Movie crossovers are generally good business founded on bad ideas and quite often the demand for such bastardised movies comes from a geeky fan-base. Of course it's the corporate hierarchy who ultimately come to the conclusion that it's an idea worth pursuing. When two separate properties strike gold at the box office then it's only logical that the two should combine like a tangled meeting of schwartz-like lightsabers, right?
The idea of movie crossovers is not new and Universal famously churned out classics like Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman and House of Frankenstein (followed by House of Dracula). They also made the ballsy move of mixing genres with their series of Abbott and Costello Meets movies which saw these two slapstick characters crossing paths with Frankenstein, The Mummy and Jekyll & Hyde - and the moviegoers lapped it up. Hell, you can't argue with a two-for-one deal!
And so over the years movie crossovers have come and gone and for the most part they have been schlocky tongue-in-cheek gimmicks. Films like King Kong Vs Godzilla, Billy The Kid Vs Dracula and Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter. Even animation got in on the action with The Jetsons sharing the screen with The Flintstones and then, of course, the crossover concept worked REALLY well in the comic-book universe. The 80s and 90s continued the trend with B-movies like Dollman and Demonic Toys locked at war as well as Freddy Vs Jason and Alien VS Predator. - all still very hokey.
And then suddenly the idea of movie crossovers became credible, thanks in part to the comic book and video game worlds... the movie that did it? THE AVENGERS! Now the idea of throwing fictional characters together seems more palatable and less contrived... Of course I have only scratched the surface and rather than fleshing out an in depth look into the history and concept, I would rather get a discussion happening about crossover movies you would like to see...
For years rumours have been circulating about Hellraiser VS Halloween, Chucky VS Leprechaun and Ash VS Freddy... but why limit the idea to horror and sci-fi? What about crossing other genres and franchises? Perhaps Martin Riggs Meets John McLane or Stifler Meets Alan (Hangover)?
Yeah yeah I know its stupid but indulge me.... what are some far-fetched crossover creations you'd like to see? Serious or ridiculous... it doesn't matter.
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