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Six Great Trilogies You May Not Have Seen

I have always loved the idea of a movie trilogy (probably because I was such a Star Wars kid), they always seemed like complete works of art. This is part of the reason why I am so fine with the Hobbit becoming a trilogy. I decided to compile this list of some great movie trilogies that might not jump to your mind when talking about trilogies. So I didn’t include stuff like the Godfather, The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, or Back to the Future etc, because those are pretty obvious. The first three are unofficial trilogies, they have the same director and thematic material, but they don’t share characters (If only At World’s End was out, I would definitely have added The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy). One thing that most trilogies share is that the third entry is usually the weakest (Godfather, Spider Man, X-men etc). I have been thinking about this phenomenon for a while. It could be that filmmakers get lazy when they get to the third entry, they ran out of story to tell, or any other number of things. While movies fail for myriad reasons, if there is actually a statistical difference with the reception of the third entries, I believe I’ve figured out a big reason for this. Imagine a theoretically successful movie that has the potential to be a franchise. The sequel is made. This sequel can either be successful or not. If it is not successful, then it is less likely that a third film will be made. Therefore, when you think about trilogies that have weak third films, that isn’t that surprising when you factor in the potential trilogies that had weak second films and thus weren’t able to complete the trilogy (think Conan, Ghostbusters etc). Regardless, on to the trilogies.
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Zombie A.K.A. Zombie 2

I realized that I have already done the trailers for 2/5th of my five favorite zombie movies, so I’ll continue with that. I also brought up European ripoffs of Dawn of the Dead, and this is the best example of one. Lucio Fulci’s Zombie came out one year after Dawn of the Dead and shares similar stylistic choices (i.e. the extreme gore) but it is a bit unfair to call it a ripoff (though I just did). Zombie does a lot of things different, for example the tropical location, crazy action sequences (zombie vs. shark!) and amazing makeup design (which I much prefer to Dawn of the Dead’s, sorry Tom Savini!). Moreover it was conceived and largely made completely independently of of Dawn of the Dead. The ripoff aspect is more about how the film was marketed. Granted, the sequences at the beginning and end of the film in New York City were added to the script to capitalize on the success of Dawn of the Dead, but it gets most of its reputation as a ripoff from its title. Dawn of the Dead was titled Zombie in Europe and did very well at the box office, so this movie was titled Zombie 2. In the U.S. it was just known as Zombie, but the tag line was “When the earth spits out the dead, they will return to tear the flesh of the living” sounds eerily similar to Dawn’s famous tag line “When there is no room in hell, the dead will walk the earth”. I much prefer Zombie’s other tag line, the simple and direct “We are going to eat you!”. Regardless, enjoy the trailer for Zombie A.K.A. Zombie 2.

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