It's a given that if a film is financially successful, Hollywood will crap out another movie with the same title and the number two shoved onto the end of it. And we all go to see them, either because there are no other options, we despise originality, or we just really like numbers in things. But not all sequels are some sort of official corruption of creativity ... because sometimes they're not official at all. Turns out that if you don't give a defrosted damn about copyright law or moral integrity, you can make a sequel to anything! Like ...
6 The Alien Sequel that's not Aliens
For those who thought James Cameron's Aliens was too exciting and high-budget, there was a completely unauthorized sequel to Alien made back in 1980. 20th Century Fox, upset at this obvious ripoff, reportedly tried to sue the filmmakers, but they argued that it was based on a 1930 novel called Alien. It was a weak case and everybody knew it, but we guess the judge was impressed by their moxie or something, because it worked. Alien 2: On Earth, also known as Alien Terror, is an ultra-violent, low-budget horror movie that finds the titular alien coming to Earth because, well, spaceship sets are expensive.
Alien 2 starts off with some folks exploring a cave -- naturally, this being an Italian film, just because they're in a cave doesn't mean things can't get randomly and inappropriately sexy.
This must be one of those cavern key parties we keep hearing about.
Finally, after some good, deep spelunkin', a member of the group is attacked by an alien. Here's what that looks like on a budget made of good intentions and spaghetti sauce:
Correction: SpaghettiOs sauce
In this dramatic scene, one of the alien's victims is hanging upside down. Hanging so hard that his head falls off.
Thank God he was wearing his helmet.
Since it was cheaper to rent a bowling alley for the afternoon than to build a set, the climax of the film takes place in a bowling alley. Yep, they took the series from a deep space mining ship of the future to "not even the good bowling alley but like, that crappy one across town that smells like Fritos" in two films.
At least the pins keeps the phallic Giger stuff going on.
Of course, all of these plot holes and more are totally explained in Prometheus 2, which takes place in a roped-off mini golf course.
5 The Anti-Borat Borat Sequel Made in Kazakhstan
20th Century Fox
Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat made hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office, and presumably ten times that for Cohen's "slander and libel" lawyer. But not everyone was thrilled about Borat, specifically some residents of Kazakhstan, Borat's home country. In 2010, Kazakh filmmaker Erkin Rakishev attempted to repair his country's damaged reputation by producing a sequel to the hit film. When the director was asked whether he was worried about making a sequel to a movie he in no way had the rights to, he had this to say:
In My Brother Borat, an American visits Kazakhstan, meets Borat's brother Bilo, and discovers that the country is actually pretty cool and, if anything, substantially more mustachioed than Borat led us to believe.
If Borat was lying about the country's potassium exports though, we're gonna be pissed.
And once Erkin has built up some of that goodwill, he burns it all to the ground and pisses on the ashes. Bilo is raped by a donkey, gets pregnant, and the two get married. Take that, Sacha Baron Cohen and your racism! In modern Kazakhstan, men aren't backwards hillbillies who "fuck donkeys." No, they get fucked by donkeys, and then start a beautiful life together. Much more civilized!
But who impregnates Bilo's friend John?
"I'm not telling you!" says Erkin.
Finally, the end of the film reveals that Borat and Bilo aren't Kazakhs at all - they're Romanian Jews! So to recap, the movie whose only purpose was to show the world that Kazakhstan isn't a backward country full of bestiality and anti-Semitism prominently endorses donkey rape and condemns its characters for being Jews.