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Sequel Baiting Endings That Didn't Work
The films that set up another episode - which never came

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Sequel Baiting Endings That Didn't Work | Flash Gordon (1980)
Flash Gordon (1980)

What’s it all about?
A magnificently cheesy update of the 1930s comic strip, this sees likeable lug Sam J. Jones play the American football star turned galaxy saviour of the title opposite Max von Sydow’s dastardly Emperor Ming the Merciless (the clue’s in the name, people). And it’s all set to the strains of an astonishing Queen soundtrack.

How does it end?
Could there be any doubt? Despite apparently dying, Flash leads a multi-planet rebellion against Ming with the help of Brian Blessed’s hawk man (“GORDON’S ALIVE?!”) and overthrows the tyrant (to be precise, he impales him on a rocket), making the galaxy safe for hawk persons, humans and Timothy Dalton alike. Hurrah! He really did save every one of us, like Freddie Mercury promised.

So where’s the sequel bait?
After Ming has been vaporised by his own power ring, a dark hand appears to lift it out of the rubble (perhaps belonging to Ming’s sinister and presumed-dead Klytus) and the words “The End” are followed by a question mark. Classic! Unfortunately, however, 1980 audiences only returned $27m on a $35m budget, and there was no sequel. PEOPLE! Did you not HEAR Brian Blessed? What was wrong with you? Did perming your hair melt your brains?


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21 Thunderbirds
Remember it? It was truly terrible, and as a Thunderbird nerd, I look back and shudder. At the time (i was about 9 though) i thought it was genius and couldn't wait for the sequel that never came. International Rescue had stopped The Hood from robbing all the richest banks in the world, and as he was carried by his man servant to the police car, he looks up at the sky and says something like "I'll get you Thunderbirds!" Well, he never ever did - and now I'm older, wiser with a much better taste in films, I can say - thank god he never did! More

Posted by Rouski on Thursday June 7, 2012, 18:10

Yeah, guys - "the Golden Compass", obviously. I am also hoping and praying that we can add "I am Number Four" to this list. More

Posted by Zandman75 on Thursday June 7, 2012, 16:30

Jumanji - the nightmare never ends!!! More

Posted by thepluginbaby on Thursday June 7, 2012, 15:49

24 I was waiting for........
......Street Fighter! M Bison doing what baddies do, it seems from this article, by throwing his hand up, just as we thought he was buried! More

Posted by Tosh on Thursday June 7, 2012, 15:43

25 Godzilla!
Yeah, as someone below me said - thought that was one of the biggest ever! I read this article thinking it'd be the main one! The egg at the end, oooh! and Yeah, Golden Compass too! More

Posted by MikeTheActorMan on Thursday June 7, 2012, 15:39

26 You missed the most obvious one
I can't believe you missed out Monsters VS Aliens. You could tell easily by it's ending that Dreamworks were hoping to make a sequel. Unfortunately,according to google,they were unimpressed with how much money it got from box office so decided not to do one. More

Posted by Dalekbuster523 on Thursday June 7, 2012, 15:33

27 Hmmm
Coincidentally, I've not seen a single one of these films. And I've seen a LOT of films... More

Posted by djshaiguy on Thursday June 7, 2012, 15:28

28 RE: Jumper
I'm going to be a pedantic shit and say that there is a bit of a mistake in the MAC and Me entry. The words 'we'll be back' are not on the back of the car but on a giant bubble from Mac's mouth as he chews gum. You even show MAC chew gum in the photo you use to accompany the entry t would have been so much better if it was on the back of the car, to be honest. More

Posted by Shifty Bench on Thursday June 7, 2012, 15:27

29 Jumper
Where is Jumper? At the End you don't know what's gonna happen next. It may not have bait but it really needed a sequel to tie up some loss ends like whether his mother is going to come after him. More

Posted by CambiMan on Thursday June 7, 2012, 15:07

30 Super Mario Bros.
Was the first thing I thought of when I saw this article. More

Posted by Benson The Grouch on Thursday June 7, 2012, 14:54

Godzilla - that was the biggest sequel bait EVER!!!!! More

Posted by marcgiu on Thursday June 7, 2012, 14:44

master and commander, begged for More

Posted by mrskopps on Thursday June 7, 2012, 14:29

InnerSpace - did Jack Putter ever catch up with Tuck and Lydia Pendleton's car and save the day??? More

Posted by nucleargibbon on Thursday June 7, 2012, 13:32

34 The Evil Dead 3
I read the entire article waiting for this and it wasn't there: Ash magically transported to a post apocalyptic (and expensive to film) future! We did get the special ending tagged on at the end but, great as that was, this film still perfectly fits into the list above... except the fact that it's quite popular and people would probably actually watch a sequel, unlike the rest of this dross. More

Posted by BigLeon100 on Thursday June 7, 2012, 13:30

35 Actually; hold your breath.
Max Payne 2 could happen; just becuase you're pretending it won't, doesn't mean it'll happen EMPIRE. More

Posted by dgribble on Thursday June 7, 2012, 12:17

36 Superman IV?
"see you in 20" he was nearly right! (one year out!) More

Posted by jackcarter on Thursday June 7, 2012, 11:41

37 The Golden Compass
I too am surprised there in no mention of TGC. It's the first film I thought of when I seen the title of the article. The Golden Compass had the audacity and self belief that they were getting a sequel and just finished 2.5 hours into a really crappy story. So glad there was no sequel. More

Posted by lankeymarlon on Thursday June 7, 2012, 11:37

38 Sequels when it's a book adaptation
Not *really* sequel-baiting when films are based on a series of books, now is it? More

Posted by Ali Plumb on Thursday June 7, 2012, 09:18

Yeah also surprised Jumper wasn't mentioned, shame there was definitely potential for a good sequel there More

Posted by Icarus1 on Thursday June 7, 2012, 09:13

40 The Golden Compass
I'm also surprised they didn't mention The Golden Compass. They tore out the original ending with the intention of placing it in the second film... Idiots.... More

Posted by AyannaNyx on Thursday June 7, 2012, 01:52

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