Films That Failed While Trying to Cash In on Nostalgia

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In eras past, movie studios abided by one common rule: sex and violence sell. But in the last decade, that rule has changed. Hollywood’s new mantra is "nostalgia sells," as evidenced by countless reboots and remakes — from Ghostbusters to Pet Semetary — to sequels like Terminator: Dark Fate and Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens.

Sure, this could mean Hollywood’s creativity is waning, but it might just mean nostalgia is an easy way for studios to cash in — less risk, higher reward, thanks to all those old franchises with built-in, dedicated fanbases. However, leaning into the past and catering to fans isn’t always the most successful route. As these failed films prove, nothing is a sure bet.