Well, we are back at it again. These movies started out great and then the sequels had to arrive. That’s not to say that any and all of them were bad or less than appealing, but at very least, we can admit that these franchises have been around for too long. With several titles under their belt, some of these franchises are still going and show no signs of calling it quits. So, let’s name these next five franchises that we just want to see end with some sense of glory and finally give it a rest.
A shark stakes a claim on Amity Island and unbeknownst to the tourists and townspeople, the shark is hungry and as long as people venture into the ocean, the dinner bell is ringing loudly. Jaws is one of the most iconic summer films ever made and even coined the phrase “Summer Blockbuster” as people were lining up around the block to catch this Spielberg classic. Now, we all know that the shark was killed at the film’s conclusion. Heck, the great beast was blown up!
With the film’s incredible box office returns, it was only natural to make a sequel to bank off the original, but the impending three sequels never matched the original Jaws. Plagued with sub-par acting, familiar plots and scenes of people succumbing to the shark, the sequels have earned the reputation of how to make a franchise terrible. Jaws was perfect the way it was. We had wonderful and iconic characters, a thrilling story and a conclusive ending. There’s was no need to make more movies about a killer shark. No one remembers the sequels but everyone remembers Jaws. This is the one movie that never should’ve become a franchise!
Sylvester Stallone was perfect as Rocky and Rambo, no one is disputing that, however, the Rocky movies were far more interesting and involving than the Rambo films. Rambo: First Blood is an incredible action film that involved important themes while being a violent, if implausible action flick. The ending left more to be desired and that’s exactly what happened. We got to see Rambo venture back into the warzone and massacring everyone that stood in his way. The sequels themselves were a wet dream for anyone who wanted crazy action and spectacular stunts even if the plots were fairly thin to begin with. Rambo: Last Blood actually featured something of a plot and was even pretty good for what it was.
Considering that Stallone is seventy-four now, I think perhaps he should hang up the bow and arrow and let Rambo live in peace for once in his life. The movies can only get more utterly insane but one thing is for certain, First Blood is still the best entry no matter how high the body count has gotten.
Wes Craven is often regarded as the “Master of Horror” and given his impressive filmography throughout his career; he surely gave us plenty of nightmares to keep us awake at night. From A Nightmare on Elm Street, The People Under the Stairs, The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes are all astounding films but Scream is the one franchise in which he directed all four entries. Scream had a clever premise and a witty script to match alongside the incredible cast of characters that we’ve come to love over the years. The first two entries cleverly combined horror violence and comedy while the third entry attempted to be too funny. Scream 4, on the other hand, anteed up the violence and brought technology into the mix. Still, part three and four didn’t quite match up to the first two entries and with a fifth film currently in production and due to release in January of 2022, I believe that Ghostface needs to die once and for all.
Sure, the films were entertaining and fun, but seriously, how can one person who always the target of their wrath go through all this trouble in her life. Does Sydney Prescott have any place to go other than Woodsboro? Can’t she just move away? We all love Scream, but with Wes Craven gone, let the franchise die with him.
Oh yes, the torture porn movie that dominated the Halloween box office for seven years straight! Jigsaw would be released seven years later and now a ninth entry titled Spiral is due to release this year after being delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic! You know that the actual Jigsaw killer died at the end of Saw III, right? So, why bombard the audience with more backstory that proved to be more confusing than necessary? Well, the franchise has made a killing in sales, so why not continue?
With the Jigsaw being a prequel (even though some key things were out of date such as the flat screen tvs) and Spiral being within the same canon as the previous eight entries but is not a reboot nor a sequel to Jigsaw, can’t we just admit that this bloodletting franchise has literally drained us? I’m sure that this newest entry will interest fans and newcomers, but seriously, this is the horror movie equivalent of The Fast and Furious franchise that just refuses to call it quits!
The machine sent back from time in order to stop armageddon from happening. A story that is quite interesting but if you take the time to stop and think about, some plot holes start to form. James Cameron’s first two entries were a smash hit for not only the box office, but for fans of the science fiction genre and film critics alike. With outstanding special effects and incredible action set pieces, you can see why T2: Judgement Day is one of the best action movies ever made, but remember, the story ending with part two. The war was prevented, Skynet was destroyed and the future of humanity was secured. The ensuing sequels were unnecessary even though I did enjoy Rise of the Machines. But after that is simply no excuse.
First of all, the main villains are essentially a carbon copy of the T-1000 liquid metal killing machine with a few minor tweaks. The only good thing about Salvation was Christian Bale, Genisys was a poor misguided retread and Dark Fate killed John Connor (the central figure to this franchise) off within minutes of the film starting! The timelines have never worked properly and due to the failure of Dark Fate in the box office, all sequels have been cancelled. That’s a sigh of relief.
The Terminator franchise was great with the first two films but everything else is akin to re-watching the first two entries again but with weaker performances, CGI that looks tame when compared to T2 and doesn’t share the emotional heft that James Cameron brought to the table. The war is over, the battle is finished; so, let Skynet and the machines rest and rust away!