The 6 Most Pointless Movie Prequels

Everyone always complains about sequels, but prequels fall into all the same traps of a sequel and you also already know how they’re going to end. A prequel takes place before the original story, and is supposed to flesh out the events and relationships. These prequels, however, fail to do that. They either tell a story that didn’t need to be fleshed out, or they focus on unimportant details. Instead of adding anything, they just … sit there. Here are six of the most pointless prequels ever!


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An origin movie about the Annabelle doll could have been really cool, but Annabelle skips over those details and gets right to the creepy doll stuff. Of course, when said creepy doll stuff starts happening, there’s no suspense — we’ve already seen these jump scares in The ConjuringAnnabelle is pointless because it tries to scare audiences who already know what’s going on.

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

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No one saw Dumb and Dumber and thought “but I have so many questions!”


Marley and Me: The Puppy Years

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Based on a true story, Marley and Me saw Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston play a married couple who adopt a rambunctious dog named Marley. Obvious hijinks follow, and then SPOILERS once the family comes to love Marley despite the chaos he causes, Marley gets sick and dies. It’s a classic family movie formula — make the audience laugh and then make them cry. Since they obviously couldn’t make a sequel, a prequel, Marley and Me: The Puppy Years, was made. Here’s the problem — Marley and Me was only memorable because of the super sad ending, which obviously The Puppy Years couldn’t mimic. It could have tried, it wouldn’t have made sense (but it would’ve been more interesting than the actual result).

The Thing

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In John Carpetner’s 1982 horror classic, The Thing, a group of scientists come across a research camp that had been attacked by the titular shape-shifting alien. Although we only get to see the aftermath of the alien’s attack on that camp, it’s pretty gruesome. In 2011, a prequel was released telling the story of that decimated camp. This movie was confusingly also titled The Thing, making it a prequel and a reboot. Plot-wise, it’s really just a remake of the Carpenter movie, which was itself already a remake of a 1950’s horror movie, which was also called The Thing. So it’s a remake of a remake, but it’s also a prequel to the remake at the same time. Sound confusing? Good, because you can just skip this movie and you won’t miss anything.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning

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While there could be interesting stories to tell in the underwater kingdom, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning is just an underwater Footloose. King Triton has banned all music from the kingdom, and Ariel won’t stand for that. It’s a really odd plot — shouldn’t a king have bigger problems to deal with?

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

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Leatherface, the killer from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, wears masks made out of human skin and lives with his cannibal family. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning aims to tell the origin of Leatherface and his family — basically they’re a bunch of crazy people who just decided to start murdering people one day. After a brief introduction, the movie turns into a typical Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie. Listen, if you’re going to give Leatherface an origin, don’t make it “just because”.

The 6 Most Pointless Movie Prequels


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Prequel is Hollywood’s way of monetising a finished story.

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