The B-Movie Gimmick From The '60s (That We Want Back)

We’ve discussed William Castle here at Cracked, the all-time king of horror movie gimmicks. And among all his contrivances to get butts in theater seats to watch B-grade schlock, there's a particularly clever one used in one of his ‘best’ movies, Homicidal.

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It's a sad inevitability, but pretty much all our favorite franchises jump the shark -- it's a rare instance when it doesn't happen. So with that in mind, these are the moments when our favorite showrunners and filmmakers looked at all the hours we put into them, and just flipped us the middle finger.

The thing is, we think the great Gazoo in the Flintstones gets a bad rap. Was he a ridiculous character that completely shattered the premise of the series? Yes, without a doubt. However, he also had some fun one liners and a cool space helmet. Life is all about trade offs. But shark jumping is not limited to movie franchises, even video games aren’t immune. Consider the 2005 Sonic remake when he turns evil, competes in the olympics and kisses human women. Wait, that’s basically the dream. There’s more, though!

Oh yeah, and, you know, spoilers ahead. So if you’re brave enough, scroll on down and pin point the exact moment when these franchises lost their magic.

Entry by Tony Alpsen

BOARDWALK CRACKED EMPIRE As soon as Nucky went from being loosely based on a real-life crooked politician to being a badass, murdering trash-talker wh

Entry by PookieJones

THE SECOND SEX AND THE CITY MOVIE KILLED THE FRANCHISE. The moment they emerge in a freaking desert dressed for a NYC catwalk, you know the movie will

Entry by PookieJones

At the beginning of season 4 of Modern Family, we find out Gloria is pregnant. From that point onward, the characters become caricatures of themselves

Entry by Hildifons

CRACKED.COM THE ROCKY FRANCHISE STUMBLED IN THE RING THE MOMENT SICO, THE ROBOT BUTLER, ROLLED IN

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