Vader.
Who was to blame? Lucas or 20th Century Fox? I don’t know, and I don’t care. Not only that, you decided to re-release each film 20 years later (with another 3D re-release in the works) with unnecessary special effects to empty the wallets of a whole new generation. Granted The Empire Strikes Back was an above average film that could rival the original with its amazing ending revelation. I may be wrong but the point I am trying to make is that the legacy of Star Wars was absolutely ruined with the addition of 4 atrocious sequels, not to mention the notoriously bad 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special which will never again sees the light of day. Hopefully the rumors of a new sequel trilogy turn out to be bogus.