Laser Time – The Longest Sequel Gaps


Bet you don’t know what the longest stretch of time between major motion picture follow-ups is! Through our crack research and an incredibly stupid exercise, we’ll show you how to spot the tardiest sequels in some of the biggest movie franchises of all-time. You’re welcome in advance. 


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18 thoughts on “Laser Time – The Longest Sequel Gaps

  1. Guys I cant believe you forgot Sin City. Sin City came out in 2005 and then eventually had its sequal in 2014. I think that counts to go on the list. I remember reading about them planning a sequal after I saw the first one, then I waited and waited and waited until I forgot that the movie existed. I eventually saw the second one on the opening weekend with a friend being one of the five people who saw it. The movie was fine i guess. To be fair I dont blame you not remembering Sin City 2, even the studio forgot to advertise it.

  2. It’s crazy how 2015 had two really long awaited sequels to 1980s films and both were just as great as anyone wanted them to be (Mad Max and Star Wars).

  3. I thought return to Oz was a Zucker brothers like comedy when I rented it from the local video store. I saw the cover, saw Dorothy holding a chicken, and in my mind, chicken = comedy. Instead I got a depressing movie about Dorothy getting electroshock therapy, maybe drowning in a river, a hallway filled with disembodied heads and the tin man killed him self (I assume).

  4. Chris, did you say that Rescuers Down Under was a straight to video sequel? it wasn’t, I remember it being in theaters. there’s no way you said that, not you. it must have been how fast you were speaking that made it sound that way. But I’m glad you cut all Disney sequels off the list right off the bat, even though you still kind of snuck Disney talk in there. you sneaky bastard.

    Henry is an IMDB, film facts, junky.

    I personally feel like the Vacation movies shouldn’t be on the list, because all of them after Christmas Vacation weren’t written by John Hughes. is that considered be a film snob? hm.

    1. Man, Rescuers Down Under … when I was a little kid I’d watch it, rewind it and immediately watch it again (and maybe again after that). I also really liked Secret of NIMH at the time. I think I just really liked movies starring rodents.

  5. My friends and I watched Bambi 2 for one of our bad movie nights. It was as terrible and heartless as I could ever imagine.

  6. It was kind of touched on in the ending song but ghostbusters is about to get a nice long gap filled from ghostbusters 2 to the new ghostbusters opening this July.

  7. I like to be an pedantic history for a second and correct a piece of “history” everyone likes to repeat despite not being true at all, the claim that in films like Rambo and The Living Daylights (and just about the Soviet-Afghan war in general) that the rebels groups in that film were the future Taliban. In the first place you get the false claim completely wrong, by claiming that Rambo was helping al-Qaeda (al-Qaeda was formed in 1988 in the last year of the conflict) While it’s unknown what rebel group in particular that was suppose to represent in Rambo, in general the American government and public was sympathetic to the native Afghan mujahideen and the government took great pains to ensure any help and funding went to non-radical native Afghan mujahideen groups. On the other hand al-Qaeda was initially made up of foreign fighters who were hardcore Islamist’s funded by Saudi Arabia and were a very very small portion of the Afghan mujahedin (of the 250,000 Afghan mujahideen only 2,000 were these foreign fighters) As for the original claim, that the Taliban were supported by the US in the Afghan-Soviet War, the Taliban were formed in 1994 as a direct result of the lawlessness that followed once the Communist Government in Afghanistan fell in 1992 and were funded by Pakistan, hence the Taliban didn’t even exist during that time period and were among a large number of factions that battled for supremacy after the government fell. In fact many of the more moderate rebels the United States supported during the Soviet-Afghan War wound up post-war attempting to form a coalition government and when the much more fundamentalist Taliban overthrew them in 1996 they took to the hills in resistance and became known as the “Northern Alliance” and were widely opposed by the foreign fighters, Taliban and al-Qaeda that we associate with post 9-11 “terrorism”. After 9-11 when the United States and NATO forces began their war in Afghanistan it was the Northern Alliance whom they allied with and helped to take back Kabul and form the current Afghan government we see today. It is actually kind of racist to assume that the Afghan rebels you see being praised in the 80’s were terrorists because it assumes any and all Afghan rebels must be terrorists.

  8. There was a Sequel to The Hustler (1959) with Paul newman in the mid 80’s called The Color of Money. Tom Cruise was in it.

    Michael Caine stared in a bunch of Spy movies in the 60’s as a character called Harry Palmer, they did two more sequels in the 90’s with Caine reprising the role.

    And one last thing, whichever of you guys said the CGI TMNT movie 2007 is a direct sequel to the live action turtles movies is correct. At the end of the movie when Splinter is placing some artifact on his shelf , you see Shredder’s mask/helmet which is designed exactly how it looked in those first two movies. You also see the scepter the Turtles use to go back in time in the 3rd movie.

  9. I am surprised there was never a sequel to The Last Starfighter. Given theadvances of video game technology, the combination movie/game adaption could be impressive.

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