Post-Cinematic Apocalyptic Ante-Revisionism
The Masked Reviewer came up with this term to describe the phenomenon whereby watching an awful sequel to a film can cause you to dislike the original film, which you originally liked. This is almost exclusively the case in science-fiction films, where the painfully horrible sequel does something to destroy your fond memories by changing the back-story.
Not every craptacular sequel will result in Post-Cinematic Apocalyptic Ante-Revisionism. Look at the Star Trek films. One bad. Two, good! Three, bad (but funny -- it's Jim from "Taxi!")! Four, good! Five, a good candidate for Post-Cinematic Apocalyptic Ante-Revisionism. And, P.C.A.A.R. doesn't affect everyone. Someone probably enjoyed Superman IV: The Quest for Peace...but for most of us, the experience was so awful that we feel ashamed for having liked the earlier films.
Some people have claimed that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom has caused cases of Post-Cinematic Apocalyptic Ante-Revisionism, but Raiders of the Lost Ark was able to withstand the horrors of that sequel. It also went on to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, thereby redeeming itself.
For many, the latest entry to the list may be Matrix Revolutions, but not for everyone. Beware! Once you've fallen victim to Post-Cinematic Apocalyptic Ante-Revisionism, any time you try to watch the earlier films in the series, they'll never be the same. You'll just be saddened by the fact that you ruined your happy memories. The Masked Reviewer will always try to warn you of possible Post-Cinematic Apocalyptic Ante-Revisionism. Don't take it lightly.
Copyright 2003, Michael D. Lynn