How Many Sequels?
This weekend the fourth Resident Evil film is coming out, which has made millions of Americans wonder, “When in the world did they make four Resident Evil films?” Some sequels are big event movies like the welcoming of another Star Wars or Indiana Jones. Most sequels just arrive and are immediately forgotten like the taste of an individual chip. To hopefully prove my point, I’ve created a team of panelists to see if they can remember how many sequels a certain franchise actually has.
So this is my panel: Joe Shearer from this lovely site called The Film Yap; Keith Jackson and Kenny Jones from the immensely popular And the Nominees Are podcast; and Stephanie Bristow, the host of the Ball State entertainment news show called The Reel Deal.
Joe: Ummm, let’s say 6.
Keith: This is a series? No don’t write that! STOP WRITING! 4.
Kenny: Oh s***. 12?
Real Answer: 9.
Joe: There are 4, currently with the fifth one coming.
Keith: Uhhh, there’s 4 right now but there is going to be five.
Kenny: Do they have…I remember three of them. 3.
Real Answer: 4 with 5nal Destination coming soon.
Friday the 13th
Joe: If we’re counting Freddy vs. Jason there’s 11—not including the remake, which makes 12.
Keith: Arent there like, 8?
Kenny: Oh s***. Does that include the remake? (Yes). 11?
Stephanie: (Deep sigh) Three.
Real Answer: 12, including Freddy vs. Jason
Joe: There’s two I think.
Keith: There’s two.
Real Answer: 2.
Joe: (Laughs) Oh, let’s see. I want to say I think there’s 8.
Stephanie: Oh I don’t even know. I’ve never even—I’m so ashamed. 2.
Real Answer: 7.
Joe: There were 4, but my wife is saying five.
Keith: Oh, um, 5.
Kenny: (Flustered) 5.
Stephanie: Oh.. 4?
Real Answer: 4
Joe: There were 6.
Kenny: 6 including Rocky Balboa!
Stephanie: Isn’t there just 3?
Real Answer: 6
Joe: Wow, Rugrats? I’ll say 3.
Keith: Like the cartoon? (Laughs) I think was at least the one. I mean duh. They went to Paris that one time. I don’t know if that’s the first one. I think that was the second one. I’m going to say 3.
Kenny: Movies? Ummmm, I saw the one. 4?
Real Answer: 3.
Joe: Saw is 7 coming out this year.
Keith: The next one is going to be the…seventh.
Kenny: 6! That one I’m pretty sure about.
Stephanie: There are 6.
Real Answer: 6 with the 7th coming out in October.
Joe: I better not get this wrong. Counting the remake is 11.
Keith: There’s 11.
Kenny: Oh Jesus Christ. 14! There’s a lot. That’s all I know.
Stephanie: Oh gosh. 7?
Real Answer: 11.
The Thin Man
Joe: I don’t know. I’ll say 3.
Kenny: 7. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Kenny apparently only said seven because he looked at my DVD shelf and saw 7 Thin Man boxes not realizing one was a documentary. If he hadn’t looked at that he would have said six.] [ADDITIONAL EDITOR’S NOTE: This matters so much!]
Stephanie: Yeah no clue so I’m going to say 4.
Real Answer: 6.
Joe: This was the third one out now so 3 to date.
Keith: There is going to be 5 films but four actual stories, right?
Kenny: There are going to be 4 with a two-part third one.
Stephanie: Obviously there have been four books so four but there have only been three so far or have there been two? No I’m just going to say 4.
Real Answer: 3 with two more on their way.