When I would ever go to the video store with my mum, she was always very cautious with what movies I chose. Not because she wanted to protect me from violence or horror, but she wanted to make sure I would like the film. Sequels were definitely something she didn't like us renting. I would often ask her if we could rent out certain movies like 'The Addams Family Values', but she said I wouldn't like it because it wasn't like the original. Now as a small child, I thought her word was correct, but as a I grew up I would rent these sequels and I would love them. I remember seeing 'The Addams Family Values' on TV for the first time, and I loved it! I didn't see that movie as just another sequel or a run of the mill kids film. I thought it was extremely fun, and had so many memorable lines. I think a lot of people overlook this sequel because they see it as 'just another kids film', and that is so not true. Sure this movie is a lot more light hearted than the original because you see the Addams family really spending time out in the 'real world' with people who we would consider 'normal'. A lot of this film is about the light and the dark, and even though the Addams Family are considered quite gothic, dark and weird, they have a stronger sense of family than most that are portrayed on screen, and that's what is so great about them. I think this picks up perfectly where the first film left off, and it continues to convey the strong yet unique structure of their family and their values. I don't think this is as clever as the original film BUT it is enjoyable and it is a lot of fun. This is the problem nowadays. People don't go into films wanting just pure fun, expectations are far too high not just for sequels but all movies alike.
I can feel the hate that will ensue as soon as I mention the next film...'Piranha II: The Spawning'. This is hands down my favourite of all the Piranha movies. Why? It is just so god damn funny, violent, awkward and the biggest selling point for me is that the FREAKIN' PIRANHA'S FLY! Imagine that piranhas flying...the day great white sharks can do that, is the day we are all DEAD. I am surprised no one has made a film called 'Great White: Shit, these sharks can fly'. If anyone is reading this out there, lets come together and get that film made. I think the opening to this is just pure genius. You have two swimmers who decide to go diving in this sunken ship and they go there to have sex...but little do they know it's a lair for piranhas...yep you guessed it they get chomped on oh so violently, and you can't help but laugh. Has that opening sold it for you? I think this is better than Joe Dante's original 'Piranha' film because it isn't about sexy teens getting killed at a summer camp by piranhas. Don't get me wrong, the story is weak, and the dialogue is a tad bit weird and awkward at times, but it's worth the watch. Why? Lance Henriksen. Nuff said. James 'AVATAR' Cameron directed this film, and I am pretty sure he sees this film as trash, but I believe he shouldn't disregard this film because it doesn't live up to any major blockbuster that he has made. He should be proud that this film has a massive audience in the 'Creature Feature/Exploitation' genres, and we appreciate it for the charm that it has. Don't ever deprive yourself of extremely 'shlocky' sequels. They make the world go round.
I have found that with comedies, you can have exceptionally good sequels, or really bad ones which just fall flat on their ass. A sequel which I have found not many people like is 'City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold'. The original did very well at the box office and came out to really awesome reviews, however the sequel didn't do so well. I have always found that to be extremely surprising, because it is really funny. I think the 'brotherly love' between Billy Crystal and Jon Lovitz is just amazing, because their personalities in the film are so different, but the comedic timing between them bounces off one another extremely well. I love the adventure they go on to try and track down Curly's Gold, because something always goes wrong, some may say certain scenes were for a cheap laugh, but what is wrong with a cheap laugh? Sometimes I feel you need to be able to imagine yourself in the characters position and then you start to find it a lot funnier. Either way, this film has great comedic timing, it has really awesome and memorable characters; my favourite being Jon Lovitz. This also has a lot of charm, and its fun. Adventure films don't need to have a serious tone to them like 'Indiana Jones' for it to be entertaining.
I am so not done with Sequel series just yet. These are definitely sequels which I have found have been over looked for actually being sequels, and just forgotten and not seen as 'worthy' of a movie magazine 'best sequels' countdown. Either way I will be back for the third and final instalment of this series, which will contain some of my favourite sequels as well as honourable mentions. Now I think you all need to take a trip to the video store, rent some of these movies and buy some Cherry Coke and have a KICKASS SEQUEL BONANZA WEEKEND!