Franchises are the holy grail of movies for Hollywood. It’s what every executive wants when bankrolling a movie now, especially with the massive success of the MCU for Disney. It’s why there’s been an endless stream of reboots or sequels with popular series like Terminator or Alien.
While those series have fallen on hard times, they were at least popular and well made at one point in time. The same can’t be said of these characters that constantly flop in movies. It’s a case of Hollywood desperately clinging to a brand name, even if the brand no longer brings in the money.
10 King Arthur Movies Keep Trying To Reinvent The Wheel & Failing
The issue King Arthur continually runs into when getting made into a movie is the fact that every movie tries to add its own spin on the tale, and it rarely ever works. Guy Ritchie’s take introduces demon lords and feels more like a live-action version of Dungeons & Dragons rather than a King Arthur story.
The 2004 King Arthur fell into similar trappings, making Arthur a roman and shifting the lineage of other characters such as Guinevere.
9 Van Helsing Has Never Been Able To Shine As A Proper Vampire Hunter
Van Helsing isn’t as pushed as many other characters, but he is a character that’s appeared in several movies, none of which have been all that good. Most notable among them is likely Van Helsing, that starred Hugh Jackman as the title character.
The film was jam-packed with far too many monsters to ever be enjoyable, muddying the plot in the same way villains did in Spider-Man 3. It’s odd that Hollywood could miss on a character that’s so easy to get right. All they had to do was make him like Blade, a badass vampire hunter.
8 Dracula Has Never Been Successfully Given A Modern-Day Film
Dracula has likely been in more movies than any other character, easily appearing in more than twenty. Many of the older films were quite good, having outstanding performances by Christopher Lee, among others. For whatever reason, modern-day films haven’t been able to capture the same magic at all.
Some have had dumb reinventions like Wes Craven’s Dracula 2000 or been a dull attempt to tell his backstory, like Dracula Untold. As with his rival, Van Helsing, it’s shocking that Hollywood can swing and miss on a character so often.
7 The True Meaning Behind The Frankenstein Monster Seems Lost On Hollywood
The meaning behind Frankenstein’s monster is that one shouldn’t judge a person or creature by their appearance. It’s a character that, by its very definition, is meant to be sympathetic. That seems lost on every modern-day interpretation of the character.
The god awful I, Frankenstein had the character running around fighting demons, and his appearance in Van Helsing centered more on helping battle Dracula. The monster isn’t meant to be in an action-heavy movie, yet that seems all Hollywood is interested in making.
6 Shaft Films Feel Outdated & Trapped In The Past
Shaft movies have never been the pinnacle of filmmaking, but during the blaxploitation era of the ’70s, they did well enough to get a trilogy of movies. The first two were entertaining romps that fit in with that era, and even Sam Jackson’s 2000 movie was fun enough, mainly thanks to Sam Jackson.
The most recent attempt was anything other than fun. It had poor production value, jokes that hit with a thud and felt like a film trapped in the past.
5 Peter Pan Has Never Translated Well To Live-Action Without Steven Spielberg At The Helm
Outside of Hook, Peter Pan has never been a character that’s transitioned well to live-action. It’s a story whose whimsical nature lends itself far better to the animated medium, yet that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from trying time and time again to make it work.
Both Neverland and Peter Pan were bad movies, but they both look great in comparison to Pan. One look at Hugh Jackman’s Blackbeard and you can see why. It’s so over the top and tries to tell a prequel where Pan and Hook are friends rather than enemies. Unsurprisingly, it does none of it well.
4 Pink Panther & Inspector Clouseau Need To Stay In The ’60s & ’70s
The voice recorder may well be the blackmail Sony used to get Steve Martin to appear in the two reboots of Pink Panther. To say the films were bad would be an understatement. It can’t all be laid at Martin’s feet either. He was game in the role, but the character of Inspector Clouseau doesn’t translate well to the current era of movies.
The obliviousness of the character isn’t endearing nor funny like it was in the ’60s or ’70s, where the character belongs.
3 Alice From Resident Evil Drags Down Already Poorly Made Movies
For a franchise that’s been as awful as Resident Evil has been, it’s shocking there have been six of them. They’ve all managed to get progressively worse as well, and a big reason why is the focus being squarely on Alice.
As the films have progressed, she’s become a giant Mary Sue character who can do everything, never needing any of the characters from the actual games. While never fantastic, the movies should have been fun popcorn fun, but instead, they are a boring power fantasy.
2 Leatherface Has Appeared In Multiple Remakes That Get Staler Each Time They Come Out
Hollywood needs to realize that Leatherface isn’t the cultural icon that Michael Myers is. Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, and a slew of other killers are always on that second rung of slasher villains. A big reason why is there is a mythos tied to Myers, and because his films have an actual depth to them, such as Laurie dealing with PTSD in the newest movie.
With Texas Chainsaw and Leatherface, there’s none of that. He’s a guy with a chainsaw that’s going to kill a bunch of people, the end. There isn’t enough room for variation, and his movies get boring.
1 Chucky & The Child’s Play Movies Don’t Know What Genre They Want To Be
The biggest issue that plagues Chucky movies is they don’t know what genre they want to be. The films are at their best when there’s a mix of dark humor and horror elements, as they did in the first few movies.
By Bride of Chucky, they started to go far too outlandish by bringing in more dolls and went off the deep end with Seed of Chucky. The series of films need to decide what they want to be and commit to it. At least the reboot tried to capture the same satirical nature the first did.
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