Oct 19, 2012 3:16PM
Until people quit throwing money at 'em, they'll keep producing them.
Remember the days when you would go see a flick and they didn't drive it into the ground with four or five sequels, a Nintendo version, an X-Box version, a five year television series complete with a bunch of "B" rated actors plus one "A-minus" actor in the lead?
Same is true for the "Reality" GARBAGE. As long as people eat the sh!t, Hollywood will continue to crap on demand.
Oct 19, 2012 2:31PM
It isn't the film franschises that are at fault - it is the attitude of Hollywood. They won't worry about good films - just making money. Quite frankly, most stories are told in just one film and nothing else ever needs to be made.
Oct 19, 2012 1:38PM
I agree wirth the article. ENOUGH of all these re-makes, and sequels. What's next, Rocky 35? Iy usually only hits the horror genre the most. Come up with something new and innovative for a change.
Oct 19, 2012 5:06PM
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the best films of last year. That was not a good example.
Oct 19, 2012 5:20PM
Yeah, like The Thing 2! I mean what was that? It seemed like all they wanted to do was show you how all of the props, etc. got where they were from the original 82version (Kurt Russel was the man, as was the cast of the 82ver..!! Not the original "The Thing from another Planet" which rocked also, but John Carpenters The Thing!)..It was like, hey that's how the axe got there, and here's how the 2 bodied creature was made!!! Blah, Blah, Blah!!! I was disheartened to say the least!!! First of all they should have made a "SEQUAL" and brought back the man (MacKready, aka Russel)!! Oh no, let's show how it all started, and what was the deal with the spaceship?? I mean wasn't it blown up from the videa clips they found in the 82 version? How did it all the sudden become a total undergound find that was intacted and could be boarded?? Sorry people, I'm ranting!! Just disgusted with "The Hollywood movie industry, or should it be renamed money industry!!! That's all it's about anyway!!!
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|Movie franchises that keep coming back
By Bryan Reesman
They're baaaack. They're always back. Whenever a genre movie or character enamors moviegoers, we can be assured that continued exploits will appear again and again and again. It's a never-ending parade of cloned tales, which is a formula that recent series like "Saw," "Final Destination" and "Paranormal Activity" take to heart, so much so that many of the sequels are playing out like literal re-runs.
Hollywood has always exploited successful series, but genre and horror fans in particular seem to take more punishment in that area. We always crave something exciting and new, but sometimes we fall into the empty well syndrome where we keep returning to series that have long run dry. Need proof? There are six "Leprechaun" installments, nine "Children of the Corn" flicks, 11 "Puppet Master" entries and 13 "Witchcraft" movies. I'll bet you didn't even know about the first "Witchcraft." And we're just getting started here.
All that being said, sometimes a franchise can offer surprisingly good sequels, depending upon the character, the storyline and the team behind them. Parallel Universe takes a look at ten long-running series -- mostly horror, but with a little sci-fi tossed in for good measure -- some of which have been going for 30 or more years. Is there a secret to their success? And will newer franchises be able to maintain the same longevity? Dive in and judge for yourself.