Back-to-Back: Name Your Favorite Double Features

Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
edited June 2014 in General Movies & TV Posts: 40,578
What are two films that you can't help but watch back-to-back, or even two films that compliment one another so well, they're even better when watched together? For example, some of my favorites (that are mandatory for me because the films alone are amazing, and even better when watched in one sitting) are 'Alien'/'Aliens', 'The Terminator'/'The Terminator 2,' and the idea that sparked this thread, 'Halloween'/'Halloween 2' (original, not that Rob Zombie trash.)

What's so great about these is how they almost very in sub-genre: they're all either sci-fi or horror, but the first 'Alien,' 'The Terminator,' and 'Halloween' films rely on suspense and a slow-building plot, while the sequels to all three are way more action packed (or in 'Halloween 2,' death packed) now that the plot has been established, and it carries on from that while giving you a different feel of everything. They're also great separately because they both seem to fit different moods.

So with that, what are some of your favorites and why?
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  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    Death Wish 2 and 3.

    Both are very satisfying revenge films with very different tones. DW2 is more grim and gritty while DW3 is light and loaded with balls to the wall violence. Both are entertaining films. Death Wish 3 is very entertaining. It's a very cheesy movie, but that doesn't make it bad. It's full of quotable one liners and memorable scenes.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    I know we spoke on it before, but would I be fine watching both? I'm always interested in a good double feature, I just couldn't get through the first film.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    Apart from double features of Alien/s and Terminator/2, I'm always keen to watch Tron/Tron Legacy. It doesn't quite seem right watching just one or the other. For me, they are a package deal. The first one was surreal, and more than satisfies my craving for 80s sci-fi, and Legacy was just a smashing sequel with awesome effects, an interesting plot, and wicked music. I love the first film, but I get more excited to watch Legacy. Not a lame moment to be found in this sequel. Oh, and let's not forget Jeff Bridges. ^:)^
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    @Creasy47, You don't really need to see the first film to see the sequels. Each one feels like a stand alone movie with some mentions of the first movie thrown in. The second film is in some ways a remake of the first film in terms of plot, but I think it's done better. But I will warn you, Death Wish 2 can be uncomfortable upon first watch. By Death Wish 3, expect a tonal shift like OHMSS to DAF. Death Wish 3 is pretty much violence for the sake of it, but boy is it fun the watch. The acting is bad, but it's so funny. You just have to watch it for yourself. In my opinion, the Death Wish sequels are better than the original. 3 being my favorite of the series.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Ashamed to say that I've never watched the original 'Tron,' @QBranch.

    @Murdock, good to know, then I'll have to give your aforementioned double billing a shot at some point. How is 'Death Wish 2' uncomfortable?
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    Ashamed to say that I've never watched the original 'Tron,' @QBranch.

    @Murdock, good to know, then I'll have to give your aforementioned double billing a shot at some point. How is 'Death Wish 2' uncomfortable?

    @Creasy47
    Death Wish 2 has two rape scenes one which goes on for almost 5 whole minutes. The first movie's is tame by comparison.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    @Murdock, I'm sure that's graphic and uneasy, but if:
    I've managed to sit through 'The Last House On The Left' and 'I Spit On Your Grave,' then I'm sure I can handle whatever the sequel throws at me.
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    @Murdock, I'm sure that's graphic and uneasy, but if:
    I've managed to sit through 'The Last House On The Left' and 'I Spit On Your Grave,' then I'm sure I can handle whatever the sequel throws at me.

    It's up there with those films.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Murdock wrote:
    Creasy47 wrote:
    @Murdock, I'm sure that's graphic and uneasy, but if:
    I've managed to sit through 'The Last House On The Left' and 'I Spit On Your Grave,' then I'm sure I can handle whatever the sequel throws at me.

    It's up there with those films.

    That's bad, then, because the sequences in both of those movies were lengthy and brutal to watch.

    However, in both of their cases, the end result of that was sweet, sweet, brutal revenge, so I'm sure I can expect the same in 'Death Wish 2.'
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    Murdock wrote:
    Creasy47 wrote:
    @Murdock, I'm sure that's graphic and uneasy, but if:
    I've managed to sit through 'The Last House On The Left' and 'I Spit On Your Grave,' then I'm sure I can handle whatever the sequel throws at me.

    It's up there with those films.

    That's bad, then, because the sequences in both of those movies were lengthy and brutal to watch.

    However, in both of their cases, the end result of that was sweet, sweet, brutal revenge, so I'm sure I can expect the same in 'Death Wish 2.'

    Oh yes, Death Wish 2 is probably the most satisfying of the series.
    The final fight is one of the best fights I've seen in a movie. It reminds me of the fight between Bond and Slate, abit slower though. ;)
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    You've captured my interest by comparing a fight to that incredible scene!! ;-)
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    I'm glad. ;) When you get around to seeing them, I hope you enjoy Part 3 as much as I did. :P
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    I think you posted a kill count or something for it one time? I don't know, I remember seeing one ridiculous rocket/grenade launcher kill in it that looked amazing. I'll definitely have to watch the second and do a double billing (if it's good enough ;-) ) with the third.
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    Yes, I can't get enough of that scene. It's funny too because the Villain of DW3 is the same actor who played Jack Potachi in Never Say Never Again. :))
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    Ashamed to say that I've never watched the original 'Tron,' @QBranch.
    That's okay, I hadn't seen it until 2010- just before watching Legacy on the big screen. It was a very memorable day. :)>-
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    @QBranch, I actually thought about doing that, but never got around to it. I loved 'Tron Legacy' though, it was brilliant. I had no idea what to expect.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolution are two halves of one whole.
    I tend to watch Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace back-to-back too.
    Then there's also The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre : The Beginning, Ju-on: The Grudge and Ju-On: The Grudge 2, The Ring and The Ring 2, Jeepers Creepers and Jeepers Creepers 2, ... , and of course Empire and Jedi.
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    A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) these movie will work for me every time, with the '66 movie as a prequel to the others.

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is considered a prequel, since it depicts Eastwood's character gradually acquiring the clothing he wears in the other two films and because it takes place during the American Civil War (1861–1865), whereas the other two films feature comparatively more modern firearms and other props, for example: Lee Van Cleef's character in For a Few Dollars More appears to be a Confederate veteran who has come down in the world, and a graveyard scene in A Fistful of Dollars features a gravestone dated 1873.
  • zebrafishzebrafish <°)))< in Octopussy's garden in the shade
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    Rear Window (1954)
    Vertigo (1958)

    Why? James Stewart with Grace Kelly and Kim Novak, directed by Hitchcock.It doesn't get much better.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    Kill Bill 1 and 2
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    Good call on the old Clint Eastwood westerns, @SaintMark. Perhaps I'll watch them in that order next time. Also, good call on Kill Bill, @Thunderfinger.

    I'd like to try a double feature of Dick Tracy and The Mask. They're pretty much the same kind of gangster comic film. But which one first? :-?
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    The Terminator followed by RoboCop and The Poseidon Adventure & The Towering Inferno.
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    Die Hard followed by Lethal Weapon.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Those two Matrix films are good for a double billing, @DarthDimi. I try to watch the trilogy as a whole anytime I watch any of them, but I think 'The Matrix' works well by itself, but 'Reloaded' and 'Revolutions' have to be watched back-to-back.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    THE ARISTOCATS and ROBIN HOOD.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    Blade Runner / Total Recall (the good one)

    Super Mario Bros / Judge Dredd. No lie, I love both of these films for what they are. Did anyone notice how Mario Bros and Total Recall have a similar feel to their respective universes?
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    @QBranch, I've never thought about giving 'Blade Runner'/'Total Recall' a try, though I still don't own the original on blu-ray, or I would like to.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    @Creasy That would probably be my ultimate double feature of choice- even more so than Alien/s or Terminator/2. Or, you could do a more modern double feature with the likes of Minority Report and
    I, Robot. I think that would be cool.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    I continuously see 'Total Recall' on blu-ray everywhere for about $5, and Barnes & Noble had a coupon glitch a few weeks ago online that let you take off $8 for any movie, and with their pricing, the total came out to $1.02 or something, but I didn't buy it because I need to quit buying movies that I don't recall if I loved them or not. I remember watching it a lot when I was a kid, and I'm sure it's classic Schwarzenegger, but I need to rewatch it first.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    I didn't buy it because I need to quit buying movies that I don't recall if I loved them or not.
    I see what you did there. Totally.
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