Which film repeats a shot of Sybil Danning disrobing seventeen times during the end credits? Why did it cause Christopher Lee to apologize to director Joe Dante? And did he know he was appearing in a send-up? In part 5 of this ongoing series, you'll get the answers to these burning questions as well as discovering why we never got to see David Hasselhoff in Pet Sematary 3... More
"Not just one of them sequels..." You heard the soundtrack, played the videogame and bought the soft drink, then you had to ruin everything by watching the movie. Sucks to see a beloved screen character behaving in stupid and inappropriate ways but it double sucks to see it happen again and again. Commentators call this phenomenon "the law of diminishing returns" but everyone else thinks it's just another crappy sequel. Sometimes these efforts are so spectacularly bad and wrong-headed they achieve a sort of grandeur, like in King Kong Lives when our hirsute hero takes his double-D girlfriend to "Honeymoon Ridge" (no euphemism, that's exactly where he takes her) or Howling 2 when Sybil Danning breaks out in fur for a lycanthropic menage a trois. Hilariously bad sequels offer more trashy, schlocky stupid fun than sequels that are just plain bad or directed by Michael Bay. Face it, you're more likely to get Alien 2: On Earth than Aliens so you might as well learn to appreciate a good bad film. You bring the beers, we'll bring the cheesy flicks for this bonkers b-movie extravaganza!
Ian Watson is the author of the #1 bestseller Midnight Movie Madness, a 400+ page guide to such bizarre, campy and endearing classics as Reefer Madness, Attack of the 50ft Woman and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.
on May 6, 2014 :
When a movie makes a lot of money there is always a strong incentive to make a sequel. It is hard for Hollywood to resist the temptation to return to the well. In this volume, Ian Watson, looks at those cases where studios not only returned to the well, they poisoned it. Sequels are already suspect, but these are the sequels which give even sequels a bad name. However, if what you are looking for is a sense of wonder at human stupidity, greed and ineptitude, and plenty of belly laughs, you've come to the right place.