Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by jason88cubs, Mar 25, 2021.
I thought I was too.
What's odd is how big a box-office hit some of these (crappy) sequels were.
As examples, Jaws 2 was the 7th biggest film in the US in 1978, and Staying Alive was 8th in 1983.
"Jaws 2" doesn't surprise me, as that one seemed like a decent hit back then. "Staying Alive" is a surprise since it felt like a bomb.
If you got those #s from BoxOfficeMojo, I'd take them with a grain of salt too - at least for 1978, since box office wasn't as closely tracked in the public back then. For instance, it claims $35 million US for "Midnight Express", whereas Wiki says that's the worldwide total.
The 1983 #s are probably more accurate, but I'm still surprised by "Staying Alive". Apparently it did better than "Vacation" and "Risky Business", movies that actually felt like hits!
Wow, I never heard of this.
TV sequel movies oh God I just remembered that reunion Odd Couple movie...ecch that was TERRIBLE...
On the television sequel front, there was also Splash, Too:
Splash, Too (TV Movie 1988) - IMDb
The Nutty Professor (2008): A direct CGI sequel to The Nutty Professor (1963) featuring Harold Kelp (played by Drake Bell), the grandson of Julius Kelp (played by Jerry Lewis, who played Kelp in the original movie). It was an enjoyable movie but it didn't get much attention. At the time of release it held the record for the longest gap in time for an actor (Jerry Lewis) to play the same role in two movies (45 years).
Problem Child 2
On that note, a lot of horror:
The Hidden II
White Noise 2 (better than the first)
Stir of Echoes 2
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (love the title)
Night of the Ghouls (sequel to Plan 9)
Curse of the Fly (1965)
And a lot of low rent comedies:
Inspector Gadget 2
The Tooth Fairy 2
Jingle All the Way 2
Munchie Strikes Back
Killer Tomatoes Eat France
Some action with new stars:
No Retreat No Surrender 2 & 3
4 Smokey and the Bandit sequels
For most unknown sequel to a famous film the one for Rosemary's Baby takes the cake. Never released on a legit DVD.
It's not a great movie, but 986-Evil II has one good, inventive scene. A character is watching It's a Wonderful Life on television, and gets sucked into the television set. She's stuck inside the final scene of the movie (the actress is composited in), which suddenly changes to a scene from Night of the Living Dead. Both movies are in the public domain, so it probably didn't cost the production a cent (aside from the trick photography), and it's very well done. The movie's honestly worth seeing once just for that scene (the rest is pretty forgettable).
Do you mean this one:
I thought it wasn't exactly terrible, but it is very disappointing compared to the excellent Grumpy Old Men movies, plus with Neil Simon actually being involved it should have been better.
Silent Night Deadly Night had 4 sequels (only parts 2 and 3 are related though, 4 and 5 are standalone films). There's also a sequel to the 1982 film Class of 1984 called Class of 1999 that gives it a sci-fi setting and Malcolm McDowell, but no Michael J Fox or Alice Cooper theme song.
I - sorry, I got confused; what I was thinking of wasn't a sequel, unless you count a TV movie following on a TV show years later - I found it, it was called The Odd Couple: Together Again.
It was really dire - Jack Klugman was suffering from throat cancer, so obviously nothing about the movie was funny (he had almost no voice at all), but it didn't belong in this thread. My error.
I thought you probably meant the TV show. I think it counts.
I remember seeing some clips of them doing the play after Klugman had lost his voice due to the cancer. It was sad to see but I guess glad he could still perform. Never saw the Together Again show though.
Somehow I suspect this includes no relevant music.
Don't forget to forget "Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure".
To Sir With Love II
Bride of the Reanimator
French Connection II and The Sting II have to be the most forgotten sequels to best picture winners.
For direct sequels: Son of Kong (1933) and King Kong Lives (1986)
Slap Shot 2 and 3.
Bride of Re-Animator is pretty good, too. Not as great as the original, but it's a fun variation on Bride of Frankenstein, with a feminist theme. There is a third movie, Beyond Re-Animator, which I've avoided. It was made for the Sy Fy network (or debuted there, anyway), which is rarely a good sign.
Looking at the titles it’s understandable why most of them have been forgotten.
Class of 1999 is fun, better than 1984 IMO.
For most (WTF) amount of sequels you have 15 sequels to Witchcraft (1988.)
Amityville has a bizillion, but hard to tell which are legit.
Some Western film series had tons in a short amount of time:
The Durango Kid (1940 - 1952) had 64 movies!!!
The Three Mesquiteers (1936 - 1943) had 51 films in only 7 years!!!!
Technically, none of the Amityville sequels are legitimate sequels to the original. The name The Amityville Horror can be trademarked, but the name Amityville cannot, as it’s the name of a pre-existing town. Anyone can make a film with a sinister house and windows that look like eyes, and slap the name Amityville on the title. Some of the “sequels” don’t even have the house. I think there’s over twenty now.
Amityville II: The Possession, which I like much more than the original, is vaguely inspired by the real life murders, not the alleged haunting, but it moves into supernatural territory as well. Amityville: It’s About Time (the fourth or fifth one) is also pretty good.
I went through the list of BP winners and came up with these as the only ones to inspire sequels:
-Silence of the Lambs
-Terms of Endearment
-Godfather Part II
-In the Heat of the Night
-Going My Way
Maybe I missed some, but I think that's it.
I view the "ToE" sequel as the most forgotten... because if it hadn't come up in this thread, I would've forgotten it existed.
I remember the existence of the others!
"Godfather Part II" is probably the most famous of the BP sequels, but you could argue for a "Rocky" sequel instead...
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