Trilogies are the great treats of the movie sphere – a collection of films where you get to enjoy the same world, and the same characters numerous times over. It gives fans three bites of the cherry, and allows the writers and directors to really flesh out the story wonderfully. As fans, we always look for trilogies to be interconnected, and meaningful, with great scope and story.
But, this is not always the case – besides, not every installment in a trilogy is necessarily a masterpiece. Sure, you get some excellent trilogies, like Lord of the Rings, and The Godfather, but there are also some where at least one of the installments didn’t do so well at the box office. Anyway, here are some of the movies that you probably didn’t realize were actually part of a trilogy.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Okay, so this one is technically cheating a little bit because it’s not part of a trilogy in the strictest sense. The movie is a part of what Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have dubbed their The Three Flavors trilogy. That is to say, this flick, as well as Hot Fuzz, and 2013’s The World’s End, are three separate movies, with different characters, but they are all tangentially linked in the same universe. Shaun is an obvious highlight, and we feel the most fun and experimental of the three.
Dungeons and Dragons (2000)
Trying to cash in on the success of fantasy fiction, not to mention the legions of D&D fans, this movie was released in 2000 as a live-action fantasy adventure. It has Jeremy Irons as the antagonist at his most over-the-top, and the movie is really weird tonally. It can’t seem to decide if it wants to be a comedy, or a serious fantasy adventure movie, and gets stuck somewhere in between. They made two follow up films which D&D fans might like… We’re keeping shtum.
Legally Blonde (2001)
Don’t ask us why they decide to turn Legally Blonde into a trilogy. The first movie was one of those that just simply should not have worked. But it did. Thanks to a smart script, a great third act, and a grounded performance from Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde was much better than it ought to be. However, the final two in the trilogy didn’t receive the glowing reviews of the first.
These are just a few of the movies we can think of that you definitely didn’t know were part of a trilogy. There are so many movies out there that could have fallen into this category, but we think these represent some of the most interesting choices that have been released.
Cruel Intentions (1999)
Cruel Intentions is actually an incredibly underrated movie – a modern remake of Dangerous Liaisons, with spoilt rich teens as the principal focus. Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Reese Witherspoon star in this movie that is more interesting and absorbing than it should be – with a killer soundtrack to boot. Unfortunately, the decision was made to make a second film, and then a third, making this a trilogy. The other two were straight to home video, and never quite reached the lofty heights of this one.