Great Movies With Useless Franchises
4087 7.3 8.11. Jaws (1975)
Jaws 2 (1978)
Jaws 3-D (1983)
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
Indeed, Jaws is a masterpiece, and none of the follow-ups continue the story in any worthy way. The sequels are watchable, yes, but are more like generic shark action-thrillers than follow-ups to one of the greatest movies of all time. Jaws did not need to become a franchise.
3545 8.3 8.62. Psycho (1960)
Psycho II (1983)
Psycho III (1986)
Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)
Plus a remake in 1998
Psycho is a masterpiece. End of story. The story is self-contained, and everything was resolved by the end. Why oh why did they have to make a franchise out of it?! The sequels aren't outright terrible, but they never quite sit right.
4738 7.3 8.13. The Terminator (1984)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Terminator Salvation (2009)
I know I'm in the minority here, because many regard Terminator 2 as an excellent follow-up which surpasses the original. However, as a standalone movie The Terminator works far better than it does as a franchise. Terminator 2 is good but lacks the edgy, gritty tone of the original, plus it feels more family friendly and begins to stretch the credulity of the premise. As solid as T2 is, it's not worthy of The Terminator, and I wish that the first film remained a standalone feature.
9053 7.8 8.74. The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
I doubt anyone can argue with this. The Matrix did not need any sequels, nor any continuation of any sort. The sequels ended up sucking (unsurprisingly), which further reflects the futility of the follow-ups. I only own the first movie on DVD & Blu-ray, and I consider the sequels as non-canon.
1696 6.9 7.45. Poltergeist (1982)
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
Poltergeist III: The Final Chapter (1988)
Plus an upcoming remake
As a standalone movie, Poltergeist is excellent and chilling. It did not need any sequels, as they pushed things into the realm of the contrived and the incompetent. What a shame that the adorable young Heather O'Rourke died during filming of the third movie, and is thus her swansong to acting...
2174 7.3 7.66. The Crow (1994)
The Crow: City of Angels (1996)
The Crow: Salvation (2000)
The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)
Plus a short-lived television series, and an upcoming remake
Upfront: no, I've never bothered with the sequels. I saw the original, and it's brilliant: self-contained, gritty, and awesome. Why the fuck does it need sequels? Why the fuck should I care?
1249 6.8 7.27. Highlander (1986)
Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
Highlander: The Adventure Begins (1994)
Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994)
Highlander: Endgame (2000)
Highlander: The Source (2007)
Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007)
Plus a few television shows...and apparently a remake is on its way.
Uh... What else is there to say?
1482 7.5 88. Planet of the Apes (1968)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Plus two TV shows, a 2001 remake, AND a 2011 prequel
I love Planet of the Apes. I love that it gets in there, tells its story, and ends on a heartbreaking note. It's a self-contained story which leaves an aura of mystery...and that's why I love it. We don't need to know everything about this world. It's because of this I've avoided the sequels and the TV show follow-ups...but I've certainly heard that they're subpar.
3578 7.4 89. The Exorcist (1973)
2041 7.4 7.910. Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Halloween 5 (1989)
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Plus a 2007 remake, AND a sequel to said remake...
I think the lengthy list of sequels, and the brilliance of this movie really says it all...
1648 6.6 7.311. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
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