Top 10 Movie Series Which Are Not Narratively Connected

10:22 am 8 May, 2013

A sequel of a film usually is a narrative in continuity with the earlier work. There have been several movie series which had sequels which follow on events chronologically. However, there are movie franchises where each sequel varied from the original or where inspite of the director and the central character being the same the story was entirely different. Good or bad, there have been such series and hence let’s take a look at them.

10. Monty Python Series:

This is a series of films which were influenced by the TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The first film of this series was released in 1971 followed by four sequels each film quite different from the other. Though the stars were the same, the stories were different and definitely not narratively connected in each of the offerings.

Monty Python Series - Movie Series Which Are Not Narratively Connected

9. Van Wilder Series:

It is a series of films with Van Wilder as the title character. Ryan Reynolds played the title character in the first film. The second in the series of films is about Taj Badalandabad, the personal assistant to the legendary Van Wilder, played by Kal Penn. In the last and final film Jonathan Bennett played the character of Van Wilder. Though it was a series, there was hardly any connectivity to the plot in any. Infact, all the three were entirely dissimilar.

Van Wilder Series - Movie Series Which Are Not Narratively Connected

8. Predator Series:

Predator Series is a science fiction horror movie franchise produced by 20th Century Fox. It started in 1987 with the first film and then continued with the Alien vs. Predator films.  Though all the movies are about predators arriving in different parts of the world and the ensuing fights, they do not take forward the stories of the same characters or the same narrative course.

Predator Series - Movie Series Which Are Not Narratively Connected

7. Mariachi Trilogy:

It is a series of 3 films – El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. These were all written, produced and directed by Robert Rodriguez, beginning in 1992 and ending in 2003. It is the story of an out of work musician El Mariachi who ends up alone as all his loved ones die infront of him. Though the three movies are about El Mariachi but each has a unique story with only a partial connection of continuity between the first two.

Mariachi Trilogy - Movie Series Which Are Not Narratively Connected

6. Living Dead ( Romero’s Trilogy):

Living Dead is a series of films that originated from the seminal 1968 horror film Night of the Living Dead conceived by George A. Romero and John A. Russo. It is a loosely connected movie series about groups of people attempting to survive during the outbreak and evolution of a zombie apocalypse.  It is because of this satirical series that sometimes George A. Romero is also called The Godfather of Zombies.

Living Dead ( Romero’s Trilogy) - Movie Series Which Are Not Narratively Connected

5. Scream Film Series:

Scream is a series of American slasher films created by Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven. With Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette as the recurring characters, the films follow the character of Sidney Prescott played by Campbell who ends up as the target of a succession of murderers. The guise of Ghostface to stalk and torment victims is the trademark of the killers in this series. Though three of its main characters always return, every movie of the trilogy had a different story though built on the same premise.

Scream Film Series - Movie Series Which Are Not Narratively Connected

4. Scary Movie Series:

Scary Movie series is a set of American comedy films that parody horror films. The series was conceptualized by The Wayans Brothers. The series has a new boot up with Scary Movie 5 which was released in April 2013. It is first of the films not starring Cindy Campbell played by Anna Faris or Brenda Meeks Regina Hall. Different installments parody different horror movies and hence apart from the essence and some cast members there is very little in common among them all.

Scary Movie Series - Movie Series Which Are Not Narratively Connected

3. Dirty Harry Series:

Dirty Harry is the name of a series of films featuring fictional San Francisco Police Department Homicide Division Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan, portrayed by Clint Eastwood. There were five movies in this series with Clint Eastwood reprising the role of Harry. Though the premise was the same but each movie has a separate storyline with Harry assigned to ensure justice.

Dirty Harry Series - Movie Series Which Are Not Narratively Connected

2. Dollars Trilogy:

Also known as the Man with No Name Trilogy, the Dollars Trilogy refers to three Spaghetti Westerns starring Clint Eastwood. The movies in this collection being A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966); all directed by Sergio Leone. In actuality, these movies came to be referred to as a Trilogy only due to exploits of the same so-called “Man with No Name”. Clint Eastwood’s characters have different nicknames in each but his appearance and mannerisms are the only things common in the three movies.

Dollars Trilogy - Movie Series Which Are Not Narratively Connected

1. Three Colours Trilogy:

Three Colours Trilogy is the collective title of three films directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski, two made in French and one primarily in Polish. Three Colors: Blue in 1993; Three Colors: White 1994 and Three Colors: Red in 1994, are the movies which were loosely based on one of the three political ideals in the motto of the French Republic: liberty, equality, fraternity. There have different story lines with only one point in white depicting the same legal proceeding as shown in blue.

Three Colours Trilogy - Movie Series Which Are Not Narratively Connected


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