Success is addictive so when Hollywood finds a formula that works don’t expect them to leave it behind anytime soon. Need proof? How about movies that not only have a Part 2 but also a Part 3, 4 and 5. Tonight, we count down the top 10 movies that inspired too many sequels.
10. Saw (2004): This surprise hit, the cinematic equivalent of TP’ing someone’s house, spawned “torture porn,” and a new sequel each Halloween.
9. Lethal Weapon (1987): Two L.A. cops reluctantly pair up to take on drug lords — in four separate movies. By No. 4, the formula was as old as the actors.
8. Police Academy (1984): This dumb cop comedy somehow yielded a video store’s worth of mediocre movies, two TV series and a theme park attraction.
7. American Pie (1999): The original was embraced for its winsome take on teen sex, but two sequels and four direct-to-video movies later, things got stale.
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003): Based on a theme park ride with lusty robots, this series became an unstoppable juggernaut of plot-less, confusing sequels.
5. Friday the 13th (1980): Jason didn’t actually kill anyone in the first installment of this slasher series, except the hopes of anyone who didn’t want a dozen sequels.
4. Alien (1979): The Oscar-winning movie inspired successful sequels then mated with the Predator franchise for several more flicks. Oops.
3. Star Wars (1977): This epic blockbuster’s prequels sprung a variety of horrors on the world: Most notably Jar-Jar Binks and George Lucas’s ego.
2. Rocky (1976): This franchise provided a realistic every-man hero; its sequels had that hero ending the Cold War and boxing as a senior citizen.
1. Godzilla (1954): The great green monster has starred in 29 movies so far, including the ’98 American version which defines the phrase “massive failure.”
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