Often, successful movies spawn sequels....these films are created to help further develop the stories and characters (oh come on!), but for the most part, it is to thoroughly mine a franchise which has little or no fruit left to bear. A lot of times, the sequel that follows is such a bad movie, that the sequel that follows it will completely ignore it and start fresh. This is called the Quickening.
The Quickening is named after the bad movie Highlander 2: The Quickening (starring the versatile Christopher Lambert) which followed the very succesful Highlander. Highlander 2: The Quickening was such a travesty that if you mention it to true Highlander fans they will immediately strike you in the groin area, rape your mother, and shoot your dog (if no dog is available, they will shoot your mother....and rape her again). Highlander 3: The Sorcerer which followed roughly three years later completely ignored that Highlander 2 ever occurred. In fact I recall cast and crew celebrating the fact (although Highlander 3 was not much of an improvement....Mario Van Peebles imitation of Kurgen was pretty weak...I digress) that this film was a sequel to Highlander, and dismissed the second film entirely. Thus the Quickening became Hollywood lore.
The Quickening is so rampant that it is readily seen here in bad movies at BadMovieKnights.com. Troll 2 and Jaws: The Revenge (Jaws 4) are perfect examples of films that have completely ignored their predecessors, and outstanding examples of what a bad movie is and should be!
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