7 Movie Sequels That Should Never Be Made

Saturday, December 3 by Jason Cuthbert

Countless movie sequels and remakes of the remakes clog movie theatre release schedules. Were those stories unfinished or did they simply smell like freshly printed money? These seven sacred classics should never, ever, ever, ever be yanked from their iconic pedestals and forced to fail at being incredibly awesome all over again. Well, at least we can hope and pray, can't we?

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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	Even director <a href=Steven Spielberg knows that the emotionally uplifting experience known to the world as "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" is a once in a lifetime event. Spielberg has publicly refused to do a sequel to his classic by stating, "I'm never going to make E.T. II. E.T. is a closed story." This alien with the glowing heart makes adults revisit their childhood and makes kids wish their household pet could learn to speak and eat Reese's Pieces. The question of whether or not to exploit "E.T." with a sequel should be replaced with a better question: why break what's already perfect?

Goodfellas

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	This 1990 rags-to-riches-to-cocaine-habit-to-witness-protection-program masterpiece starred Robert De Niro, <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/ray-liotta/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>Ray Liotta</a> and Joe Pesci as Mafia affiliates that seek upward mobility like it was the cure for <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/cancer-276/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>cancer</a>. Instead of wishing for a sequel to this majestic motion picture, just read the non-fiction book that "Goodfellas" was based upon called "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi—and be satisfied. It would be pretty lame to force a movie sequel out of a mob movie with members no longer in the mob. Or among the living for that matter.</p>
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	<strong>Citizen Kane </strong></p>
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	There is one simple reason why a "Citizen Kane" sequel should never be made—the main character Charles Foster Kane was already dead the moment the movie began. An even simpler reason why "Citizen Kane" should never get the "part 2 treatment" is that it already told his entire life story. All that could happen in "Citizen Kane 2" is Kane begins haunting his massive mansion as a bitter ghost. Hopefully we all agree that this is a horrible idea.</p>
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	<strong>Edward Scissorhands </strong></p>
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This is the touching fairy tale about a homemade boy who has hands only a barber could benefit from. This timeless fable has a long life expectancy in the memories of movie goers that a lesser fantasy film would need sequel upon sequel to compete with. What could possibly be next for Edward, an "Edward Scissorhands vs. Freddie Krueger" blade fight? He is better off keeping his scissors sharp as a part of movie mythology instead of returning as a computer generated hairdresser. And Winona Ryder's old woman voice is better off never heard again.

Pulp Fiction

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Quentin Tarantino was gracious enough to give us three overlapping crime stories—making "Pulp Fiction" practically a two and a half hour trilogy. "Pulp Fiction" also represents a moment that managed to make John Travolta a prime target for movie scripts again, Samuel L. Jackson an immediate movie star of the leading man variety, and reminded forgetful filmgoers that Bruce Willis is not just "Die Hard" spelled with different letters. This is a tightly plotted, self-contained story—not a victim for sequels that couldn't even begin to match the first.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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Ferris Bueller is the Valedictorian of movie teens, not some dude that returns as a 45-year-old ditching his plush marketing job to revisit his favorite Chicago sights again. A more important reason to leave this 1986 coming-of-age comedy alone is that John Hughes, the Zen master of teen films, has passed away. Hughes' biggest directorial success should not have to bare the permanent stink of a horrid movie sequel. 

Titanic

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	Just because this fictional tale of a factual tale did not sink at <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-box' target='_blank'>the box</a> office, does not mean we need to see this boat sink again—in <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/3d-951/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>3D</a> this time. Before the greed of the world conjures up a screenplay for "Titanic 2", let us remember how hard it must have already been for the family members of those that died on that fatal ship to have their wounds reopened. They do not need some exploitive movie sequel to be made—and the rest of us would not want the original film affiliated with it. Not to mention, why beat a dead Jack Dawson?</p>
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