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10 Franchises With The Most Confusingly Inconsistent Movie Titles, According To Reddit

With Halloween Ends set to be the final installment of the rebooted horror franchise when it comes out next month, it will be one of the first times since the beginning of the franchise where the title has been easy to understand. Along with franchises like the Fast and the Furious, it has taken an inconsistent approach to titling the movies that has left unfamiliar fans scratching their heads.

Though the success of those two, as well as equally huge titles like Star Wars that also have an eccentric naming policy, proves that it’s something fans can look past, Redditors enjoyed pointing out some of the most confusing and illogically-named movie franchises in existence.

Halloween (1978-2022)

Michael Myers standing in the woods in Halloween

With 13 movies released across 5 different decades, it’s not surprising that there isn’t much consistency in how the Halloween movies are titled but it’s still surprising just how confusing they are. No less than three of the movies in the series are called simply Halloween, the latest of which signalled the franchise’s recent reboot in 2018.
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Redditor Fools_Requiem explains another problem with them, which is that with Michael Myers leaving after the second movie, “3 was supposed to be the start of annual anthology style series” and thus began an era of cryptic subtitles before the number disappeared from titles altogether. Halloween Ends promises at least a clear ending point even if it won’t help fans know where to start with the series.

Star Wars (1977-)

Star Wars: Rogue One - Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna)

Whilst the titles in the main trilogy are helpfully numbered from I to IX, giving a clear order to watch the three central trilogies in, that doesn’t mean it’s a simple and consistent system. For a start, Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story have already undermined this and upcoming Star Wars movies are only likely to make things worse.
Redditor Sylvanmoon adds another way the titles are confusing, pointing out that anyone “watching the Star Wars movies in episodic order” without the context of how they were made would likely be very confused by the “strange leap” in style and quality between the trilogies. With 11 movies and now a whole host of TV series as well, it’s not likely to get any less confusing with time.

Friday The 13th (1980-2009)

Jason attacking in 2009 Friday the 13th.

Whilst 2022 continues to produce exciting horror movie releases, Friday the 13th has sadly not been one of the older franchises to make a comeback yet. Similarly to the Halloween franchise, the series produced so many movies through multiple decades, including two named simply Friday the 13th, that it’s a nightmare to decipher the names.
Reddit had fun pointing out other oddities in the movie’s various titles, with user WitherWithout remarking that “2 of these films feature the word “final” in it but neither are the final film in the franchise.” Some might also find it hard to ignore the fact that “Part 2” is followed by “Part III” in an inexplicable jump from numbers to roman numerals.

Blair Witch (1999-2016)

Book of Shadows Blair Witch 2

It’s more understandable for a movie series with countless titles to end up with inconsistencies but the Blair Witch series only has 3 main series titles and yet hasn’t managed to establish any clear pattern whatsoever. Beginning with The Blair Witch Project and ending with 2016’s Blair Witch, the titles don’t give much to go on either.
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Redditor Kingofthegnome has a particular problem with the original sequel, pointing out that Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 contains “no Book Of Shadows….also not really a sequel to the movie.” The sequel’s loose connection to the first is yet another way the series has never quite seemed sure what it wanted to do, reflected in the titles.

Dirty Harry (1971-1988)

Harry Callhan pointing a gun in Dirty Harry.

The original hardboiled cop classic starring Clint Eastwood as Inspector Harry Callahan is still considered one of the best gunslinger movies of all time. Unfortunately, a lot fewer people remember the four other Dirty Harry movies and their titles likely have a lot to do with that fact.
Redditor madchad90 explains it as being because they were made “back in the days when sequels had stand alone titles” and that “reading them off you’d have no idea they were related.” These standalone titles include The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, and The Dead Pool, which could just as easily be disaster or superhero films as Dirty Harry movies.

Hellraiser (1987-2022)

Pinhead looks angry in Hellraiser

It’s unlikely that when author Clive Barker wrote the horror novella The Hellbound Heart, he could’ve imagined it would grow into a multimedia franchise with no less than ten spectacularly uneven Hellraiser movies. When Hellraiser, the second movie in the franchise called Hellraiser, releases later this year, that number will go up to 11.
The series has also largely rejected numbers in favor of cryptic subtitles, one of which Redditor MissingPear found particularly silly, saying that there “had to be a better word than Deader” for the 2005 sequel Hellraiser: Deader. This year’s Hellraiser may well revive the series with more easy-to-understand titles but for now, it will only add to the mess.

Jurassic Park (1993-2022)

Jurassic World Dominion Trailer 2 Sam Neill

With Jurassic World: Dominion bringing back some iconic characters from the original series, it secured the connection between the two Jurassic Park trilogies. Unfortunately, the titles don’t do too great a job of showing how the movies are connected, with only the original movie and Jurassic Park 3 keeping things simple and easy to understand.
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Redditor FX114 points out how “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” completely ruins this effect by landing right in between the two, inexplicably making the franchise name the subtitle instead. They also note that “nowadays they tend to avoid doing any numbers on sequels.” Likely to avoid putting off newcomers to the franchise, it certainly doesn’t make discerning the order to watch movies any easier.

Chronicles Of Riddick (2000-2013)

Riddick carrying two metal tanks in Pitch Black

The Chronicles of Riddick are some of the best Vin Diesel movies outside of The Fast franchise and unfortunately the space western has a similar problem – insanely inconsistent titles. One Redditor admits they “thought there was only two riddick movies because of these titles” and they likely weren’t the only one with that problem.
The series began with Pitch Black and, after the short film Dark Fury, followed it up with The Chronicles of Riddick and finally, as if things weren’t already confusing enough, finished off the trilogy with 2013’s Riddick. Though the first movie has the excuse of being made without knowing the franchise it would spawn, the later movies just seem to have been titled without any logic at all

Rambo (1982-2019)

Sylvester Stallone as Rambo in First Blood

Whilst the first Rambo movie gets forgiven for the enticing yet generic title of First Blood as they can’t have known the franchise it one day grow into, the follow-up titled Rambo: First Blood Part II set the trend of ill-thought-through titles that was to come. The fact that Rambo (2008) came out after Rambo III shows the extent of the issue with the Sylvester Stallone action franchise.
Redditor Rynomite95 points out that the former movie “was almost released as John Rambo” which is somehow even stranger than the actual title. The Guardian reported that the title was changed after internet ridicule. Unfortunately, Rambo isn’t much better as many colloquially refer to the First Blood as simply as “Rambo” as well.

Fast and Furious (2001-)

The fast and Furious 6 cast standing in front of some cars.

The Fast and Furious movies might not have the absolute most confusing titles but there’s good reason why one of the biggest action franchises in the world has an unrivalled reputation when it comes to this matter. Some titles omit numbers altogether like Tokyo Drift and Fast & Furious (2009) and that’s not even the biggest problem.
Instead, Redditor dima_socks finds they “start to lose track” after Fast Five when, instead of simply proceeding with the “Fast” naming convention, they started changing it up every time with Furious 7, F9, and the barely numbered at all Fate of the Furious some of the most egregious examples. With Fast X the given title for the upcoming sequel, things don’t look to be getting any better for a series that seems to take pleasure in perplexing newcomers at this point.
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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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