One of the crowning achievements of any writer is to have their idea translated into film. While others toil away their lives trying to make an honest buck, writers spend their days imagining which actors and actresses will bring their favorite characters to life. When a movie is created generally unless it is left open at the end for a sequel, there should not be one. Here are my top three movies that didn’t need a sequel.
1. “Lake Placid”- This campy movie was a laugh in and of itself, and only itself. The subsequent sequels that followed lacked the carefree silliness of the first taking the franchise from silly and entertaining to just plain silly. While the plot was strong enough to pull in viewers for the first movie, the plot of the sequels seemed to get sillier with each movie. On top of the silly plots and over acting, the sequels lacked many of the original characters which made the new actors nothing but stand ins.
2. “The Matrix”- As if our brains were not totally fried from trying to figure out what was going on in the first “Matrix” movie, the franchise decided to expand in 2003 with “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions.” Both of these sequels lacked the initial awe of the first movie and served to do little more than confuse anyone who watched them. The sweeping plot of all the movies was hard to follow and the graphics were distracting.
3. “Teen Wolf”- Michael J. Fox is arguably one of the most endearing actors in Hollywood. With roles like Marty McFly and Scott Howard Fox made a place in the hearts of America. That being said, “Teen Wolf” was a catchy, funny, metaphorical, and endearing comedy that tidily wrapped itself up at the end of the movie leaving no room or need for a sequel. Jason Bateman is nearly as endearing as Fox but in “Teen Wolf Too” he gets a bit annoying. The sequel basically ruins all the good feelings that had been created by the first movie and makes the plot a joke.
While I’m sure I’m not the only one that thinks these movies didn’t need sequels and that the sequels that spawned from them were a laughing stock, I’m sure there are also people out there that think these sequels were great. To them I say to each his own, but please, can Hollywood stop with the awful sequels already?