MovieChat Forums > Deliverance (1972) Discussion > Why didn't they make any sequels?

Why didn't they make any sequels?


It could have been a whole franchise about tourists getting attacked by hillbillies like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Wrong Turn, The Hills Have Eyes, etc....

reply

[deleted]

Don't you mean see squeals?

reply

The man rape man scene is essentially saying to Hollywood...no sequel.

reply

I think this film took itself too seriously to contemplate a sequel - but that wouldn't stop them doing so these days. So now I'm wondering when did Hollywood become addicted to sequels? For me I'm thinking Halloween (1978) which was only six years later but perhaps there are earlier examples?

reply

The Godfather, Jaws, and American Graffiti had sequels due to the great success of their predecessor

reply

Also The Omen (1976), Rocky (1976). Death Wish (1974) also had sequels, but that happened eight years later in 1982. Oh yes, and The Exorcist (1973), Exorcist II came out in 1977...

reply

The French Connection (1971) / French Connection II (1975)

Dirty Harry (1971) / Magnum Force (1973)...

Planet of the Apes (1968) and its sequel in 1970.

Do the Bond films count?

reply

The Bond movies could be looked at as a measuring stick for Hollywood studios factoring in the viability of a movie and making it a franchise from a singular story that's for sure. Also remember that there were Golden Age era movies that featured the same characters like Hope & Bing, Abbott & Costello, the Three Stooges, as well youth movies with Elvis Presley throughout the 50s and 60s as well as those silly beach movies with Annette and Frankie Avalon.

reply

By the time Dr. No was made there were nine or ten Bond novels and they were wildly popular, having been endorsed by JFK. Specifically, in a magazine interview in 1960, Kennedy mentioned From Russia With Love as a favorite novel. Anyway, this was a franchise waiting to happen and Fleming was cooperating fully, having already written a number of outlines for a TV series to be based on James Bond.

reply

Sequels weren't rare in Hollywood for example the old Universal horrors and the Beach Party movies.

reply

I've never watched one of these Beach Party movies and had completely forgotten about them. You've now blown a hole in my theory that there was a hiatus in sequels between the forties and the seventies.

reply

Yeah they weren't rare, it's just most weren't as acclaimed or set the box office on fire like the first one.

reply

This film is not a horror like those films. It's more a drama/thriller about a standalone event. It's debatable the bad guys even killed anyone, let alone go on a killing spree, therefore it doesn't lend itself as well to the archetypal horror franchise those examples all fall into.

I for one am glad that wasn't the route they went down.

reply

How is it debatable the bad guys killed anyone? How else would Ronny Cox's character have died then?

reply

Heart attack

reply

A couple of reasons. This movie came out before Jaws and Star Wars. Those really kicked off the sequel frenzy. Blockbusters before that ( like Sound of Music ) did not have sequels. Second, is that they told a complete story. There was no need to add to it. There were rip offs, that tried to copy the idea.

reply

They ran out of Preparation H?

reply