Unnecessary Sequels


04 Sunday 04th September 2011

The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations (2009) is a classic example of clinging onto the same basic plot device that worked in the original film and exploiting it as much as possible, systematically ruining your audience’s faith in original filmmaking. This time the plot follows a young man attempting to solve the mystery of his girlfriend’s death using his ability to time travel. While it’s not the worst threequel out there it’s probably time to put this to bed before a dog gets time travelling powers too. Unsurprisingly this sequel was a straight to DVD ‘success’.   

Splash, released in 1984 starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, is the classic fishy tale of boy meets mermaid and they fall in love despite her kooky behaviour. The lesser known sequel, Splash, Too (1988) is the TV movie that unsurprisingly lacks the charm and magic of its predecessor. Completely ignoring the events of the previous film, Splash, Too replaces the cast with nobodies and focuses on the lame plot of Madison and Allen returning to New York, one to save a business, the other to save a dolphin in captivity - you can guess who does which. The sad thing about it, apart from it being a dreadful film, is that Disney spent $3.3million on it, a mad sum for a TV film in the 80s. What an embarrassing waste of money. Even the use of ‘too’ instead of ‘two’ is offensive.

The 1999 film Baby Geniuses subjects us to two scientists holding talking, super-intelligent babies captive for their genius baby studies (of course), and the havoc that ensues when one of the smartest babies escapes. It sounds horrendous yes, especially when you see the awful digitally imposed talking lips over the babies’ mouths. But the worst thing about this film is the fact that they made a second one five years later called, Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 which currently has the lowest rating ever on IMDB.

This time the plot centres on stopping a media mogul’s experiment to expose baby talk. Wow. We’re not even sure whether either film even made it to UK shores, but they’re both just really creepy. Check out the dire trailers above and below.

Three really is a magic number, with the Cruel Intentions franchise having boldly (or stupidly) gone for a trilogy in this straight to DVD treat, probably becayse Cruel Intentions 2 (2000) did so amazingly well (not). Released in 2004, Cruel Intentions 3 bares little relation to the previous films apart from the lead character being distantly connected to Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) from the first one. Make way for more sexual games, betrayal and manipulation and characters that you’ll find difficult to care about let alone watch. Also the trailer makes all three look like the perfect Movies For Men film, classy.

Lastly the horror comedy film franchise, Leprechaun, centres around a murderous leprechaun (played by Warwick Davis) who, when his gold is taken from him, resorts to any means necessary to reclaim it. The first film, released in 1993 was actually a commercial success and gave Jennifer Aniston one of her first roles as lead character, Tori Redding. The next two instalments were on par, despite the third going straight to VHS. From then on however is where it got ridiculous with the crazy sequels, Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun: in the Hood and Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood.

These sequels are very unnecessary yes, but the weird thing about the whole franchise is that whilst watching them (Back 2 tha Hood, being a personal favourite), you realise that despite being so terrible they’re actually somehow amazing. The surreal plots, bad acting and awful scripts come together to make something magical. Some classic lines include; “a friend with weed is a friend indeed, but a friend with gold is the best I'm told” and “I'll take it from you, homie, you'll see ‘cause you know the Leprechaun is the real O.G”. Just brilliant. Below is a bumper video of all six trailers for films, so prepare to be won over by this mental leprechaun.

With over 50 sequels and prequels set to come out within the next couple of years, it seems as though they’re here to stay, at least until Hollywood has a new brainwave. So make sure you keep an eye out for: American Pie 4, Men in Black 3, Austin Powers 4, Jurassic Park 4, G.I Joe 2, Monsters Inc. 2, Ghostbusters 3, Die Hard 5, I, Robot 2, The Ring 3D, Zoolander 2, Independence Day 2, Top Gun 2, Avatar 2, Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Cloverfield 2. To name but a few.

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