Shark Tank: The 15 Worst Pitches The Sharks Passed On (And The 10 Best)

Currently in its tenth season, ABC reality show Shark Tank has spent years captivating audiences eager to watch aspiring entrepreneurs both make their dreams come true and also get torn to shreds by the panel. The current rotating selection of successful businessmen and women that make or break these aspiring millionaires consists of Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Grenier, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Barbara Corcoran, in addition to celebrity guest investors like Ashton Kutcher, Jeff Foxworthy, Alex Rodriguez, Richard Branson, Bethenny Frankel, and Charles Barkley.

There’s no denying that Shark Tank has led to considerable success for a lucky few, some that have gone on to have billion-dollar businesses and whose success has long since eclipsed that of simply being something you’d see in an “As Seen On Shark Tank” end cap at Target or Bed Bath and Beyond for a couple of weeks. And while viewers love to see such success stories, there is also a certain appeal to tuning and seeing some of the ridiculous things people attempt to pitch and watching as the Sharks cut them down to size.

Not all bad pitches mean bad products, and not all amazing pitches are for good products. It takes a combination of good salesmanship and a compelling business idea to get the Sharks to bite. And on the flip side, some potentially great businesses aren’t always pitched the right way, which applies to some of the items on this list. The rest, however, were absurd products that never had a chance, and were clearly only sent through by producers who knew which bad ideas were going to make for good TV.

25 Worst: NoPhone

We all spend way too much time staring at our electronic devices— and at the same time, we all also get annoyed at other people who spend too much time staring at their electronic devices. The solution? According to the inventors of NoPhone, it’s a wooden block that looks and feels roughly like a phone and is supposed to scratch that itch of holding something but without the actual distraction that comes with a real smartphone.

Rightfully seeing it as a gag gift that only a few dozen people would find entertaining enough to buy, the Sharks promptly said no to NoPhone, while also wondering why producers even let these guys on TV over thousands of other aspiring entrepreneurs that had an actual business to promote.

24 Worst: Throx

Just where do all of our missing socks go? It’s one of those “problems” that must of us just joke about and don’t ever really lose sleep over. But the Throx company took the issue of missing socks seriously enough to build an entire business around it.

The big idea behind Throx is that they are socks that come in packs of three instead of two, meaning that if you happen to lose one, you already have a back up ready to go. Of course, unless you are just constantly losing your socks, this just means having a drawer full of third wheel socks that serve no real purpose other than to take up space. The Sharks thought this idea was stinky and full of holes and passed on it.

23 Best: Kodiak Cakes

Experts at making money through investment though they may be, the Sharks aren’t immune to making mistakes. Throughout Shark Tank‘s ten seasons, they have passed on a number of products that then went on to become big successes even without their help— well, other than the exposure from being on television, that is.

The Sharks, Kevin in particular, pointed out to the founders of Kodiak Cakes that there is nothing proprietary about pancake mix, and that it’s a market pretty well cornered by a few heavy hitters. A few deals were offered, but when the guys from Kodiak didn’t accept the terms, the Sharks went out. Today, Kodiak is the fourth largest pancake mix brand and brings in annual profits of $50 million plus.

22 Worst: Squirrel Boss

It’s certainly an irritating problem: You put out a bird feeder and fill it with seeds and other goodies for your feathered friends, only to have greedy squirrels come by and help themselves to the treats. Michael DeSanti, creator of Squirrel Boss, decided that the only way to discourage squirrels from invading your bird feeders is to shock them. Literally.

You might be wondering how Squirrel Boss knows to differentiate between birds and squirrels in terms of what to shock and what to leave alone. Therein lies the problem— it doesn’t. The Sharks collectively rolled their eyes when they discovered that Squirrel Boss requires you to constantly watch the device and then actually have to press a button to activate the shock. Between that and the high price of the product, all Squirrel Boss ended up driving away was an investment.

21 Worst: Wired Waffles

In today’s go-go-go world, who has time to eat breakfast and drink coffee? This means that busy adults are constantly having to choose between food and caffeine in the morning. Not anymore! Now, you can have your breakfast and your caffeine in one convenient place by eating a Wired Waffle. Well, you could have if the company who made Wire Waffles was still in business.

Among the Sharks’ concerns about Wired Waffles was that they were easily-imitated (you can’t really trademark adding caffeine to something,) the inherent risk of children accidentally eating them, and the lack of sales of the product prior to the pitch (about $1,000 total.) Oh, and there was also the not-insignificant issue that they apparently just didn’t taste very good. After a brief boost in sales following the episode, Wired Waffles soon had to be unplugged.

20 Best: The Bouqs Co.

One of the biggest reasons why flowers are so expensive is that you are paying for the various middlemen that are involved in the process between when the flowers are plucked from the dirt and when they are delivered to the home or office of your significant other. John Tabis founded The Bouqs Co. with the idea that flowers could just be sold directly to consumers.

For various reasons, Tabis didn’t get a deal when he appeared on Shark Tank in 2014. But Shark Robert Herjavec suddenly saw the error of his ways when he needed flowers for his wedding, and decided to contact Tabis not only as a customer but also as an investor. Bouqs just barely earned a million dollars its entire first year in existence— it now sometimes makes that on a single Valentine’s or Mother’s Day.

19 Worst: Cougar Energy

While so-called energy drinks have existed for a long time, it wasn’t until Red Bull launched its “it gives you wings!” ad campaign in the late-’90s that the market for amped-up beverages really took off. However, most energy drinks seem to specifically target not only males, but young males— and Cougar Energy aimed to change that.

Beyond the cringey realization that the Cougar Limited company as a whole was the brain child of a 20-something man who just happened to have a thing for older women, the Sharks sent this cougar back to its cage after being unimpressed by Cougar Energy’s taste, low sales, and extremely narrow— and somewhat contentious— target demographic.

18 Worst: The Skinny Mirror

Women deserve to feel beautiful, and are entitled to do whatever they choose to do to make themselves feel that way. But there are times when products geared toward making women look better are designed to mislead women and set them up for disappointment.

A mirror that makes a woman look skinnier isn’t evil in and of itself. The issue that the Sharks had with Skinny Mirror is that its creator was aiming to sell it to stores rather than consumers, and this had the potential to make women think they looked one way in a new outfit at the store, only to come home and see a different (read: the real) image when they get home and look at themselves in a non-distorted mirror. All Skinny Mirror did was show the Sharks its true, dishonest purpose.

17 Best: BedJet

Investors love to make money. The primary reason they invest in any product is because they are confident it will make them their investment back plus profits. But there is also something to be said for actually wanting to like the people you get into business with, and that’s where entrepreneur Mark Aramli struggled during his Shark Tank episode.

Aramli just seemed to rub the Sharks the wrong way, and he struck them as overly arrogant— so much so that they apparently didn’t see the money earning potential in his product, BedJet. Following his appearance on the show, where all five Sharks passed on his bed temperature-controlling system, Aramli’s BedJet has become one of the most successful Shark Tank rejects ever.

16 Worst: Elephant Chat

There is nothing funny about a failing marriage— despite what Mrs. Doubtfire led us to believe. And nothing can bring down a marriage more decisively than lack of communication. But what can be done to help couples who struggle to address whatever elephant might be in the room at a given time?

Jason and Amanda Adams decided to take that metaphor literally and created Elephant Chat, which is a stuffed elephant in a box that is to be brought out whenever there is an “elephant in the room” that needs discussing. This is supposed to make your partner know it’s time to have a serious chat. By you holding a tiny stuffed elephant that you pulled out of a plastic box. That costs sixty bucks. Do we really need to tell you how that pitch went, or what has become of the product since?

15 Worst: Nootrobox

Here’s yet another product designed for people who want a shot of caffeine in the most convenient method possible— because apparently, sipping coffee or taking a gulp of soda is just too much of a hassle for hard-working folks on the go.

Nootrobox is a company that makes caffeine-infused sugar cubes, with their star product being chewable coffee cubes. Sound tasty? We thought not. The problem that the Sharks had with the concoction— which also contained something called L-Theanine to supposedly reduce caffeine jitters— is that it was unknown what the long-term health risks might be from concentrated caffeine mixed with other chemicals. Couple that with Nootrobox’s over-inflated valuation, and the Sharks send Nootrobox packing.

14 Best: Copa De Vino

Very few people get the chance to pitch their product on Shark Tank. Even fewer get a second chance— but that is what happened to James Martin, founder of “on-the-go” wine company Copa Di Vino.

While initially drawing interest from the Sharks, they soon turned on him for his arrogant attitude. After leaving without a deal, Copa Di Vino’s success exploded, so much so that producers decided to bring him back the next season. Martin himself later admitted that he primarily just came back to rub it in the faces of the Sharks— particularly Kevin— that he found success without them. After smugly sipping his wine through much of his pitch while showing little interest in what they were saying, the Sharks kicked him to the curb a second time.

13 Worst: Original Man Candle

Despite how progressive we have become as a society, we still can’t seem to shake the notion that there are certain products that are “for women” and others that are “for men.” And some make less sense than others, such as the idea that wanting to burn candles to make your house smell nice is largely a feminine aim.

Enter the Original Man Candle— not to be confused with all the other man candles out there, apparently— which makes candles more masculine by way of unique scents. Some aren’t terrible, such as barbecue or golf course, but then owner Johnson Bailey went too far by making candles that smell like beer and, yes, flatulence. The Sharks didn’t sniff out a deal here, and passed on the Original Man Candle between bouts of laughter.

12 Best: Eco Nuts

A lot of people come to Shark Tank pitching ideas that aim to rethink a common product via a more nature-based approach. Scott Shields and Mona Weiss of Eco Nuts went that route with a line of soaps and cleaning products made with berries that naturally produce soap and are known as soap nuts.

When Shield and Weiss told the Sharks what a huge percentage of the “soap berry market” Eco Nuts held, the Sharks asked how big such a market even was— and laughed out loud when the answer was only about a million dollars annually. Questioning the small size of the market and other aspects of that pitch that weren’t adding up, the Sharks rinsed themselves clean of Eco Nuts— though it remains in business and does in fact pull in most of the annual million-dollar soap berry market.

11 Worst: UroClub

Dr. Floyd Seskin began his Shark Tank pitch by explaining that he was a urologist who had created a product that fills a major need of many of his patients. He builds up to what the Sharks assume is going to be some significant medical breakthrough, only to finally get to what is instead a punchline: a product that lets you answer nature’s call while on the golf course without interrupting your game (or using a nearby tree.)

Obviously seeing the UroClub as nothing more than a novelty product that only a few dozen people will ever buy— and only for a gag gift at that— the Sharks didn’t think the product was on a par with the rest of their portfolios. The UroClub technically remains on sale through its website, but there is little to suggest that Dr. Seskin will be able to quit his day job anytime soon.

10 Best: The Original Shrimp Burger

You seldom hear the Sharks regret deals that got away, generally doubling down on why passing was the right decision to make at the time. In the case of Chef Big Shake, who came to Shark Tank seeking an investment for his unique shrimp burgers, Mark Cuban has openly admitted that he made a mistake in not signing a deal with the chef.

While the Sharks loved the shrimp burger and Chef Big Shake himself, they all had an issue with low margins and just the toughness of the food industry, telling the chef they’ll gladly be customers but won’t be investors. After the exposure from the show, CBS Foods saw a huge jump in interest from customers and investors alike, and Chef Big Shake, his shrimp burgers, and his fried chicken restaurant have all remained successful.

9 Worst: Wake ‘N Bacon

One of the best experiences in life is to wake up to the delicious aroma of breakfast already cooking. And few breakfast smells are more familiar or iconic than that of cooking bacon. .

The inventor of Wake ‘N Bacon took this a little too literally, however, when he came up with an alarm clock that wakes you up while literally cooking a piece of bacon. The Sharks immediately— and rightfully— pointed out that this involved having a slice of raw bacon sitting in a box at your bedside for the entire night, and nothing else really mattered after that revelation. They sent Wake ‘n Bacon out to pasture.

8 Best: Hammer And Nails

After finding success on television and in Hollywood, writing the screenplays for the hit movies Brown Sugar and Like Mike, Michael Elliot decided to try something different after having a bad experience getting a manicure at a traditional female-focused salon. Elliot saw an opportunity for a nail salon and grooming shop that catered more towards men, and thus, the first Hammer & Nails salon opened in Los Angeles in 2013.

Elliot came to Shark Tank looking to make Hammer & Nails into a nationwide chain. Despite being initially perceptive to the idea, the Sharks soon soured on Hammer & Nails, seeing that Elliot didn’t have a clear business plan in place yet. He clearly does now: He has since franchised eight more locations, with another seven on the way.

7 Worst: Pavlok

Inventor and entrepreneur Maneesh Sethi had already written a book on aversion therapy called Hack the System, and once found a woman on Craigslist and paid her to slap him any time he got distracted from work as an experiment in breaking bad habits. Eventually, his grand idea was to just use on ourselves what we use on dogs when they misbehave: a shock collar.

Think it’s a joke? So did the Sharks when Sethi revealed the Pavlok— named after the famous Pavlovian Method of behavior conditioning. How did the Pavlok know you were engaging in a bad habit? It didn’t— you are supposed to shock yourself when you bite your nails, chew with your mouth open, etc. The only one shocked was Sethi when he didn’t get a deal.

6 Best: Rocketbook

There are few products these days that don’t have some kind of “smart” equivalent— thanks to Rocketbook, invented by Jake Epstein and Lemay, that also includes good ol’ fashioned pen and paper. While the actual Rocketbook notebooks themselves are fairly traditional, it’s when you photograph a page of hand-written notes via the Rocketbook app that the “magic” happens.

The Sharks didn’t see enough smart about Rocketbook to offer the duo a single cent of their $400K asking price— in particular, balking at how the Rocketbook was apparently reusable, thus limiting return sales. No matter— after Shark Tank, Rocketbook broke a Kickstarter record for most funded office supply in the platform’s history at $2.5 million in backer investments.

5 Worst: No Fly Cone

No, your eyes don’t deceive you— that is, in fact, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane in the picture above. But he isn’t there to pitch his own product, instead being brought along to help boost the credibility of his friend’s My Fly Cone idea. Spoiler alert: It didn’t work, especially not on Kevin who didn’t even recognize him.

It’s not as though No Fly Cone creator Bruce Gaither wasn’t trying to solve a legitimate problem— the excessive amount of flies in his barn. But once Gaither revealed that his product was a cone that housed dog waste to attract the flies, the Sharks were disgusted and gave it a hard pass. Even MacFarlane doing a Stewie impression for the Sharks didn’t change their minds.

4 Best: Meal Enders

Some of the best innovations are the ones that come from a personal need. In the case of MealEnders, Mark Bernstein needed a way to lose weight in order to battle various health issues, and ended up developing a lozenge to help curb cravings that was not only successful for him but ended up taking off as a product, to the tune of $1.4 million in sales in under two years.

Still, various details about those sales— in addition to issues they had with the taste of the lozenges— turned the Sharks off, and they didn’t swallow what MealEnders was selling. But the product has done just fine without a Shark Tank deal, especially after the exposure it got from being on the show.

3 Worst: Attached Notes/Flip-N-Notes

Shark Tank has seen its fair share of pitches for products that attempted to solve a problem that seemingly didn’t exist, at least not to anyone other than the person who came up with it. Few examples of this are more infamous than when Mary Ellen Simonsen entered the Tank and tried to convince the Sharks that the world needed a way to add sticky notes to laptops.

Beyond the Sharks unanimously agreeing that Attached Notes was a worthless product that attempted to satisfy a non-existent need, they were aghast when they learned that the product cost nearly ten bucks. That Simonsen seemed annoyed at the Sharks’ disinterest and struggled to answer even their most basic questions only made things worse for the ill-fated entrepreneur and her superfluous product.

2 Best: The Lip Bar

Of all the companies on this list, the one that you are most likely to be familiar with has got to be The Lip Bar, as their products can now be found in Target stores across the country and have been evangelized by actress Taraji P. Henson.

How could the Sharks have missed The Lip Bar’s potential? Basically, they all agreed that the lipstick business was too competitive and that it would be impossible for an upstart to make a dent at this point. The Sharks were really hard on the women pitching the company, with both Kevin and Daymond in particular telling them in so many words that the company is a waste of time and should just be abandoned entirely. Clearly, the Sharks don’t always know what they are talking abut.

1 Worst: The Ionic Ear

Anyone who is a fan of Shark Tank and has been watching it since the beginning had zero doubt what was going to be at the “top” of this list. The Ionic Ear pitch is considered the worst in the history of Shark Tank by every Shark who has ever been asked to discuss the bad pitches from the show.

A perfect storm of a bad pitch, a bad salesman, and a bad product, the Ionic Ear was a Bluetooth device that customers would literally have surgically implanted inside their ear so they never again had to worry about having a Bluetooth earpiece fall out or get lost. None of the Sharks even pretended to entertain this as a legitimate business, and not only laughed inventor Darin Johnson off the stage but continued to mock the idea years later in interviews.

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Chris Hodges

18 Best Sequels, According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 8 Stuck With 0%)

We live in an age where sequels are all the rage. Every major studio is chasing those franchises that can keep their cash flow healthy for years to come. Sometimes, they’re exhausting. Other times, they can be our most anticipated movies. Maybe we could do without more Transformers movies, but Marvel and Mission: Impossible sequels are event movies that drive us to the theater in droves.

Sequels are tricky and unpredictable, though. On one hand, they’re often necessary for expanding stories and the good ones continue sagas we want to see progress. On the other, some are soulless cash grabs that shouldn’t exist. In the worst cases, some of them completely derail promising franchises by failing to deliver the goods. Then again, in some instances, sequels can get a series back up and running after they’ve experienced setbacks.

This list will look at those rare sequels that are considered worthy — and even superior — follow-ups. Those rare beasts that make us grateful for multiple movies in a series. Furthermore, we’ll also be discussing the most maligned sequels that brought no critical good will to their respective franchises whatsoever. It’s more fun this way. In order to fully appreciate the best of the best, we also must acknowledge the worst of the worst. Without evil, we wouldn’t be able to understand all that’s good and pure. Without terrible movies, we wouldn’t be grateful for the good ones.

With this in mind, here are 18 Best Sequels According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 8 Stuck With 0%).

26 Best: Captain America: Civil War (91%)

The decision to keep the same team of writers for all three Captain America films paid off in the end. The trilogy just went from strength to strength with each passing entry, though some would argue that The Winter Soldier is equally as good — if not better — than Civil War. Either way, they’re both prime examples of how to do sequels right.

Civil War tackles the same themes you’d expect from a movie about a do-gooder like Cap, but where the film truly soars is during its wild third act. The airport showdown is the best action showdown in the MCU, and that’s saying something.

25 Worst: The Bad News Bears Go To Japan (0%)

If you didn’t know that sequels to The Bad News Bears exist then no one would think any less of you. While the first movie is a cult classic about an underdog baseball team, the sequels have faded from the collective memory with the passing of time, lost like tears in the rain. That’s for good reason.

None of the sequels are good, but The Bad News Bears Go To Japan is especially bad.

While the idea to relocate to Japan for a big game is good on paper, the sequel is just bland, forgettable, and was made to cash in on the brand name.

24 Best: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (93%)

Some fans argue that The Force Awakens is essentially a retread of A New Hope in many ways. However, clearly the critics and audiences didn’t necessarily agree, given its stellar Rotten Tomatoes score and its audience score of 87%, not to mention its impressive box office haul.

As far as Star Wars movies go, it hits the spot. The new characters are great, the return of some old faces is a trip down memory lane, and the story still made significant effort to push the franchise forward. In those regards, the film definitely succeeded.

23 Best: War for the Planet of the Apes (93%)

Anyone who has a problem with classics being rebooted needs to watch the most recent Planet of the Apes trilogy.  The finale pits the apes in a brutal battle against the humans, which leads to an epic confrontation between the Caesar the Ape and humanity’s ruthless colonel (played by an utterly wicked Woody Harrelson). As far as concluding trilogies goes, War for the Planet of the Apes has everything.

By no means is this a pleasant movie, but it is rewarding. And not only does it wrap up an epic story, but the film boasts some of the great CGI wizardry out there. The action is also ridiculously impressive and compelling, which is crazy considering it’s a movie about people versus monkeys.

22 Best: Logan (93%)

James Mangold’s Logan, the gloriously violent and heartbreaking farewell to Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, is an all-timer. Taking cues from the Old Man Logan comics, the movie has just as much in common with neo-westerns as it does with superhero yarns, which makes for a gritty, character-driven elegy to characters many of us grew up with.

Logan deserves praise for going R-rated and taking some stylistic risks.

The movie is proof that audiences will still flock to see superhero movies with some edge. If you’re going to send off some icons, this is the way to do it.

21 Worst: Return to the Blue Lagoon (0%)

Considering that no one liked The Blue Lagoon (it currently holds a 9% rating on RT), why anyone would want to return to the franchise is beyond comprehension. Of course, every sequel is a perfect opportunity to right some old wrongs if handled with care. Unfortunately, this was not. The story follows two children who are marooned on a tropical island as the grow up and fall in love, etc. The characters don’t wear enough clothes either, which makes for some weird, uncomfortable viewing.

There are some unintentional laughs to be had at the poor script and performances.

Otherwise the Blue Lagoon isn’t a scenic cinematic paradise worth spending time in unless you want to punish yourself for some reason.

20 Best: The Dark Knight (94%)

Few superhero movies are ever regarded as anything more than popcorn fare. However, if there were ever a superhero movie that proved the genre could be prestige cinema, it would be The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman is an exploration of chaos and just how far people are willing to go to achieve their goal.

The Dark Knight — for better or worse when you consider how devoid of fun some DC movies have been since — also brought a gritty, realistic touch to the genre. The movie feels more like a Michael Mann crime saga than it does a story about superheroes versus their outlandishly evil counterparts.

19 Best: Finding Dory (94%)

In recent times, Pixar has been criticized for relying too heavily on sequels, but if it ain’t broke… Finding Dory was released 13 years after Finding Nemo, and it was a smash with critics and audiences alike.

Its 94% on Rotten Tomatoes is complemented by an 84% audience score.

Upon release Finding Dory was praised for being as funny and thought-provoking as the first movie, while also adding a new dimension to the story. As with any Pixar movie, Finding Dory can be appreciated by audiences of all ages. 

18 Worst: Staying Alive (0%)

No other actor on the planet has experienced a career of ups and downs like John Travolta has. When he broke out he had the world at his dancing feet. After that, his career experienced a downturn until it was resurrected briefly following Pulp Fiction until it ultimately plummeted when he started starring in movies like Battlefield Earth. Staying Alive was released in 1983 when Travolta was experiencing his first fall from grace. Following up a classic like Saturday Night Fever was never going to be easy, but it shouldn’t have been this difficult, either.

The sequel lacks the gritty realism of its predecessor, and instead tries to get by on dance sequences. What’s the point in dancing when we don’t care about who’s doing it?

17 Best: Creed (95%)

No franchise tends to remain compelling seven sequels in, but Creed is proof that the Rocky franchise is the rare exception. Granted, some Rocky movies aren’t exactly knockouts, but Creed got things back on track and showed that it’s game for a few more rounds.

By serving as both a sequel and a spin-off/soft reboot, Creed gave the franchise a breath of new life.

It passed the gloves on to Michael B. Jordan as the eponymous character.  Creed 2 is right around the corner. Let’s see if it can do what the original saga failed to do and deliver a second outing that’s as good as the inaugural entry.

16 Worst: Leprechaun 2 (0%)

The first Leprechaun movie doesn’t come close to being certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it should come as no surprise that the sequels didn’t receive any critical acclaim. Especially not the second movie, which no critic seemed to enjoy at all.

Here, the infamous critter resurfaces in Los Angeles to find a bride, which leads to him abducting a young woman and trying to claim her as his own. This isn’t high art by any means, nor does it try to be.

15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (96%)

The Harry Potter books were an emotional roller coaster that affected millions of readers worldwide. Reliving those adventures on the big screen was also a great time to be alive, and the grand finale lived up to expectations. In the final installment of the saga about the Boy Who Lived and his fight against the forces of darkness, the ultimate showdown finally happens as our hero and his pals face off against Voldemort in Hogwarts castle.

It’s a true epic in every sense of the word.

As far as wrapping up the story goes, Death Hallows: Part 2 delivered the goods and gave us cinematic closure in style.

14 Worst: Looking Who’s Talking Now (0%)

Look Who’s Talking is a perfectly serviceable comedy that should never have received any sequels. In a bid to end to the trilogy on a high following the disappointing previous sequel, Look Who’s Talking Too, someone thought it would be a good idea to introduce talking dogs to the mix for the series’ swan song. 

Needless to say, Look Who’s Talking Now wasn’t the glorious goodbye the series was looking for, but at least the film did cast some cute dogs.

13 Best: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (97%)

The third installment of Sergio Leone’s influential Dollars trilogy, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is the creme de la creme of spaghetti westerns. 

The story centers around two men who form an uneasy alliance following a scam.

This leads them on a quest as it turns out there’s money buried in the desert and they want to find it. However, they have to compete against another who won’t hesitate to put a bullet in them to claim the prize. On top of being one of the most acclaimed movies out there, the film has been hailed as a major influence on directors like Quentin Tarantino.

12 Best: The Godfather: Part II (97%)

The continuation of Francis Ford Coppola’s Best Picture-winning 1972 crime saga, The Godfather: Part II chronicles Michael Corleone’s further ascendency in organized crime while simultaneously taking us back to the past to explore his dad’s humble beginnings.

Like its predecessor, the sequel also won Best Picture and is hailed by many a critic and film buff as one of the best movies ever made. Whether it’s better than the original is up for debate, but they’re like two sides of the same coin. These movies set the bar for mob pictures, and to this day, other directors are still trying to recreate the formula.

11 Mad Max: Fury Road (97%)

Director George Miller was in his seventies when he unleashed Mad Max: Fury Road, but the energy and madness imbued in every frame of this extravaganza suggest a man half his age.

Maybe we’ll never see another Mad Max movie, but the world needs a Furiosa spin-off eventually.

Fury Road is essentially one non-stop chase that barely lets up from the get-go all the way to the climactic ending. Furthermore, it’s a movie that defied expectation by taking the focus away from the titular character and making Charlize Theron’s Furiosa the real hero of the adventure. 

10 Worst: Jaws: The Revenge (0%)

Is Jaws: the Revenge a good movie? Definitely not. Is it an entertaining movie, though? Definitely yes.

How many other movies have sharks that make a conscious decision to get revenge on the humans that wronged them? Not only that, but the shark here followed its target to the Bahamas from Massachusetts. And why would someone who wants to avoid sharks go to an island surrounded by ocean? The movie is illogical, silly, nonsense, but it does offer sheer entertainment value for bad movie buffs.

9 Best: Aliens (98%)

Alien and Aliens are quite different in some regards, but they complement each other perfectly. The first is an exercise in pure suspense and terror. The sequel, on the other hand, retains the horror elements but adds a lot more action to proceedings.

Aliens shows how to make a successful sequel: acknowledge what came before but don’t be afraid to bring some fresh ideas to the table.

James Cameron was on fire in the ’80s and he wasn’t afraid to make Ridley Scott’s baby his own.

8 Best: Mad Max 2: Road Warrior (98%)

While George Miller’s inaugural Mad Max caper is a cult classic, most film buffs would agree that a couple of the sequels are slightly superior. Taking nothing away from the first movie, Road Warrior is a vast improvement when it comes to world building and sheer action spectacle. The story follows the eponymous character as he helps a group of people steal oil from a tyrannical madman and his band of goons.

As far as cinematic thrill rides go, few movies are on par with Road Warrior. Here, Miller turned up the volume significantly by making the post-apocalyptic terrains feel more dangerous and the action sequences more gung-ho and grander in scale.

7 Best: Evil Dead 2 (98%)

Sam Raimi’s first Evil Dead movie was a huge achievement for independent filmmaking when it was released back in 1981. The movie still holds up to this day with its innovative camera work, effective scares, and excellent cast as well.

The sequel is a triumph in its own right.

While the first movie contained moments of dark comedy, the sequel amps up the zaniness to become what is essentially the splatter flick equivalent of a Laurel and Hardy flick. For 90 minutes, Bruce Campbell is tormented by laughing ornaments and his own severed hand. As silly as that sounds, Evil Dead 2 still manages to pack more punch than your average MMA fighter.

6 Worst: Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (0%)

In the third installment of the Police Academy franchise, the cops are understaffed and in need of some help. Naturally, the force turns to America’s civilians to help aid in their mission. Things don’t go smoothly, for the characters in the film and the movie itself.

Rotten Tomatoes describes Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol as “Utterly, completely, thoroughly and astonishingly unfunny” and  a movie which sent “a once-innocuous franchise plummeting to agonizing new depths.” That sounds about right.

5 Toy Story 3 (99%)

Few franchises manage to strike three home runs in a row. Even The Godfather stuttered when it came to the third outing. Toy Story, on the other hand, never ceases to replicate the magic time and time again.

This emotional installment sees Andy get ready to leave for college and neglect his old toys.

He’s all grown up and has no use for them anymore, and what ensues is what is by far the most heartfelt movie in the series.

4 Worst: Highlander II: The Quickening (0%)

As far as pure entertaining action-fantasy goes, the first Highlander movie is a fun slice of popcorn entertainment that aficionados of cult cinema lose their head over. The sequel, meanwhile, is an incomprehensible mess.

Highlander II is too overplotted to explain, but the cusp of the story revolves around the hero from the first movie taking on a corporation after being led to believe that they don’t have the world’s best interests in mind. In this one, our hero is a defender of the ozone as well. What makes Highlander II so awful is that it completely retcons everything good about the original film and the mythology it introduced.

3 Best: The Bride of Frankenstein (100%)

We all desire to be loved by someone special– even bolt-head monsters made up of the remains of other people. But to find them a mate, one must dig up some more corpses and create a suitable partner that’s similar in genetic make-up. This is also the storyline behind James Whale’s 1935 masterpiece, Bride of Frankenstein.

There are too many Frankenstein movies to keep track of at this point, but this sequel remains the pinnacle of the original series.

The movie is a masterpiece that successfully blends campy fun with Gothic beauty and genuine chills that’s stood the test of time as a result.

2 Paddington 2 (100%)

No one expected the the first Paddington to be as good as it is. That movie is a bona fide classic in the making in its own right, but the sequel is some next-next level brilliance.

Paddington 2 sees the lovable bear go to prison and, unsurprisingly, all the mean criminals fall in love with him as well. Critics, like the fictional convicts, were also full of praise for the titular bear and his second big onscreen adventure as well. At one point, Paddington 2 was even the best reviewed movie in history.

1 Best: Toy Story 2 (100%)

Following up a movie like Toy Story was never going to be easy, but that didn’t stop Pixar from trying and succeeding. In this one, we find out that Woody is a collectible when he’s discovered and stolen by a greedy museum owner. Naturally this prompts Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato, and the rest of the gang into action and they set out to save their friend.

General consensus on Rotten Tomatoes states that Toy Story 2 is that rare sequel that improves upon its predecessor.

The sequel raises the stakes and ups the element of adventure while retaining the humor and heart that made audiences fall in love with the franchise in the first place.

What’s your favorite sequel? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-10 04:10:39 – Kieran Fisher

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Legendary Armor Locations Guide

In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, there are legendary armor sets that players can obtain by completing missions, defeating specific bosses, or simply opening the right chests in the right areas. Obtaining and equipping a full set of legendary armor will grant players bonuses, some of which may change the entire course of their journey (including how they approach Odyssey‘s abilities).

While some legendary armor pieces may be acquired early on in the game, it’s best to wait until at least halfway through the story until players start to really try to obtain full sets. After all, most of them require defeating members of the Cult of Kosmos – and that can be harrowing in and of itself. Plus, the Cultists aren’t even introduced until quite a bit into the story.

Related: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: How To Get The Best Ending

Furthermore, equipping just one piece of legendary armor will grant players a bonus, but equipping all five pieces of equipment can either increase damage for all weapons and abilities, increase armor resistance, and perhaps even make players immortal in the grand scheme of things. Here’s a full guide on the all the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey legendary armor sets (images via PS4Trophies):

Pilgrim’s Legendary Armor Set

Players have to scour the Greek world looking for specific chests on specific islands. And acquiring each Pilgrim armor piece allows players to spend 40% less adrenaline when using the Shadow of Nyx ability.

  • Pilgrim’s Hood – Inside a chest in the Eleusis Telesterion in Attika.
  • Pilgrim’s Gloves – Inside a chest in the Akropolis of Argos.
  • Pilgrim’s Garment – Inside a chest in the Temple of Athena in Sparta.
  • Pilgrim’s Belt – Inside a chest in the Temple of Artemis in Lakonia.
  • Pilgrim’s Boots – Inside a chest in the Temple of Britomartis in Messara.

Amazon/Achilles Legendary Armor Set

Players who play as Kassandra will obtain the Amazon legendary armor set (something akin to Wonder Woman’s armor), whereas players who play as Alexios will get the Achilles armor upon defeating all the members of the Heroes of the Cult. Both armor sets provide players will a full set bonus of +2% damage dealt restored as health.

  • Helm of Achilles – Defeat Pallas the Silencer.
  • Bracers of Achilles – Defeat Swordfish.
  • Armor of Achilles – Defeat Belos, The Beast Of Sparta, in the Arena.
  • Waistband of Achilles – Defeat Okytos the Great.
  • Sandals of Achilles – Defeat Deianeira.

Agamemnon Legendary Armor Set

Agamemnon’s legendary armor set provides players with a full set bonus of +50% burning rate. But first, players have to defeat all the members of the Silver Vein branch of the Cult of Kosmos.

  • Agamemnon’s Helmet – Defeat Machaon The Feared.
  • Agamemnon’s Gauntlets – Inside a chest at the Silver Mine in Athens.
  • Agamemnon’s Body Armor – Defeat The Silver Griffin.
  • Agamemnon’s Waistband – Defeat The Centaur Of Euboea.
  • Boots of Agamemnon – Defeat The Chimera.

Immortal Legendary Armor Set

Although players can’t become immortal while wearing the Immortal legendary armor set, they do get an additional 20% health restored to them upon respawning. However, they first need to defeat the entire Worshippers of the Bloodline branch of the Cult of Kosmos.

  • Helmet of the Immortal – Defeat Zoisme.
  • Gauntlets of the Immortal – Defeat Chrysis.
  • Armor of the Immortal – Defeat Diona.
  • Waistband of the Immortal – Defeat Melite.
  • Boots of the Immortal – Defeat Harpalos.

Greek Heroes Legendary Armor Set

Instead of taking down Cultists, for the Greek Heroes legendary armor set, players have to take on mercenaries, who will drop the Perseus Helmet, Jason’s Golden Fleece, Bracers of Theseus, Hippolyta’s Belt, and Atalanta’s Sandals. However, different mercenaries may drop different items for different players. The armor set provides a bonus of 20% to all resistances.

  • Defeat The Translucent
  • Defeat The Flash
  • Defeat The Lucky Drunk
  • Defeat The Frenzied
  • Defeat The Resplendent

Arena Fighter’s Legendary Armor Set

In order to obtain the Arena Fighter’s legendary armor set, players will have to complete the Arena – defeating every champion – for a second time at or near the max level. Wearing the full set provides players with a bonus of +10% health restored with overpower.

  • Arena Fighter’s Helmet
  • Arena Fighter’s Gauntlets
  • Arena Fighter’s Armor
  • Arena Fighter’s Waistband
  • Pit Fighter’s Boots

Artemis Legendary Armor Set

The Artemis legendary armor set is obtained by essentially completing the Daughters of Artemis quest. A full set gives players a bonus of +15% damage on all Hunter abilities.

  • Master’s Artemis Hood – Defeat the Krokottas Hyena and deliver the pelt to Daphnae.
  • Master’s Artemis Gloves – Defeat the Erymanthian Boar and deliver the pelt to Daphnae.
  • Master’s Artemis Outfit – Defeat the Krekatan Bull and deliver the pelt to Daphnae.
  • Master’s Artemis Belt – Defeat Kallisto the Bear and deliver the pelt to Daphnae.
  • Master’s Artemis Treads – Defeat the Lykaon Wolf and deliver the pelt to Daphnae.

Snake Legendary Armor Set

One of the more intriguing legendary armor sets in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the Snake set, which grants players a bonus of +10% intoxicated damage and weakening effect. The entire Eye of Kosmos branch of the Cult of Kosmos needs to be defeated in order to obtain the full set.

  • Viper’s Hood – Defeat The Master.
  • Venom Gloves – Defeat Hermippos.
  • Scaled Armor – Defeat The Snake.
  • Slithering Belt – Defeat Sotera.
  • Noxious Boots – Defeat Midus in Argolis.

Athenian War Hero Legendary Armor Set

Players have to defeat all the cultists part of the Delian League to obtain the Athenian War Hero legendary armor set. A full set grants a bonus allowing players to penetrate shields with arrows.

  • Athenian War Hero Helmet – Defeat Kodros the Bull.
  • Athenian War Hero Gauntlets – Defeat Brison.
  • Athenian War Hero Armor – Defeat Iobates the Stoic.
  • Athenian War Hero Belt – Defeat Rhexenor the Hand.
  • Athenian War Hero Boots – Defeat Podarkes the Cruel.

Spartan War Hero Legendary Armor Set

Considering that Sparta famously fought in the Peloponnesian War, it makes sense that players have to defeat the Peloponnesian League of the Cult of Kosmos to get the Spartan War Hero legendary armor set, which appropriately grants players +15% damage to all Warrior abilities.

  • Spartan War Hero Helmet – Defeat Monger in Korinthia.
  • Spartan War Hero Gauntlets – Defeat Silanos of Paros.
  • Spartan War Hero Armor – Defeat Skylax the Fair.
  • Spartan War Hero Belt – Defeat Lagos the Archon.
  • Spartan War Hero Boots – Defeat Kallias.

Pirate Legendary Armor Set

To get the Pirate legendary armor set, perhaps one of the coolest looking armor sets in the game, players have to take down the Gods of the Aegean Sea cultists. Then, the full armor set grants a +15% damage to all Assassin abilities.

  • Pirate Hood – Defeat Melanthos.
  • Pirate Gauntlets – Defeat Asterion.
  • Pirate Armor – Defeat The Octopus.
  • Pirate Waistband – Defeat Sokos.
  • Pirate Treads – Defeat The Mytilenian Shark.

Demigod Legendary Armor Set

Loot Deimos at the end of the main story to obtain four of the five pieces of armor needed to complete the Demigod legendary armor set. The four pieces of armor are: Demigod’s Chestplate, Demigod’s Bracers, Demigod’s Belt, and Demigod’s Boots. The final armor piece, Aspasia’s Circlet, is obtained by defeating the final Cult of Kosmos member, the Ghost of Kosmos.

In total, there are 12 legendary armor sets in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Some of them will be relatively easy to obtain, while others will require some skill and ingenuity. But Ubisoft’s latest installment is quite long and expansive, so there’s no rush. After all, one or two of them can only be acquired after completing the game itself.

More: Every Assassin’s Creed Game Ranked

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2018-10-08 07:10:42 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Roger Ebert once wrote that The Rocky Horror Picture Show was less a movie and more of a “social phenomenon.” This is probably the most accurate way to describe the 1975 rock musical, as it just isn’t an ordinary film. First released to a less-than-stellar reception, Rocky Horror eventually found long-lasting fame from an unlikely source: audience participation. Its original theatrical run didn’t garner much praise, but the film came into its own when theaters began showing it at midnight screenings, now infamous for the almost ritualistic ways the audience dresses, shouts, and flings objects at the screen.

Rocky Horror is a legend of cult cinema– one of the few movies that has earned that title again and again. The film follows what appears to be a whole married couple, Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon), as they stay the night at a spooky old mansion owned by Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry, in the performance that rocketed him to stardom). What ensues is a celebration of kitsch, camp, horror, and science fiction cinema, a musical that makes very little logical sense but is a ton of fun.

Naturally, a film like that has to have a riveting story behind the scenes. Written by Richard O’Brien and directed by Jim Sharman, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has just as many crazy details behind the camera as in front of it. Those details will be counted down here, and we’ll get straight to it, as we can see you tremble with antici…

Pation. This is 20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

20 It originally had a different title

The original stage version of the movie had a whirlwind creative process, with Richard O’Brien whipping up the show with his artist and actor friends fairly quickly. As it happens, they were originally rehearsing the show under a different title.

It was called They Came From Denton High due to the story being set somewhere near Denton, Texas.

Obviously, that didn’t last, but O’Brien and director Jim Sharman didn’t change it until the very last minute. Sharman suggested the name change just before previews of the stage show, based on the genres they were spoofing. Thus was “The Rocky Horror Show” born (only the movie had the extra “Picture” in the title, naturally).

19 Brad and Janet were replaced

The cast of Rocky Horror is mostly unchanged from the stage show to the movie. Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman kept their creative team mostly intact, too, so when you’re watching the movie it should really feel like you’re just seeing a filmed version of the stage show. Well, except for a few roles.

Aside from the high-profile cameo from Meat Loaf and a few other replacements, the protagonists were also switched out.

The original actors for Brad and Janet wanted to reprise their roles, but studio executives at Fox felt they needed two US actors in those parts to help sell the movie. Rocky Horror fans can’t complain, as Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon did a great job as Brad and Janet, but we feel for those two original actors whose roles were taken from them.

18 The story behind the lips

Everyone who has seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show– not to mention plenty of people who have only seen the poster– are familiar with the lips that open the film. This iconic image is actually the product of several people working together, rather than just one actress.

The lips that appear in the film are Patricia Quinn’s (who also played Magenta), but she’s only lip-syncing the song “Science Fiction/Double Feature” even though she did in the stage show. The singer is actually creator Richard O’Brien. And the lips on that famous poster are those of somebody else entirely, former model Lorelei Shark.

17 The costume designer didn’t want to do it

Costume designer Sue Blane is credited with much of The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s lasting appeal thanks to her designs that spoofed the traditions of cinema and leaned heavily into camp. The movie wouldn’t be the same without her, but it almost had to do just that, as she wasn’t interested in the project at first.

In fact, Blane herself says that it took director Jim Sharman meeting with her personally and getting her tipsy before she saw the light. Blane didn’t like the idea of doing a silly project for very little money, but when she found out Tim Curry and a bunch of her other favorite colleagues and friends were already committed to the show, she relented. Thank goodness for that.

16 Tim Curry wasn’t new to corsets

Tim Curry has a long and storied career on the stage and screen, and his rise to prominence came largely thanks to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Given that it was his first hit movie role, people tend to forget that Curry wasn’t a complete rookie. Case in point: Curry had actually starred in a similar stage show before originating the role of Frank N. Furter in Rocky Horror’s stage incarnation.

Curry had also worn a corset in a production of The Maids.

Costume designer Sue Blane had worked that same production. For Rocky Horror, Blane says she simply asked the theater for the same corset for Curry to wear. Naturally, Blane remarked that Curry took to the corset “like a duck to water.”

15 Susan Sarandon’s sickness

Cinema can be a fickle thing– while you’d expect film sets to be glamorous affairs, with every possible amenity available to the actors, you would occasionally be very wrong. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was no picnic to make, as the cast and crew had to endure unheated sets while filming scenes in pools.

This might not sound like a big deal, but it was for Susan Sarandon, who fell ill during production. The filmmakers had nothing but kind words for her after her gritty effort to push through with the work, as they mentioned that she was literally “shaking with fever” on set but kept on going in spite of that.

14 Rocky was supposed to talk

Sometimes you’ve just gotta improvise when you’re making a film. While the creative team behind The Rocky Horror Picture Show might have thought they had the perfect casting when they got Peter Hinwood to play the character of Rocky Horror, they changed their minds when they found out he was a model who had zero acting experience. Rocky Horror originally had dialogue in the film, but after watching Hinwood act, Sharman and O’Brien elected to remove all his speaking parts.

Another singer dubbed over the character’s singing parts, so Hinwood’s voice never actually shows up in the film.

Clearly, they were in love with his looks, but not the way he sounded.

13 You can book a room where it was filmed

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was filmed at Oakley Court in England, a castle that had been host to several horror films in its past. While it may not have been the most welcoming place for the film crew in 1975 (at the time, it had no heating and few bathrooms), it’s doing a better job of that nowadays.

Oakley Court is now a ritzy hotel, allowing guests to stay in the location that was the home to many of their favorite spooky movies from days gone by. Nowadays, of course, the hotel advertises its proximity to LEGOLAND more than it does its connection to film history, but we’d like to think there are still a few Rocky Horror fans who make the trip.

12 The David Bowie connection

This might seem unrelated to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but it isn’t.

Pierre LaRoche was one of the creative forces behind David Bowie’s now-iconic Ziggy Stardust look, but that wasn’t the only influential job the makeup artist held.

LaRoche was also the person film producers turned to when they wanted a makeup redesign for the characters in Rocky Horror. While Sue Blane gets the lion’s share of the credit for the character designs in the film, we shouldn’t forget that it was Pierre LaRoche who actually came up with the makeup designs. Though the make-up is a touch more subtle than costumes, it’s still one of the main reasons the visuals of the film are so fun to watch.

11 Meat Loaf didn’t actually drive the motorcycle

Singer and occasional actor Meat Loaf has a memorable turn in Rocky Horror as Eddie, the delivery boy and partial brain donor to Rocky, who is tragically stabbed by Frank N. Furter. Eddie gets a fun entrance, bursting out of a freezer on a motorcycle, but the problem is that Meat Loaf didn’t actually ride that motorcycle. Aside from a few less dangerous wide shots, Meat Loaf left the actual driving to a stunt man as he says he didn’t feel comfortable doing anything risky on it.

For the close-up shots that needed to look like Eddie was on the motorcycle, the crew rigged up a wheelchair for Meat Loaf to ride.

That way, safety didn’t need to be sacrificed. Or that was the theory, anyway, as the wheelchair didn’t turn out to be that safe anyway.

10 The on-set injuries

Though it wasn’t Jim Sharman’s debut feature, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was not a film staffed by the most experienced team. This is perhaps reflected best by the apparently high number of on-set injuries that occurred– even ignoring the on-set illnesses, including Sarandon’s.

In the same interview, Meat Loaf describes an incident that happened while he was sitting in his wheelchair, where it fell off a ramp on the set, shattered a camera, caused a few cuts on Meat Loaf’s face and arm, and snapped a stand-in’s leg in two. While some efforts were made for safety, injuries ran rampant even with the wheelchair.

9 The skeleton inside the clock was real

One of the single most famous props in all of Rocky Horror is the skeleton clock; a coffin that has a clock face set on the front. The reveal that there is a skeleton inside the coffin is a fun moment in the movie, but the filmmakers dropped another bombshell in later years: the skeleton inside was real.

The skeleton clock actually lived on past the film.

In 2002, Sotheby’s auction house in London sold the clock for an exorbitant sum, 35,000 pounds. Adjusting for inflation, that would be approximately $63,000 today. Even true Rocky Horror fans might balk at that price, if the real human remains inside weren’t a turn-off.

8 Steve Martin auditioned for Brad

Whatever you think of Barry Bostwick’s performance as Brad in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, have you ever considered how different it might have been if another actor had taken on the role? Well, according to rumors and stories even repeated by the likes of Newsday, the role almost went to Steve Martin.

Given that Martin went on to star in a fairly similar movie musical, Little Shop of Horrors, this shouldn’t be too big a surprise.

Martin apparently auditioned for the role of Brad, but lost out to Bostwick. Maybe he played the antagonist in Little Shop of Horrors as a way to soothe the hurt of rejection.

7 It got terrible reviews when it first came out

Nowadays, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is viewed as one of the greatest classics of midnight cult cinema, as its popularity has only grown amongst its fans since its release. But to become a cult hit, you usually have to be a theatrical flop, and Rocky Horror was exactly that, both critically and commercially.

Some critics straight-up hated the film when it was first released, and others simply ignored it. Partially because of the counter-culture the film represented and the lack of a conventional plot structure, some seemed offended it even existed. Even today, many critics view the film more as an audience experience than a genuinely good movie.

6 Frank N. Furter’s villainous inspiration

The unquestionable star of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is Dr. Frank N. Furter, the role Tim Curry originated on the London stage and reprised in the film. Even critics who didn’t like the film enjoyed Curry’s assured and magnetic performance. That makes sense, given all the larger-than-life figures Curry took inspiration from to create the character.

Writer Richard O’Brien describes Frank as a combination of Vlad the Impaler and Cruella De Vil, which makes a lot of sense, but Curry didn’t stop there. On top of those villainous ancestors, he added a posh accent, said to be modeled on both Elizabeth II and Curry’s own mother. That’s one doozy of a mixture for the role, and obviously it worked to perfection.

5 It was a stage show first

When Richard O’Brien first set out to tell his story, it was a work of theater, as that was his primary area of expertise. Thus, The Rocky Horror Picture Show started out as The Rocky Horror Show– the “Picture” part was added for the film. O’Brien wrote the play in his spare time, then gathered some of his friends in London to help him make it.

The play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1973, and it was an immediate hit, moving to larger venues soon after. The show ran for weeks and weeks and eventually attracted the notice of producers, even Hollywood. This is the origin story for Rocky Horror— we wouldn’t have the film is the London stage show hadn’t been so popular.

4 The writer is Riff Raff

Given its reputation as one of the true classics of cult cinema, viewers today may not know that the original writer– playwright of the stage show, co-screenwriter of the movie, and Riff Raff in both, Richard O’Brien had never professionally written anything before the script for The Rocky Horror Show and its film adaptation The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That’s right, Rocky Horror is a debut work, by a person who never even wanted to be a writer.

O’Brien was living in London as an actor, struggling to make ends meet, and mostly wrote it just to keep himself occupied.

Luckily for him, the project resonated with his artistic friends, and they helped him turn it into the phenomenon it became.

3 O’Brien never thought it would be a big deal

Even when The Rocky Horror Show was making waves on the London theater circuit, it never registered with Richard O’Brien that he might have created a real hit. In an interview, O’Brien recalls when producer Michael White told him he thought this would be something big. “I said, ‘Oh, that’s nice,’ and walked away. It just didn’t register.”

For a while, it seemed like O’Brien was right to think it wouldn’t be a big deal. The film didn’t do well commercially when it came out, despite the popularity of the play, and it looked like that would be the end of the Rocky Horror story. But midnight viewers began to flock to the showings known for audience participation, and the film’s long-lasting appeal proved to be its greatest strength.

2 The writer thinks it was successful because it’s childish

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was originally written by a young actor with no writing experience, who just wanted something fun to occupy his time. Richard O’Brien, the writer in question, thinks that this process lent the show a quality of childlike naïveté, which contributed to its eventual popularity. In an interview, O’Brien said the show’s innocence is “very endearing and not threatening.” Continuing, he mentioned that every character in the show may appear to be intelligent or “sophisticated, but they’re really not.”

This quality allows young viewers to identify with the energy of the film, making it appeal to adolescent viewers.

O’Brien think this might be the key behind the social phenomenon that is Rocky Horror.

1 Originally, it started in black and white

The writing and directing team of Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman had a lot of grand ideas for the film adaption of Rocky Horror, but not all of them were allowed to come to pass. Chief among these was the plan to film the opening section of the movie in black and white.

The film would have burst into color when Frank N. Furter made his entrance.

Everyone who has seen the movie remembers that scene– now imagine if it had this added bit of pizzaz, with the first frame of color coming on a shot of Tim Curry’s lips. Susan Sarandon lamented that they weren’t allowed to make this vision a reality, as studio executives rejected the idea due to budgetary concerns.

Do you have any The Rocky Horror Picture Show trivia to share? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-08 05:10:06 – Eric McAdams

Richard Dreyfuss Thinks Jaws Can Be Improved By Adding a Digital Shark

Jaws actor Richard Dreyfuss thinks the classic shark thriller should be re-released with a CGI shark in place of the movie’s notoriously awful-looking mechanical beast. Upon its release in 1975, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws became a sensation on its way to grossing a then-astonishing $260 million domestically (which translates to $1.187 billion when adjusted for ticket price inflation).

But before the movie’s release to enthusiastic audiences, few in Hollywood believed the thriller had much of a chance to succeed. The film was plagued by all sorts of production issues, not the least of which was the clunkiness of the mechanical shark (nicknamed “Bruce“) that was created to menace the movie’s stars. As a result of the shark’s fake-ness, Spielberg elected to minimize its on-screen presence and instead use indirect methods to create thrills. Many would argue the movie became more terrifying as a result of Spielberg’s technique to overcome the limitations of his shark.

Related: Steven Spielberg Had An Awesome Idea for Jaws 2

Though Jaws is still considered a classic today, the movie’s dated special effects – and especially that fake-looking shark, which still gets plenty of screen time despite Spielberg trying to keep it hidden – arguably stand in the way of younger audiences embracing the film. Now one of the movie’s stars, Richard Dreyfuss, is calling for modern-day VFX experts to step in and remedy the Jaws mechanical shark problem. Speaking to Deadline, Dreyfuss said he supports CGI being used to replace the fake shark with a more convincing beast, so that younger audiences can see the film and fully appreciate what it has to offer. Dreyfuss said:

“I think they should do it, it would be huge and it would open up the film to younger people. Is that blasphemy? No, no, I don’t think so. The technology now could make the shark look as good as the rest of the movie.”

Indeed, Jaws is much more than just a movie about a big, fake shark attacking people. The film also contains some all-time classic performances from stars Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Dreyfuss as the three men charged with killing the shark after it menaces the beaches of Amity at the height of the summer season. Many cite the extended sequence when the three principals hunt down the shark in Quint’s too-small boat as one of the best examples in movie history of characters coming together under pressurized circumstances. Overall, the blockbuster contains some highly praised examples of thriller technique and many point to the film as exemplifying visual storytelling.

Naturally, there are purists who will argue that Jaws is perfect as it is – even with a bad-looking shark – and should be left alone. It’s also fair to wonder if fixing the fake shark problem would be enough by itself to make the movie engaging to younger audiences. Though Jaws certainly has its moments of tension, it also has longer periods where nothing scary is happening and characters are just interacting. The storytelling is not nearly as fast-paced as what audiences have become used to in modern moviemaking, and that may be a turn off. Then again, in recent years, audiences have seemed more willing to embrace horror filmmaking that doesn’t necessarily rely on relentless scares. The success of movies like Hereditary and A Quiet Place might suggest that modern audiences are willing to sit still through movies that feature slow-paced build-ups.

One thing that is certain: sharks are still popular in today’s culture. That was proven again this year with the release of The Meg, a shark movie with state-of-the-art CGI that grossed $142 million domestically. Of course, The Meg is considerably less subtle than Jaws, and is much less reliant on good performances and old-school thriller technique. In the years since Jaws came out, shark movies have generally become a lot cheesier, unfortunately.

More: James Gunn Reveals His Top 50 Horror Movies for Halloween

Source: Deadline

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2018-10-03 02:10:10 – Dan Zinski

MEGALODON Official Trailer (2018) Action, Adventure, Shark Movie HD

MEGALODON Official Trailer (2018) Action, Adventure, Shark Movie HD
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FRENZY Official Trailer (2018) Shark Movie HD

FRENZY Official Trailer (2018) Shark Movie HD
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Hungry Shark World – Meet The Sharks: Shark Week Trailer

Meet the candidates of a casting call for Hungry Shark Week.

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