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Odd List Ryan Lambie 6 Nov 2013 - 06:50
From random films with altered names to unrelated storylines, we take a look at 15 incredibly tenuous horror and sci-fi film sequels...
The profit-driven nature of filmmaking usually means that, if a movie's a hit, sequels follow. And it's sometimes the case that, particularly in the realm of low-budget sci-fi and horror, those sequels are trotted out in a rush, or don't have anything to do with the film they're following.
This isn't to say that the sequels on this list are necessarily bad - it's a proper mixed bag of the great, the mediocre and the downright awful - but in each instance, these sequels have only vague links to their predecessors, or worse still, they're entirely different films rebranded to fit an existing franchise.
Our list is by no means definitive - rather, we've chosen a collection of films that we find the most memorable. »
Serial killers are big business on TV these days, what with A&E's Bates Motel and NBC's Hannibal both gearing up for the second seasons, and now FX is looking to fill the void created by the impending Dexter finale, with Entertainment Weekly revealing that the network is developing a new series based upon author Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel American Psycho, which was previously adapted as a movie by Mary Harron back in 2000 with Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Trilogy) in the lead role as Patrick Bateman.
According to EW's report the new project has been written by Stefan Jaworski - whose previous credits include the Nordic noir series Those Who Kill - and will serve as a sequel to the novel / movie, with a middle-aged Bateman taking on a young apprentice. Here's the official logline...
"In the new drama series, iconic serial killer Patrick Bateman, now in »
- Flickering Myth
Even though American Psycho got an unexpected, largely unwanted direct-to-dvd sequel with 2002’s American Psycho II: All American Girl, someone at Us network FX has decided to push ahead with a follow-up series, setting Stefan Jaworski to write and produce the new show.Don’t expect Mila Kunis’ sequel character to pop up, however: the new series hopes to get us back to Patrick Bateman, with some brave actor attempting to fill Christian Bale’s stylish suit as we bring Bateman forward to the present day and watch as he trains up a protégé to take on his murderous ways.Though it seems odd for a TV network to attempt something as potentially bloody as American Psycho, American Horror Story, Hannibal and more have proved you can transfer horror to the small screen without losing the impact.Also getting the TV series treatment is Tony Scott’s 2004 Denzel Washington action thriller Man On Fire. »
Serial killer Patrick Bateman is eying a return to pop culture, this time on TV.
FX and Lionsgate TV have partnered to develop a sequel TV series to “American Psycho,” the 2000 feature film that was based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel of the same name. The pic was a breakout moment for star Christian Bale, and grossed over $34 million at the box office.
Lionsgate had previously stirred up “American Psycho” buzz when it announced in 2011 that it was planning a remake of the film for the big screen. The project, however, appears to have faded out of the running. The last sequel treatment that “American Psycho” saw was a direct-to-video release of “American Psycho 2,” which starred Mila Kunis and received mostly negative reviews.
The FX TV drama will center on iconic killer Patrick Bateman, now in his mid-50s but still just as outrageous and lethal as ever. Bateman »
- AJ Marechal
Just in case you didn't get the memo, American Psycho is getting the small screen treatment. At least it's not American Psycho 2, right? No disrespect to Mila Kunis but that was a stinker. No one seems to hip on Patrick Bateman in his 50s acting crazy and preying on women. If that doesn't do it for you, maybe a Man On Fire series will. Yes another movie is getting the television treatment. Just add it to the list amongst American Psycho, Fargo, Bates Motel, and I just found out that Rambo »
- Niki Stephens
While American Psycho already had a perfectly good sequel in American Psycho 2: All-American Girl—in which Mila Kunis portrayed a young girl who killed, then emulated sociopathic serial killer Patrick Bateman, and America portrayed a country who didn’t give a shit—FX is moving forward with another sequel anyway. The network that never met a show with “America” in the title it didn’t like is developing an American Psycho TV series, one that, like the rest of us, ignores the continuity of American Psycho 2, and picks up with Bateman in his mid-50s. Though his skin may »
For every great movie there is the potential for a great sequel or an abyssmal failure. When Mary Harron's American Psycho premiered, it made Christian Bale a name to be remembered and divided audiences and critics with a violent and satirical look at America in the 1980s. It spawned one of the most atrocious sequels of all time, the cleverly titled American Psycho 2, starring Mila Kunis and William Shatner. Enough time has apparently passed that there is a new attempt to make a sequel to »
- Alex Maidy
It has been said that there’s never too much of a good thing, but I think this rule doesn’t apply for films. Sequels are supposed to exist to further an already existing storyline, but I think a lot of people in the movie making industry have forgotten that rule in place of trying to milk a cash cow dry. Is it necessary for there to have been 12 sequels to the original The Land Before Time? No, but as long as your children like talking cartoon dinosaurs to teach them about friendship and mortality, you can bet your ass those films are going to continue selling like hotcakes.
Sometimes, we get lucky, and unnecessary remakes like Aliens show up and actually contribute to the success of the original. However, for every successful sequel, there’s guaranteed to be about 10 direct-to-dvd nightmares that make us want to cleanse our memories »
- BJ Colangelo
Bless you, direct-to-dvd industry, for churning out endlessly amusing extensions of movies that never should have been franchises in the first place. An EW staffer casually mentioned the third Ace Ventura movie earlier today, inspiring a group of us to reminisce about the most random sequels we could think of — sequels many of us were hearing about for the first time.
And so, in honor of both these little-discussed gems and the gift that is Friday afternoon, here’s a list of the genre’s most unassuming entries. Caution: It’s about to get all nostalgic up in here. (Like that’s a surprise. »
- Hillary Busis
9 items from 2013
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