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05 February, 2013

The Not-So-Magical Number 3

Around three months ago I wrote a post about the magical number 3 in movies, the Hollywood staple of film trilogies. Unfortunately 3 may not be the best number for all movies. The usual progression is as follows:

1. The awesome one.
2. Awesome, but not as good as the first.
3. Thank you, that's enough...

But there are some franchises that do not have a strong start that somehow managed to secure themselves two more sequels. This might be the first time you are reading about these, so I'll start with the Best Worst Trilogy...

1. The Troll Trilogy
The top two are self explanatory, but the bottom two are the infamous "Troll 3"s.
Just three years ago, there was a very interesting documentary about film making called "Best Worst Movie". It tells about the making of one of the most infamous bad movies called Troll 2, which is known for the OMG meme. Before that meme and documentary, most people should not have heard of this so-called trilogy. As you can see, instead of three movies, there are 2 Troll 3s, and none of them have any connection with the first two. In fact none of the sequels have any trolls in them, only the first one has the title monster. Like the many little monster havoc movies of the 80s along with Leprechaun, Gremlins, Critters and Ghoulies, Troll was one of them and probably the weakest entry to that genre. But this film caught the attention of Italian B-movie makers Joe D'Amato and Claudio Fragasso, who made the sequel and both Troll 3s.
These two movie makers were infamous for their low budget movies which capitalize on making as many movies in the shortest time, and linking them up so that people would buy or rent them from video stores. When Troll 2 was made, the director Fragasso spoke little to no English, so he made actors follow the script word by word and that may be one of the main reason why actors in the movie had some ridiculous and awkward lines in the scene above. If you watch his other English movies, you will see that same trend of outrageous acting and dialogue.

*Fun fact: Troll 1 could also be the first Harry Potter movie because the main character and his son are named Harry Potter and Harry Potter Jr.

2. Xtro Trilogy
If you didn't already notice, trilogies that are bad are usually the ones that have no link to each other whatsoever. The Xtro trilogy is one of the best example of this trend since the only similarity between them is the use of monster props. The first one is one disgusting and gory film with a weird and incoherent plot which is difficult to explain. The second one is an Aliens rip-off but introduces the monster from another dimension instead of another planet. The third one is a Predator rip-off with an interesting found footage clips, and lots of foul language. By the way, notice the subtext of the second movie saying "the second encounter", I wonder whether it is referring to the first movie since the in that movie has no relation to the monster in the first movie.

3. BloodRayne Trilogy
Before I say anything about this series, there is one person you must know, Uwe Boll. This German movie maker is infamous for his lack of originality, not that he is a bad director, just that all people ever think of his movies are video game adaptations. He managed to enter Hollywood with two successful video game adaptations for House of the Dead and Alone in the Dark. The first BloodRayne movie had great potential with Michael Madsen, Billy Zane and Ben Kingsley, but was a commercial failure and was ridiculed by critics *Rotten Tomatoes gave it 4%!". Uwe Boll went on to direct the next two sequels, both direct to video and starring a different actress as the title character. I did not think these movies were bad, but certainly not good enough to start a franchise.

4. Sleepaway Camp Series
I know there are other Sleepaway Camp movies but these are the first three. First of all, if you haven't heard of the first movie, go to Google and type "Sleepaway Camp Ending", then watch the first Youtube video you see *sure to give you a nightmare even without context*. The rest of the first film is just the usual slasher movie staple which is not very impressive if not for the ending. What's interesting is that the famous singer Bruce Springsteen was a fan of the first movie. The second and third movie was partially funded by him and starred his sister Pamela Springsteen as the main character. Those movies were definitely low budget productions trying to cash in from the first movie with barely any scares and shock values which was the main selling point of the first movie (we already know who the killer is). Besides the "trilogy", there was an unofficial Sleepaway Camp IV, Son of Sleepaway Camp and a recent Return to Sleepaway Camp. Who could have guessed that a Friday the 13th rip-off could spawn a franchise of its own?

So that sums up some of the not so magical trilogies out there... Of course there are more trilogies that should not deserve so many like the Ninja trilogy, Species trilogy and Dr Dolittle trilogy which may have a cult following but they are definitely not good enough to be exploited with two sequels. Speaking of which, there are some other movies that have way too many sequels which also started from a weak movie. Have you heard of the Witchcraft film series. The original 1988 film wasn't a horrible horror movie but does it really deserve twelve sequels? You be the judge...
Seriously? Thirteen?


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