Bride of Frankenstein : Universal's obsession with sequels

Universal's obsession with sequels

This year, I'm reviewing my 31 favorite horror movie sequels. And of course, I'm including Bride of Frankenstein:

Writing this review got me thinking about how we view horror movie sequels today vs the 1930s to 1950s, when Universal was producing dozens of sequels, prequels, spin-offs and crossovers. A lot of people hate how frequently horror movies today are made into franchises, but people didn't seem to mind them back then. I wanted to see people's thought about this topic.

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Re: Universal's obsession with sequels

Most of the Universal Monster movies came out when the "Greatest Generation" was coming of age. This is the generation that grew up during the Great Depression and fought in WWII. They had more important things to do than bellyache about the state of horror movie franchises.

Re: Universal's obsession with sequels

Back then the horror movies and their sequels and spinoffs and mashups and crossovers were not the A pictures of their day. They were important financially to little Universal studios, but the other studios were doing a wide variety of big-ticket movies.

Today, the problem isn't that there are so many of this type of movie. The problem is they are the big-budget mainstream product of Hollywood and not enough of other kinds of movies are getting produced at that level anymore.

It's like having some comic books available in the library, and not many people would complain. But when the library's budget is going mostly to comic books, and the great literature or the current writers are being pushed off the shelves to make room for the comic books, then people will surely complain.

I don't know if it's "really wacky," but your French is coming along.

Re: Universal's obsession with sequels

Not just Universal but many movies churned out sequels year after year. The Thin Man series, King Kong and even a lesser known series like Dr. Kildare. Some even came out the same year.

Re: Universal's obsession with sequels

It's kind of funny how people complain on and on about every movie having 10 sequels nowadays when sequels have always been made. People these days don't bother to research anything from before the Internet and think everything is a new phenomenon they came up with. Anyways, I don't mind sequels as long as they know when enough is enough.

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The Bowery Boys movie series (1946-1958) still holds the record for the most feature length movies in a series, totaling 48. And despite that, I'm sure most modern movie fans have never even heard of the series much less seen any of them.

Most modern movie series burn out before they get to double digits. I suppose the Bond series may eventually (not in my lifetime) make it to 48 and possibly Disney's Marvel Universe if they keep rolling them out at two to three per year.

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And you're not even counting The Bowery Boys predecessors, the Dead End Kids and the East Side Kids.

And I'd say I have seen just about every Bowery Boys movie, even a few in a theater.

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