For every Terminator or RoboCop, there is a Howard the Duck. The 1980s were a big decade for the Hollywood special-effects blockbuster. But not every high-concept adventure picture was met with the kind of commercial or critical plaudits that warranted studio bigwigs writing checks for future installments. Presenting, for your sadistic reading pleasure, a collection of pictures that were supposed to spawn sequels, but failed to launch.
From disappointing box-office performances to behind-the-scenes conflicts, these flicks were grounded quicker than their makers had anticipated. Back in the days when film studios were willing to explore some truly wacky original concepts, this was a routine risk. A similarly robust slate of franchise whiffs hit screens in the next decade, too.
What are your favorite failed franchise movies from the '80s? Vote up the flops you love to love - or love to hate, whichever - from the list below.
- 12,774 VOTESPhoto: MGM
- 22,000 VOTESPhoto: Universal Pictures
- 31,573 VOTESPhoto: Buena Vista Pictures
- 41,809 VOTESPhoto: Orion Pictures
- Photo: 20th Century Fox
- 62,177 VOTESPhoto: Universal Pictures