Five sequels I consider mistakes to the franchise they belong.
Some of these are actually brilliant movies but one way or another were somehow a mistake.
There will of course be spoilers.
So let's begin.
1. The Omen IV: the Awakening
Obviously the first has a great atmosphere and the child actor who played Damien Thorn brought an unknowingly menacing son of the devil to the screen.
The second film I thought was a weak entry as Damien grows older, enrols into a Military academy and slowly finds out who he truly is.
Then came the third film with the wonderful Sam Neill as Damien who fully embraces his evil side.
It was a perfect ending to the trilogy.
Then number 4 came along.
Not surprisingly the writer of the second film (Harvey Bernhard) co-wrote this one. He also produced the first three.
What was he thinking? I don't care that it was now the granddaughter of the devil. (there's even more to it than that)
But the atmosphere of the original three was gone and the story felt like a muddled mess.
I think it had potential but it fell short, and with it originally to be the first of many TV sequels that didn't happen, someone must have thought it was a mistake.
2. Cube 2: Hypercube
Having writers and a director that had nothing to do with the first film, they took it the way they wanted it and instead of having it as a suspenseful mystery horror, they turned it into a crappy science fiction conspiracy theory like film.
It was slow paced in a bad way, had awful cgi, and instead of a cube with brilliant traps, it had a cube which could manipulate time, space, and everything in bloody between.
The producer Ernie Barbarash then went on to write and direct Cube Zero which was a prequel and a much better film than what Hypercube was.
I do believe it was a mistake to make Hypercube the way it was thanks to the reveal. It took away everything that made the first film so amazing. That and it was just a bit shit.
3. The Exorcist 2: The Heretic.
Another again missing the atmosphere of the film which preceded it. And just like Cube 2, it took away all anticipation of the third film in the series which was a great horror film.
Thanks to how crappy it was, the third was originally going to be named Legion, based on the book of the same name. But the studio intervened and stupidly decided to call it The Exorcist 3: Legion.
The third also had many cuts and was rushed out allegedly thanks to the studio wanting to gain publicity over the Parody version of The Exorcist, Repossessed.
But that's a different story altogether.
I could list many more reasons as to why Exorcist 2 was a mistake but let's not as it will take me days to list them.
Strangely enough though I enjoyed it. Sometimes there's happiness in crappiness.
4. Creepshow 3
The first and second were/are masterpieces in horror.
This one was/is definitely not.
Having absolutely nothing to do with the first two movies except the fact it had short stories and the same title, all I can as is:
WHAT THE FUCK WERE THE FILM MAKERS THINKING?
5.Halloween 2 (Please read on to understand)
Directly continuing from the first John Carpenter classic, it showed how to do a sequel properly.
So why do I consider it a mistake to the franchise?
Well, if it wasn't for Halloween 2, the Halloween series would have continued the way Carpenter originally wanted it to continue, having nothing to do with Michael Myers. That way we wouldn't have as many shite sequels to the film as there are.
Halloween 3 is a brilliant underrated sequel but thanks to not having Michael Myers, it was critically panned at release and many wished for the killer to return. That film has now become quite the cult hit.
But that's the only way it was a mistake, other than that it was perfect. A perfect mistake which brought upon us many inferior mistakes.
(P.S The remakes were mistakes too. Damn you Rob Zombie, damn you.)
Do you agree or disagree?
What else do you consider as mistakes to their franchises?
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