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Donnie Darko (2001)

Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze
Budget: $4.5m
Box Office: $8m

Plot: Kelly’s brilliantly opaque cult classic takes in time travel, tangent universes and sinister rabbits by way of a high school drama. In a weird way turning It’s A Wonderful Life on its head, it details the bad juju that comes of Donnie surviving a jet engine mysteriously landing on his house, with Jake Gyllenhaal winning a career in the process. The film did nothing on its initial release but picked up a phenomenal following later on DVD. We think it’s kinda funny; we think it’s kinda sad.

S. Darko (2009)

Director: Chris Fisher
Starring: Daveigh Chase, Briana Evigan, Elizabeth Berkley

Plot: Self-consciously trying to mimic the complexity of the first film, this just comes across as deliberately and annoyingly obfuscatory. Unusually for one of these things though, it does have a proper connection to Donnie: it centres on Donnie’s sister Samantha, played as before by Daveigh Chase. The plot involves a meteorite strike and a missing child, and the rabbit motif shows up again for some pretty tortuous reasons. Richard Kelly made it very publicly clear that S. Darko was nothing the hell to do with him. Sadly he was unable to make the same claim about Southland Tales.

 

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1 Actually...
I actually KNEW some Of these sequels existed, mainly the Disney ones. More

Posted by Darren47 on Saturday October 12, 2013, 12:36

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Ugh. I can't believe that I actually know all but about three of those. I also hate that I am shocked to discover the omissions of Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation starring Harland Williams The Net 2.0 Arrival II with Patrick Muldoon Sniper 2-4 Substitute 2-4 Butterfly Effect 2-3, Dukes of Hazard prequel and Lake Placid 2-4 More

Posted by AgentDesmond on Thursday June 20, 2013, 19:59

3 The curses of working in CEX
As an ex CEX employee I have heard of approximately 25 of these, thankfully not seen any of them though. The amount of awful straight to DVD sequels that used to come through the doors, perfectly emcompasses the more money than sense idea. I think recognition should be given to the long running franchises of some films, for example seven Children of the Corn films seems a little excessive. Also Titanic 2 anyone? More

Posted by spaniel on Wednesday June 19, 2013, 13:55

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"Cruel Intentions 3 (2004) meanwhile, revolves around Kerr Smith. She’s supposed to be Gellar/Adams’s cousin, but that tenuous connection is all you get." Um, Kerr Smith is a guy. Don't you dare get Dawson's Creek facts wrong when I'm around. More

Posted by odddaze on Saturday June 15, 2013, 00:22

5 RE: Poor functionality
L: joehodrien I'm sure this list is interesting, but it's far too clunky and tiresome to click through. Must the entire page reload for each entry? I made it to about the tenth one before giving up. Webmasters take note! hey do - I think it's clicks and how they relate to advertising income. I hate it too More

Posted by elab49 on Friday June 14, 2013, 23:58

6 RE: The Prophecy
I pretty much knew all of those existed. Except, the Mighty Ducks animated movie, although as that isn't actually a sequel, I still feel good about my knowledge of shit films. More

Posted by Shifty Bench on Friday June 14, 2013, 23:50

7 The Prophecy
They're up to about no. 5 hris Walken buggered off a long time ago! More

Posted by Bleaz79 on Thursday June 13, 2013, 13:02

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The Skulls (2000) featured Paul Walker and Joshua Jackson was followed by The Skulls 2 (2002) starring Robin Dunne, a fixture on this list I believe and The Skulls 3 (2004) starring no-one unless you count Barry Bostwick from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Bachelor Party (1984) starring the legendary Tom Hanks followed in 2008 by Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation starring literally no one. As you can tell I've far to much time on my hands and have heard and or seen most of the films on this list! More

Posted by Flaming Mane on Thursday June 13, 2013, 11:49

9 Poor functionality
I'm sure this list is interesting, but it's far too clunky and tiresome to click through. Must the entire page reload for each entry? I made it to about the tenth one before giving up. Webmasters take note! More

Posted by joehodrien on Thursday June 13, 2013, 08:04

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The Skulls (2000) featured Paul Walker and Joshua Jackson was followed by The Skulls 2 (2002) starring Robin Dunne, a fixture on this list I believe and The Skulls 3 (2004) starring no-one unless you count Barry Bostwick from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Bachelor Party (1984) starring the legendary Tom Hanks followed in 2008 by Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation starring literally no one. As you can tell I've far to much time on my hands and have heard and or seen most of the films on this list! More

Posted by Flaming Mane on Thursday June 13, 2013, 00:08

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Out of the 40 I wasn't supposed to know existed, I knew about 24...don't know what that says about me... More

Posted by Boomer340 on Wednesday June 12, 2013, 20:10

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The Next Karate Kid, Fortress 2: Re-Entry, Home Alone 3 and 4, Starship Troopers 2 and 3 More

Posted by Sharky J Mansour on Wednesday June 12, 2013, 19:38

13 30 Days of Night 2
30 Days of Night: Dark Days http://www.movienewz.com/30-days-of-night-dark-days/ More

Posted by newguy on Wednesday June 12, 2013, 19:00

14 Troll - Troll 2
My favorite worst film of all time - Troll 2 - 1990 Director: Claudio Fragasso The worst plot - Goblins trying to get you to eat their fluorescent green pies so that you will turn into a plant so that then they can eat you (!?!?!?0 The worst script - OMG it is sooooo bad ! Elliott: "I'm the victim of a nocturnal rapture. I have to release my lowest instincts with a woman." UNBELIEVABLY worst acting - seriously, watching this with friends + beer takes twice as long, as you have to rewind it to see just how bad it was ! Worst effects - may have been created in the directors shed. If so he does not have Peter Jackson's flair for the home effects. This was recommended to me by Eli Roth at Halloween, where he tweeted his top 5 Halloween movies, and I can see why. IT'S SO TERRIBLE - IT'S BRILLIANT ! The punch-line......? There are no Trolls in it. It has nothing to do with John Carl Buechler's 1986 Troll whatsoever. More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:24

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Yesterday I discovered, via Amazon recommendations, Amelie 2 exists. It's really a completely unrelated film that just stars Audry Tatou called Happenstance, but the ad men saw an opportunity. I still want to see it though :( More

Posted by chrysalisloall on Wednesday June 12, 2013, 08:21

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A Christmas Story 2 starring Daniel Stern http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2281069/?ref_=sr_2 More

Posted by matsnowie on Wednesday June 12, 2013, 05:08

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superheromaddie- It's also worth mentioning that the same person who dealt with Scream/I Know What You Did Last Summer, also directed Dawson's Creek..... More

Posted by DeadEvil on Wednesday June 12, 2013, 04:43

18 2 more
Adam's Family Reunion and The Birds 2 (no, really....) More

Posted by xzynomorpher on Tuesday June 11, 2013, 23:01

19 Shock-ed!
For me the biggest omission on this list has to be the horrible sequel to Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shock Treatment! More

Posted by Mschell8 on Tuesday June 11, 2013, 18:31

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I think it needs to be emphasized that American Psycho 2 was directed by the creator of MTV show Teen Mom More

Posted by superheromaddie on Tuesday June 11, 2013, 18:04

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