Excerpt: The Film Creating a sequel is always a slippery slope. Without a doubt, it's always compared to the original, and unless we're talking Weekend at Bernie's and Weekend at Bernie's II , there's usually a certain standard that the sequel needs to uphold to. That's why it's sort of puzzling that Andrew Lloyd Webber would bother with a sequel to one of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Phantom of the Opera . He did bother, though, and now we have Love Never Dies .
Conclusion: If you're a 'Phantom' fan, try and resist the morbid urge to see 'Love Never Dies.' Andrew Lloyd Webber's forgettable follow-up to his Broadway blockbuster falls flat, and only serves to poison one's memory of the original. But if curiosity gets the better you, just remember, it killed the cat, and it may also kill your respect for Webber, a consummate showman who just couldn't leave well enough alone.
Summary: Universal built much of its early success in talkies around horror and/or monster films, with the one two punch of Dracula and Frankenstein setting the studio off on a lucrative course that would be revisited over and over again in the ensuing decades. Once the success of those features became evident, the studio not only branched out into other projects like The Mummy and The Wolf Man , it also created what were among the first franchises in film history, bringing back...
Excerpt: The Phantom of the Opera burst onto the stage in 1986, a sumptuous banquet of lush music and lavish spectacle. It made an international star out of Michael Crawford, and went on to be the longest-running show on Broadway. After an inordinate delay (due primarily to a series of lawsuits accusing Weber of plagiarism), a tepid film version hit the screens in 2004. At length, Weber decided to return to his greatest success and work on a sequel.