10 Films That Should Never Have Become Franchises

One gimmick. Five movies.


Remember that episode of Family Guy where Peter steals the sequel to The Passion Of The Christ from Mel Gibson’s hotel room? Good news: Mel really is making a sequel and no, this is not a joke.

Called The Resurrection (which leaves little doubt as to the film’s plot), the film slots perfectly into modern multiplex filmmaking: an instantly recognizable brand based on a massively popular book with a built-in audience.

The question is, does it deserve to be a franchise?

If Hollywood asked itself that question more often, audiences wouldn’t now be bracing themselves for Ocean’s 8, Johnny English 3 and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. We wouldn’t be living in fear of the upcoming Transformers spin-offs, including the possibility of a G.I. Joe crossover movie.

Like McDonalds, Hollywood understands the importance of branding and franchising and recognizes that uniformity is key to a product’s success. People will always come back for more of the same, even if they got diarrhea the last time.

Here are 10 reasons why most audiences should have their viewing privileges revoked.

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Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'