Not all sequels are bad. It depends what kind of film we are talking about. Most of the horror sequels are just a quick way for the maker of films to get money and they already have a built in audience. People will go to see a sequel of film just because they have seen the first one and want to continue on the experience. Showing these sequels is not only a way of the film makers to make more money but the cinemas to make money especially if it’s in 3D.
The horror film seems to be the worst offender when it comes to really bad sequels. There are so many bad sequels I can’t name them all but here are a few of the worst offenders:
- Saw 7 – do you really need 6 follow up films? The answer is no you don’t. Talk about milking the franchise. Trouble Is they know people will go and see the films. Surely by the seventh film they would have run out of ideas? They finally ran out of ideas 2 years ago. Thank God for that!
- Nightmare on Elm Street (1984-2010) – At the beginning of this very long series of films there was an ability to have follow up films but not 13! Now that is seriously milking it. In one of them Jason wasn’t even in it. Just another example of film makers getting greedy.
- Psycho (1960-1990) – OK, the first two were good but after that it just went downhill. If they had just stopped after the second one then it would have been brilliant but no they just had to try and make so that the story was continued. Just because Hitchcock left it so there could be sequels made doesn’t mean there should be 3 sequels made
- Seed of Chucky (2004) – The first one was original as the idea of a possessed doll was sort of cool. Any film after that just felt a bit forced and a waste of money. It didn’t need a sequel. There are only a certain amount of situations where a possessed doll trying to kill someone can be classed as original, after that it just gets tedious.
- Friday the 13th (1980-2009) – similar to the Nightmare On Elm Street series of films, the producers just ran out of original and interesting ideas for the films yet continued to make them. It’s just a waste of money to keep churning out sequels every year or couple of years.
Saying that there are some horror films that have open endings so there can be sequels made. One of the best example of this is the [REC] series. If you have not heard of these films then let me give you a quick synopisis of the two films that have already had UK release. We follow Angela Vidal as she records a local fire station as they respond to a call at an apartment building. The old woman has turned savage and bites one of the police officers. Slowly one by one the residents become infected until it is only Angela and her cameraman Pablo left (he gets infected right at the end of the first one). The second one is set minutes after the end of the first and it alternates between the SWAT team cameras and a video camera of 4 local kids. The SWAT team are trying to collect a vial of the Mediors girl’s blood so they can cure the infected. The third one goes outside of the building which suggests that the virus has become airbourne. That chapter of the film is yet to be released over here in the UK so I guess I’ll have to wait and see what happens in that films before making assumptions.
It isn’t just the horror genre that is guilty of milking the fact that the films could be made into several sequels. Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blue for example. The first one was brilliant as Reese Witherspoon’s character proved that not all blondes are ditsy and that she actually made something of herself. At the end of the film it seemed that the film had a closed ending and that would be it. Then came along Legally Blonde 2. The film follows Elle and Emmett trying to plan their wedding while Elle is trying to find Bruiser’s mother. The film to me just seems like they are trying to connect the two films together when they don’t really flow very well at all. The story was not written so that it was to have a follow up so it just felt really awkward. The comedy genre also has some bad sequels such as Meet The Parents(). The first one was good but did we really need to have another 90 minutes which focused on the parents. Just felt a bit boring and lazy. It’s almost as if the producers of the film thought ‘Hey I know what would be a good idea for a sequel to Meet The Fockers. If we have a film that focuses on the parents of the now married couple. I mean what’s not to love about that?’
Some films are written to have sequels such as the Harry Potter films and the Lord Of The Rings series. The sequels so well in the box office because they are a series of films which all link together and flow very well because when they were written, they were written to have a sequel. Maybe film makers should think about the original film before they decide to make a second film. If the first film had a closed ending or there is no reference in the sequels to the first film then maybe a second, third, fourth etc film is not necessary. If the producers and directors of the films can’t come up with an original idea for the sequel to film then maybe they should just stop. At least with certain films, like Human Centipede know when to stop. OK so maybe that was a bad example but you get what I mean