The messy way to make fruit salad. Photo: Columbia Pictures
It’s not just the Macintosh which turned 30 this year. Another beloved franchise many of us were introduced to as kids, Ghostbusters, also ushers in its fourth decade with… an update to Halfbrick’s fructose-slicing iOS game Fruit Ninja?
That’s right, the game which we first reviewed all the way back in 2010 has received a ghostly update which enhances the already fun title with some neat new visual effects and a great haunted soundtrack.
Instead of a ninja blade, the update means your fruit chopping is now carried out using the Ghostbusters’ proton packs, while true to the movies there’s even the possibility of “crossing the beams” to create an explosion that will turn every melon, pineapple and orange into instant fruit salad.
Sometimes a movie's so good that you walk out of it begging to see the story picked up in a sequel. While Hollywood's sometimes guilty of churning out tired follow-ups that make us forget what we loved about the original film, that's certainly not a universal rule.
With that in mind, here's our list of the 9 sci-fi movie blockbusters we'd love to see sequels to. Scroll through our gallery to find out which flicks made the cut.
There have been reports of a sequel to this 1996 aliens-invade-the-world blockbuster going back years. Roland Emmerich even has a cutesy name for it: ID4-EVER. But will we actually see it? Amidst plenty of conflicting reports it’s still looking like a toss-up, although it would be great fun were it to happen.
Taking place two decades after the original alien invasion, this sequel could be a fun bit of speculative sci-fi about how the world would react in the aftermath of interstellar beings arriving to blow us all up. The original’s special effects still stand up today, but there’s no doubt that 2014-era CGI could help take everything to the next level.
When people talk about M. Night Shyamalan’s precipitous decline after The Sixth Sense, they’re forgetting the greatness that was 2000’s Unbreakable, a real-world take on the superhero movie about an ordinary joe (played by Bruce Willis) who discovers he’s endowed with unparalleled strength and healing abilities.
The movie ends (SPOILER ALERT!) with Willis having a sense of where he fits into the universe, his apparent friend Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) having revealed his true colors, and the stage set for a colossal showdown. Trouble is, it never happened. But we’d love to see it if it did.
Telling the story of a young man capable of teleportation, 2008’s Jumper wasn’t blessed with the best critical reviews, although it nonetheless carved out a good chunk of profits at the box office. While the original, based on a 1992 sci-fi novel by Steven Gould, definitely had its fair share of problems, it was still an intriguing premise — and seemed to hint at a possible franchise we’ll apparently now never see.
What’s this about a sequel for RoboCop? No, you’re not reading an article from 1989 — we’re referring to a follow-up to the much-better-than-everyone-thought-it-would-be 2014 reboot. Star Joel Kinnaman had a sequel option in his contract, and it’s one that I’d dearly love to see the studio take him up on. Which is something I never thought I’d say before watching the reboot. Let’s just hope they don’t descend into the kid-friendly buffoonery of the original series’ sequels.
During a Reddit AMA event, Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro recently acknowledged that a Hellboy III is unlikely to happen on the basis that no studio wants to front him the cash to make it. While neither Hellboy nor Hellboy 2 set the box office on fire (no pun intended), they were still great adaptations of Mike Mignola’s cult comic book, and truly felt like they were aimed at fans. While there’s definitely a line of thought that says the not all-that-prolific del Toro shouldn’t be wasting his time with a sequel, it would still be awesome to see the Hellboy trilogy finished off in style.
“The [first] two movies were really set up to have this unbelievable resolve,” star Ron Perlman has said. "Everything that was done in both movies was leading up to this destiny, written in stone, of what Hellboy has been summoned to Earth to do. To not do it, particularly in light of the scope that Guillermo is thinking of for the resolve, would be in my mind a little bit of a shame.” Not just in your mind, Ron: a lot of us want to see the story brought to its satisfactory conclusion.
Starring William H. Macy, Ben Stiller, and Hank Azaria as a group of less-than-impressive superheroes, 1999’s Mystery Men was sort of the anti-Avengers in style. With characters like Mr. Furious, The Shoveler and The Blue Raja, it was nonetheless a pitch-perfect send-up of the superhero genre — and that would be more relevant than ever here in 2014. In a world where no-name heroes like Guardians of the Galaxy can become box office smashes, it’s definitely time for a reunion of the heroes of Champion City.
One of the best action flicks of 2012, Dredd sadly proved a flop at the box office, signalling the second time Judge Dredd has failed to make much of an impact on movie audiences. Who knows why, though, because this version of the futuristic lawman was every bit as grim and gritty as the successful comic it’s based on. With 40 years worth of stories to pick from, it would be great to see the Mega-City One universe expanded with a sequel or nine.
There was an ecologically-themed sequel to Ted Hughes’ original short story, The Iron Man called The Iron Woman, but as of yet it’s not been turned into a movie. 1999’s The Iron Giant was a colossal box office bomb but a critical darling. In the years since, it’s gone on to become a cult classic, while post-Pixar movie studios have gotten increasingly comfortable with the idea of smart family movies.
With director Brad Bird now being one of Pixar’s go-to directors, there’s a good chance he wouldn’t want to return to Warner Bros. to make a sequel to a film that was so badly mistreated the first time around, but we’d love to watch it if he did.
Long before Microsoft recruited Cortana to be its Siri clone, Clippy was bugging the living hell out of Windows users, earning it a nod as one of the worst software design blunders in the annals of computing. Reboot it: Make the new Clippy more like HAL 9000.
If and when Ghostbusters 3 finally comes to theaters, there's only one monster we're dying to see again: the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Reboot it: We'd love to see what kind of damage his squishy muscles could inflict against the Pillsbury Doughboy.
Starting in 1926, Reddy Kilowatt was the power industry's bright red ambassador, charged with wooing rural residents who hadn't yet embraced the wonders of electricity. Reboot it: Mad scientist Elon Musk supercharges Reddy to promote Tesla charging stations.
To highlight its 30-minutes-or-less delivery skills, Domino’s Pizza created The Noid, a physical manifestation of everything that can go wrong in the race from oven to hungry customers’ doorsteps. The Noid reached deep into pop culture with appearances on shows like Family Guy. Reboot it: Hire actor Tom Hiddleston to give Noid 2.0 a mischievous edge.
The Taco Bell Chihuahua yapped its way into our hearts between 1997 and 2000 with his Spanish catchphrase, "¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!" Gidget, the petite pooch that starred in the popular commercials, died of a stroke in 2009 at 15 years of age. Reboot it: Make the new Taco Bell hound a pit bull with a penchant for hot sauce.
"Dude, you're getting a Dell" used to sound as cool as "OMG you're getting a Mac!" thanks to Ben Curtis (aka Slacker Steve), the character who advised prospective buyers about all the perks of owning a Dell. The ad campaign ran from 2000 to 2003 while Steve Jobs was still working on Apple's comeback Reboot it: Colorado cannabis companies could use Dell Dude 2.0 to pitch high-tech vapes.
Apple's "Get a Mac" campaign slammed us with laughs at Microsoft's expense from 2006 to 2009. Starring Justin Long as the Mac and humorist John Hodgman as the PC, the ads became some of Apple's most popular. Reboot it: It's the commercial battle every fanboy wants: iOS versus Android, starring Tina Fey as iOS and Amy Poehler as Android.
Taking office in 1971, Mayor McCheese ruled McDonaldland while wearing a top hat, a diplomat's sash and a pair of spectacles. The incompetent mayor managed his office as badly as Mayor Rob Ford, but didn't get the boot until 1985. Reboot it: Get Christopher Nolan to stamp a gritty new vision on the ads. (The Hamburglar will steal the show.)
At the height of the dot-com boom, Pets.com's sock-puppet pooch reached cultlike status thanks to a series of silly, street interview-style commercials. Reboot it: You'll know the next tech bubble is about to burst once the sock comes back as BuzzFeed's newest tech reporter.
The Department of Transportation made crash tests fun in the 1980s with a series of ads featuring the antics of talking crash dummies Vince and Larry. Their slapstick jokes, along with the slogan "You could learn a lot from a dummy," propped up a popular campaign to teach kids about the dangers of not buckling their seat belts. Reboot it: Capture Vince and Larry's high-speed encounters in 4K super slow-mo. (Quips can be normal speed.)
After appearing in a Quiznos commercial, Web wonders the Spongmonkeys' caught fire in 2004, making the odd tarsiers with their human mouths and oversize eyes one of the Internet's most popular memes -- before memes were even a thing.Reboot it: Just bring them back. Now.
Budweiser's beer-loving frogs -- Bud, Weis and Er -- jumped into a pool of fame with the brewer's 1995 Super Bowl commercial, which has been recognized as one of the top five of all time. Reboot it: Shoot actual frogs in high definition, with or without beer. People love that Animal Planet crap.
The most minimalist mascot ever created, Cool Spot was birthed from the red spot in the 7 Up logo as an anthropomorphized dot with arms, legs, a mouth and sunglasses. His might look boring, but Cool Spot's adventures were anything but. Reboot it: 7 Up would be drenched in cash if it brought Cool Spot to the App Store as a new endless-runner game.
From 1964 to 1985, bow-tied fussbudget Mr. Whipple charmed supermarket shoppers with his love for Charmin toilet paper. Reboot it: Make the enforcer of the "don't squeeze the Charmin" rule a robot. Grab a Cylon off the Battlestar Galactica scrap heap and call it done.
Nipper became a mascot legend in 1899 when his owner copyrighted his painting of the dog listening to a phonograph. The painting inspired the dog and gramophone logo used by Victor and HMV records before RCA adopted it in 1977. Reboot it: EMI & RCA Records should tag-team on a streaming-music app called Nipper.
In some ways, it’s perfect timing: Sequels and viral magic have become staples of marketing and pop culture. But can the burger chain recapture the glory of its 2004 campaign, which racked up more than a billion views with its camgirl-inspired creepiness? While we’re waiting to find out, here are 15 bizarre brand mascots that demand a reboot.
For the first time, we’re rolling our weekly must-have apps and games features into one to make them a little easier to digest. Kicking off this week’s roundup is an awesome new Ghostbusters game in which you’ll be freeing New York City from some creepy spooks and spirits. We also have a brand new video sharing app from Twitter called Vine, a great little app that’ll help you pack for your next trip, and more. Read on for this week’s best iOS releases.
Heading up this week’s must-have iOS games roundup is a brand new Ghostbusters game that promises to be the best augmented reality game in the App Store. We also have a great online strategy game in the form of Tiny War XD, Activision’s legendary Pitfall!, and more.
Back in 1985, Big Blue (IBM) was the big bad competition for Apple. So, of course the sales team at Apple, including Steve Jobs, decided to make a video. It being the mid-eighties, the theme obviously had to be the hit of the season, Ghostbusters.
While there are countless little-known videos on YouTube that are well worth a watch for any Apple fan, this Ghostbusters parody has to be one of the best. The clip was filmed for an International Sales Meeting held in 1984 and it sees a team called the “Blue Busters” free the world from IBM PCs and replace them with the Macintosh.