30 Unbelieveable Sequels You Never Knew Existed: Part 2

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By popular demand (from Ali Plumb), here’s another list of follow-up follies that perhaps don’t quite measure up to The Godfather: Part II. As before, we’ve chosen to mostly ignore the obvious (and even not so obvious) horror franchises, on the assumption that everyone’s used to those things just lumbering on. But here are another 30 surprise instalments in series you might not have known continued beyond Part One. Did we miss any? Anyone lamenting the non-inclusion of The Black Stallion Returns? Let us know in the comments (but bear in mind there are 40 more of these things on the other list).


brightcove.createExperiences(); ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968)

Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon
Budget: $2.3m
Box Office: $15m

Plot: Roman Polanski's devastating psychological horror took an already great novel by Ira Levin and made its narrative weirder and more ambiguous. We're never sure whether Mia Farrow's child-like waif is actually about to deliver the child of Satan or whether she's entirely paranoid and crazy. John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans and Charles Grodin fill the supporting roles.


Director: Sam O'Steen
Starring: Patty Duke, Ruth Gordon, Stephen McHattie

Plot: No ambiguity at all in this Paramount TV movie, made eight years later. Former child sitcom star and Valley Of the Dolls survivor Patty Duke takes over from Farrow. Ruth Gordon is still Minnie: the only returning cast member. Rosemary has gone on the run with her young son (Rosemary's baby turns out to be called Adrian and not, alas, Damien) who is starting to manifest supernatural abilities. But lest we think that might still all be in Rosemary's head, Minnie and the coven are using evil rituals to track her down. That explains that then. Stephen McHattie plays the adult Adrian when the film skips ahead a few more years. He ends up having a kid himself: Rosemary's Baby's baby.

brightcove.createExperiences(); THE JERK (1979)

Director: Michael Schultz
Starring: Mark Blankfield, Ray Walston

Plot: Steve Martin's first starring movie role is essentially his stand-up act with a narrative. It's the rags-to-riches-to-rags-again story of dumbass Navin Johnson, his dog Shithead, and his misadventures on a quest for jazz. Along the way there are broken spectacles, thermos flasks, ukuleles, gun nuts, circus folk, juggled cats, and, most importantly, Navin discovers his Special Purpose.

THE JERK, TOO (1984)

Director: Sam O'Steen
Starring: Patty Duke, Ruth Gordon, Stephen McHattie

Plot: You'd think the "Too" in the title would suggest a different Jerk. But nope: it's Navin again, this time played by Mark Blankfield, who must have known he was on a hiding to nothing trying to fill Steve Martin's clown shoes. Making his job even harder is the fact that this is essentially a remake of the original, designed as the pilot for a TV series. Unsurprisingly, it was never picked up. Blankfield came from ABC's SNL copycat show Fridays, and later fell in with Mel Brooks, appearing in Robin Hood: Men In Tights and Dracula: Dead And Loving It.


brightcove.createExperiences(); THE BIRDS (1963)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy
Budget: $3m
Box Office: $11m

Plot: Hitchcock took Daphne Du Maurier's chilling Cornish short story about sudden, unexplained mass avian malevolence, and blew it up to widescreen San Francisco. "It could be the most terrifying motion picture I have ever made," claimed Hitch, with his trademark lugubrious hyperbole. "And remember, the scream you hear may be your own..."


Director: Rick Rosenthal
Starring: Brad Johnson, Chelsea Field, Tippi Hedren

Plot: Thirty years later, Tippi Hedren returned for this TV movie, though not as the same character she played for Hitchcock. The "Land's End" in the title might make you think that the belated sequel had returned to the original setting of Du Maurier's Cornwall, but this one's actually set in North Carolina. Otherwise it's bastard bird business as usual. Hedren disowned it, as did director Rosenthal (who took an Alan Smithee credit). Writers Ken and Jim Wheat went on to pen Pitch Black.


brightcove.createExperiences(); TIMECOP (1994)

Director: Peter Hyams
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver
Budget: $27m
Box Office: $104m

Plot: Van Damme's biggest commercial hit sees him as a high-kicking, splits-doing Time Enforcement Agent in a future where time travel has been invented and is being policed. Ron Silver is the corrupt senator funding his presidential campaign by dodgy dealings in the past.


Director: Steve Boyum
Starring: Jason Scott Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith

Plot: Timecop initially went the TV route for its attempt at a franchise, but stalled after being cancelled at the nine-episode mark. So it was almost ten years on from the original that a movie Timecop 2 emerged, straight to DVD stylee. Lee plays a different agent in the TEC, and the villain is a time meddler who wants to right the wrongs of the past. The film starts with some amusing Let's Kill Hitler shenanigans, but then gets a bit more domestic.


brightcove.createExperiences(); I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (2010)

Director: Steven R. Monroe
Starring: Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson, Tracey Walter
Budget: $2m
Box Office: $500k

Plot: Meir Zarchi's notorious nasty earned this exploitative remake in 2010. As before, a protracted rape of the female protagonist leads to some equally protracted and creative revenge on her attackers. The new version tidies up some of the plot holes of the original: a mistake since, if anything, it's the original's weird bits that make it interesting.


Director: Steven R. Monroe
Starring: Jemma Dallender, Joe Absolom

Plot: Zarchi's film already had an unofficial sequel (Savage Vengeance) and an unofficial remake (Naked Vengeance), but this is the first attempt to mine an actual brand-name franchise from the distasteful material. Different girl, different rapists, but essentially the same again, this takes place in financially-expedient Bulgaria, throws in some simplistic religious undertones and gives the rapists an enabling mother to stir the pot. There's also a half-arsed attempt to introduce some sort of sex-trafficking debate. Lilya 4-ever this is not.


brightcove.createExperiences(); THE MARINE (2006)

Director: John Bonito
Starring: John Cena, Robert Patrick, Kelly Carlson
Budget: $15m
Box Office: $22m

Plot: A film made by the WWE as a vehicle for wrestler Cena, the gurning grappler plays an Iraq veteran working as a security guard. There's a diamond robbery, a kidnapped girlfriend, and a criminal gang led by Robert Patrick. You know the drill. There are many beatings and many, many explosions. Al Pacino turned down the Patrick role, but then ruined the illusion that he has standards by doing that Adam Sandler Jack and Jill thing.


Director: Scott Wiper
Starring: Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, Neal McDonough, Ashley Bell

Plot: Ted DiBiase Jr took over from Cena for the Marine 2 (villains: Thai rebels), and The Miz was our third marine for this threequel. This time it's his sister who's kidnapped, and there's a random plot by Dum Dum Dugan to unleash a fake terrorist attack in America. The series seems finally to have found a permanent face, since The Miz is returning for The Marine 4, currently in pre-production.


brightcove.createExperiences(); WALKING TALL (2004)

Director: Kevin Bray
Starring: The Rock, Johnny Knoxville, Neal McDonough
Budget: $46m
Box Office: $57m

Plot: This remake of the '70s true-ish story was a vehicle for The Rock early in his movie career. He plays ex-Special Forces sergeant Chris Vaughn (based on the colourfully named Buford Pusser), who returns home to find the lumber mills of his beloved small town have been shut down in favour of a bent casino business. Plank-wielding one-man war is obviously necessary.


Director: Tripp Reed
Starring: Kevin Sorbo, Haley Ramm

Plot: TV's Hercules took over from Dwayne for two DTV sequels, both directed by Reed. He plays Nick Prescott, who in Walking Tall 2: The Payback – surprise! – returns to his hometown and finds it changed for the worse under a new criminal regime. In Lone Justice he brings a witness to an FBI case home with him because he doesn't trust the safe house. He's right!


brightcove.createExperiences(); THE DELTA FORCE (1986)

Director: Menahem Golan
Starring: Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Robert Forster
Budget: $9m
Box Office: $18m

Plot: Much shooting of terrorists in this '80s Cannon essential, which is essentially Norris vs. the population of Beirut. The presence of Lee Marvin actually makes this an interesting one: a meeting of tough guy generations, with a tone that's somewhere between over-the-top action as we know it now and classic Dirty Dozen-style men-on-a-mission movie. It was Marvin's final film. He wasn't the On Golden Pond type.


Director: Sam Firstenberg
Starring: Nick Cassavetes, Eric Douglas, Mike Norris

Plot: The Delta Force chugged on, initially with The Colombian Connection (starring Norris and Billy Drago, and directed by Norris' brother Aaron), and then with this, which doesn't star Norris but does feature his son Mike. Middle Eastern terrorists are this time planning to nuke Miami. It's about to reach 500 degrees in the Caribbean seas – the temperature gets to you. A fourth movie, Operation Delta Force, was made for TV in 1997, followed by four more sequels.


brightcove.createExperiences(); AMERICAN NINJA (1985)

Director: Sam Firstenberg
Starring: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Tadashi Yamashitar
Budget: $1m
Box Office: $1.5m

Plot: More '80s Cannon goodness, with ninjitsu expert Dudikoff fighting mercenaries in the Philippines and trying to recover his lost memory. Director Firstenberg also made the sequel, plus Delta Force 3 and 4. Cannon looked after their own.


Director: Bobby Jean Leonard
Starring: David Bradley, Lee Reyes, Pat Morita

Plot: American Ninja was Dudikoff's signature role and he kicked his way through three sequels between 1987 and 1990. In The Confrontation he was on the mysterious Blackbeard Island, in Blood Hunt he was infected with a genetically engineered virus and forced to fight clones, and in The Annihilation he's up against an American-hating British colonel who wants to nuke New York. And then there's this: a spurious entry into the series that wasn't originally supposed to be an American Ninja at all. If Cannon had a notion of a next-generation reboot focused on the 13-year-old Reyes, they were quickly disabused. Dudikoff is still talking about a comeback in a genuine part 5.


brightcove.createExperiences(); NEVER BACK DOWN (2008)

Director: Jeff Wadlow
Starring: Sean Faris, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet, Djimon Hounsou
Budget: $20m
Box Office: $41m

Plot: Attempting to do for the fight movie what Twilight did for vampires, this is the tale of a high school brawler (Faris) discovering MMA as he deals with the usual locker room/party-hard/hot-chick dramas. Hounsou gets the Mr Miyagi role. Wadlow went on to direct Kick-Ass 2.


Director: Michael Jai White
Starring: Evan Peters, Todd Duffee, Michael Jai White

Plot: Supporting player Peters is the only returning cast member here, stepping up to gather a new set of fighters for the underground Beatdown event of the title. This film's Miyagi is White's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Case Walker. White made his directorial debut with this film, but hasn't yet directed again.


brightcove.createExperiences(); SMOKIN' ACES (2006)

Director: Joe Carnahan
Starring: Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds, Andy Garcia, Ben Affleck
Budget: $17m
Box Office: $57m

Plot: Carnahan's violent crime caper sees the future Mr. Selfridge as a Las Vegas magician in some trouble with the mafia. Reynolds is the FBI man set to protect him, and the Tarantino-y / Ritchie-ish plot finds room for turns from Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Peter Berg, Chris Pine, Alicia Keyes, Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, Joel Edgerton and, um, Common.


Director: P. J. Pesce
Starring: Tom Berenger, Vinnie Jones, Michael Parks

Plot: Carnahan was involved with this prequel as a producer, but left the legwork to Lost Boys: The Tribe's Pesce. Berenger plays desk-bound FBI agent Walter Weed, who suddenly finds himself the target of multiple assassination attempts thanks to a past in black-ops. Otherwise the cast is nothing like as starry as last time, but we do get Michael Parks as hitman Lester Tremor. Master of disguise Lazlo Soot (Tommy Flanagan) lives to fight again in Carnahan's film, which is only a spoiler if you watch the two films chronologically.


brightcove.createExperiences(); THE RISE AND FALL OF A WHITE COLLAR HOOLIGAN (2012)

Director: Paul Tanter
Starring: Nick Nevern, Simon Phillips, Rita Ramnani, Billy Murrayk
Budget: £500k
Box Office: Unknown

Plot: Lahndon yob who dreams of violence on the terraces gets involved with credit card fraud and your usual low-budget, Tesco DVD shelves Brit gangster thuggery ensues. Writer/director Tanter (also three Jack Falls films) leaves no cliché un-mined.


Director: Paul Tanter
Starring: Nick Nevern, Simon Phillips, Rita Ramnani

Plot: Lahndon yob who dreams of violence on the terraces but now lives in witness protection in Marbella gets involved in more of your low-budget, Tesco DVD shelves Brit gangster thuggery. Writer/director Tanter (also two Essex Boys films) leaves no clich�� un-mined yet again. White Collar Hooligan 3 is currently filming.


brightcove.createExperiences(); THE ADDAMS FAMILY (1991)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Raul Julia, Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci
Budget: $38m
Box Office: $192m

Plot: Former Coens cinematographer Sonnenfeld takes Charles Addams’ gloomy cartoons and the much-loved ‘60s TV series, and fashions them into a light but sharp family entertainment. The so-so story sees the Addamses conned out of their gothic pile by Dan Hedaya, but perfect casting helps it enormously. The sequel, Addams Family Values (in which Wednesday foments revolution among all the fat, disabled, poor and ethnic minority kids at summer camp), is even better, and possibly the most subversive film to come out of mainstream Hollywood in the whole of the ‘90s.


Director: Dave Payne
Starring: Tim Curry, Daryl Hannah, Patrick Thomas

Plot: Only Carel Struycken (Lurch) and the hand of Christopher Hart (Thing) were still aboard for this. The rest of the Sonnenfeld cast are much missed, in this story involving Gomez (Curry) trying to gather the extended Addams clan to work on the cure for a silly disease, but ending up with the wrong family thanks to a typo. It's perhaps not fair to call this Addams Family 3, since it's really yet another reboot, made for the Fox Family channel and leading to a new TV series (which ran for one episode longer than the '60s version, but didn't star Curry or Hannah).


brightcove.createExperiences(); A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983)

Director: Bob Clark
Starring: Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley
Budget: $4m
Box Office: $19m

Plot: Perennial Christmas nostalgia-fest, exceptionally beloved by Americans and Canadians. Based on memoirs by radio DJ Jean Shepherd (who narrates), it focuses on the 9-year-old Ralphie Parker (Billingsley), who covets an air gun from Santa but faces opposition from all fronts, on the grounds that "you'll shoot your eye out". The uninitiated also have The Battle Of The Lamp and the pounding of Farkus to look forward to.


Director: Brian Levant
Starring: Braeden Lemasters, Daniel Stern

Plot: A full thirty years later, this slapsticky straight-to-video sequel picks up Ralphie (Lemasters) as a teenager. This time he wants Santa to bring him a car, but the one he has his eye on suffers a mishap with a plastic reindeer. Unlike its predecessor, it's doubtful whether American network TBS will ever stick this on repeat play in a 24-hour marathon.


brightcove.createExperiences(); AMÉLIE (2001)

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Dominique Pinon
Budget: $10m
Box Office: $174m

Plot: Crazed stalker antics in which dangerous monomaniac Tautou develops an obsession with poor, unsuspecting Kassovitz and pursues him relentlessly around a twee, fantasy Montmartre. Audiences worldwide somehow mistook this terrifying psychological nightmare for a sweet romantic comedy.

AMÉLIE 2 (2000)

Director: Laurent Firode
Starring: Audrey Tatou, Faudel

Plot: Okay, this one's a cheat: this unrelated film was made a year before Amélie and was originally called Happenstance (or in France, Le Battement D'Ailes Du Papillon/The Beat Of The Butterfly's Wings), but was released as Amélie 2 in Hong Kong and Korea, to capitalise on the presence of Tautou. Here, she plays a gamine shop assistant rather than a gamine waitress, in a story looking at romance by way of chaos theory..


brightcove.createExperiences(); THE CROW (1994)

Director: Alex Proyas
Starring: Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, Tony Todd
Budget: $23m
Box Office: $145m

Plot: Seminal '90s comic-book action/horror, in which Eric Draven (Lee) returns from the grave to avenge himself on his murderers: it's essentially High Plains Drifter in a goth-rock dystopian Detroit. Sadly most famous for the on-set accident that killed its star.


Director: Lance Mungia
Starring: Edward Furlong, David Boreanaz, Tara Reid, Dennis Hopper

Plot: A cheap Canadian TV series re-cast Marc Dacascos in the Lee role, but the sequels sensibly just opted for different Crows. City Of Angels (Vincent Perez) and Salvation (Eric Mabius) followed the original, until the franchise limped to a halt with this late entry starring Furlong as a murdered trailer trash emo. Boreanaz gives a career-worst performance as the villain, suggesting he knows just how far he's fallen from Angel.


brightcove.createExperiences(); PET SEMATARY (1989)

Director: Mary Lambert
Starring: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne
Budget: $11m
Box Office: $57m

Plot: Bleak adaptation of the Stephen King novel (King himself wrote the screenplay). Louis Creed and his family move into a new Maine home with a pet cemetery not far from its grounds. Turns out the cemetery used to be an "Indian burial ground" with the power to reanimate the dead. Family cat Church gets the treatment first, and despite disappointing results, Creed next tries it when his baby son Gage is killed on the road. Doesn't end well for anyone.


Director: Mary Lambert
Starring: Edward Furlong, Anthony Edwards, Clancy Brown

Plot: Here's Edward Furlong again, suggesting that he never met a terrible sequel he didn't like. T2 was clearly a fluke. Lambert returned to direct but was clearly insane to do so. The pedestrian plot sees another family stumbling on the powers of the ol' Injun cemetery. This is almost worth seeing for Clancy Brown's mind-boggling undead performance: pitched somewhere between his own cackling Kurgen from Highlander and Bela Lugosi's version of Frankenstein's monster.


brightcove.createExperiences(); CARRIE (1976)

Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, John Travolta, Amy Irving
Budget: $2m
Box Office: $34m

Plot: De Palma's film is still one of the best Stephen King movies, and a high watermark of mainstream high school horror in general. Latent telekinetic Carrie White (the indescribably good Spacek) suffers through awful school bullying and rejection until finally things seem to be looking up. And then it all goes straight to Hell...


Director: Katt Shea
Starring: Emily Bergl, Mena Suvari, Amy Irving

Plot: Before the remake, there may be more Carrie than you realised. There was another TV remake in 2002, and before it, this belated sequel in 1999. As you'd expect from a Carrie follow-up, this is about a girl called Rachel. Er… The first, pretty weak, connection to De Palma's film is that Rachel (Bergl) is Carrie's half sister (same father). And the only other link is Amy Irving, who returns as Sue Snell, grown up to become a school counsellor.


brightcove.createExperiences(); DEATH RACE (2008)

Director: Paul WS Anderson
Starring: Jason Statham, Ian McShane, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson
Budget: $45m
Box Office: $76mm

Plot: Ostensibly a remake of Roger Corman's Death Race 2000, this borrows the prison sport movie plot of The Longest Yard, replacing football with car wreckage. Statham is the ace driver wrongly convicted of murder and conveniently sent to Terminal Island, the home of the motorised gladiatorial games. Assuming the mantle of recently deceased masked champion "Frankenstein", he starts taking down the system from the inside.


Director: Roel Reine
Starring: Luke Goss, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames, Tanit Phoenix

Plot: Straight-to-video king Reine made two prequels to the remake, with Goss playing the original Frankenstein that we see killed at the start of Anderson's film. Death Race 2 charts the earliest days of the games, set up by The Weyland Corporation, no less (so apparently we're in the Alien universe?). "If only we could get the prisoners involved in some kind of… death race," muses Rhames. Inferno moves the action out of concrete prison arenas and into the deserts of Africa. Sean Bean is the villain in 2, with Dougray Scott playing the big bad in Inferno.


brightcove.createExperiences(); STIR OF ECHOES (1999)

Director: David Koepp
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe, Jennifer Morrison
Budget: $12m
Box Office: $21m

Plot: Based on a novel by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend), this quality chiller involves blue-collar couple Bacon and Erbe, whose young son (Zachary David Cope) can see dead people. Cue hauntings and a gradually unravelling mystery about the fate of a missing 17-year-old girl.


Director: Ernie Barbarash
Starring: Rob Lowe, Vik Sahay

Plot: A Sci-Fi Channel TV movie, connected to Stir Of Echoes only by the character Jake Witzky (Bacon's son in the original, who only has a secondary role here). The original title was The Dead Speak, before the brand name was added. Lowe plays a National Guard captain responsible for the deaths of an innocent family in Iraq. Back home, he starts getting visitations from a murdered Arab-American university student (Sahay) who wants some posthumous justice.


brightcove.createExperiences(); SCANNERS (1981)

Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Patrick McGoohan, Stephen Lack, Michael Ironside
Budget: $3m
Box Office: $14m

Plot: An early Cronenberg classic about battling super-telepaths. Dubious corporations and druggy undercurrents are present and correct, but the Croner drops the sex violence of the likes of Shivers and The Brood, and turns in a deceptively straight spy thriller with car chases and gun fights. But he still finds time for cinema's most famous exploding head. The sex would return with a vengeance in Videodrome two years later.


Director: Steve Barnett
Starring: Daniel Quinn, Patrick Kirkpatrick

Plot: Finding cult favour with the action/sci-fi audience, Scanners spawned a modest straight-to-video franchise extending to four sequels, all made a decade after the original in the 1990s. Scanners 2 and Scanner Force were both directed by Christian Duguay (Screamers), but have different casts dealing with different Scanners. The links are obviously the Scanning power itself, but also the developing Scanner-suppressant drug Ephemerol. Scanner Cop was a spin-off directed by Pierre David, with Daniel Quinn using his barely-controlled powers for crime detection. And Scanners: The Showdown (dir. Steve Barnett) is actually a direct sequel to the latter (starring Quinn again), making it Scanner Cop 2 as well as Scanners 5.


brightcove.createExperiences(); F/X: MURDER BY ILLUSION (1986)

Director: Robert Mandel
Starring: Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora
Budget: $10m
Box Office: $21m

Plot: Entertaining, twisty-turny nonsense about a staged mob murder and the cops trying to figure it out. It's dated now, but director Mandel (who walked off The Rage: Carrie 2) has an eye for a decent chase sequence, and at least got Star Wars alumnus John Stears in for the actual FX business. Brian Dennehy crushes it as the lumbering cop.


Director: Richard Franklin
Starring: Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Rachel Ticotin

Plot: Brown stepped up as a producer on this sequel, clearly keen to get it going. Five years on, he and Dennehy (now a private eye) team up again on the trail of a serial killer that leads to a haul of Vatican gold bullion. Shrink-wrap and toy clowns prove useful for disabling hitmen, so remember that next time you're in that sort of trouble. There was also an F/X TV series (minus Brown and Dennehy) produced in Canada between 1996 and 1998.


brightcove.createExperiences(); BODY CHEMISTRY (1990)

Director: Kristine Peterson
Starring: Marc Singer, Lisa Pescia, Mary Crosby
Budget: $1m
Box Office: $3m

Plot: Softcore shenanigans about two psychologists researching sexual attraction and embarking on an affair for professional purposes, until Pescia goes a bit Fatal Attraction. There's a joke here somewhere about Pescia boiling Kodo and Podo because Singer was the star of Beastmaster… but we can't quite find it.


Director: Jim Wynorski
Starring: Shannon Tweed, Andrew Stevens

Plot: Pescia returned for the first sequel, in which she's now working as a radio sex therapist and develops a new obsession with a midnight caller. For part 3 she was replaced by Shari Shattuck (playing the same character, Dr. Claire Archer), and for the final episode, smut stalwart Tweed was yanked in to fluff up the limp franchise. By this point Dr Archer has moved to TV but has been charged with the murder of a colleague. Naturally she has a steamy affair with her lawyer. There wasn't a Body Chemistry 5 so Tweed next made Indecent Behaviour 3 instead.


brightcove.createExperiences(); WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S (1989)

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Terry Kiser
Budget: $15m
Box Office: $30m

Plot: Goofy one-joke concept comedy. McCarthy and Silverman uncover corruption at their insurance firm and take it to their boss, Bernie (Kiser). He invites them to his beach house as a supposed reward, but it turns out that he's the fraud and he's arranged to have the boys killed by the mob. When Bernie is killed instead, the boys find it expedient to make it look like he's still alive. Cue 90 minutes of hilarious corpse puppeteering. Or something.


Director: Robert Klane
Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Terry Kiser

Plot: You'd think it was a one-time deal, but money talks and so Bernie walks