What does it mean to kill a movie franchise? There are films that stunt franchises and many that certainly don’t help them, but the ones on this list had something special, an ability to kill franchises with their audience and critical acclaim repellent. Let’s distinguish what makes up a film franchise. I’ve spoken to several people who suggest that anything more than one film is a franchise. If I included franchises with only two films in them, this list would be never-ending. What I looked at is films that were part of franchises that have more than two entries and were not a planned trilogy. I’ve seen some people suggest movies like The Godfather III ended a film franchise. Well, yeah, they did. Simply because a movie was not as loved as the earlier ones does not mean it killed a franchise, especially when it's part of a seemingly completed trilogy. I’m looking at films that were so bad, so different or had so obviously jumped the shark that the filmmakers decided to abandon the series altogether.
In many cases, the franchises on this list have been rebooted after these killers made their mark. Reboots though, are almost never part of the same universe even if they share the same name. A reboot will never acknowledge the existence of the former film, unless it’s in jest, which puts them into a different category within a film franchise. For many of these films, the writing was already on the wall before they even came out. It’s often not enough to kill the entire collection if only one film in a franchise bombs. The way it usually happens is one bad film is followed by a horrible film. When franchise fans are bombarded with bad in succession like that, they give up hope. Some films on this list simply covered all possible plot angles, came full circle or changed too dramatically from its predecessors to allow the franchise to continue. Not all of these are bad films, but they’re all franchise-killing films. There’s been a lot of them over time, but these are the one’s that are considered the most important. These are the 15 films that killed the movie franchises we care the most about.
15 Blade Trinity
14 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3
13 Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
12 Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow
11 Star Trek: Nemesis
10 Naked Gun 33 1/3
9 Scream 4
8 Batman & Robin
7 Alien Resurrection
6 Jaws: The Revenge
5 Terminator Genisys
4 Spiderman 3
3 Superman 4
2 Halloween Resurrection
1 Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
In what was the ninth installment in a fantastic slasher franchise, The Final Friday was, in fact, the final one. Prior to The Final Friday, critics hated the franchise, so it didn’t surprise anyone when they continued to hate it after The Final Friday. The films in the series heavily relied on their tried and true formula that fans had come to love. The acting was campy as it was expected to be, and it was overly violent, true to its design. The title suggests it was planned to be the last entry, but remember, the fourth Friday the 13th was called The Final Chapter. Sure, the series was rebooted nine years later with Jason X, and then again in 2009 with the Friday the 13th remake, but, unfortunately for fans like me, neither were able to breath life back into the Jason Voorhees franchise.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB; Rotten Tomatoes
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