Prequelsby deano11 | created - 23 Aug 2011 | updated - 08 Jan 2013 | Public
A prequel is a work that supplements a previously completed one, and has an earlier time setting in the sequel feature films, TV movies, TV series and straight-to-DVDs. The prequel forms part of the “back-story”.
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2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.
Votes: 571,561 | Gross: $6.10M
3. The Nightcomers (1971)
R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Prequel to Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw", focusing on groundskeeper Peter Quint's slow corruption of the virtuous governess Miss Jessel and the children she looks after.
4. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
R | 202 min | Crime, Drama
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.
Votes: 911,219 | Gross: $57.30M
5. Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979)
PG | 115 min | Comedy, Western
A prequel of sorts to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) which chronicles the two outlaws' lives in the years before the events portrayed in the 1969 movie.
Votes: 1,069 | Gross: $5.14M
7. Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
R | 104 min | Horror
A family moves into their new home, which proves to be evil, resulting in the demonic possession of the teenage son. Only the local priest can save him.
Votes: 8,378 | Gross: $12.53M
8. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure
After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.
Votes: 373,592 | Gross: $179.87M
9. The Ewok Adventure (1984 TV Movie)
96 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Wicket the Ewok and his friends agree to help two shipwrecked human children, Mace and Cindel, on a quest to find their parents.
10. Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
R | 100 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape.
Votes: 6,391 | Gross: $10.80M
11. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985 TV Movie)
94 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Marauders raid the Ewok village and steal a power supply they believe to be magical. Wicket helps Cindel escape the evil witch Charal, and they befriend a hermit who may help them save the village.
R | 105 min | Action, War
A man travels from China to Vietnam, on the brink of war with America, to retrieve his uncle and cousin but find complications when he falls in love with a female gangster with a dangerous ex.
13. Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990 TV Movie)
R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Norman Bates recalls his childhood with his abusive mother while fearing his unborn child will inherit his split personality disorder.
14. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
R | 135 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer; the last week of the life of Laura Palmer is chronicled.
Votes: 70,209 | Gross: $4.16M
16. The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo (1997)
PG | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Pre-teen jungle boy Mowgli gets to human world and is pursued by P.T.Barnum circus scout Harrison who wants to take him to circus as curiosity. Harrison hires local grandee Buldeo for help ... See full summary »
Votes: 824 | Gross: $0.48M
19. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
PG | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.
Votes: 610,740 | Gross: $474.54M
20. From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (1999 Video)
R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller, Western
Set 100 years ago in Mexico, this horror/western is the story of the birth of the vampire princess Santanico Pandemonium.
21. Cruel Intentions 2 (2000 Video)
R | 87 min | Drama
This takes place several years before Cruel Intentions (1999), back to when Kathryn first meets Sebastian, their sexual attraction to each other and their enjoyment in destroying the lives of their peers.
22. The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)
PG | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Romance
In this live-action prequel to the 1994 comedy hit, the Flintstones and the Rubbles go on a trip to Rock Vegas, where Wilma is pursued by playboy Chip Rockefeller.
Votes: 17,341 | Gross: $35.27M
23. Joseph: King of Dreams (2000 Video)
Unrated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography
A prophet who has the ability to interpret dreams is sold into slavery in Egypt, where people learn of his gifts.
24. Ringu 0 (2000)
Not Rated | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
In this prequel to Ring, a young Sadako becomes an actress in hopes of escaping her troubled past. But strange visions and terrifying powers begin to manifest...
25. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé Amidala, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi.
Votes: 534,354 | Gross: $310.68M
26. Red Dragon (2002)
R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A retired F.B.I. Agent with psychological gifts, is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him, is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.
Votes: 220,286 | Gross: $93.15M
27. Kermit's Swamp Years (2002 Video)
G | 82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
At 12 years old, Kermit the Frog and best friends Goggles and Croaker travel outside their homes in the swamps of the Deep South to do something extraordinary with their lives.
28. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)
PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy
Set back in the 80s when Harry met Lloyd in high school where they cross paths with a mean principal and a bunch of other outcasts much like themselves.
Votes: 32,570 | Gross: $26.28M
29. Mou gaan dou II (2003)
Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In this prequel to Mou gaan dou (2002), Chan Wing Yan has just become an undercover cop in the triads while Lau Kin Ming joins the police force. Both the triads and the police find an enemy in a rival crime boss.
30. Gods and Generals (2003)
PG-13 | 219 min | Biography, Drama, History
The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863.
Votes: 14,014 | Gross: $12.87M
31. Mou gaan dou III: Jung gik mou gaan (2003)
Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Months after the events of the original film, Ming suspects a police superintendent as being a new mole for the triads, while years earlier, Yan embarks on his first mission.
32. Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui (2004 Video)
PG | 75 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Six ordinary Matoran are chosen to become Toa, guardians of the legendary city of Metru Nui. But as they accustom to their new role, conflicts quickly arise between them, and a sinister plot is set in motion right under their noses.
34. Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
R | 114 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Years before Father Lankester Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil's soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. This is the tale of Father Merrin's initial battle with Pazuzu and the rediscovery of his faith.
Votes: 30,395 | Gross: $41.82M
35. Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (2004)
R | 94 min | Drama, Horror
Set in 19th Century Canada, Brigette and her sister Ginger take refuge in a Traders' Fort which later becomes under siege by some savage werewolves.
36. Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004 Video)
PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
A prequel to Tremors (1990), this movie tells us about how the town of Perfection, Nevada became founded and how they defended it against the Graboids with the help of Burt Gummer's ancestor, Hiram.
37. Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows (2005 Video)
TV-Y7 | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
The Toa Metru return to Metru Nui to rescue the remaining sleeping Matoran, only to find it overrun by the spider-like Visorak horde and its ruthless, sadistic rulers, Sidorak and Roodaka.
39. Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)
R | 117 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Years before Father Lankester Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil's soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. Merrin's initial battle with Pazuzu leads to the rediscovery of his faith.
Votes: 8,889 | Gross: $0.25M
41. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy.
Votes: 595,879 | Gross: $380.26M
42. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Before being sent to serve in Vietnam, two brothers and their girlfriends take one last road trip, but when they get into an accident, a terrifying experience will take them to a secluded house of horrors, with a chainsaw-wielding killer.
Votes: 61,176 | Gross: $39.52M
43. Hannibal Rising (2007)
R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
After the death of his parents during World War II, young Hannibal Lecter moves in with his beautiful aunt and begins plotting revenge on the barbarians responsible for his sister's death.
Votes: 93,632 | Gross: $27.67M
44. Death Proof (2007)
Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Thriller
Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.
45. The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning (2007 TV Movie)
R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Teenaged cousins Bo and Luke Duke spend their first few weeks in Hazzard County getting into trouble running outlawed liquor in order to save their Uncle Jesse's farm.
46. The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008 Video)
G | 77 min | Animation, Drama, Family
The kingdom of Atlantica where music is forbidden, the youngest daughter of King Triton, named Ariel, discovers her love to an underground music club and sets off to a daring adventure to bring restoration of music back to Atlantica.
47. The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior (2008 Video)
PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
In Ancient Akkad, Mathayus grows up as the proud son of Ashur, a captain in the world-renowned military corps of Black Scorpions, first-rate bodyguards, most of which are sent to courts ... See full summary »
49. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
R | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans.
Votes: 135,383 | Gross: $45.80M
50. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A look at Wolverine's early life, in particular his time with the government squad Team X and the impact it will have on his later years.
Votes: 407,908 | Gross: $179.88M
51. Vacancy 2: The First Cut (2008 Video)
R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller
Three young people check into the Meadow View Inn for a night's rest, fully unaware of the inn's sick-minded employees and their nefarious intentions.
52. Van Wilder: Freshman Year (2009 Video)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Romance
Van Wilder starts his freshman year at Coolidge College and embarks on an adventure to land the campus hottie and liberate his school from sexual oppression and party dysfunction.
53. Messengers 2: The Scarecrow (2009 Video)
R | 94 min | Horror
Doing what he believes must be done in order to save his family and livelihood, farmer John Rollins places an odd scarecrow among his crops and promptly reaps the benefits. The thing is, his luck probably won't last for long.
54. Assassin's Creed: Lineage (2009)
Not Rated | 36 min | Action, Adventure
The story is a prequel to the video game Assassin's Creed II. It centers around the father of the game's main character, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Giovanni is an assassin living during the ... See full summary »
56. Transmorphers: Fall of Man (2009 Video)
R | 86 min | Action, Sci-Fi
In this present day prequel, the robot invaders attack the Earth, forcing a small band of humans to seek refuge below the surface of the planet.
57. Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (2010 TV Movie)
PG | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
School is out and the familiar Scooby gang are looking to enjoy a long vacation. However, sightings of a Lake Monster cause them to band together once again to solve yet another mystery.
58. Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball (2010 Video)
R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Walter Weed is an unassuming desk jockey at the FBI when the Bureau uncovers a plot to assassinate him. A team of degenerate, psychotic assassins dispatched by mystery man Hal Leuco to win ... See full summary »
59. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
R | 91 min | Horror
After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.
Votes: 89,062 | Gross: $84.75M
60. Ong-bak 3 (2010)
R | 99 min | Action
Ong Bak 3 picks up where Ong Bak 2 had left off. Tien is captured and almost beaten to death before he is saved and brought back to the Kana Khone villagers. There he is taught meditation ... See full summary »
Votes: 11,453 | Gross: $0.01M
A follow-up to Ong Bak 2 (2008).
61. Bright Falls (2010– )
40 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Live action prequel to 'Alan Wake'. After arriving in the small Pacific Northwestern town of Bright Falls, reporter Jake Fischer is plagued by blackouts and finding disturbing evidence plans his escape.
63. X: First Class (2011)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.
Votes: 574,008 | Gross: $146.41M
64. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives rise to a super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.
Votes: 451,740 | Gross: $176.76M
66. The Thing (I) (2011)
R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.
Votes: 104,869 | Gross: $16.93M
67. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
R | 83 min | Horror
In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.
Votes: 82,388 | Gross: $104.01M
68. Puss in Boots (2011)
PG | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
An outlaw cat, his childhood egg-friend and a seductive thief kitty set out in search for the eggs of the fabled Golden Goose to clear his name, restore his lost honor and regain the trust of his mother and town.
Votes: 125,452 | Gross: $149.26M
69. The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption (2012 Video)
PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Since his rise to power, Mathayus' kingdom has fallen. Now an assassin for hire, he must defend a kingdom from an evil tyrant and his ghost warriors for the chance to regain the power and glory he once knew.
70. Death Race: Inferno (2013 Video)
R | 105 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Convicted cop-killer Carl Lucas, aka Frankenstein, is a superstar driver in the brutal prison yard demolition derby known as Death Race. Only one victory away from winning freedom for himself and his pit crew.
The sequel of Death Race 2 (2010) about the original Frankenstein's (played by Luke Goss) next all-new competition of blood sport.
71. Prometheus (I) (2012)
R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.
Votes: 514,333 | Gross: $126.48M
72. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.
Votes: 692,011 | Gross: $303.00M
73. Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
PG | 130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king, and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers.
Votes: 186,271 | Gross: $234.91M
74. Monsters University (2013)
G | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.
Votes: 268,285 | Gross: $268.49M
75. 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
R | 102 min | Action, Fantasy
Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Votes: 248,930 | Gross: $106.58M
This serves as both a prequel and a sequel to the 2007 film 300.
76. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
PG-13 | 161 min | Adventure, Fantasy
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.
Votes: 536,998 | Gross: $258.37M
77. Life of Crime (2013)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Crime
Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return.
Votes: 14,636 | Gross: $0.26M