Jar-Jar and Beyond: The Most Ill-Advised Prequels in Film History

Michael Myers, Hannibal Lecter, and seven more franchises that should have stayed in the ground

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Ridley Scott's Prometheus hits theaters this week, and since it's a kinda-sorta-maybe prequel to Alien, it got us thinking about the prequel itself. It's a peculiar beast, really: The sequel is (for the most part) a crass commercial form to begin with, but a prequel is basically studio executives and filmmakers admitting, "Well, we really want to sell you this product again, but we can't make a sequel for whatever reason, so how's about a sequel that takes place before the first one? Will you buy a ticket to that?"

The results can be enlightening (The Godfather Part II), entertaining (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), or franchise-rescuing (X-Men: First Class). But as with sequels, more often than not, prequels look like blatant cash grabs that are low on ideas but high on cynicism. Below we've assembled ten of the least inspiring prequels in movie history.

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Jason Bailey is the film editor at Flavorwire. He is the author of The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion.

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