relief of everyone who sat through the 2009 remake, the latest Friday The 13th
prequel/reboot/whatever recently collapsed weeks before the start of principal
photography, with Variety speculating that the poor reception of Paramount’s
Rings movie may have been to blame.
story the movie planned to tell, it’s cancellation is actually A Good Thing.
When a franchise’s lead character has already been killed by Corey Feldman,
aped by a copycat, resurrected by lightning/ telekinesis/ possession/an underwater
power surge, melted by toxic waste, blown up by an FBI task force, sent to
hell, sent into space and returned to the present for a grudge match with
Freddy, he’s outstayed his welcome.
has never mastered the art of calling time on failing franchises, a trait
that’s even more pronounced in the horror genre, where the emphasis shifts away
from mood and character to watching the main antagonist kill people. Compare
John Carpenter’s Halloween to Halloween: Resurrection and you’ll see what I
spirit, here are another ten franchises that need the chop before they send
their lead characters into outer space.