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10 Famous Movies With Direct-to-Video Sequels Nobody Remembers

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We see them everywhere, but they rarely warrant more than a cocked head and a bemused glance. They’ve been around since (at least) the mid-1990s, most of them are terrible, and (in large part) we can thank/blame Disney for their very existence.

They are the “direct-to-video” sequels.

We probably didn’t think all that much of it when Disney released The Return of Jafar for the VHS market back in 1994; at the time it probably seemed like a perfectly logical way to keep a popular franchise rolling along without devoting an inordinate amount of time or money to the final product. The logic seems to be that if a film is produced specifically for the home video market, then everyone involved (from the studio all the way down to the viewer) assumes there will be a tangible—albeit hopefully not unacceptable—dip in overall quality.

Disney opted to bail on the DTV sequel market back in 2007, but the damage was done. All the other home video departments in Hollywood jumped in to fill the void. And you can pretty much guess what happened: virtually any genre film that made a half-decent showing at the box office was suddenly eligible for a series of DTV sequels. And while not all of these movies are awful (Wrong Turn 2, for example, is better than a lot of theatrically-released slasher-style sequels), the vast majority are pretty slipshod affairs. (Though even when a DTV sequel is good, as in the case of some Undisputed and Universal Soldier entries, there’s still an unpleasant stigma attached to the films.) So instead of shining a spotlight on the worst DTV sequels, we thought it’d be more amusing to focus on the strangest ones. The ones that make you do a double-take while walking through Target and think “WTF?”

1. Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice (2002)

This is about when we knew that no classic was safe, that any film could warrant a DTV sequel, and that curiosity can often lead to truly painful experiences. The original Slap Shot (1977) is an absolute classic about hockey, violence, loyalty, and profanity. So when Universal decided to exploit the title, hire Stephen Baldwin, and bring back the infamous Hanson brothers for a late-arriving non-sequel, we had to check it out. Suffice to say that the trailer is better than the actual movie, if only because it’s much shorter. The producers tried to squeeze one more drop of blood out of this stone in 2008 with the “kid-friendly” Slap Shot 3: The Junior League, which makes one wonder if those producers have ever actually seen the original Slap Shot.

2. Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010)

Whether you’re old enough to have seen it in theaters or young enough to appreciate an all-star vampire ensemble, there’s no denying that The Lost Boys (1987) is still a pretty cool horror flick. But instead of mounting a full-bore sequel or another remake, WB decided to go the DTV route with this property, and the result was ... not great. Lost Boys: The Tribe, released in 2008, was a clear indication that there’d be little to no connection to the original film (aside from the presence of Corey Feldman, of course), and this second DTV sequel was dire enough to kill the whole series. Odds are that the next rendition will be a remake, and it will almost certainly be better than these low-rent semi-sequels.

3. Hellraiser 9: Revelations (2011)

This movie (and that’s being nice) is actually known as Hellraiser: Revelations, but we added the numeral in there just to underline the fact that, yes, there have been eight Hellraiser sequels. The original 1987 film played in theaters, of course, as did parts two, three, and (to a lesser degree) four, but since that time we’ve been treated to DTV Hellraiser sequels with titles like Inferno, Hellseeker, Deader, Hellworld, and Revelations. Simply put: you'd be hard pressed to find worse horror sequels than the last few Hellraiser movies, but there is a method to this madness: the producers keep churning out those sequels so that they can retain the rights to the franchise, which in turn allows them to produce the remake they’ve been talking about for five years. That remake better be pretty damn amazing if it’s going to make up for Revelations, which is not merely atrocious, but is the first in the series to not cast Doug Bradley as Pinhead. (Which is super lame.)

4. Marley & Me: The Puppy Years (2011)

How do you make a sequel to a family tearjerker in which the title character (huge spoiler alert!) dies at the end? Well, if you’re the producers of the tragically popular Marley & Me (2008), you not only go the DTV route, you also go full prequel and give the puppy an audible monologue, not unlike what we saw in the classic 1993 comedy Look Who’s Talking Now. Just try to make it all the way through this trailer without thinking of how the first film ended. We dare you.

5. A Christmas Story 2 (2012) 

This one really makes us angry. It’s as if someone at WB Home Video finally realized that, “Wow, 1983’s A Christmas Story is still a very profitable movie all these years later. And so obviously what the marketplace demands is a shoddy stinkhole of a non-sequel that uses the title (and the font!) of the original film, but nothing in the way of its wit, warmth, or quality.” It’s not just that the original movie is so damn good; it’s also that the “sequel” is little more than a desperately unfunny collection of references to the 1983 Bob Clark classic. If you want a “sorta sequel” to A Christmas Story, ignore this piece of junk and go dig up 1994’s My Summer Story (a.k.a. It Runs in the Family), which is actually quite charming.

6. Tooth Fairy 2 (2012)

The first Tooth Fairy (2010) isn’t exactly a family classic, but the idea of Dwayne Johnson as the title character contributed (at least) a small dash of novelty to the proceedings. The sorta-sequel replaces The Rock with—wait for it—Larry the Cable Guy. Yeah. Because we all know how much little kids adore spending 90 minutes with ... Larry the Cable Guy. Given the choice, kids would probably opt to go to bed early instead of staying up late to watch this clunky, mirthless mess. But apparently someone at Fox Home Entertainment thought Lawrence of Cable Repair did a great job because, well, check out the next sequel on this list …

7. Jingle All The Way 2 (2014)

First Larry the Cable Guy replaced The Rock in Tooth Fairy 2, and here he’s replacing Arnold Schwarzenegger in a powerfully terrible “sequel” to 1996’s (also powerfully terrible) Jingle All the Way. Both Jingle All the Way movies display mean-spirited humor, atrocious writing, and a grossly wrong-headed message about holiday consumerism ... but only one has Larry the Cable Guy in it.

8. The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power (2015)

Yep. Part 4. Which means that this is the third sequel to a spinoff of a sequel to a remake. Who knew that 1999’s The Mummy would turn out to be the “original” source of so much schlock? Of course The Rock (the first Scorpion King) is long gone by now, but in his place we’ve gotten Randy Couture (Part 2), Dave Bautista (Part 3), and Victor Webster (Part 4). Each of the sequels is broad, goofy, and sloppily made, but they sometimes actually work as Saturday afternoon matinee adventure flicks. And it’s not like the first Scorpion King was some sort of classic.

9. Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse (2015)

Although not a huge hit at the box office in 1996, the original Dragonheart has gone on to become a bona fide cult favorite, thanks to cable and home video—so of course it had to spawn at least two late-arriving video sequels. Dragonheart: A New Beginning (2000) didn’t exactly produce any sort of new beginning for the series, which laid dormant for another 15 years before someone at Universal decided to try again. The Sorcerer’s Curse is goofy, low-budget adventure fare all the way, but to be fair it’s a slight improvement over its predecessor. All things being relative, that is.

10. Lake Placid vs. Anaconda (2015)

We all remember Anaconda (1997), but do you recall the sequels? Part 2 (Anacondas: Hunt for the Blood Orchid) played in theaters, while Part 3 (The Offspring) and Part 4 (Trail of Blood) did not. How about Lake Placid (1999), the low-key and dryly amusing killer croc flick? Well that one spawned no less than three DTV sequels of its own. So obviously the producers decided that the franchises should combine forces for a Part 5—and therefore we’ve been graced with a film called, you guessed it, Lake Placid vs. Anaconda, which makes no sense grammatically (a lake fighting a snake?) but does feature all sorts of wacky animal brawls. And let’s face it: if you’ve already seen four Lake Placid movies and four Anaconda movies, you’re probably more than happy to sit down with a Part 5 combination platter.

And that’s pretty much why DTV sequels exist in the first place: because movie geeks are nothing if not loyal to their favorite movies—even when they probably shouldn’t be.

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20 Things You Might Not Know About Mr. Show
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You never need an excuse to look back at Mr. Show with Bob and David, but given that today is co-creator Bob Odenkirk's 55th birthday, now seems to be as good a time as any.

1. BOB ODENKIRK AND DAVID CROSS’S FIRST MEETING DID NOT GO VERY WELL.

Following four years of writing on Saturday Night Live, Odenkirk was in Los Angeles in 1992 as a writer for the Chris Elliott Fox cult classic Get a Life. David Cross was a comedian in L.A. after performing for years in Boston. One boring afternoon, Cross asked friend and fellow stand-up Janeane Garofalo if she knew anybody that played basketball. The two went to Odenkirk’s house, and Garofalo introduced David to Bob and then asked if he wanted to play basketball. He said no.

2. ODENKIRK AND CROSS FIRST WORKED TOGETHER ON THE BEN STILLER SHOW.

Despite their inauspicious beginning, the two ended up having numerous fruitful collaborations, starting with their work on The Ben Stiller Show. Odenkirk was a writer/performer on the short-lived but Emmy award-winning sketch show with Garofalo, Stiller, and Andy Dick. Cross was brought in in the middle of the show’s 13-episode run as a writer.

3. THE CO-STARS FIRST PERFORMED ON STAGE TOGETHER AS "THE THREE GOOFBALLZ."

Odenkirk and Cross performed sketch comedy together at the Diamond Club in Los Angeles, with a third improviser that, the joke went, would either be deceased or out elsewhere getting high.

4. "THE THREE GOOFBALLZ' WAS ALMOST THE TITLE OF MR. SHOW

Odenkirk also pitched the title Grand National Championships, but David Cross was never a fan of it.

5. JACK BLACK, SARAH SILVERMAN, AND OTHER FUTURE STARS APPEARED ON THE SHOW BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS.

Black was in four episodes of Mr. Show, starring in the classic Jesus Christ Superstar parody “Jeepers Creepers.” Silverman was a performer in 10 episodes. Mary Lynn Rajskub, best known as Chloe on 24, was a featured actress in the first two years. Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, was a series regular for a majority of the run. Scott Adsit, a.k.a. 30 Rock’s Pete Hornberger, was in six episodes.

6. PATTON OSWALT WARMED UP THE MR. SHOW CROWD.

In addition to performing stand-up before tapings and keeping the studio audience interested in between scenes, Oswalt played Famous Mortimer in the episode “Operation: Hell on Earth” (but was credited as “Patton Oswald.”)

7. HOMELESS PEOPLE WERE NOT KIND TO THE ORIGINAL SETS.

Because the pilot episode was shot at a “down and dirty,” small Central Hollywood club, the sets had to be placed outside, where homeless people defecated on them.

8. YOU MIGHT ALSO RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE WRITING STAFF.

Dino Stamatopoulos was already on the original writing staff of Late Night with Conan O’Brien and had written for David Letterman before writing for Cross and Odenkirk. He would later create three shows and play Starburns on Community. Writer/performer Scott Aukerman co-created and executive produces Between Two Ferns, and created and stars on Comedy Bang! Bang!. Writer/performer Paul F. Tompkins hosted VH-1’s Best Week Ever! and currently hosts the satirical debate show No, You Shut Up!, where he moderates discussions by a panel full of puppets. Bob Odenkirk’s brother Bill has written ten episodes of The Simpsons.

9. THE DIRECTORS OF LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE LEARNED HOW TO DIRECT COMEDY FROM MR. SHOW.

Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton were known for directing music videos like The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” and Jane’s Addiction’s “Been Caught Stealing,” and decided to direct two Mr. Show episodes to expand their filming vocabulary. The husband and wife team were behind the camera for the classic sketch “Monk Academy.”

10. ONE SKETCH WAS INFLUENCED BY LOUIS C.K.

One of the first sketches in the show’s history involved Odenkirk playing a priest forced to do rather unpleasant and un-priestly things. The idea sprang from a conversation David Cross had with fellow young Boston comic Louis C.K., where Louis talked about annoying people that try to claim a prize on a bet that their friends never agreed to in the first place.

11. HBO ONLY CENSORED THE SHOW ONCE.

Throughout four years and 30 episodes, the lone note Odenkirk and Cross got from HBO was to get rid of a line where one character tells another to have sex with a baby. Odenkirk admitted that being told to edit it out “wasn’t too much to ask.”

12. THEY ONLY RECEIVED ONE VIEWER COMPLAINT.

The only angry letter that Odenkirk and Cross were ever made aware of was from a military veteran who was offended by the sketch in “Who Let You In?” where Cross’s performance artist character attempts to defecate on the American flag. The two stars actually called the viewer and discovered that he didn’t watch the entire sketch, and therefore never realized that Cross’ character was never able to actually go through with it.

13. ONE SKETCH WAS CUT FROM THE SHOW SIX TIMES AND NEVER MADE IT TO AIR.

A sketch called “Party Car,” a joke on old, low-quality shows filled with '70s celebrities was cut from half a dozen scripts and never filmed. It would have featured Nipsey Russell, Zsa Zsa Gabor, (or reasonable facsimiles), and a baby in a balloon-filled car.

14. BOB ODENKIRK GOT IN TROUBLE FOR USING A PICTURE OF HIS DEAD GRANDFATHER.

Because the sketch “Old Man In House” needed a photo of an old man, and the elderly gentleman was not the butt of the joke, Odenkirk thought it would be fine. Instead, some Odenkirks were “very upset.”

15. CROSS WAS PAYING OFF HIS STUDENT LOAN DEBTS THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE SERIES.

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Despite executive producing and co-creating a series on television, Cross had trouble paying off his student loan debts from his time at Emerson College. Figuring that the person calling from the bill collection agency wouldn’t believe that he couldn’t pay if he knew his job status, Cross pretended that he worked at Mr. Show as a messenger.

16. ONE PERSON WAS GIVEN A "SPECIAL THANKS" IN THE CLOSING CREDITS OF EVERY EPISODE AS A JOKE.

As Cross once explained, Rick Dees was thanked in the credits of the pilot episode, even though he was “certainly nobody we would ever thank, or be in a position to thank.” Some personalities that were thanked for no discernable reason were Greg Maddux, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, Gabe Kaplan, and Howard Zinn.

17. HBO CHANGED THE TIME SLOT FOR ITS FINAL SEASON, AND IT WAS "DEMORALIZING."

After airing Fridays at midnight for the first three seasons, HBO moved the show to Mondays at the same time, confusing some loyal viewers, and the ratings decreased as a result. Bob Odenkirk told a reporter that, after 30 episodes, HBO was still treating the cast and crew as “second-class citizens,” and that they were “demoralized” by the slot shift.

18. BOB AND DAVID TOLD A STUDIO AUDIENCE THAT THEY HAD JUST WITNESSED THE FINAL EPISODE, AND THEY WEREN'T JOKING.

“Patriotism, Pepper, and Professionalism,” the 40th and final episode of Mr. Show, was taped on November 21, 1998. After the final sketch was filmed, Odenkirk and Cross made their announcement, although the show’s cancellation wasn’t made official for another few months.

19. THERE WAS A MR. SHOW MOVIE THAT WENT STRAIGHT TO VIDEO.

Run Ronnie Run focused on David Cross’s redneck criminal character Ronnie Dobbs. It was filmed in 2001, but never made it to theaters. Bob Odenkirk admitted that the movie wasn’t perfect, but he blamed the poor quality on director Troy Miller, for not allowing himself and Cross to edit the movie.

20. THE TWO HAVE REUNITED A FEW OTHER TIMES.

David Cross and Bob Odenkirk star in 'W/ Bob and David'
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In 2002, Bob, David, and Mr. Show writer/performers Brian Posehn, John Ennis, and Stephanie Courtney (Flo in the Progressive commercials) toured the country to perform some of the show’s sketches and material from their unproduced screenplay Mr. Show: Hooray For America! The next year, Odenkirk guest starred as Dr. Phil Gunty on a season one episode of Arrested Development, alongside Cross’ character Tobias Fünke.

In 2012, Odenkirk, Cross, and Posehn went on a six-city tour to promote their book filled with more unproduced material. Bob and David appeared briefly together the next year on an episode of Aukerman’s Comedy Bang! Bang! In 2015, 20 years after Mr. Show's debut, Netflix premiered W/ Bob and David, a five-episode sketch comedy show created by and starring the duo.

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30 Memorable Quotes from Carrie Fisher
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Just days after suffering a heart attack aboard a flight en route to Los Angeles, beloved actress, author, and screenwriter Carrie Fisher passed away at the age of 60 on December 27, 2016. Though she’ll always be most closely associated with her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, Fisher’s life was like something out of its own Hollywood movie. Born in Beverly Hills on this day in 1956, Fisher was born into show business royalty as the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds.

In addition to her work in front of the camera, Fisher built up an impressive resume behind the scenes, too, most notably as a writer; in addition to several memoirs and semi-autobiographical novels, including Wishful Drinking, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, Postcards from the Edge, and The Princess Diarist (which was released last month), she was also an in-demand script doctor who counted Sister Act, Hook, Lethal Weapon 3, and The Wedding Singer among her credits.

Though she struggled with alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness, Fisher always maintained a sense of humor—as evidenced by the 30 memorable quotes below.

ON GROWING UP IN HOLLYWOOD

“I am truly a product of Hollywood in-breeding. When two celebrities mate, someone like me is the result.”

“I was born into big celebrity. It could only diminish.”

“At a certain point in my early twenties, my mother started to become worried about my obviously ever-increasing drug ingestion. So she ended up doing what any concerned parent would do. She called Cary Grant.”

“I was street smart, but unfortunately the street was Rodeo Drive.”

“If anything, my mother taught me how to sur-thrive. That's my word for it.”

ON AGING

“As you get older, the pickings get slimmer, but the people don't.”

ON INSTANT GRATIFICATION

“Instant gratification takes too long.”

ON THE LEGACY OF STAR WARS

“People are still asking me if I knew Star Wars was going to be that big of a hit. Yes, we all knew. The only one who didn't know was George.”

“Leia follows me like a vague smell.”

“I signed my likeness away. Every time I look in the mirror, I have to send Lucas a couple of bucks.”

“People see me and they squeal like tropical birds or seals stranded on the beach.”

“You're not really famous until you’re a Pez dispenser.”

ON THE FLEETING NATURE OF SUCCESS

“There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.'”

ON DEALING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

“I'm very sane about how crazy I am.”

ON RESENTMENT

“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."

ON LOVE

“Someone has to stand still for you to love them. My choices are always on the run.”

“I've got to stop getting obsessed with human beings and fall in love with a chair. Chairs have everything human beings have to offer, and less, which is obviously what I need. Less emotional feedback, less warmth, less approval, less patience, and less response. The less the merrier. Chairs it is. I must furnish my heart with feelings for furniture.”

“I don’t hate hardly ever, and when I love, I love for miles and miles. A love so big it should either be outlawed or it should have a capital and its own currency.”

ON EMOTIONS

“The only thing worse than being hurt is everyone knowing that you're hurt.”

ON RELATIONSHIPS

“I envy people who have the capacity to sit with another human being and find them endlessly interesting, I would rather watch TV. Of course this becomes eventually known to the other person.”

ON HOLLYWOOD

“Acting engenders and harbors qualities that are best left way behind in adolescence.”

“You can't find any true closeness in Hollywood, because everybody does the fake closeness so well.”

“It's a man's world and show business is a man's meal, with women generously sprinkled through it like overqualified spice.”

ON FEAR

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”

ON LIFE

“I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.”

“No motive is pure. No one is good or bad-but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away.”

“If my life wasn't funny it would just be true, and that is unacceptable.”

“I shot through my twenties like a luminous thread through a dark needle, blazing toward my destination: Nowhere.”

“My life is like a lone, forgotten Q-Tip in the second-to-last drawer.”

ON DEATH

“You know what's funny about death? I mean other than absolutely nothing at all? You'd think we could remember finding out we weren't immortal. Sometimes I see children sobbing at airports and I think, 'Aww. They've just been told.'”

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