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‘Bad Boys for Life’ and 35 Other Movie Sequels That Took Forever to Hit the Screen (Photos)

  • The Wrap
‘Bad Boys for Life’ and 35 Other Movie Sequels That Took Forever to Hit the Screen (Photos)
Whether it’s because of endless delays, fan demands, a director’s passion project or a cash grab reboot that seemingly no one ever actually wanted, Hollywood has produced an enormous amount of sequels to beloved films full decades after they originally hit theaters. Some of them have been wildly successful with critics and audiences, and others we’re just pretending never existed. Here are some of the sequels that took forever to hit the screen.

Bad Boys For Life” (2020)

There had been talk for years about getting the boys back together, and the reunion finally happened this year, with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence teaming up for one last ride. This time however Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are taking over directing duties from Michael Bay.

George Miller took nearly 30 years to follow up “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” with the Tom Hardy-Charlize Theron thriller “Mad Max: Fury Road.
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‘Gretel & Hansel’ Director Osgood Perkins Is as Fascinating as His Latest Horror Film

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‘Gretel & Hansel’ Director Osgood Perkins Is as Fascinating as His Latest Horror Film
When Osgood Perkins was cast as a young Norman Bates in 1983’s “Psycho II,” he stepped into the iconic role that had catapulted his father, Anthony Perkins, to superstardom in 1960. While other roles followed in well-received films, including “Legally Blonde” and “Secretary,” Osgood, now 45, came to realize that acting was never his calling. The horror genre, however, most certainly was. So, he turned to writing and directing nail-biters that, like “Psycho,” are both suspenseful and character-driven.

His latest, “Gretel & Hansel,” in theaters on January 31, is a dark fantasy based on the Brothers Grimm tale. In the film, a teen Gretel played by Sophia Lillis (“It”) and younger bro Hansel, played by newcomer Sam Leakey, lose their way in a dark wood while foraging to help their poverty-stricken parents. But after stumbling upon the home of a witch, Holda, things go from bad to worse. Unlike traditional horror films that
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Film Review: ‘Doctor Sleep’

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Film Review: ‘Doctor Sleep’
On the face of it, making a sequel to “The Shining” does not sound like a promising idea. Stephen King’s original novel, which was published in 1977, remains one of his greatest (it’s not a tale that needs to be messed with). And in the 40 years since Stanley Kubrick’s spooky cerebral film version came out, the movie has come to define the look and mystique of this story in our culture. Nearly every aspect of Kubrick’s visualization of the Overlook Hotel and its live-in demons — the corridors with their ’70s-suburban-acid-trip orange-and-brown hexagon carpeting, the Diane Arbus twins in their teal party dresses, the Hawaiian Punch blood splashing out of the Navajo Deco elevators, the lobby with its adobe walls and high-ceilinged wagon-wheel chandeliers, the somnambulant British caretaker talking in the bathroom in hypnotic dream time, the rotting-old-lady specter emerging from behind the shower curtain of Room 237 ­— is
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Road Games Collector's Edition Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Stacy Keach Is Packed with New Features

Scream Factory will release Roadgames on Blu-ray on November 12, and riding shotgun is a host of new bonus features, including a new interview, audio commentary, script read, and music demos. Customers ordering from Shoutfactory.com will receive an exclusive 18x24 rolled poster featuring our brand new artwork, available while supplies last.

Stacy Keach is Pat Quid, a lone trucker who plays games to keep his sanity on long hauls through the desolate Australian Outback. Jamie Lee Curtis is a free-spirited hitchhiker looking for excitement with a game of her own. And somewhere up ahead is a maniac in a van whose game may be butchering young women along the highway. But when the killer decides to raise the stakes, Quid's game becomes personal ... and the rules of this road are about to take some very deadly turns.

Director Richard Franklin (Psycho II) packs plenty of Hitchcock-like twists and suspense into
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Tacoma Fd Season 2: What To Expect

Daniel Kurland Oct 11, 2019

We spoke with the cast of Tacoma Fd at Nycc about how they craft their comedy and what to expect in the show’s second season.

For over a decade the Broken Lizard comedy troupe has been creating inventive comedies that have resonated with audiences. Their talents have typically been reserved for feature films, but the group has found new ground with their television show, Tacoma Fd. The TruTV comedy series looks at a ragtag group of firefighters and conjures the same infectious, affable energy that fuels their movies. At first glance the show may just look like a minor pivot away from the antics of Super Troopers, but there’s a real heart to Tacoma Fd that helps ground the outlandish exploits of this fire department.

Last year Tacoma Fd grew to be one of TruTV’s most popular comedies and the cast and crew are
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Super Troopers 3 And More On The Horizon For Broken Lizard

Daniel Kurland Oct 11, 2019

We caught up with Broken Lizard’s Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme and discuss what’s ahead for their feature film slate.

Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe have forged a strong name for themselves in the comedy world. The collective started as a NYC-based sketch group, but slowly parlayed their talents to the big screen. Many people still regard Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers to be their strongest feature, but over the years they’ve put out a number of memorable, irreverent comedies like Beerfest and Club Dread. Lemme and Heffernan’s latest efforts have taken them over to television with TruTV’s Tacoma Fd. The hilarious firefighter series is well in production on their second season, but just because they’ve found success on TV doesn’t mean that they’ve turned their backs on cinema. Quite the contrary.

Heffernan
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Full Release Details and Cover Art for Scream Factory’s Road Games (1981) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

  • DailyDead
Initially announced at their Comic-Con panel, Scream Factory has now revealed the full list of special features and cover art for their Collector's Edition Blu-ray of 1981's Road Games (starring Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis) ahead of its release on November 12th:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Scream Factory will release Road Games on Blu-ray™ on November 12, and riding shotgun is a host of new bonus features, including a new interview, audio commentary, script read, and music demos.

Customers ordering from Shoutfactory.com will receive an exclusive 18x24 rolled poster featuring our brand new artwork, available while supplies last.

Stacy Keach is Pat Quid, a lone trucker who plays games to keep his sanity on long hauls through the desolate Australian Outback. Jamie Lee Curtis is a free-spirited hitchhiker looking for excitement with a game of her own. And somewhere up ahead is a maniac in a van whose
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American Horror Story 1984 Episode 1 Review: Camp Redwood

American Horror Story is back with a delicious slice of '80s slasher cheese. Our review of the first episode of Ahs 1984...

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This American Horror Story review contains spoilers.

American Horror Story 1984 Episode 1

I have a lot of difficulty remembering character names, even on shows I watch regularly (and write about). I hate that I'm like this, and the older I get, the worse my memory becomes. When dealing with American Horror Story's ensemble cast, my inability to remember who is who only becomes worse, because despite the characters all being different, the cast remains basically the same. So, Brooke (Emma Roberts) ends up being Madison Montgomery, Montana becomes Billy Lourd, Margaret becomes "whatshername, you know, she was so good on the show last year," and so on.

Thankfully, 1984 does me a kindness early on in the episode with a flashy introduction to each character, complete
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What Lies Ahead For N0S4A2?

Daniel Kurland Jul 22, 2019

We get the goods on N0S4A2 when we chat with the star and the minds behind AMC’s horror series at San Diego Comic-Con!

After the breakaway success of The Walking Dead, AMC has gradually turned into more of a home for prestige horror programming. The genre has found new life on television in ways that it never has before. While the works of Stephen King are a constant source of material for horror films and television, his son, Joe Hill, is also no stranger to seeing his works get adapted. One of Hill's most acclaimed novels is N0S4A2, a massive story that covers a decades-long fight between forces of good and evil, all while warping Christmas and its iconography into the stuff of nightmares. With the first season of AMC's television adaptation of N0S4A2 nearly over and the entire thing available on demand,
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Let’s Scare Bryan to Death: Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker with Sam Wineman

  • DailyDead
Welcome back for an all-new installment of Let’s Scare Bryan to Death. This month, I’m talking with Sam Wineman, who you may know as a director, musician, writer, podcaster, and master chef. I may have made that last one up, but what I’m saying is the dude is all-around talented. He’s also just been announced as the director for an upcoming documentary on the history of queer horror to be released on Shudder.

I was lucky enough to catch up with Wineman to chat about the 1982 slasher film Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker. Directed by William Asher, the film follows Billy (Jimmy McNichol), a high school senior getting ready to graduate and hopefully go off to college with his girlfriend, Julie (Julia Duffy). Alas, this doesn’t sit well with his aunt Cheryl (Susan Tyrrell), whose attachment to him is progressing nicely into obsession. When her attempt
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Annabelle Comes Home Ending Explained

Daniel Kurland Jun 27, 2019

Everyone's favorite haunted doll is back! So let’s break down the unleashed ending to the latest The Conjuring film, Annabelle Comes Home.

This article contains major Annabelle Comes Home spoilers.

The Conjuring universe may have started with a restrained haunted house story, but it’s since visited haunted monasteries, tapped into Mexican folklore, and teased a whole world of supernatural entities. The Conjuring universe shows no signs of slowing down, but undoubtedly one of the franchise’s most popular characters is the haunted doll, Annabelle. Annabelle Comes Home is the third film in the Annabelle saga and is easily the craziest offering from any of the Conjuring pictures. It even brings The Conjuring’s Ed and Lorraine Warren back into the mix.

This film tells a fairly self-contained story that's neatly sandwiched between other films in the series, but Annabelle Comes Home still throws a lot at its audience.
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The Curse of La Llorona Ending Explained

Daniel Kurland Apr 20, 2019

We examine the ghastly conclusion to The Curse of La Llorona and what it means for the future of The Conjuring franchise!

This article contains spoilers for The Curse of La Llorona.

The ever-evolving Conjuring universe has slowly grown into over a billion-dollar franchise, which is even more impressive for a series of R-rated horror films. Up until this point, The Conjuring universe has effectively been able to predict which monsters and demonic entities from its core films are deserving of spin-offs and deeper looks, but The Curse of La Llorona takes a decidedly different approach. The Curse of La Llorona’s demonic “Weeping Woman” gets her origins from Mexican folklore, rather than some pre-existing Conjuring film.

La Llorona may market itself as a standalone entry, but it does occupy a space in the same universe as Annabelle, Valak the Nun, and the Crooked Man. While The Curse of La Llorona
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Exclusive Tom Holland Interview: “I Became a Director in Self-Defense”

With films like Psycho II, Fright Night, and Child’s Play under his belt, writer/director Tom Holland was one of the most creative and impactful horror practitioners of the 1980s. That’s why he’ll be featured prominently in the upcoming documentary In Search of Darkness, a project that aims to be the definitive retrospective of the genre […] The post Exclusive Tom Holland Interview: “I Became a Director in Self-Defense” appeared first on Dread Central.
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Lethal Weapon Canceled at Fox

Daniel Kurland May 10, 2019

Fox has decided not to move forward with Lethal Weapon Season 4, cancelling the oft-troubled drama.

Once more, with feeling: we are now officially too old for Lethal Weapon.

TV Line reports that Fox has canceled the drama after three seasons. There will be no more Lethal Weapon Season 4.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 ended on a strong note creatively but audiences didn't respond as well to the third season as they did the first two...at least not in the ratings. The drama began in 2016 as an adaptaion of the feature film franchise and a two-hander starring Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans. Crawford would be replaced by Seann William Scott for season 3 as Lethal Weapon was well known for having issues behind the scenes.

Towards the end of the show’s second season, production rumors began to circulate that there was bad blood between the show’s two leads,
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Crunchyroll Expands Its Slate Into Original Animated Content

Daniel Kurland Feb 20, 2019

Crunchyroll Head of Studio Margaret Dean discusses the pivot towards original animated series that capture the freedom of anime.

Crunchyroll has proven itself to be a major player in the anime streaming market. Not only does the service have the largest collection of titles, but the work that they’ve done has helped further push anime into the mainstream and remove its niche status. Crunchyroll may be the home for where most people in America get their anime content, but now Crunchyroll is eager to get into the original content game.

Crunchyroll’s transition into original content feels like a natural progression for the service. Clearly the people at Crunchyroll have their finger on the pulse of what fans are interested in, so why not translate that into new programming? However, curiously, in spite of how Crunchyroll is most people’s home for anime, their original animated content will not be anime,
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Alita: Battle Angel Ending Explained

Daniel Kurland Feb 16, 2019

We dig into the ending of Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron’s innovative sci-fi spectacle and where Alita is headed next!

James Cameron has been fighting for decadesto bring his ambitious vision of a Battle Angel Alita to life. The project has transformed through the years and while some believed that it would never actually come to fruition, with the help of Robert Rodriguez, Alita: Battle Angel is now an eye-popping reality. It’s an absolute delight to get thrown into the year 2563 and navigate through the devastated Iron City via Alita’s fresh eyes, but between the class systems, the order of the Hunter-Warrior cyborg assassins, and the rules of Motorball, there’s a lot to get lost in. Hence we’ll break down here the seismic events of Alita: Battle Angel’s ending and what's next for the cyborg.

Much of Alita: Battle Angel focuses
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Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 13: Coyote Ugly Exclusive Clip

Daniel Kurland Feb 12, 2019

Roger begins to sweat in this sneak peek from tonight’s all-new episode of Lethal Weapon, “Coyote Ugly."

Lethal Weapon season 3 has been full of curveballs, which is a deviation from previous seasons of the show. The show typically has a go for broke attitude when it comes to the end of the season, but that feels especially prevalent this time around since there are still a number of major storylines and character arcs that need to be put to rest before the season finale.

Most of the heavier, serialized stories in Lethal Weapon have to do with Roger Murtaugh and Wesley Cole’s work in the Lapd, or the complicated personal life that Cole attempts to put back together. That being said, the show has slowly allowed for other characters to step into the spotlight, such as Roger’s wife, Trish. It’s always a pleasure when Trish takes center stage.
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Lin Shaye Terrifies in Exclusive The Final Wish Clip

Daniel Kurland Jan 14, 2019

Horror icon Lin Shaye stars in a new horror film from the creator of Final Destination, and we’ve got an exclusive look!

It’s always exciting when a horror film can think up a truly unique premise to draw its scares from—though we just as easily love when reliable staples from the genre are reconfigured to popular (and often gruesome) delight. Yet the ideal situation is when the best of both worlds can blend like so much blood and terror, and an old fashioned idea can be spun off in a radically new and exciting direction. That’s exactly what appears to be happening in the upcoming The Final Wish.

The Final Wish taps into that karmic retribution horror that makes the simple monkey's paw archetype still so effective. When Aaron Hammond (Michael Welch) returns home to help his mother (Lin Shaye) after the death of his father,
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The Venture Bros. Season 8: Everything You Need to Know

Daniel Kurland Jan 19, 2019

It still may be a few years away, but here’s the skinny on everything we know so far about The Venture Bros. season 8.

The Venture Bros. has quietly been plugging along at Adult Swim for over 15 years and it has usurped Aqua Teen Hunger Force as the network’s longest running program. The show’s latest season garnered arguably the greatest acclaim in its history and finally provided answers for some of The Venture Bros.’ longest running questions. While season seven wrapped in October 2018, after your umpteenth binge of the episodes you’re likely hungry for any details about where Team Venture and the show’s large web of supporting characters are headed next.

First, and most importantly, The Venture Bros. season 8 is definitely happening. And while information on The Venture Bros. season 8 is still scarce, but here’s what we do know

The Venture Bros.
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What The Hulu/Funimation Deal Means For Anime

Daniel Kurland Dec 5, 2018

Hulu and Funimation made a massive deal that will put them at forefront of anime content.

Anime in North America has come a long way from being relegated to a dozen VHS tapes in the corner of a rental store in the “Japanimation” section. Not only are there now multiple streaming options for anime fans, but the genre has pierced the mainstream in a number of substantial ways, like Adult Swim’s popular Toonami block and theatrical releases of titles. Competition only continues to heat up between distribution channels like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, but the latter has just made a major power play that should substantially shake things up and also make it a lot easier for people to get the best anime content.

Hulu and Funimation have already been in cooperation with each other, but their latest deal proves they are in it for the long haul.
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